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See detailThe Ras/Rap GTPase activating protein RASA3 : from gene structure to in vivo functions
Schurmans, Stéphane ULg; Polizzi, Séléna; Scoumanne, Ariane ULg et al

in Advances in Biological Regulation (2015), 57

RASA3 (or GTPase Activating Protein III, R-Ras GTPase-activating protein, GAP1IP4BP) is a GTPase activating protein of the GAP1 subfamily which targets Ras and Rap1. RASA3 was originally purified from pig ... [more ▼]

RASA3 (or GTPase Activating Protein III, R-Ras GTPase-activating protein, GAP1IP4BP) is a GTPase activating protein of the GAP1 subfamily which targets Ras and Rap1. RASA3 was originally purified from pig platelet membranes through its intrinsic ability to bind inositol 1,3,4,5-tetrakisphosphate (I(1,3,4,5)P4) with high affinity, hence its first name GAP1IP4BP (for GAP1 subfamily member which binds I(1,3,4,5)P4). RASA3 was thus the first I(1,3,4,5)P4 receptor identified and cloned. The in vitro and in vivo functions of RASA3 remained somewhat elusive for a long time. However, recently, using genetically-modified mice and cells derived from these mice, the function of RASA3 during megakaryopoiesis, megakaryocyte adhesion and migration as well as integrin signaling has been reported. The goal of this review is thus to summarize and comment recent and less recent data in the literature on RASA3, in particular on the in vivo function of this specific GAP1 subfamily member. [less ▲]

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See detailHuancor: oubli et déclin d’un site d’art péruvien
Delnoÿ, David ULg; Otte, Marcel ULg

in Archeologia : Fouilles et Découvertes (2015), 528

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See detailLes Phénomènes
Dewalque, Arnaud ULg; Seron, Denis ULg

in Philosophie (2015), 124

Le présent numéro thématique explore quelques aspects de la question de la phénoménalité. Les trois premiers textes portent sur les phénomènes sensibles: sur le nombre des sens (Brentano), le traitement ... [more ▼]

Le présent numéro thématique explore quelques aspects de la question de la phénoménalité. Les trois premiers textes portent sur les phénomènes sensibles: sur le nombre des sens (Brentano), le traitement des phénomènes sensibles dans la phénoménologie de Husserl (Stumpf) et l'héritage du phénoménisme de Mach dans le néokantisme de Natorp (Palette). Les contributions suivantes s’inscrivent dans le cadre du débat contemporain sur la conscience phénoménale. Elles discutent la pertinence et les difficultés d’une approche phénoménologique du monde (Uriah Kriegel), de l’intentionnalité (Dan Zahavi) et du mental (Dewalque & Seron). [less ▲]

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See detailExiste-t-il des phénomènes mentaux?
Dewalque, Arnaud ULg; Seron, Denis ULg

in Philosophie (2015), 124

This paper offers a critical discussion of the so-called argument from the transparency of experience. We recall of the argument against the historical background of phenomenal anti-dualism (Natorp, Wundt ... [more ▼]

This paper offers a critical discussion of the so-called argument from the transparency of experience. We recall of the argument against the historical background of phenomenal anti-dualism (Natorp, Wundt, Russell) and identify three difficulties of it. Eventually, we propose an alternative view, which we call phenomenological dualism. On the proposed view, there is a sense in which our mental states may be said to appear to us, hence there is a sense to say that there are mental phenomena. [less ▲]

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See detailPurification and identification of novel antioxidant peptides from enzymatic hydrolysate of chickpea (Cicer arietinum L.) protein concentrate
Ghribi, Abir Mokni; Sila, Assaâd; Przybylski, Rémi et al

in Journal of functional foods (2015), 12

Enzymatic hydrolysis of chickpea protein concentrate (CP) by Alcalase® and some physiochemical and antioxidant properties of the resulting hydrolysate (CPH) were characterised. CPH displayed higher ... [more ▼]

Enzymatic hydrolysis of chickpea protein concentrate (CP) by Alcalase® and some physiochemical and antioxidant properties of the resulting hydrolysate (CPH) were characterised. CPH displayed higher antioxidant activity than CP. This hydrolysate was fractionated by size exclusion chromatography on a Sephadex G-25 into four major fractions (Fra.I, Fra.II, Fra.III, and Fra.IV). Fraction III, which exhibited the highest DPPH scavenging activity (54% at 1 mg/ml), was then fractionated by reversed-phase high performance liquid chromatography (RP-HPLC). Eleven antioxidant fractions were isolated and two peptide subfractions show antioxidant activity (P3 and P8). The P8 displayed the highest DPPH radicalscavenging activity (67%; at 200 g/ml) among these peptides subfractions. The molecular masses and amino acids sequences of the purified peptides were determined using ESIMS and ESIMS/MS, respectively. Their structures were identified as Asp-His-Gly and Val- Gly-Asp-Ile. These peptides did not show haemolytic activity towards bovine erythrocytes. The results suggest that CPH are good source of natural antioxidants. [less ▲]

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See detailEarly colonization on Artificial Seagrass Units and on Posidonia oceanica (L.) Delile leaves
Pete, Dorothée ULg; Lepoint, Gilles ULg; Bouquegneau, Jean-Marie ULg et al

in Belgian Journal of Zoology (2015), 145(1), 59-68

Many epiphytes grow on Posidonia oceanica (L.) Delile leaves but early stages of that colonization are not well known. To study this early colonization without destroying the plant, Artificial Seagrass ... [more ▼]

Many epiphytes grow on Posidonia oceanica (L.) Delile leaves but early stages of that colonization are not well known. To study this early colonization without destroying the plant, Artificial Seagrass Units (ASUs) were utilised. The first nine days of colonization by macroscopic eukaryotic organisms on natural P. oceanica leaves and on ASUs were studied. The capability of those ASUs to mimic P. oceanica in the long term was also evaluated. Indeed, early colonists of a substrate can influence the settling of later ones by “priority effects”. Thus if the pioneer community is the same on both substrates, they will more likely be the same after a longer exposure time. On both substrates, colonization began by the settling of crustose-calcareous algae and foraminiferans. The number of organisms increased more quickly on ASUs than on natural leaves but Shannon-Wiener diversity index was higher for P. oceanica leaves. The low colonization rate on natural leaves may have been due to different microclimatic conditions on the two substrates and to a less developed biofilm than on ASUs. The high diversity observed on natural leaves was mainly related to the presence of bryozoan ancestrulae, which were absent on ASUs. Different microhabitats on each substrate (different algae morphotypes) can explain this difference. Thus, at such an early colonization stage, pioneer communities were different on the two substrates, suggesting that later communities would be different too. However, ASUs could be used in environmental perturbation studies instead of natural leaves, thanks to their high colonization rate. [less ▲]

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See detailLa France et le Congo ex-belge (1961-1965). Intérêts et influences en mutation
Genin, Vincent ULg

in Revue Belge de Philologie et d'Histoire (2015), 91(2013/4), 1057-1110

The history of decolonization is inseparable from that of Western interests in the newly independent states. The special case of Franco-Belgian Relations offers a rich and unexplored perspective ... [more ▼]

The history of decolonization is inseparable from that of Western interests in the newly independent states. The special case of Franco-Belgian Relations offers a rich and unexplored perspective. Ostracized by the United Nations in the summer of 1960 in the context of the Congolese crisis, Belgium has, however, been able to count on the support of France, itself immobilized by the Algerian case. Based on unpublished archives, it seems instructive to study the evolution of the Franco-Belgian relations, in terms of Central African Affairs from 1961 to 1965. France, the overseas influence policy is a fundamental factor, she will devote as much energy to develop and defend its interests in Congo former Belgian (on which she claimed in Brussels its preemptive right, dating back to 1884, spring 1960) as former territories of the French Community? What are the forms, the protagonists and channels (formal and informal) of this influence; how is she fits the postcolonial context and she has an impact on Franco-Belgian relations ? [less ▲]

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See detailFive-spring model for complete shear behaviour of deep beams
Mihaylov, Boyan ULg

in Structural Concrete (2015), 16(1), 71-83

This paper presents a five-spring model capable of predicting the complete pre- and post-peak shear behaviour of deep beams. The model stems from a two-parameter kinematic theory (2PKT) for the shear ... [more ▼]

This paper presents a five-spring model capable of predicting the complete pre- and post-peak shear behaviour of deep beams. The model stems from a two-parameter kinematic theory (2PKT) for the shear strength and displacement capacity of deep beams under single curvature. Four of the springs of the model represent the shear resistance mechanisms of the beam, while the fifth spring models the flexural behaviour. The model predicts not only the load–displacement response, but also the deformation patterns of the beam and how these patterns change with increasing load. Validation studies are performed by using 28 tests from the literature, showing excellent results. The model is used to interpret the tests and to draw conclusions about the behaviour of deep beams. It is shown that shear strength variations of up to 60 % between nominally identical specimens can be caused by variations in the path of the critical shear cracks. It is also demonstrated that loss of bond of large reinforcing bars increases the shear capacity of deep beams. Finally, the five-spring model is shown to predict the post-peak shear behaviour effectively, which is important for the analysis of structures under extreme loading. [less ▲]

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See detailThe Reputation Effect: A Case Study of Credit Contracts in Transition Countries
Artige, Lionel ULg; Nicolini, Rosella

in International Journal of Finance and Banking Studies (2015), 4(1), 1-17

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See detailBiodiversity and seasonal variations of zooneuston in the northwestern Mediterranean Sea
Collard, France ULg; Collignon, Amandine ULg; Hecq, Jean-Henri ULg et al

in Belgian Journal of Zoology (2015), 145(1), 40-48

Neuston includes animals and plants inhabiting the surface layer of the water column. The neustonic area is an accumulation zone for bacteria, organic molecules but also terrestrial debris. The surface ... [more ▼]

Neuston includes animals and plants inhabiting the surface layer of the water column. The neustonic area is an accumulation zone for bacteria, organic molecules but also terrestrial debris. The surface layer is also the air/water exchange region. Therefore, neustonic organisms are directly exposed to several constraints such as wind stress and turbulence. The present study aims to characterize the zooneuston in terms of abundance and biodiversity and to evaluate the impacts of wind stress on neustonic abundance. Zooneustonic and zooplanktonic (depth of 5 meters) samples were collected twice a month between 30th August 2011 and 10th July 2012 in Calvi Bay, Corsica. Zooneustonic biodiversity was high and, notably, twenty-eight copepod genera were identified. Among these copepods, several organisms, belonging to the Pontellidae family, were much more frequent in neuston than in underlying plankton and their abundance depended on wind direction. Taxon-specific trends in seasonal abundance variation were present. For example, individuals of the Acantharia Lithoptera spp. were found in summer whereas the Pontellidae Anomalocera patersoni appeared in winter. Overall, our data provide a first step towards a better knowledge of neuston community structure in the Mediterranean Sea. [less ▲]

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See detailImpact of the Structure of Biocompatible Aliphatic Polycarbonates on siRNA Transfection Ability
Frère, Antoine ULg; Kawalec, Michal; Tempelaar, Sarah et al

in Biomacromolecules (2015)

