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See detailCompte-rendu de l'ouvrage de Robert Ford et Bob McGrath : ZYDECO DISCOGRAPHY 1949-2010
Sacré, Robert ULg

in ABS Magazine (2017), (53),

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See detailFirst Report of Candidatus Liberibacter solanacearum Associated with the Psyllid Bactericera trigonica Hodkinson on Carrots in Northern Africa
Tahzima, R.; Massart, Sébastien ULg; Achbani, E.H. et al

in Plant Disease (2017), 101(1), 242

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See detailOral contraceptive and acute intestinal ischemia with mesenteric venous thrombosis: a case report
BELIARD, Aude ULg; VERRETH, Lucie; GRANDJEAN, Pascale

in Open Access Journal of Contraception (2017), 8

Background: Venous thrombosis is a serious complication of combined contraceptive. However, mesenteric venous thrombosis and intestinal necrosis are infrequently seen in women using oral contraceptives ... [more ▼]

Background: Venous thrombosis is a serious complication of combined contraceptive. However, mesenteric venous thrombosis and intestinal necrosis are infrequently seen in women using oral contraceptives and diagnosis is often delayed. Case presentation: We report a case of a 38-year-old obese female patient who presented with acute abdominal pain. A bowel infection was first diagnosed and treated with antibiotics. Contrast-enhanced tomography of the abdomen revealed diffuse ischemia of small intestine with superior mesenteric thrombosis. Laparotomy with segmental resection of both small and large bowel was performed. No predisposing factor of mesenteric venous thrombosis was demonstrated except association of combined contraceptive with obesity. Conclusion: This report highlights the need for clinicians to suspect venous mesenteric thrombosis in women of reproductive age with acute abdominal pain with poor physical findings. Detailed personal history including prescriptions should help to quickly and accurately determine the problem. [less ▲]

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See detailPost-embryonic development of sheepshead minnow Cyprinodon variegatus: a staging tool based on externally visible anatomical traits
Schnitzler, Joseph ULg; Dussenne, Mélanie ULg; Frederich, Bruno ULg et al

in Ichthyological Research (2017), 64

The sheepshead minnow Cyprinodon variegatus has become a favoured model for laboratory studies because of their small size, rapid development, and tolerance of laboratory conditions. Here, we analyse ... [more ▼]

The sheepshead minnow Cyprinodon variegatus has become a favoured model for laboratory studies because of their small size, rapid development, and tolerance of laboratory conditions. Here, we analyse sheepshead minnow post-embryonic development with the goal of providing a generally useful method for staging fish after embryogenesis. Groups of three females and two males were placed in breeding chambers designed for this experiment. More than 100 eggs were collected and maintained in seawater. Embryos were selected under a dissection microscope and placed in incubation dishes (50 per dish) at 26 °C. On day six, embryos hatched and larvae were transferred to 1 L beakers. To define a simplified normalization table for sheepshead minnow development, we measured each fish for its standard length and examined the fish for four externally evident traits: pigmentation pattern, caudal fin morphology, anal fin morphology, and dorsal fin morphology. The four traits were chosen, because they are easily visualized with standard laboratory equipment such as the stereomicroscope and camera. We have provided criteria for staging sheepshead minnows in studies of post-embryonic development. Our data suggest that dorsal and anal fin morphology may serve as a useful phenotype for defining metamorphic climax stages throughout post-embryonic development in C. variegatus. The staging systems we propose should facilitate detailed anatomical and developmental analyses in relation to ecotoxicological studies on potential disruption of the thyroid axis by xenobiotics and endocrine-disrupting compounds. [less ▲]

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See detailNullité et restitutions – À propos de la nullité d’une convention portant mise à disposition de travailleurs conclue en méconnaissance de la loi du 24 juillet 1987
Daumen, Laura ULg

in Revue Générale de Droit Civil Belge = Tijdschrift voor Belgisch Burgerlijk (2017), 2017(1), 41

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See detailPrecision measurement of radioactivity in Gamma-rays spectrometry using two HPGe detectors (BEGe-6530 and GC0818-7600SL models) comparison techniques: Application to the soil measurement.
Guembou Shouop, Cébastien Joel ULg; Samafou Penabei; NDONTCHUENG MOYO, Maurice et al

in MethodsX (2017), 4(42-54), 2017

To obtain high quality of results in gamma spectrometry, it is necessary to select the best HPGe detector for particular measurements, to calibrate energy and efficiency of gamma detector as accurate as ... [more ▼]