RNAi therapeutics are promising therapeutic tools that have sparked the interest of many researchers. In an effort to provide a safe alternative to PEI, we have designed a series of new guanidinium and/or ... [more ▼]

RNAi therapeutics are promising therapeutic tools that have sparked the interest of many researchers. In an effort to provide a safe alternative to PEI, we have designed a series of new guanidinium and/or morpholino functionalized biocompatible and biodegradable polycarbonate vectors. The impact of different functions (morpholino-, guanidinium-, hydrophobic groups), of the architecture (linear homopolymer to dumbbell-shape) and of the molecular weight of these copolymers on their capacity to form polyplexes and to decrease the expression of two epigenetic regulators of gene expression, HDAC7 and HDAC5 was evaluated. The use of one of these polymers combining morpholine and guanidine functions at the ratio >1 and hydrophobic trimethylene carbonate groups showed a significant decrease of mRNA and protein level in HeLa cells, similar to PEI. These results highlight the potential of polycarbonate vectors for future in vivo application as an anti-cancer therapy. [less ▲]

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See detailMonitoring Antibiotic Use and Residue in Freshwater Aquaculture for Domestic Use in Vietnam
Pham Kim, Dang; Chu, Jacqueline; Nga Thuy, Do et al

in EcoHealth (2015)

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See detailVascular calcification: from pathophysiology to biomarkers
EVRARD, Séverine ULg; DELANAYE, Pierre ULg; Kamel, S et al

in Clinica Chimica Acta (2015), 438

The link between vascular calcification (VC) and increased mortality is now well established. Over time, as clinical importance of this phenomenon has begun to be fully considered, scientists have ... [more ▼]

The link between vascular calcification (VC) and increased mortality is now well established. Over time, as clinical importance of this phenomenon has begun to be fully considered, scientists have highlightedmore and more physiopathological mechanisms and signaling pathways that underlie VC. Several conditions such as diabetes, dyslipidemia and renal diseases are undoubtedly identified as predisposing factors. But even if the process is better understood,many questions still remain unanswered. This reviewbriefly develops the various theories that attempt to explain mineralization genesis. Nonetheless, the main purpose of the article is to provide a profile of the various existing biomarkers of VC. Indeed, in the past years, a lot of inhibitors and promoters, which form a dense and interconnected network, were identified. Given importance to assess and control mineralization process, a focusing on accumulated knowledge of each marker seemed to be necessary. Therefore, we tried to define their respective role in the physiopathology and how they can contribute to calcification risk assessment. Among these, Klotho/fibroblast growth factor-23, fetuin-A, Matrix Gla protein, Bone morphogenetic protein-2, osteoprotegerin, osteopontin, osteonectin, osteocalcin, pyrophosphate and sclerostin are specifically discussed. [less ▲]

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See detailReview of Transnational Migration
Munos, Delphine ULg

in South Asian Diaspora (2015), 7(1), 63-65

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See detailPrise en charge d'un cancer du sein chez une femme porteuse de prothèses mammaires
REMACLE, Sarah; LIFRANGE, Eric ULg; NIZET, Jean-Luc ULg

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2015), 70

The incidence of breast cancer, currently one woman on eight, also concerns patients who underwent augmentation surgery. Breast implants have already been the subject of numerous publications concerning ... [more ▼]

The incidence of breast cancer, currently one woman on eight, also concerns patients who underwent augmentation surgery. Breast implants have already been the subject of numerous publications concerning the risk of inducing breast cancer or delaying the diagnosis, however, no significant causal relationship has been established. The purpose of this article is to assess the diagnostic and therapeutic consequences when breast cancer is identified in a patient with breast implants. [less ▲]

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See detailThe impact of transport policies on railroad intermodal freight competitiveness – The case of Belgium
Santos, Bruno F.; Limbourg, Sabine ULg; Carreira, Joana Silva

in Transportation Research. Part D : Transport and Environment (2015), 34

This paper discusses the impact of three freight transport policies aiming to promote railroad intermodal transport in Europe, and examines the case of Belgium as a testing ground. These policies consist ... [more ▼]

This paper discusses the impact of three freight transport policies aiming to promote railroad intermodal transport in Europe, and examines the case of Belgium as a testing ground. These policies consist in subsidizing intermodal transport operations (such as in Belgium, to stimulate rail transport), internalizing external costs (as recommended by the European Union in order to foster cleaner modes), and adopting a system perspective when optimizing the location of inland intermodal terminals. The study proposes an innovative mixed integer intermodal freight location-allocation model based on hub-location theory and deals with non-linear transport costs in order to replicate economies of distance. Our analysis suggests that subsidizing has a significant impact on the volumes transported by intermodal transport, and, to a lesser extent, that optimizing terminal location increases the competitiveness of intermodal transport. On the other hand, according to our assumptions, internalizing external costs can negatively impact the promotion of intermodality. This finding indicates that innovative last-mile transports are needed in order to reduce the external impacts of drayage operations. [less ▲]

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See detailCamorra in Montesacro. Urban and social transformation in a southern Italian community
De Biase, Marco ULg

in ECPR Standing Group on Organised Crime (2015), 12(1), 8-10

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See detailCircadian and circannual variations in cord blood hematopoietic cell composition
Servais, Sophie ULg; BAUDOUX, Etienne ULg; Brichard, B. et al

in Haematologica (2015), 100(1), 32-34

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See detailLes conditions de possibilité du dialogue philosophique. Synthèse d'une discussion menée au séminaire de Peyriac-Sur-Mer (juin 2014).
Herla, Anne ULg

in Diotime. Revue internationale de didactique de la philosophie. (2015), 63

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See detailChine, une mise à jour
Florence, Eric ULg

in Politique : Revue de Débats (2015), 88

Au lendemain de la répression du mouvement démocratique de 1989, journalistes, analystes et autres « China watchers » abondaient en commentaires crépusculaires sur la pérennité du régime chinois ... [more ▼]

Au lendemain de la répression du mouvement démocratique de 1989, journalistes, analystes et autres « China watchers » abondaient en commentaires crépusculaires sur la pérennité du régime chinois. L’argument le plus souvent évoqué était celui d’un décalage insoutenable entre réformes économiques – qui connaîtront un approfondissement à l’occasion du fameux « voyage dans le Sud » de Deng Xiaoping en 1992 – et l’absence de réformes politiques, un décalage qui devait presque immanquablement signifier la fin du régime communiste. Quelque vingt-cinq ans plus tard, où en est-on ? [less ▲]

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See detailA plastic-damage model for concrete in fire: Applications in structural fire engineering
Gernay, Thomas ULg; Franssen, Jean-Marc ULg

in Fire Safety Journal (2015), 71

The research aims at developing a new multiaxial constitutive model for concrete in the fire situation. In addition to validity at the material level, a crucial feature of a constitutive model is the ... [more ▼]

The research aims at developing a new multiaxial constitutive model for concrete in the fire situation. In addition to validity at the material level, a crucial feature of a constitutive model is the applicability at the structural level; yet for concrete in fire there remains a serious lack of models combining reliability and robustness. The theoretical aspects and validation of the new model, which rely on a plastic-damage formulation, have been the subject of a former publication; they are briefly summarized here. This paper explores the capabilities of the concrete model for being used in a performance-based structural fire engineering framework. Several examples of numerical simulations by non-linear finite element method are discussed, with emphasis on practical applications that are demanding for the material model. In particular, it is shown that the simulations using the new concrete model succeed in capturing, at ambient temperature, the crack pattern in a plain concrete specimen and the influence of the loading path on reinforced concrete (RC) slabs. At high temperature, the presented applications include a RC slab subjected to furnace fire and a large-scale composite steel–concrete structure subjected to natural fire. In the numerical analyses, no parameter calibration was required on the particular concrete type, except for the uniaxial strengths and tensile crack energy which are to be defined case-by-case. The results illustrate the reliability and numerical robustness of the model. Also, they suggest that satisfactory prediction of structural behavior in fire can be obtained when no additional data is available on the specific properties of the particular concrete mix that is used in the project, as is often the case in practice, by using standard values of parameters. [less ▲]

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See detailInfluence of sugar beet pulp on feeding behavior, growth performance, carcass quality and gut health of fattening pigs.
Laitat, Martine ULg; Antoine, Nadine ULg; Cabaraux, Jean-François ULg et al

in Biotechnologie, Agronomie, Société et Environnement = Biotechnology, Agronomy, Society and Environment [=BASE] (2015), 19(1), 20-31

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See detailSoft power, global governance of cultural industries and rising powers: the case of China
Vlassis, Antonios ULg

in International Journal of Cultural Policy (2015)

This article addresses the importance of cultural industries for the strengthening of the soft power of the rising powers and it seeks to understand how the cultural industries allow rising powers to ... [more ▼]

This article addresses the importance of cultural industries for the strengthening of the soft power of the rising powers and it seeks to understand how the cultural industries allow rising powers to shape the structures of their international environment. More specifically, studying the cases of People’s Republic of China and of the movie industry, my article focuses on the current evolution of the relationship between the Chinese authorities and the film industry, as well as on the development of the domestic film market. I further aim to draw up an inventory of China’s role within the global governance of cultural industries. Finally, I aim to highlight the global cultural competition that China faces, emphasizing the practices of the US administration and Hollywood. I argue that even if China is the current centre of gravity within the world economy, it still has a long way to go in order to shape the distribution of resources within the global governance of cultural industries and to play a crucial role in the international battle of cultural symbols. [less ▲]

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See detailBiochemical characterisation of the seed oils of four safflower (Carthamus tinctorius) varieties grown in north-eastern of Morocco
Ben Moumen, Abdessamad; Mansouri, Farid; Richard, Gaetan ULg et al

in International Journal of Food Science & Technology (2015)

The quality of the oil of four safflower varieties, originating from Spain (Rancho), India (Sharda) and Morocco (Cartamar and Cartafri), which were cultivated at the experimental station in Oujda (a semi ... [more ▼]

The quality of the oil of four safflower varieties, originating from Spain (Rancho), India (Sharda) and Morocco (Cartamar and Cartafri), which were cultivated at the experimental station in Oujda (a semi-arid region of eastern Morocco) was evaluated through analysis of their phenolic and carotenoid contents. The composition of the phenolic compounds of safflower oil has not yet been documented. Therefore, in this preliminary study, Thirty different phenolic compounds were identified, and significant differences between the oil varieties were observed (P < 0.05). In the seed oil from the Rancho and Sharda safflower varieties, the main phenolic compound was trans-chalcone, representing 13.45% and 11.8%, respectively, of the total phenolics, whereas in Cartamar and Cartafri oils, naringin accounted for 26.82% and 16.5%, respectively, of the total phenolics. The total carotenoid contents ranged from 1.13 mg/kg (Rancho) to 1.34 mg/kg (Cartamar and Cartafri).We observed that b-cryptoxanthin (0.31–0.37 mg/kg) and b-carotene (0.3–0.35 mg/kg) were the predominant carotenoids in all of the safflower oils that were studied. [less ▲]

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See detailEffect of stress path on the miniaturization size effect for nickel polycrystals
Keller, Clement; Hug, Eric; Habraken, Anne ULg et al

in International Journal of Plasticity (2015), 64

The mechanical behavior of metallic materials deeply depends on the size of samples. For specimen dimensions decreasing from a few millimeters to a few micrometers, the general observed trend is a ... [more ▼]

The mechanical behavior of metallic materials deeply depends on the size of samples. For specimen dimensions decreasing from a few millimeters to a few micrometers, the general observed trend is a softening of the mechanical behavior in tension which affects the stress level and the strain hardening. The objective of this work is to provide new experimental results in order to analyze the miniaturization size effects for various stress paths without strain gradients across the thickness of the samples. To this aim, experimental tensile tests, large tensile tests and shear tests have been performed on Ni sheets with various grain sizes. Results show that the miniaturization softening is affected by triaxiality, the larger is this parameter, the lower is the mechanical softening. These features seem to be linked to surface effects which are larger for low triaxiality stress paths. From an industrial point of view, it is hence possible to improve the forming of microparts using suitable stress paths. [less ▲]

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See detailL'évaluation émancipatrice, l'évaluateur et les formes de la communauté
Absil, Gaëtan ULg; Vandoorne, Chantal ULg

in L'Observatoire (2015), 82(Janvier-Février-Mars 2015), 30-35

Cet article explore des enjeux de l’évaluation émancipatrice d’un projet de santé communautaire, d’un programme transfrontalier de promotion de la santé mentale et de projets de promotion de la santé par ... [more ▼]

Cet article explore des enjeux de l’évaluation émancipatrice d’un projet de santé communautaire, d’un programme transfrontalier de promotion de la santé mentale et de projets de promotion de la santé par les services de santé scolaire. Ces enjeux sont questionnés selon les axes politique, opérationnel ou constructiviste de l’évaluation. Le propos porte sur les liens entre l’évaluation émancipatrice et la communauté formée par les stakeholders. Il ouvre une réflexion sur les enjeux micro, méso et macro sociaux de l’évaluation et la posture de l’évaluateur. [less ▲]

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See detailStephen Jay Gould ou la science enchantée
Jacquemain, Marc ULg

in Politique : Revue de Débats (2015), 88

Stephen Jay Gould, inventeur de la "théorie des équilibres ponctués" avec Nils Elredge fut non seulement un paléontologue de premier plan mais aussi un défenseur acharné du darwinisme. Défenseur acharné ... [more ▼]

Stephen Jay Gould, inventeur de la "théorie des équilibres ponctués" avec Nils Elredge fut non seulement un paléontologue de premier plan mais aussi un défenseur acharné du darwinisme. Défenseur acharné, mais dénué de tout dogmatisme il s'est aussi battu pour une conception "humaniste" de la science, qui l'éloigne de tout scientisme et qui l'amène souvent à "réhabiliter les vaincus" de l'histoire des sciences. Enfin, s'il fut un défenseur de Darwin, il a combattu ceux de successeurs qui ont essayé de l'utiliser pour défendre l'inégalité sociale ou l'eugénisme. En cela Gould fut sans doute le meilleur des darwiniens. [less ▲]

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See detailMultiscale modelling framework for the fracture of thin brittle polycrystalline films - Application to polysilicon
Mulay, Shantanu; Becker, Gauthier ULg; Vayrette, Renaud et al

in Computational Mechanics (2015), 55(1), 73-91

Micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS) made of polycrystalline silicon are widely used in several engineering fields. The fracture properties of polycrystalline silicon directly affect their reliability ... [more ▼]

Micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS) made of polycrystalline silicon are widely used in several engineering fields. The fracture properties of polycrystalline silicon directly affect their reliability. The effect of the orientation of grains on the fracture behaviour of polycrystalline silicon is investigated out of the several factors. This is achieved, firstly, by identifying the statistical variation of the fracture strength and critical strain energy release rate, at the nanoscopic scale, over a thin freestanding polycrystalline silicon film, having mesoscopic scale dimensions. The fracture stress and strain at the mesoscopic level are found to be closely matching with uniaxial tension experimental results. Secondly, the polycrystalline silicon film is considered at the continuum MEMS scale, and its fracture behaviour is studied by incorporating the nanoscopic scale effect of grain orientation. The entire modelling and simulation of the thin film is achieved by combining the discontinuous Galerkin method and extrinsic cohesive law describing the fracture process. [less ▲]

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See detailMirabel: An integrated project for risk and cost/benefit analysis of peanut allergy
Crépet, A.; Papadopoulos, A.; Elegbede, C.F. et al

in Regulatory Toxicology & Pharmacology [=RTP] (2015), 71

Food allergy is a major public health issue. However, no regulatory measures exist when allergens are present at trace levels and the different risk components are poorly described. Thus, knowledge on ... [more ▼]

Food allergy is a major public health issue. However, no regulatory measures exist when allergens are present at trace levels and the different risk components are poorly described. Thus, knowledge on exposure components such as the allergens present in foods and the consumption behaviour of allergic consumers and models to estimate the related risk need to be enriched. Mirabel proposes for the first time studying each risk component using an integrated approach in order to improve the quality of life of the allergic population. Field surveys were conducted in order to fill in the current gaps in unintentional allergen traces in food, allergic consumers’ food behaviour, threshold doses of allergic reaction, allergy symptoms and severity. The aim is also to propose methodological and operational tools to quantify allergic risk, to test management scenarios and to produce a cost/benefit analysis. Medical data on the peanut allergies of 785 patients were collected in the MIRABEL survey and 443 patients answered the food consumption questionnaire. The population surveyed was mostly paediatric – 86% were children under 16 years of age, with a high percentage of males (60%). This project will generate tangible results on peanut allergen exposure and risk which could be used in future risk assessment work and particularly to provide science-based guidance to set up concentration limits for peanut traces on packages. [less ▲]

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See detailModelled target attainment after meropenem infusion in patients with severe nosocomial pneumonia: the PROMESSE study.
FRIPPIAT, Frédéric ULg; Musuamba, FT; Seidel, Laurence ULg et al

in Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy (2015)

OBJECTIVES: The objective of this study was to propose an optimal treatment regimen of meropenem in critically ill patients with severe nosocomial pneumonia. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Among 55 patients in ... [more ▼]

OBJECTIVES: The objective of this study was to propose an optimal treatment regimen of meropenem in critically ill patients with severe nosocomial pneumonia. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Among 55 patients in intensive care treated with 1 g of meropenem every 8 h for severe nosocomial pneumonia, 30 were assigned to intermittent infusion (II; over 0.5 h) and 25 to extended infusion (EI; over 3 h) groups. Based on plasma and epithelial lining fluid (ELF) concentrations determined at steady-state, pharmacokinetic modelling and Monte Carlo simulations were undertaken to assess the probability of attaining drug concentrations above the MIC for 40%-100% of the time between doses (%T > 1-fold and 4-fold MIC), for 1 or 2 g administered by either method. RESULTS: Penetration ratio, measured by the ELF/plasma ratio of AUCs, was statistically higher in the EI group than in the II group (mean ± SEM: 0.29 ± 0.030 versus 0.20 ± 0.033, P = 0.047). Considering a maximum susceptibility breakpoint of 2 mg/L, all dosages and modes of infusions achieved 40%-100% T > 1-fold MIC in plasma, but none did so in ELF, and only the 2 g dose over EI achieved 40%-100% T > 4-fold MIC in plasma. CONCLUSIONS: The optimum regimen to treat severe nosocomial pneumonia was 2 g of meropenem infused over 3 h every 8 h. This regimen achieved the highest pharmacodynamic targets both in plasma and in ELF. [less ▲]

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See detailNghiên cứu và thiết kế hai kiểu chuồng nuôi nhông cát Leiolepis guttata (Cuvier, 1829) phù hợp với điều kiện nuôi và vốn đầu tư tại huyện Bắc Bình, tỉnh Bình Thuận
Tran, Tinh ULg; Tran, Ngoc Nguyen Kim Dieu; Vo, Kim Thong et al

in Journal of Agriculture Sciences and Technology (2015), 1/2014

Building of an enclosure for rearing of the spotted butterfly lizard, Leiolepis guttata (Cuvier, 1829), by the first farmer in 2004 (in Hong Chinh commune, Hoa Thang ward, Bac Binh district, Binh Thuan ... [more ▼]

Building of an enclosure for rearing of the spotted butterfly lizard, Leiolepis guttata (Cuvier, 1829), by the first farmer in 2004 (in Hong Chinh commune, Hoa Thang ward, Bac Binh district, Binh Thuan province) is considered as a fortuitous discovery which was the initiator of the current expanding trend of its rearing. Because L. guttata is a wild animal, with strong disease resistance and adaptation capacity, livestock farmers are presently not very interested in important aspects: rearing techniques, enclosure’s types, sex ratio, diseases’ prevention, etc. Notably the building of enclosures not perfectly suitable breeds a noticeable loss of the number of lizards and a reduction in the profits for the farmers. To this end, the building of two types of enclosures adapted to local rearing conditions and the investing capital available in Bac Binh district, Binh Thuan province is presently essential. We descrite two types of enclosure: the first one surrounded by a bricks (or breeze blocks) wall, the second one fended by a fiber cement corrugated sheets wall. Moreover, we suggest to introduce plants in order to build a vegetal cover nearer to the natural environment of L. guttata: shrubs and a plant carpet becoming the preferential refuge area of the spotted butterfly lizard. [less ▲]

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See detailGuaranteed Conditional Performance of the S2 Control Chart with Estimated Parameters
Faraz, Alireza ULg; Heuchenne, Cédric ULg; Woodall, William

in International Journal of Production Research (2015)

We evaluate the in-control performance of the S2 control chart with estimated parameters conditional on the Phase I sample. Simulation results indicate no realistic amount of Phase I data is enough to ... [more ▼]

We evaluate the in-control performance of the S2 control chart with estimated parameters conditional on the Phase I sample. Simulation results indicate no realistic amount of Phase I data is enough to have confidence that the in-control average run length (ARL) obtained will be near the desired value. To overcome this problem, we adjust the S2 chart controls limits such that the in-control ARL is guaranteed to be above a specified value with a certain specified probability. The required adjustment does not have too much of an effect on the out-of-control performance of the chart. [less ▲]

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See detailOptimal propellantless rendez-vous using differential drag
Dell'Elce, Lamberto ULg; Kerschen, Gaëtan ULg

in Acta Astronautica (2015), 109

Optimization of fuel consumption is a key driver in the design of spacecraft maneuvers. For this reason, growing interest in propellant-free maneuvers is observed in the literature. Because it allows us ... [more ▼]

Optimization of fuel consumption is a key driver in the design of spacecraft maneuvers. For this reason, growing interest in propellant-free maneuvers is observed in the literature. Because it allows us to turn the often-undesired drag perturbation into a control force for relative motion, differential drag is among the most promising propellantless techniques for low-Earth orbiting satellites. An optimal control approach to the problem of orbital rendez-vous using differential drag is proposed in this paper. Thanks to the scheduling of a reference maneuver by means of a direct transcription, the method is flexible in terms of cost function and can easily account for constraints of various nature. Considerations on the practical realization of differential-drag-based maneuvers are also provided. The developments are illustrated by means of high-fidelity simulations including coupled 6-degree-of-freedom simulations and an advanced aerodynamic model. [less ▲]