To obtain high quality of results in gamma spectrometry, it is necessary to select the best HPGe detector for particular measurements, to calibrate energy and efficiency of gamma detector as accurate as possible. To achieve this aim, the convenient detector model and gamma source can be very useful. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the soil specific activity using two HPGe model (BEGe-6530 and GC0818-7600SL) by comparing the results of the two detectors and the technics used according to the detector type. The relative uncertainty activity concentration was calculated for 226Ra, 232Th and 40K. For broad energy germanium detector, BEGe-6530, the relative uncertainty concentration ranged from 2.85 to 3.09% with a mean of 2.99% for 226Ra, from 2.29 to 2.49% with a means of 2.36% for 232Th and from 3.47 to 22.37% with a mean of 12.52% for 40K. For GC0818-7600SL detector, it was ranged from 10.45 to 25.55% with a mean of 17.10% for 226Ra, from 2.54 to 3.56% with a means of 3.10% for 232Th and from 3.42 to 7.65% with a mean of 5.58% for 40K. The average report between GC0818-7600SL model and BEGe-6530 model was calculated and showed the mean value of 3.36. The main study was based on the following points: • Determination of The relative uncertainty activity concentration of 226Ra, 232Th and 40K • Determination of the relative uncertainty related to the radium equivalent activity to compare the performance of the two detection systems • Proved that the activity concentration determination in gamma spectrometry depended on the energy range emitted by a radionuclide. This study showed that the standard deviation measurement was less important to the result realized with BEGe-6530 HPGe model. Our findings were demonstrated that the results of the Broad Energy Germanium detector were more reliable. [less ▲]

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See detailLe nintedanib (OFEV) : nouveau traitement remboursé dans la fibrose pulmonaire idiopathique
GUIOT, Julien ULg; CORHAY, Jean-Louis ULg; Louis, Renaud ULg

in Revue médico-chirugicale du CHU de Charleroi (2017), 2017-1

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See detailSelf-Administration of Medicines and Dietary Supplements Among Female Amateur Runners: A Cross-Sectional Analysis.
Locquet, Médéa ULg; Beaudart, Charlotte ULg; Larbuisson, Robert ULg et al

in Advances in Therapy (2017), 33(12), 2257-2268

INTRODUCTION: Self-administration of medicines or dietary supplements without any physician's advice is a widespread behavior and appears to be more frequently practiced by women. Moreover, reasons to ... [more ▼]

INTRODUCTION: Self-administration of medicines or dietary supplements without any physician's advice is a widespread behavior and appears to be more frequently practiced by women. Moreover, reasons to self-administer products are often pains and injuries especially among athletes who might also use remedies to improve physical performance. The objective of this study was thus to assess the prevalence of self-administration of medicines and dietary supplements as well as its determinants among female amateur runners. METHODS: Our sample was comprised of women who took part in amateur running events. Data regarding self-administration of substances, exclusively aiming at being physically prepared for the running event (i.e., intake the week before), were collected through an anonymous self-administered questionnaire including four specific themes (i.e., general information, self-administered medicines and dietary supplements, context of self-administration of substances and knowledge of the anti-doping regulations). RESULTS: A total of 136 women, with a median age of 39 years (interquartile range: 27-47), volunteered. Among them, 34.6% reported self-administration of medicines during the period immediately preceding the running event, with the aim to be physically prepared. More than one third (33.8%) also declared self-administration of dietary supplements. Furthermore, we observed that about 8.1% of the sample had consumed a potentially doping substance. After adjustments for confounding variables, the probability of self-administration of products (medicines or supplements) increased significantly with the intensity of the activity and the membership in a sports club. CONCLUSIONS: Our study showed that self-administration of products among female runners seems to be a widespread behavior, where the intensity of the sports practice and the network of runners seem to influence the decision to resort to this behavior. [less ▲]

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See detailVous êtes formidables
RADERMECKER, Régis ULg

in Revue de l'Association Belge du Diabète (2017), 60

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See detailTHE LACTOPEROXIDASE SYSTEM, A NATURAL BIOCHEMICAL BIOCONTROL AGENT FOR PRE- AND POST-HARVEST APPLICATIONS
Bafort, Françoise ULg; Parisi, Olivier ULg; Perraudin, Jean-Paul et al

in Journal of Phytopathology (2017), 165(1), 22-34

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See detailHealth Outcomes of Sarcopenia: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis.
Beaudart, Charlotte ULg; Zaaria, Myriam; Pasleau, Françoise ULg et al

in PLoS ONE (2017), 12(1), 0169548

OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to perform a systematic review to assess the short-, middle- and long-term consequences of sarcopenia. METHODS: Prospective studies assessing the consequences of ... [more ▼]

OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to perform a systematic review to assess the short-, middle- and long-term consequences of sarcopenia. METHODS: Prospective studies assessing the consequences of sarcopenia were searched across different electronic databases (MEDLINE, EMBASE, EBM Reviews, Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, EBM Reviews ACP Journal Club, EBM Reviews DARE and AMED). Only studies that used the definition of the European Working Group on Sarcopenia in Older People to diagnose sarcopenia were included. Study selection and data extraction were performed by two independent reviewers. For outcomes reported by three or more studies, a meta-analysis was performed. The study results are expressed as odds ratios (OR) with 95% CI. RESULTS: Of the 772 references identified through the database search, 17 were included in this systematic review. The number of participants in the included studies ranged from 99 to 6658, and the duration of follow-up varied from 3 months to 9.8 years. Eleven out of 12 studies assessed the impact of sarcopenia on mortality. The results showed a higher rate of mortality among sarcopenic subjects (pooled OR of 3.596 (95% CI 2.96-4.37)). The effect was higher in people aged 79 years or older compared with younger subjects (p = 0.02). Sarcopenia is also associated with functional decline (pooled OR of 6 studies 3.03 (95% CI 1.80-5.12)), a higher rate of falls (2/2 studies found a significant association) and a higher incidence of hospitalizations (1/1 study). The impact of sarcopenia on the incidence of fractures and the length of hospital stay was less clear (only 1/2 studies showed an association for both outcomes). CONCLUSION: Sarcopenia is associated with several harmful outcomes, making this geriatric syndrome a real public health burden. [less ▲]

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See detailEuropean consensus-based (S2k) Guideline on the Management of Herpes Zoster - guided by the European Dermatology Forum (EDF) in cooperation with the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology (EADV), Part 2: Treatment
WERNER R.N.; NIKKELS, Arjen ULg; MARINOVIC B. et al

in Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology & Venereology (2017)

Herpes zoster (HZ, shingles) is a frequent medical condition which may severely impact the quality of life of affected patients. Different therapeutic approaches to treat acute HZ are available. The aim ... [more ▼]

Herpes zoster (HZ, shingles) is a frequent medical condition which may severely impact the quality of life of affected patients. Different therapeutic approaches to treat acute HZ are available. The aim of this European project was the elaboration of a consensus-based guideline on the management of patients who present with HZ, considering different patient populations and different localizations. This interdisciplinary guideline aims at an improvement of the outcomes of the acute HZ management concerning disease duration, acute pain and quality of life of the affected patients and at a reduction in the incidence of postherpetic neuralgia (PHN) and other complications. The guideline development followed a structured and pre-defined process, considering the quality criteria for guidelines development as suggested by the AGREE II instrument. The steering group was responsible for the planning and the organization of the guideline development process (Division of Evidence-Based Medicine, dEBM). The expert panel was nominated by virtue of clinical expertise and/or scientific experience and included experts from the fields of dermatology, virology/infectiology, ophthalmology, otolaryngology, neurology and anaesthesiology. Recommendations for clinical practice were formally consented during the consensus conference, explicitly considering different relevant aspects. The guideline was approved by the commissioning societies after an extensive internal and external review process. In this second part of the guideline, therapeutic interventions have been evaluated. The expert panel formally consented recommendations for the treatment of patients with HZ (antiviral medication, pain management, local therapy), considering various clinical situations. Users of the guideline must carefully check whether the recommendations are appropriate for the context of intended application. In the setting of an international guideline, it is generally important to consider different national approaches and legal circumstances with regard to the regulatory approval, availability and reimbursement of diagnostic and therapeutic interventions. [less ▲]

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See detailHow cognition affects perception: Brain activity modelling to unravel top-down dynamics
Desseilles, Martin ULg; Phillips, Christophe ULg

in Behavioral and Brain Sciences (2017), 39

In this commentary on Firestone & Scholl's (F&S's) article, we argue that researchers should use brain-activity modelling to investigate top-down mechanisms. Using functional brain imaging and a specific ... [more ▼]

In this commentary on Firestone & Scholl's (F&S's) article, we argue that researchers should use brain-activity modelling to investigate top-down mechanisms. Using functional brain imaging and a specific cognitive paradigm, modelling the BOLD signal provided new insight into the dynamic causalities involved in the influence of cognitions on perceptions. [less ▲]

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See detailLa cigarette électronique : état des connaissances à propos des aspects toxicologiques
DEVILLE, Marine ULg; CHARLIER, Corinne ULg