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See detailDevelopment and validation of an accelerometer-based method for quantifying gait events
Boutaayamou, Mohamed ULg; Schwartz, Cédric ULg; Stamatakis, Julien et al

in Medical Engineering & Physics (2015)

An original signal processing algorithm is presented to automatically extract, on a stride-by-stride basis, four consecutive fundamental events of walking, heel strike (HS), toe strike (TS), heel-off (HO ... [more ▼]

An original signal processing algorithm is presented to automatically extract, on a stride-by-stride basis, four consecutive fundamental events of walking, heel strike (HS), toe strike (TS), heel-off (HO), and toe-off (TO), from wireless accelerometers applied to the right and left foot. First, the signals recorded from heel and toe three-axis accelerometers are segmented providing heel and toe flat phases. Then, the four gait events are defined from these flat phases. The accelerometer-based event identification was validated in seven healthy volunteers and a total of 247 trials against reference data provided by a force plate, a kinematic 3D analysis system, and video camera. HS, TS, HO, and TO were detected with a temporal accuracy ± precision of 1.3 ms ± 7.2 ms, ‒4.2 ms ± 10.9 ms, ‒3.7 ms ± 14.5 ms, and ‒1.8 ms ± 11.8 ms, respectively, with the associated 95% confidence intervals ranging from ‒6.3 ms to 2.2 ms. It is concluded that the developed accelerometer-based method can accurately and precisely detect HS, TS, HO, and TO, and could thus be used for the ambulatory monitoring of gait features computed from these events when measured concurrently in both feet. [less ▲]

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See detailEvolution de la chalarose du frêne en Wallonie
Gerarts, Fanny ULg; Chandelier, Anne; Claessens, Hugues ULg et al

in Forêt Wallonne (2015), 134

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See detailPossibilities for Co(III) dissolution from an oxidized ore through simultaneous bioleaching of pyrite
Zeka, Leon; Lambert, Fanny ULg; Frenay, Jean ULg et al

in Minerals Engineering (2015)

Solubilisation of Co(III) from a heterogenite met in copper cobaltiferous oxide ore has been realized through reductive leaching using ferrous iron generated via bio-oxidation of pyrite. Biotic and ... [more ▼]

Solubilisation of Co(III) from a heterogenite met in copper cobaltiferous oxide ore has been realized through reductive leaching using ferrous iron generated via bio-oxidation of pyrite. Biotic and abiotic experiments at various pulp densities and redox potentials have been performed and results compared. Cobalt leaching at elevated redox potential is possible, offering cost reduction benefits due to reduced consumption of ferrous iron. At elevated potential of 625 mV, however, the initial rate of cobalt leaching has been found as 115 mg/(g ore)⋅(24 h), lower than the rate of 865 mg/(g ore)⋅(24 h) registered at 505 mV. Less stochiometric amount of ferrous iron was required when cobalt leaching was coupled to pyrite bioleaching, with 75% of cobalt recovered for 12 h at the optimally found conditions. It could be inferred that the Fe3+–Fe2+ cycle exists and is efficiently maintained through bacterial presence in the studied system. [less ▲]

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See detailConstruire des savoirs sur l'activité de lecture afin de développer les compétences des élèves en difficulté : l'inaccessible rêve?
De Croix, Séverine ULg; Ledur, Dominique

in Education & Formation (2015), e-302

De nombreux jeunes adolescents faibles lecteurs se méprennent sur la nature de l’activité de lecture et souffrent d’un déficit métacognitif qui les empêche d’autoréguler leur activité de compréhension. La ... [more ▼]

De nombreux jeunes adolescents faibles lecteurs se méprennent sur la nature de l’activité de lecture et souffrent d’un déficit métacognitif qui les empêche d’autoréguler leur activité de compréhension. La réflexion qui suit s’inscrit dans le cadre des travaux relatifs aux enseignements adaptés à la prise en charge de ces déficits. Des dispositifs visant à développer la métacognition en lecture, à construire des savoirs sur cette activité et à mieux se percevoir en tant que lecteur ont été conçus, expérimentés et analysés dans le cadre d’une recherche-action longitudinale de type qualitatif. Cet article décrit quelques effets de ces dispositifs, qui encouragent à poursuivre sur la voie de ces interventions à dimension métacognitive dans des recherches à plus large échelle. [less ▲]

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See detail18F-FDG PET Uptake Characterization Through Texture Analysis: Investigating the Complementary Nature of Heterogeneite and Functional Tumor Volume in a Multi-Cancer Site Patient Cohort
HATT, MAT; MAJDOUB, MOHAMED; VALLIERES, MARTIN et al

in Journal of Nuclear Medicine (The) (2015), 56(1), 38-44

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See detailMetabolic reprogramming in transformed mouse cortical astrocytes: a proteomic study.
Bentaib, Azeddine; De Tullio, Pascal ULg; Chneiweiss, Herve et al

in Journal of proteomics (2015), 113

Metabolic reprogramming is thought to play a key role in sustaining the survival and proliferation of cancer cells. These changes facilitate for example the uptake and release of nutrients required for ... [more ▼]

Metabolic reprogramming is thought to play a key role in sustaining the survival and proliferation of cancer cells. These changes facilitate for example the uptake and release of nutrients required for nucleotide, protein and lipid synthesis necessary for macromolecule assembly and tumor growth. We applied a 2D-DIGE (Two-Dimensional Differential in-Gel Electrophoresis) quantitative proteomic analysis to characterize the proteomes of mouse astrocytes that underwent in vitro cancerous transformation, and of their normal counterparts. Metabolic reprogramming effects on enzymatic and structural protein expression as well as associated metabolites abundance were quantified. Using enzymatic activity measurements and zymography, we documented and confirmed several changes in abundance and activity of various isoenzymes likely to participate in metabolic reprogramming. We found that after transformation, the cells increase their expression of glycolytic enzymes, thus augmenting their ability to use aerobic glycolysis (Warburg effect). An increased capacity to dispose of reducing equivalents through lactate production was also documented. Major effects on carbohydrates, amino acids and nucleotides metabolic enzymes were also observed. Conversely, the transformed cells reduced their enzymatic capacity for reactions of tricarboxylic acid oxidation, for neurotransmitter (glutamate) metabolism, for oxidative stress defense and their expression of astroglial markers. BIOLOGICAL SIGNIFICANCE: The use of a global approach based on a 2D DIGE analysis allows obtaining a comprehensive view of the metabolic reprogramming undergone by astrocytes upon cancerous transformation. Indeed, except for a few enzymes such as pyruvate carboxylase and glutaminase that were not detected in our initial analysis, pertinent information on the abundance of most enzymes belonging to pathways relevant to metabolic reprogramming was directly obtained. In this in vitro model, transformation causes major losses of astrocyte-specific proteins and functions and the acquisition of metabolic adaptations that favor intermediate metabolites production for increased macromolecule biosynthesis. Thus our approach appears to be readily applicable for the investigation of changes in protein abundance that determine various transformed cell phenotypes. It could similarly be applied to the evaluation of the effects of treatments aimed at correcting the consequences of cell transformation. [less ▲]

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See detailManufacturing of Kivuguto milk and stability in storage under refrigeration
Karenzi, Eugène; Fauconnier, Marie-Laure ULg; Destain, Jacqueline ULg et al

in European Scientific Journal (2015), 11(3), 1-16

The kivugutomilk was processed in a 20 liters bioreactor with three bacteria previously selected in kivuguto traditional milk. The work aimed to study the association of three bacteria previously selected ... [more ▼]

The kivugutomilk was processed in a 20 liters bioreactor with three bacteria previously selected in kivuguto traditional milk. The work aimed to study the association of three bacteria previously selected in traditional kivuguto in order to reproduce it in a controlled fermentation, and thereafter to understand its stability during storage under refrigeration. Postacidification, viability, proteolysis, flavor compounds as well as rheological characteristics were monitored for 36 days. The ph decreases from 4.54 to 4.45 and the titratable acidity grew from 73°d to 79°d. The final biomass after storage was 0.60 108 cfu.g-1 which is far higher than the recommended 106 cells.g-1before consumption. The proteolysis was at a range of 3.0 to 7.0 mg.l-1of lysine equivalent, which is too low so that it can’t produce bitter peptides. The evolution of flavor compounds in storage showed that no change found with 3-methylbutan-1-ol, acetic acid and furan-2(5h)-one, whilst pentan-1-ol and furanmethan-2-ol increased slightly upon 24 days’ storage. The complex viscosity decreased from 4 - 5.3 pas before storage to 2.9 - 4.0 pas corresponding respectively to the ratio g''/g' of about 0.3-0.4 with a very low variation. These data allowed the production and the good preservation of kivuguto milk at 4°c on 36 days. [less ▲]

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See detailDegree of phosphorus saturation in agricultural loamy soils with a near-neutral pH
Renneson, Malorie ULg; Vandenberghe, Christophe ULg; Dufey, Joseph et al

in European Journal of Soil Science (2015), 66

The degree of phosphorus saturation (DPS) represents the ratio of sorbed phosphorus (P) to the P sorption capacity (PSC) of soils. In some countries, DPS is used to evaluate the risk of P loss and surface ... [more ▼]

The degree of phosphorus saturation (DPS) represents the ratio of sorbed phosphorus (P) to the P sorption capacity (PSC) of soils. In some countries, DPS is used to evaluate the risk of P loss and surface water eutrophication. This study investigated DPS measurement and prediction in neutral loamy soils fromWallonia, Belgium. A total of 57 agricultural topsoil samples subject to diverse P management were evaluated. No satisfactory relationship could be found between PSC determined by a one-point short-term isotherm in the laboratory and the sum of aluminium and iron extracted by oxalate (Alox +Feox). The equation PSC=a Alox +b pHw appeared to be more appropriate for estimating PSC in the soils studied. These soils had a near-neutral pH, and P fixation processes linked to the presence of calcium ions or carbonates were important. Comparisons of DPS with soil-test P and water-extracted P suggested that DPS could be a useful agronomic and/or environmental indicator. Our results also showed that DPS values between 20 and 30% corresponded to the agronomic optimum of soil P content. Consequently, DPS may be used as an indicator of P status in neutral soils, provided that the PSC assessment is adapted to the local soil characteristics. [less ▲]

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See detail"Lire le rythme". Henri Meschonnics Theorie und Praxis des Lesens
Viehöver, Vera ULg

in Intervalles (2015), 7(2015), 41-60

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See detailSEM and EDS observations of carrollite bioleaching with a mixed culture of acidophilic bacteria
Nkulu, Guy; Gaydardzhiev, Stoyan ULg; Mwema, Edouard et al

in Minerals Engineering (2015), doi:10.1016/j.mineng.2014.12.005

Bioleaching of high purity carrollite minerals with mesophilic bacteria was carried out and monitored by observations in scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and elemental X-ray microanalysis (EDS) to ... [more ▼]

Bioleaching of high purity carrollite minerals with mesophilic bacteria was carried out and monitored by observations in scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and elemental X-ray microanalysis (EDS) to provide evidence of the interaction pattern between carrollite and microorganisms. A bacterial consortium involving three different acidophilic chemolithotrophs was adopted. The evolution of the surface topography, inside alteration effects and elemental composition of the mineral with leaching time was followed. It could be postulated that bacterial adhesion takes place on the mineral surface, resulting in the formation of dissolution pits of various shapes and continues by boring elongated channels deep inside the mineral grains. Enhanced concentration of ferric iron and sulphur could be assumed in vicinity of the zones where mineralized polymer substances are precipitated. It could be inferred that carrollite dissolution is governed by cooperative bioleaching involving oxidation induced by bacteria attached to the surface and ferric iron re-oxidized by planktonic bacteria in suspension. [less ▲]

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See detailIn situ bidentate to tetradentate ligand exchange reaction in cobalt-mediated radical polymerization
Kermagoret, Anthony ULg; Jérôme, Christine ULg; Detrembleur, Christophe ULg et al

in European Polymer Journal (2015), 62

Organometallic-mediated radical polymerization (OMRP) has seen a significant growth in the last years notably due to the development of new metal complexes, especially cobalt derivatives. Despite of this ... [more ▼]

Organometallic-mediated radical polymerization (OMRP) has seen a significant growth in the last years notably due to the development of new metal complexes, especially cobalt derivatives. Despite of this, none of the reported complexes offers optimal control for monomers with very different reactivity, which somewhat limits the synthesis of copolymers. In order to expand the scope of cobalt-mediated radical polymerization (CMRP), we investigated an in situ ligand exchange reaction for modulating the properties of the cobalt complex at the polymer chain-end and adjusting the C-Co bond strength involved in the control process. With the aim of improving the synthesis of poly(vinyl acetate)-b-poly(n-butyl acrylate) copolymers, bidentate acetylacetonate ligands, which impart high level of control to the polymerization of vinyl acetate (VAc), were replaced in situ at the PVAc-cobalt chain-end by tetradentate Salen type ligands that are more suited to acrylates. [less ▲]

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See detailStimuli-responsive behavior of micelles prepared from a poly(vinyl alcohol)-block-poly(acrylic acid)-block-poly(4-vinylpyridine) triblock terpolymer
Poggi, Elio; Guerlain, Claire; Debuigne, Antoine ULg et al

in European Polymer Journal (2015), 62

A poly(vinyl alcohol)-block-poly(acrylic acid)-block-poly(4-vinylpyridine) triblock terpolymer (PVOH-b-PAA-b-P4VP) is prepared by hydrolyzing a poly(vinyl acetate)-block-poly(acrylonitrile)-block-poly(4 ... [more ▼]

A poly(vinyl alcohol)-block-poly(acrylic acid)-block-poly(4-vinylpyridine) triblock terpolymer (PVOH-b-PAA-b-P4VP) is prepared by hydrolyzing a poly(vinyl acetate)-block-poly(acrylonitrile)-block-poly(4-vinylpyridine) precursor (PVAc-b-PAN-b-P4VP) synthesized by a combination of cobalt-mediated radical polymerization (CMRP) and nitroxide mediated polymerization (NMP). The PVOH-b-PAA-b-P4VP terpolymer is further micellized in water and the accordingly obtained micellar structures are characterized by a combination of dynamic light scattering (DLS) and cryo-transmission electron microscopy (cryo-TEM) as a function of pH. Well-defined micelles are observed in the whole pH range except for pH values below 4.5 where non-aggregated chains (unimers) are present. The formation of micelles can be rationalized by the formation of insoluble PAA/P4VP inter-polyelectrolyte complexes in the 4.5–6 pH range while hydrophobic P4VP cores are observed at pH values above 6. Finally, the effect of the addition of different salts on the micellar characteristic features is investigated. [less ▲]

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See detailA simulation study comparing multiple imputation methods for incomplete longitudinal ordinal data
Donneau, Anne-Françoise ULg; Mauer, Murielle; Molenberghs, Geert et al

in Communications in Statistics : Simulation & Computation (2015), 44(5), 1311-1338

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See detailRhoGTPases as Key players in mammalian cell adaptation to microgravity.
Louis, Fiona; Deroanne, Christophe ULg; Nusgens-Richelle, Betty ULg et al

in BioMed Research International (2015)

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Viehöver, Vera ULg

in Intervalles (2015), 7(2015), -

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See detailCompte-rendu de l'ouvrage d'Eva Illouz : "Hard Romance : "Cinquante nuances de Grey" et nous" (2014)
Ledent, David ULg

in COnTEXTES : Revue de Sociologie de la Littérature (2015)

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See detailEpidemiological Review of Injuries in Rugby Union
Kaux, Jean-François ULg; Julia, Marc; Delvaux, François ULg et al

in Sports (2015), 3(1), 21-29

Rugby is a sport that is growing in popularity. A contact sport par excellence, it causes a significant number of injuries. In Rugby Union, there are 30 to 91 injuries per 1000 match hours. This ... [more ▼]

Rugby is a sport that is growing in popularity. A contact sport par excellence, it causes a significant number of injuries. In Rugby Union, there are 30 to 91 injuries per 1000 match hours. This epidemiological review of injuries incurred by rugby players mentions the position and type of injuries, the causes, time during the match and season in which they occur and the players’ positions as well as the length of players’ absences following the injury. [less ▲]

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See detailA novel form of ficin from Ficus carica latex: Purification and characterization
Baeyens-Volant, Danielle; Matagne, André ULg; El Mahyaoui, Rachida et al

in Phytochemistry (2015), 117

A novel ficin form, named ficin E, was purified from fig tree latex by a combination of cation-exchange chromatography on SP-Sepharose Fast Flow, Thiopropyl Sepharose 4B and fplc-gel filtration ... [more ▼]

A novel ficin form, named ficin E, was purified from fig tree latex by a combination of cation-exchange chromatography on SP-Sepharose Fast Flow, Thiopropyl Sepharose 4B and fplc-gel filtration chromatography. The new ficin appeared not to be sensitive to thiol derivatization by a polyethylene glycol derivative, allowing its purification. The protease is homogeneous according to PAGE, SDS–PAGE, mass spectrometry, N-terminal micro-sequencing analyses and E-64 active site titration. N-terminal sequencing of the first ten residues has shown high identity with the other known ficin (iso)forms. The molecular weight was found to be (24,294 ± 10) Da by mass spectrometry, a lower value than the apparent molecular weight observed on SDS–PAGE, around 27 kDa. Far-UV CD data revealed a secondary structure content of 22% a-helix and 26% b-sheet. The protein is not glycosylated as shown by carbohydrate analysis. pH and temperature measurements indicated maxima activity at pH 6.0 and 50 °C, respectively. Preliminary pH stability analyses have shown that the protease conserved its compact structure in slightly acidic, neutral and alkaline media but at acidic pH (<3), the formation of some relaxed or molten state was evidenced by 8-anilino-1-naphtalenesulfonic acid binding characteristics. Comparison with the known ficins A, B, C, D1 and D2 (iso)forms revealed that ficin E showed activity profile that looked like ficin A against two chromogenic substrates while it resembled ficins D1 and D2 against three fluorogenic substrates. Enzymatic activity of ficin E was not affected by Mg2+, Ca2+ and Mn2+ at a concentration up to 10 mM. However, the activity was completely suppressed by Zn2+ at a concentration of 1 mM. Inhibitory activity measurements clearly identified the enzyme as a cysteine protease, being unaffected by synthetic (Pefabloc SC, benzamidine) and by natural proteinaceous (aprotinin) serine proteases inhibitors, by aspartic proteases inhibitors (pepstatin A) and by metallo-proteases inhibitors (EDTA, EGTA). Surprisingly, it was well affected by the metallo-protease inhibitor o-phenanthroline. The enzymatic activity was however completely blocked by cysteine proteases inhibitors (E-64, iodoacetamide), by thiol-blocking compounds (HgCl2) and by cysteine/serine proteases inhibitors (TLCK and TPCK). This is a novel ficin form according to peptide mass fingerprint analysis, specific amidase activity, SDS–PAGE and PAGE electrophoretic mobility, N-terminal sequencing and unproneness to thiol pegylation. [less ▲]

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

in Health Information andLibraries Journal (2015)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

in Agronomy for Sustainable Development (2015)

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

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

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See detailChallenge with lipopolysaccharides or Freund's adjuvant? What is the best option to trigger acute phase protein production in broilers?
Koppenol, A.; Everaert, Nadia ULg; Buyse, J. et al

in Research in Veterinary Science (2015), 99

Broilers were injected at 10 days of age with either Escherichia coli lipopolysaccharides (LPS) or with Freund's adjuvants (FA) to investigate its triggering effect on the acute phase reaction (APR ... [more ▼]

Broilers were injected at 10 days of age with either Escherichia coli lipopolysaccharides (LPS) or with Freund's adjuvants (FA) to investigate its triggering effect on the acute phase reaction (APR). First the kinetics of certain APP was studied by sampling blood 4 h, 8 h, 12 h and 24 h post injection with LPS. Ovotransferrin (OVT) and ?-1 acid glycoprotein (AGP) concentration increased with time post injection (PI) with LPS to reach a plateau at 12 and 24 h PI. Caeruloplasmin (CP) did not increase with time PI. Compared to injection with phosphate buffered saline, OVT concentrations were higher when injecting chicks with LPS at all time points PI. At 24 h PI, LPS injection resulted in higher OVT and AGP concentration compared to injection with FA. It is recommended to use LPS instead of FA to trigger the APR. The best time point to sample blood for APP determination is 24 h PI. � 2015 Elsevier Ltd. [less ▲]

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See detailBioaccumulation of organohalogenated compounds in sharks and rays from the southeastern USA
Weijs, Liesbeth; Briels, Nathalie; Adams, Douglas et al

in Environmental Research (2015), 137

Organohalogenated compounds are widespread in the marine environment and can be a serious threat to organisms in all levels of aquatic food webs, including elasmobranch species. Information about the ... [more ▼]

Organohalogenated compounds are widespread in the marine environment and can be a serious threat to organisms in all levels of aquatic food webs, including elasmobranch species. Information about the concentrations of POPs (persistent organic pollutants) and of MeO-PBDEs (methoxylated polybrominated diphenyl ethers) in elasmobranchs is scarce and potential toxic effects are poorly understood. The aims of the present study were therefore to investigate the occurrence of multiple POP classes (PCBs, PBDEs, DDXs, HCB, CHLs) and of MeO-PBDEs in various elasmobranch species from different trophic levels in estuarine and marine waters of the southeastern United States. Overall, levels and patterns of PCBs, PBDEs, DDXs, HCB, CHLs and of MeO-PBDEs varied according to the species, maturity stage, gender and habitat type. The lowest levels of POPs were found in Atlantic stingrays and the highest levels were found in bull sharks. As both species are respectively near the bottom and at top of the trophic web, with juvenile bull sharks frequently feeding on Atlantic stingrays, these findings further suggest a bioaccumulation and biomagnification process with trophic position. MeO-PBDEs were not detected in Atlantic stingrays, but were found in all shark species. HCB was not found in Atlantic stingrays, bonnetheads or lemon sharks, but was detected in the majority of bull sharks examined. Comparison with previous studies suggests that Atlantic stingrays may be experiencing toxic effects of PCBs and DDXs on their immune system. However, the effect of these compounds on the health of shark species remains unclear. [less ▲]