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2017), 72(1), 20-24

La cigarette électronique, aussi appelée e-cigarette, est présentée comme une alternative au tabagisme qui serait moins nocive pour la santé. Son fonctionnement repose sur la conversion d’un liquide en ... [more ▼]

La cigarette électronique, aussi appelée e-cigarette, est présentée comme une alternative au tabagisme qui serait moins nocive pour la santé. Son fonctionnement repose sur la conversion d’un liquide en vapeur, sous l’action de la chaleur générée par un filament présent dans un atomiseur. Le liquide est majoritairement composé de propylène glycol et/ou de glycérine, utilisé(s) pour produire l’effet de fumée, auxquels s’ajoutent des arômes et, éventuellement, de la nicotine. A l’exception de cette dernière, potentiellement létale lorsqu’elle est ingérée à haute dose, ces constituants sont généralement reconnus comme sans danger. Cependant, les conséquences d’une inhalation chronique de propylène glycol sont méconnues. Avantageusement, les composés qui rendent la cigarette traditionnelle particulièrement nuisible – nitrosamines, formaldéhyde, métaux, monoxyde de carbone,… - sont soit absents, soit présents en faible quantité dans la vapeur d’une e-cigarette, sans comparaison avec les taux mesurés dans la fumée d’une cigarette conventionnelle. Il en résulte un profil de toxicité rassurant pour la e-cigarette, bien que son efficacité dans le sevrage tabagique reste à démontrer. [less ▲]

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See detailCompte rendu: AXEMAN's JAZZ et DEAD MAN'S BLUES ( Ray Celestin)
Sacré, Robert ULg

in ABS Magazine (2017), (53),

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See detailPESTO SAUCE TYPE PRODUCTS: INFLUENCE OF BEESWAX AND STORAGE CONDITIONS ON RHEOLOGY AND COLLOIDAL STABILITY
Bouacida, Saoussen; Muresan, Vlad; Essaidi, Ismahen et al

in Journal of Microbiology, Biotechnology and Food Sciences (2017), 6(3), 911-920

One of the major problems for pesto sauce type products is the tendency of oil to cream, causing their alteration and decreasing consumer’s acceptability. In this study, colloidal and oxidative stability ... [more ▼]

One of the major problems for pesto sauce type products is the tendency of oil to cream, causing their alteration and decreasing consumer’s acceptability. In this study, colloidal and oxidative stability of pesto samples with (0.5-1.2%) of beeswax was evaluated during storage at 4, 20 and 40°C. The rheological behavior and color analysis was evaluated at the same temperatures. Sensory evaluation by using a hedonic test was also perfomed. Increasing the samples beeswax content increased the pesto colloidal stability. The samples with 0.8-1.2% have the highest stability and overall performed well on sensory analysis. The peroxide values of samples increased significantly (p<0.05) with storage time and temperature, as well as the p-anisidine values. During the storage at 40°C, peroxide values of samples without wax and with 1,2% wax increased from 11.75 to 33.81 and 32.72 meq O2/kg, respectively. In the same condition, p-Anisidine values increased from 4.51 to 10.71 and 9.94, respectively. For these same samples stored 793 h, peroxide values increased from 13.33 to 33.81 and to 32.72 meq O2/kg, when the temperature increased from 4 to 40°C. The same observation was made for p-anisidine values, which increased from 8.40 to 10.71 and 9.94. As expected, the pesto samples showed the best oxidative stability at low temperature. It was shown that beeswax content, temperature and time of storage are important parameters for controlling pesto rheology, colloidal and oxidative stability. In fact, the pseudo plasticity of samples increases with increasing beeswax added and with decreasing the temperature. The colloidal and oxidative stability of samples decreased as the storage time and temperature increased. [less ▲]

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See detailReversible TAD chemistry as a convenient tool for the design of (re)processable PCL-based shape-memory materials
Defize, Thomas ULg; Riva, Raphaël ULg; Thomassin, Jean-Michel ULg et al

in Macromolecular Rapid Communications (2017), 38(1), 1600517

A chemically cross-linked but remarkably (re)processable shape-memory polymer (SMP) is designed by cross-linking poly(ε -caprolactone) (PCL) stars via the efficient triazolinedione click chemistry, based ... [more ▼]