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See detailAnalyse quantitative de la consommation en viande de brousse en vue d’une gestion durable de la faune sauvage au Gabon
Ngama, Steeve ULg

in Tropicultura (2015), NS

In Gabon, like everywhere in the Central Africa region, hunting could lead to serious ecological damages in the near future. Yet, quantifying bush meat contribution to local people diet will help to ... [more ▼]

In Gabon, like everywhere in the Central Africa region, hunting could lead to serious ecological damages in the near future. Yet, quantifying bush meat contribution to local people diet will help to improve the efficiency when operating necessary hunting regulation. The purpose of this study was to provide more data on wildlife contribution to forest people’s diet and the influence of related factors. To do so, 36 households were surveyed during one year time in the Ipassa reserve buffer zone in Makokou, Gabon. This study reveals that 53.1% of meats consumed by surveyed people are from wildlife. Moreover, this consumption was influenced by (i) the fact that households’ chiefs are salaried, farmers or hunters, (ii) the distance from households’ residences to the reserve and (iii) meat prices on markets. In addition, poultry meat appears to be a potential alternative to bushmeat and even constituted 52.4% of consumptions in one of the survey areas where the greatest number of households’ chiefs were salaried. [less ▲]

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See detailTechnical Note: Large overestimation of pCO2 calculated from pH and alkalinity in acidic, organic-rich freshwaters
Abril, G; Bouillon, S; Darchambeau, François ULg et al

in Biogeosciences (2015), 12(1), 67-78

Inland waters have been recognized as a significant source of carbon dioxide (CO2) to the atmosphere at the global scale. Fluxes of CO2 between aquatic systems and the atmosphere are calculated from the ... [more ▼]

Inland waters have been recognized as a significant source of carbon dioxide (CO2) to the atmosphere at the global scale. Fluxes of CO2 between aquatic systems and the atmosphere are calculated from the gas transfer velocity and the water–air gradient of the partial pressure of CO2 (pCO2). Currently, direct measurements of water pCO2 remain scarce in freshwaters, and most published pCO2 data are calculated from temperature, pH and total alkalinity (TA). Here, we compare calculated (pH and TA) and measured (equilibrator and headspace) water pCO2 in a large array of temperate and tropical freshwaters. The 761 data points cover a wide range of values for TA (0 to 14 200 μmol L􀀀1), pH (3.94 to 9.17), measured pCO2 (36 to 23 000 ppmv), and dissolved organic carbon (DOC) (29 to 3970 μmol L􀀀1). Calculated pCO2 were >10% higher than measured pCO2 in 60% of the samples (with a median overestimation of calculated pCO2 compared to measured pCO2 of 2560 ppmv) and were >100% higher in the 25% most organic-rich and acidic samples (with a median overestimation of 9080 ppmv). We suggest these large overestimations of calculated pCO2 with respect to measured pCO2 are due to the combination of two cumulative effects: (1) a more significant contribution of organic acids anions to TA in waters with low carbonate alkalinity and high DOC concentrations; (2) a lower buffering capacity of the carbonate system at low pH, which increases the sensitivity of calculated pCO2 to TA in acidic and organicrich waters. No empirical relationship could be derived from our data set in order to correct calculated pCO2 for this bias. Owing to the widespread distribution of acidic, organic-rich freshwaters, we conclude that regional and global estimates of CO2 outgassing from freshwaters based on pH and TA data only are most likely overestimated, although the magnitude of the overestimation needs further quantitative analysis. Direct measurements of pCO2 are recommended in inland waters in general, and in particular in acidic, poorly buffered freshwaters [less ▲]

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

in Veterinary Medicine International (2015)

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See detailFaire la guerre, faire l’État. Les officiers « militaires » sous les trois premiers souverains Valois de Naples
Masson, Christophe ULg

in Mélanges de l'Ecole française de Rome. Moyen-Age (2015), CXXVII(I),

From Louis Ist to René Ist, the Valois dukes of Anjou tried to establish their power on the kingdom of Naples. The former had indeed been adopted by Jeanne Ist, the last queen of the Capetian dynasty. The ... [more ▼]

From Louis Ist to René Ist, the Valois dukes of Anjou tried to establish their power on the kingdom of Naples. The former had indeed been adopted by Jeanne Ist, the last queen of the Capetian dynasty. The Valois dukes led several military expeditions to establish their power in Naples, facing the rivalry of the Anjou-Duras and then of the Aragon dynasty. These armies would later on constitute the framework of the Valois’s local administration in Italy. This paper will examine how the three first dukes of Anjou exerted military power. On the one hand, the smaller military responsibilities—exerted on a limited geographical area—were most of the time entrusted to Neapolitean subjects. On the other hand, the officers in charge of the conduct of armies and of the strongholds close to the prince (castles or province of residence) turned out to be most of the time entrusted to foreigners. In sum, the balance of power between the local feudal lords and the duke of Anjou drew the military structures of the royal power; and each of the parties found there its own interest. [less ▲]

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See detailL’acte incendiaire, son sujet et sa signification : propositions à partir du Saint Genet de Jean-Paul Sartre
Englebert, Jérôme ULg

in Annales Médico-Psychologiques (2015), 172(2), 186-192

Objectives In this paper we studied fire setters with the hermeneutics’ method from the philosophy of Jean-Paul Sartre. In the psychobiography of Jean Genet, the philosopher raises issues of the ... [more ▼]

Objectives In this paper we studied fire setters with the hermeneutics’ method from the philosophy of Jean-Paul Sartre. In the psychobiography of Jean Genet, the philosopher raises issues of the infractional acting and its social meaning. Methods After recalling the basic notions of international literature about fire setters (including confusion with pyromania, diagnostic problems proposed by the DSM IV and the concept of "communicative arson"), we propose phenomenological and existential clues to discuss the act and its meaning. It is the unlawful act that is analysed and more specifically the arson. We propose different analysis than the psychic causality which is inspired by psychoanalysis. The criminogenesis gives way to a questioning of identity, about the place of fire in the subject’s history and within its relationships to others. As proposed by Sartre, the paradigm of this research is to consider the meaning "as the return of the future in the present". The second field of this study is an analysis of three clinical cases. These cases are the result of a forensic practice. The method is focused on the analysis of a narrative and autobiographical production. By this way we studied the temporal process of these three arsonists. Results A comparative reading of the psychobiography of Jean Genet written by Sartre and of the situation of arsonists gives accurate information. The "criminogenesis" gives way to a questioning of identity. In this way we discuss the meaning of fire in the subject's history and within its relationship to others. We highlight the inscription of the act in the social and constitutive process of the individual. From the clinical material, the author demonstrates a link between arson and construction of identity. Identity is considered as a dialectic between “ipse” and “idem”, as suggested by Ricœur. We can therefore consider the real sense that the arson has from the perspective of the actor but also from the viewpoint of the society and these conceptions may be similar or different. In clinical practice, we recommend to pay special attention to how the fire is part of the biography of the patient. Conclusions The fascination for fire is a source of meaning which can be radically different depending on whether we consider the external interpreter (the world or the clinician) or the author of the action. The basic principles of hermeneutics, as described by Gadamer and Ricœur, are to demonstrate that the understanding and the interpretation are not only the methods used in the human sciences but are also part of the fundamental processes inherent in human nature. Hermeneutics in general is the opposite of a doctrine of truth. It rather seeks to show arbitrarily how the interpretation and the search for meaning are paradigmatic of the human experience. [less ▲]

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See detailFarmers' practices and willingness to adopt supplemental irrigation in Burkina Faso
Zongo, Bétéo ULg; Diarra, Abdoulaye; Barbier, Bruno et al

in International Journal of Food and Agricultural Economics (2015), 3(1), 101-117

This study analyzes farmers' practices and willingness to adopt supplemental irrigation on rainfed crops in the Sahelian and Sudano-Sahelian areas of Burkina Faso. A survey of 629 farmers revealed a ... [more ▼]

This study analyzes farmers' practices and willingness to adopt supplemental irrigation on rainfed crops in the Sahelian and Sudano-Sahelian areas of Burkina Faso. A survey of 629 farmers revealed a diversity of farming practices within and between two agro-climatic zones. Over 65% of farmers believe that supplemental irrigation is a good way to mitigate the adverse effects of dry spells on crop yields. Determining factors of farmers’ willingness to adopt supplemental irrigation were identified using a logistic model. Lack of information is the major obstacle to promoting this innovation. Farmers’ training and information dissemination are the best ways to increase the acceptance of this promising technology. [less ▲]

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

in Bone Marrow Transplantation (2015), 50

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

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

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See detailPaleomagnetic and geochemical record from cores from the Sea of Marmara, Turkey: Age constraints and implications of sapropelic deposition on early diagenesis
Drab, Laureen; Carlut, Julie; Hubert, Aurelia ULg et al

in Marine Geology (2015), 360

We present results of a multi-proxy analysis of two sediment cores from the Marmara Sea. The cores were ana- lyzed using paleomagnetic and geochemical measurements. Two sapropels are documented in the ... [more ▼]

We present results of a multi-proxy analysis of two sediment cores from the Marmara Sea. The cores were ana- lyzed using paleomagnetic and geochemical measurements. Two sapropels are documented in the last 11 kyr and are recorded in several locations across the Marmara Sea. These two sapropels have contrasting magnetic prop- erties. The magnetic record is affected by intense early diagenesis; the most recent upper sapropelic layer has low remanence and susceptibility values. A record of paleomagnetic inclinations could still be isolated above the dia- genesis front and is compared with secular variation models. The lower sapropel is identified in the deep part of the oldest studied core (Klg07) and has distinct magnetic properties characterized by high remanence and sus- ceptibility values. Using the magnetic properties it is possible to constrain bottom water ventilation and recon- nection episodes between the Marmara Sea and the Black Sea following the sea level rise during the last glacial to inter-glacial transition. [less ▲]

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See detailAdded value of a triaxial accelerometer assessing gait parameters to predict falls and mortality among nursing home residents: A two-year prospective study.
Buckinx, Fanny ULg; Beaudart, Charlotte ULg; Slomian, Justine ULg et al

in Technology and health care : official journal of the European Society for Engineering and Medicine (2015), 23

BACKGROUND: Gait impairment seems to be a risk factor for falls and mortality. Because gait change cannot be determined easily with classical clinical tests, some authors have suggested that it might be ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: Gait impairment seems to be a risk factor for falls and mortality. Because gait change cannot be determined easily with classical clinical tests, some authors have suggested that it might be useful to use a gait-analysis system among elderly community-dwelling people. OBJECTIVE: The main objective of the present study was to determine the predictive value of a quantitative evaluation of the gait characteristics in nursing home residents for the occurrence of falls and death performed using a tri-axial accelerometer (Locometrix(R)). MATERIAL AND METHODS: One hundred elderly nursing home residents (80 women and 20 men, mean age 86.4 +/- 6.04 years) were included in this study with the aim to follow them for 2 years. Deaths and falls were systematically recorded. A quantitative evaluation of a 10-second walk was performed with a tri-axial accelerometer (Locometrix(R)). Demographic data (i.e age, sex, body mass index) and clinical data (i.e. fall risk evaluated by the Tinetti test) were also recorded. RESULTS: During the two years of follow-up, 27 patients died. After adjustment on all potential confounding variables, only body mass index was significantly associated with the risk of mortality with an odds ratio of 0.86 (95% CI: 0.77-0.96, p=0.04). At the end of the study period, 440 falls had occurred (mean: 4.44 +/- 6.79 falls per patient) but no single factors were independently associated with fall incidence. CONCLUSION: Our results show that a quantitative gait analysis performed using a tri-axial accelerometer is not predictive of long-term falls and mortality among nursing home residents. [less ▲]

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See detailHow does thymus infection by coxsackievirus contribute to the pathogenesis of type 1 diabetes?
Michaux, Hélène ULg; Martens, Henri ULg; Jaïdane, Hela et al

in Frontiers in Immunology (2015), 6(Article 338), 1-6

Through synthesis and presentation of neuroendocrine self-antigens by major histocom- patibility complex proteins, thymic epithelial cells (TECs) play a crucial role in programing central immune self ... [more ▼]

Through synthesis and presentation of neuroendocrine self-antigens by major histocom- patibility complex proteins, thymic epithelial cells (TECs) play a crucial role in programing central immune self-tolerance to neuroendocrine functions. Insulin-like growth factor- 2 (IGF-2) is the dominant gene/polypeptide of the insulin family that is expressed in TECs from different animal species and humans. Igf2 transcription is defective in the thymus of diabetes-prone bio-breeding rats, and tolerance to insulin is severely decreased in Igf2−/− mice. For more than 15 years now, our group is investigating the hypothesis that, besides a pancreotropic action, infection by coxsackievirus B4 (CV- B4) could implicate the thymus as well, and interfere with the intrathymic programing of central tolerance to the insulin family and secondarily to insulin-secreting islet β cells. In this perspective, we have demonstrated that a productive infection of the thymus occurs after oral CV-B4 inoculation of mice. Moreover, our most recent data have demonstrated that CV-B4 infection of a murine medullary (m) TEC line induces a significant decrease in Igf2 expression and IGF-2 production. In these conditions, Igf1 expression was much less affected by CV-B4 infection, while Ins2 transcription was not detected in this cell line. Through the inhibition of Igf2 expression in TECs, CV-B4 infection could lead to a breakdown of central immune tolerance to the insulin family and promote an autoimmune response against insulin-secreting islet β cells. Our major research objective now is to understand the molecular mechanisms by which CV-B4 infection of TECs leads to a major decrease in Igf2 expression in these cells. [less ▲]

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See detailEffect of improved feeding and housing, Friesian blood level and parity on milk production of Ankole x Friesian cows
Kibwana, Denise Katungu; Makumyaviri, A.M.; Hornick, Jean-Luc ULg

in Pakistan Veterinary Journal (2015), 35(1), 76-80

In North Kivu, D.R. Congo, cattle are raised in extensive systems based on local breeds and crossbreds. This farming method affects the performance of dairy animals and mortgages the level of milk ... [more ▼]

In North Kivu, D.R. Congo, cattle are raised in extensive systems based on local breeds and crossbreds. This farming method affects the performance of dairy animals and mortgages the level of milk consumption in population. An improved farming system, including feed supplementation, Friesian cross-breeding and the sheltering of animals in stalls at night, was studied to evaluate its effect on milk production by Ankole x Friesian crossbreds. The study was performed in Beni, D.R. Congo, on two groups of 15 animals (control group-CoG and improved group-IG), homogeneous according to Friesian blood and parity levels. The improved system, Friesian blood and parity levels increased significantly milk production (P<0.001). Farming system increased milk production by 1.6 l/d (5.2 l/d vs 6.8 l/d respectively in CoG and IG). Milk production ranged from 5.3±0.04 l/d to 6.6±0.02 l/d and from 4.9±0.02 l/d to 7.2±0.02 l/d according, respectively, to Friesian blood level and parity. A significant interaction was observed between farming system and Friesian blood level, and between farming system and parity (P<0.001). The two groups were characterized by a fair adaptation to forage availability associated to climatic factors. The study showed the importance of genetic and environmental factors on the milk production of crossbred dairy cows of the region. [less ▲]

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See detailAnxiety at the first radiotherapy session for non-metastatic breast cancer: Key communication and communication-related predictors.
Lewis, Florence; Merckaert, Isabelle; Lienard, Aurore et al

in Radiotherapy and oncology : journal of the European Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology (2015), 114(1), 35-41

BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Patients may experience clinically relevant anxiety at their first radiotherapy (RT) sessions. To date, studies have not investigated during/around the RT simulation the key ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Patients may experience clinically relevant anxiety at their first radiotherapy (RT) sessions. To date, studies have not investigated during/around the RT simulation the key communication and communication-related predictors of this clinically relevant anxiety. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Breast cancer patients (n=227) completed visual analog scale (VAS) assessments of anxiety before and after their first RT sessions. Clinically relevant anxiety was defined as having pre- and post-first RT session VAS scores 4cm. Communication during RT simulation was assessed with content analysis software (LaComm), and communication-related variables around the RT simulation were assessed with questionnaires. RESULTS: Clinically relevant anxiety at the first RT session was predicted by lower self-efficacy to communicate with the RT team (OR=0.65; p=0.020), the perception of lower support received from the RT team (OR=0.70; p=0.020), lower knowledge of RT-associated side effects (OR=0.95; p=0.057), and higher use of emotion-focused coping (OR=1.09; p=0.013). CONCLUSIONS: This study provides RT team members with information about potential communication strategies, which may be used to reduce patient anxiety at the first RT session. [less ▲]

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See detailLes pouvoirs du curateur aux meubles
Moreau, Pierre ULg

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

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See detailAbsence of female-typical pheromone-induced hypothalamic neural responses and kisspeptin neuronal activity in alpha-fetoprotein knockout female mice.
Taziaux, Mélanie ULg; Bakker, Julie ULg

in Endocrinology (2015)

Pheromones induce sexually dimorphic neuroendocrine responses, such as LH secretion. However, the neuronal network by which pheromones are converted into signals that will initiate and modulate endocrine ... [more ▼]

Pheromones induce sexually dimorphic neuroendocrine responses, such as LH secretion. However, the neuronal network by which pheromones are converted into signals that will initiate and modulate endocrine changes remains unclear. We asked whether two sexually dimorphic populations in the anteroventral periventricular and periventricular nuclei (AVPV/PeN) that express kisspeptin and tyrosine hydroxylase (TH) are potential candidates that will transduce the olfactory signal to the neuroendocrine system. Furthermore, we assessed whether this transduction is sensitive to perinatal actions of estradiol by using female mice deficient in alpha-fetoprotein (AfpKO), which lack the protective actions of Afp against maternal estradiol. Wild-type (WT) and AfpKO male and female mice were exposed to same- versus opposite-sex odors and the expression of c-Fos was analyzed along the olfactory projection pathways as well as whether kisspeptin, TH and gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) neurons are responsive to opposite-sex odors. Male odors induced a female-typical Fos expression in target forebrain sites of olfactory inputs involved in reproduction in WT, but not in AfpKO females, whereas female odors induced a male-typical Fos expression in males of both genotypes. In WT females, opposite-sex odors induced Fos in kisspeptin and TH neurons, whereas in AfpKO females and WT males, only a lower, but still significant, Fos expression was observed in TH, but not in kisspeptin neurons. Finally, opposite-sex odors did not induce any significant Fos expression in GnRH neurons of both sexes or genotypes. Our results strongly suggest a role for fetal estrogen in the sexual differentiation of neural responses to sex-related olfactory cues. [less ▲]

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

in Human Heredity (2015)

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See detailModave/Vierset-Barse : campagne de fouilles 2013 sur le site de "Rocher du Vieux-Château" à Pont-de-Bonne
Lucon, Yorick; Schaus, Amandine; Delye, Emmanuel ULg

in Chronique de l'Archéologie Wallonne (2015), 22

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

in Advances in Virus Research (2015), 93

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See detailDetection of differential item functioning using the lasso approach
Magis, David ULg; Tuerlinckx, Francis; De Boeck, Paul

in Journal of Educational & Behavioral Statistics (2015), 40

This paper proposes a novel approach to detect differential item functioning (DIF) among dichotomously scored items. Unlike standard DIF methods that perform an item-by-item analysis, we propose the “LR ... [more ▼]

This paper proposes a novel approach to detect differential item functioning (DIF) among dichotomously scored items. Unlike standard DIF methods that perform an item-by-item analysis, we propose the “LR lasso DIF method”: logistic regression (LR) model is formulated for all item responses. The model contains item specific intercepts, an effect of the sum score and item-group interaction (i.e. DIF) effects, with a lasso penalty on all DIF parameters. Optimal penalty parameter selection is investigated through several known information criteria (AIC, BIC and cross-validation) as well as through a newly developed alternative. A simulation study was conducted to compare the global performance of the suggested “LR lasso DIF” method to the logistic regression and Mantel-Haenszel methods (in terms of false alarm and hit rates). It is concluded that for small samples the LR lasso DIF approach globally outperforms the logistic regression method, and also the Mantel-Haenszel method, especially in the presence of item impact, while it yields similar results with larger samples. [less ▲]

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See detailHabitat use by white-thighed colobus in the Kikélé sacred forest: ativity budget, feeding ecology and selection of sleeping trees
Djègo-Djossou, Sylvie; Koné, I; Fandohan, A.B. et al

in Primate conservation (2015), 29

Abstract: Understanding habitat preference and use is an important aspect of primate ecology, and is essential for setting conservation strategies. This study examined the activity budget, feeding ecology ... [more ▼]

Abstract: Understanding habitat preference and use is an important aspect of primate ecology, and is essential for setting conservation strategies. This study examined the activity budget, feeding ecology and selection of sleeping trees of a population of white-thighed colobus (Colobus vellerosus). A group of 18 was followed during 72 days over a full annual cycle in the Kikélé Sacred Forest of the Bassila administrative region in central Benin (West Africa). Activity budget and diet were determined using scan sampling. The structure of the habitat and the physical characteristics of sleeping trees were determined using plot surveys. Resting, feeding, moving, social interactions and other activities accounted for 56.6%, 26.3%, 13.0%, 3.3%, and 0.7% of the activity budget, respectively. The group spent more time feeding and less time moving in the dry season compared to the rainy season. The diet was composed of 35 plant species belonging to 16 families, with items including leaves, fruits, seeds, buds, bark, flowers, gum, and inflorescences. Only three tree species were used as sleeping trees: Celtis integrifolia, Cola cordifolia, and Holoptelea grandis. Our findings suggest that the monkeys prefer tall (22.53 ± SD 3.76 m) and large-trunked (112.07 ± SD 14.23 cm) sleeping trees. The results of this study can be used for sound management of the white-thighed colobus in the study area and elsewhere. [less ▲]

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

in Veterinary Microbiology (2015)

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See detailEffects of seawater temperature on sound characteristics in Ophidion rochei (Ophidiidae)
Kever, Loïc ULg; Boyle, Kelly S.; Parmentier, Eric ULg

in Journal of Fish Biology (2015)

Although the sound production mechanisms of male and female Ophidion rochei (Ophidiidae) differ significantly, temperature affects them in the same manner. In both sexes, temperature correlated negatively ... [more ▼]

Although the sound production mechanisms of male and female Ophidion rochei (Ophidiidae) differ significantly, temperature affects them in the same manner. In both sexes, temperature correlated negatively with pulse period and positively with sound frequencies but had no, or weak effects on other sound characteristics [less ▲]

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See detailWelcome to papers from the Second International Meeting of Agora Paleobotanica
Cascales - Miñana, Borja ULg; Diez, José B.

in Historical Biology (2015), 27(3–4), 291293

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

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

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

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

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See detailMorphological details in bloodstain particles
De Wael, Kris; Lepot, Laurent ULg

in Forensic Science International (2015), 246(0), 50-54

Abstract During the commission of crimes blood can be transferred to the clothing of the offender or on other crime related objects. Bloodstain particles are sub-millimetre sized flakes that are lost from ... [more ▼]

Abstract During the commission of crimes blood can be transferred to the clothing of the offender or on other crime related objects. Bloodstain particles are sub-millimetre sized flakes that are lost from dried bloodstains. The nature of these red particles is easily confirmed using spectroscopic methods. In casework, bloodstain particles showing highly detailed morphological features were observed. These provided a rationale for a series of experiments described in this work. It was found that the “largest” particles are shed from blood deposited on polyester and polyamide woven fabrics. No particles are lost from the stains made on absorbent fabrics and from those made on knitted fabrics. The morphological features observed in bloodstain particles can provide important information on the substrates from which they were lost. [less ▲]

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

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

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See detailFamilial Isolated pituitary adenomas (FIPA) and mutations in the aryl hydrocarbon receptor interacting protein (AIP) gene
Daly, Adrian ULg; Beckers, Albert ULg

in Endocrinology & Metabolism Clinics of North America (2015), 44

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See detailOak barks as raw materials for the extraction of polyphenols for the chemical and pharmaceutical sectors: a regional case study
Dedrie, Maxime; Jacquet, Nicolas ULg; Bombeck, Pierre-Louis ULg et al

in Industrial Crops and Products (2015), 70

Despite their potential for chemical recycling, residues from forest harvesting and wood processing are mostly used for industrial applications with low added value (energy, paper pulp, panels). Bark of ... [more ▼]

Despite their potential for chemical recycling, residues from forest harvesting and wood processing are mostly used for industrial applications with low added value (energy, paper pulp, panels). Bark of both oak species, Quercus robur L. 1753, Quercus petraea (Matt.) Liebl. 1784 is a by-product from sawmill and pulp mill activities. Bark is mainly used as a fuel for the same wood plants. The aim of this study is to look at the feasibility of enhancing the value of this material through the extraction of bioactive molecules such as polyphenols (i.e. catechin, gallic and ellagic acids). First, the effect of industrial storage of logs and bark on their polyphenol content was explored. Then, referring to the selection of tan oaks in the past, the question of an optimum harvesting age is addressed in order to maximize the polyphenol content of the barks. In the end, molecular diversity of bark is examined through the identification of molecules of interest, using different chromatographic analyses. The results show an effect of the industrial context and an effect of the raw material age on the chemical properties of the bark. First investigations also highlight molecules of interest and the molecular diversity, which needs to be further explored. [less ▲]

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See detailERRA-KIBRI, ŠABRA D’IDDIN-ILUM ET SES COLLEGUES
Colonna d'Istria, Laurent ULg; Beyer, Dominique

in Journal of Cuneiform Studies (2015), 67

In an article entitled “Wer war Tarâm-Mari?” K. Hecker (2008) published two private contracts from the Old Assyrian Karum II level at Kültepe-Kaniš (Kt m/k and Kt 102 m/171 k). These contracts bore the ... [more ▼]

In an article entitled “Wer war Tarâm-Mari?” K. Hecker (2008) published two private contracts from the Old Assyrian Karum II level at Kültepe-Kaniš (Kt m/k and Kt 102 m/171 k). These contracts bore the impression of the seal of someone who was a dependent of Iddin-Ilum, the ruler (šakkanakku) of the Syrian city of Mari. In this study we propose to read the name of the original owner of the seal as Erra-kibrī rather than as of Tarâm-Mari as had been previously proposed, and to identify him as a ŠABRA official. This seal also provides another example of representation of the goddess who wields a knife, one who occurs frequently on seals of ŠABRA’s and other officials during the reigns of Iddin-ilum and Isi-Dagan of Mari. [less ▲]

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See detailMultiple timescale spectral analysis
Denoël, Vincent ULg

in Probabilistic Engineering Mechanics (2015), 39(0), 69--86

Abstract Spectral analysis is a classical tool for the structural analysis of structures subjected to random excitations. The most common application of spectral analysis is the determination of the ... [more ▼]

Abstract Spectral analysis is a classical tool for the structural analysis of structures subjected to random excitations. The most common application of spectral analysis is the determination of the steady-state second order cumulant of a linear oscillator, under the action of a stationary loading prescribed by means of its power spectral density. There exists however a broad variety of such similar problems, extending the concept to multi degree-of-freedom systems, non Gaussian excitation, slightly nonlinear oscillators or even transient excitations. In this wide class of problems, the cumulants of the response are obtained as the result of the integral of corresponding spectra over the frequency space, which is possibly multidimensional. Application of standard numerical integration techniques may be prohibitive, a reason why the spectral approach is often left aside. Besides, many engineering problems involve a clear timescale separation, usually of those pertaining to the loading and to the mechanical behavior of the system. In these problems, a proper consideration of the timescale separation results in dropping the order of integration by one, at least. This offers the possibility to derive analytical solutions, whenever the order of integration drops to zero, or to make numerical integration competitive. The paper presents this general method, together with some applications in wind and marine engineering. [less ▲]

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See detailWhich Fungus Originally was Trichophyton mentagrophytes? Historical Review and Illustration by a Clinical Case
Chollet, A; Cattin, V; Fratti, M et al

in Mycopathologia (2015), 180

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See detailEffect of enzymatic treatment on rheological properties, glass temperature transition and microstructure of date syrup
Abbès, Fatma; Masmoudi, Manel; Kchaou, Wissal et al

in LWT - Food Science and Technology (2015), 60

A knowledge of rheological properties is of importance in processing, handling, process design, product development and quality control. This study investigates the effect of commercial hydrolytic enzymes ... [more ▼]

A knowledge of rheological properties is of importance in processing, handling, process design, product development and quality control. This study investigates the effect of commercial hydrolytic enzymes (pectinase and cellulase) on rheological properties and glass temperature transition of date syrup. Date syrups obtained by enzymatic extraction exhibited a quasi Newtonian behaviour. The enzyme-treated date syrups showed the highest values of activation energy (Ea). Therefore, these syrups showed the most temperature dependency. Dynamic shear results revealed viscous behaviour for date syrups indicating that both syrups displayed liquid-like behaviour. Temperature significantly affected both (G') and (G''). The glass transition temperature (Tg) of date syrups varied between -39.56 and -45.74 °C depending on their composition. Glass transition temperature of date syrups decreased linearly with an increase in water content. [less ▲]

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See detailA 24-month Study Evaluating the Efficacy and Safety of Denosumab for the Treatment of Men With Low Bone Mineral Density: Results From the ADAMO Trial.
Langdahl, Bente L.; Teglbjaerg, Christence S.; Ho, Pei-Ran et al

in The Journal of clinical endocrinology and metabolism (2015), 100(4), 1335-1342

Context: One in 4 men in the US aged >50 will suffer an osteoporosis-related fracture. Less data are available on osteoporosis treatment in men than women. Objective: Evaluate denosumab therapy in men ... [more ▼]

Context: One in 4 men in the US aged >50 will suffer an osteoporosis-related fracture. Less data are available on osteoporosis treatment in men than women. Objective: Evaluate denosumab therapy in men with low BMD. Design: Phase 3 study with two treatment periods: a previously reported 12-month double-blind, placebo-controlled phase and a 12-month open-label phase. Setting: Multicenter in North America and Europe. Participants: 228 men entered the open-label phase and 219 completed the study. Intervention: Men from the original denosumab (long-term) and placebo (crossover) groups received denosumab 60 mg SC every 6 months. Main Outcome Measures: BMD, serum C-telopeptide (sCTX), and safety. Results: During the open-label phase, continued BMD increases occurred with long-term denosumab treatment (2.2% lumbar spine; 0.9% total hip; 1.3% femoral neck; 1.3% trochanter; and 0.2% 1/3 radius), resulting in cumulative 24-month gains from baseline of 8.0%, 3.4%, 3.4%, 4.6%, and 0.7%, respectively (all P<0.01). The crossover group showed BMD gains after 12 months of denosumab treatment similar to the long-term denosumab group during the first treatment year. Significant reductions in sCTX were observed following denosumab administration. Adverse events rates were similar between groups and no new safety signals identified. Conclusions: In men with low BMD, denosumab treatment for a second year continued to increase BMD, maintained reductions in bone resorption, and was well tolerated. BMD increased in men initiating denosumab during the second year. These effects were similar to those previously seen in postmenopausal women with osteoporosis and men with prostate cancer on androgen deprivation therapy. [less ▲]

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

in Advanced drug delivery reviews (2015), 84

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

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

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See detailAnatomically discrete sex differences in neuroplasticity in zebra finches as reflected by perineuronal nets.
Cornez, Gilles; Ter Haar, Sita M.; Cornil, Charlotte ULg et al

in PloS one (2015), 10(4), 0123199

Large morphological sex differences in the vertebrate brain were initially identified in song control nuclei of oscines. Besides gross differences between volumes of nuclei in males and females, sex ... [more ▼]

Large morphological sex differences in the vertebrate brain were initially identified in song control nuclei of oscines. Besides gross differences between volumes of nuclei in males and females, sex differences also concern the size and dendritic arborization of neurons and various neurochemical markers, such as the calcium-binding protein parvalbumin (PV). Perineuronal nets (PNN) of the extracellular matrix are aggregates of different compounds, mainly chondroitin sulfate proteoglycans, that surround subsets of neurons, often expressing PV. PNN develop in zebra finches song control nuclei around the end of the sensitive period for song learning and tutor deprivation, known to delay the end of the song learning sensitive period, decreases the numbers of PNN in HVC. We demonstrate here the existence in zebra finches of a major sex difference (males > females) affecting the number of PNN (especially those surrounding PV-positive cells) in HVC and to a smaller extent the robust nucleus of the arcopallium, RA, the two main nuclei controlling song production. These differences were not present in Area X and LMAN, the lateral magnocellular nucleus of the anterior nidopallium. A dense expression of material immunoreactive for chondroitin sulfate was also detected in several nuclei of the auditory and visual pathways. This material was often organized in perineuronal rings but quantification of these PNN did not reveal any sex difference with the exception that the percentage of PNN surrounding PV-ir cells in the dorsal lateral mesencephalic nucleus, MLd, was larger in females than in males, a sex difference in the opposite direction compared to what is seen in HVC and RA. These data confirm and extend previous studies demonstrating the sex difference affecting PNN in HVC-RA by showing that this sex difference is anatomically specific and does not concern visual or auditory pathways. [less ▲]

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