A chemically cross-linked but remarkably (re)processable shape-memory polymer (SMP) is designed by cross-linking poly(ε -caprolactone) (PCL) stars via the efficient triazolinedione click chemistry, based on the very fast and reversible Alder– ene reaction of 1,2,4-triazoline-3,5-dione (TAD) with indole compounds. Typically, a six-arm star-shaped PCL function- alized by indole moieties at the chain ends is melt-blended with a bisfunctional TAD, directly resulting in a cross-linked PCL-based SMP without the need of post-curing treatment. As demonstrated by the stress relaxation measurement, the labile character of the TAD–indole adducts under stress allows for the solid-state plasticity reprocessing of the permanent shape at will by compression molding of the raw cross-linked material, while keeping excellent shape-memory properties. [less ▲]

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See detailEffects of parasite and historic driven selection on the diversity and structure of a MHC-II gene in a small mammal species (Peromyscus leucopus) undergoing range expansion
andré, adrien; millien, Virginie; Galan, Maxime et al

in Evolutionary Ecology (2017), DOI 10.1007/s10682-017-9898-z

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See detailCenozoic vegetation gradients in the mid- and higher latitudes of central Eurasia and climatic implications
Popova, S.; Utescher, T.; Gromyko, D. V. et al

in Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology (2017), 467

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See detailEffects of a giant exercising board game intervention on ambulatory physical activity among nursing home residents: a preliminary study
Mouton, Alexandre ULg; Gillet, Nicolas; Mouton, Flore et al

in Clinical Interventions in Aging (2017), 12

Purpose: This study examined the effects of a giant (4×3 m) exercising board game intervention on ambulatory physical activity (PA) and a broader array of physical and psychological outcomes among nursing ... [more ▼]

Purpose: This study examined the effects of a giant (4×3 m) exercising board game intervention on ambulatory physical activity (PA) and a broader array of physical and psychological outcomes among nursing home residents. Materials and methods: A quasi-experimental longitudinal study was carried out in two comparable nursing homes. Ten participants (aged 82.5±6.3 and comprising 6 women) meeting the inclusion criteria took part in the 1-month intervention in one nursing home, whereas 11 participants (aged 89.9±3.1 with 8 women) were assigned to the control group in the other nursing home. The giant exercising board game required participants to perform strength, flexibility, balance and endurance activities. The assistance provided by an exercising specialist decreased gradually during the intervention in an autonomy-oriented approach based on the self-determination theory. The following were assessed at baseline, after the intervention and after a follow-up period of 3 months: PA (steps/day and energy expenditure/day with ActiGraph), cognitive status (mini mental state examination), quality of life (EuroQol 5-dimensions), motivation for PA (Behavioral Regulation in Exercise Questionnaire-2), gait and balance (Tinetti and Short Physical Performance Battery), functional mobility (timed up and go), and the muscular isometric strength of the lower limb muscles. Results and conclusion: In the intervention group, PA increased from 2,921 steps/day at baseline to 3,358 steps/day after the intervention (+14.9%, P=0.04) and 4,083 steps/day (+39.8%, P=0.03) after 3 months. Energy expenditure/day also increased after the intervention (+110 kcal/day, +6.3%, P=0.01) and after 3 months (+219 kcal/day, +12.3%, P=0.02). Quality of life (P,0.05), balance and gait (P,0.05), and strength of the ankle (P,0.05) were also improved after 3 months. Such improvements were not observed in the control group. The preliminary results are promising but further investigation is required to confirm and evaluate the long-term effectiveness of PA interventions in nursing homes. [less ▲]

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

in Veterinary Radiology & Ultrasound (2017)

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

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

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See detailThiamine and benfotiamine improve cognition and ameliorate GSK-3β-associated stressinduced behaviours in mice
Markova, Nataliia; Bazhenova, Nataliya; Anthony, Daniel C et al

in Progress in Neuro-Psychopharmacology & Biological Psychiatry (2017), 75

Thiamine deficiency in the brain has been implicated in the development of dementia and symptoms of depression. Indirect evidence suggests that thiamine may contribute to these pathologies by controlling ... [more ▼]

Thiamine deficiency in the brain has been implicated in the development of dementia and symptoms of depression. Indirect evidence suggests that thiamine may contribute to these pathologies by controlling the activities of glycogen synthase kinase (GSK)-3β. While decreased GSK- 3β activity appears to impair memory, increased GSK-3β activity is associated with the distressed/depressed state. However, direct evidence for the effects of thiamine on GSK-3β function were not have not been reported. Here, we administered thiamine or, the more bioavailable precursor, benfotiamine at 200 mg/kg/day for 2 weeks to C57BL/6J mice, to determine whether treatment might affect behaviours that are known to be sensitive to GSK-3β activity and whether such administration impacts on GSK-3β expression within the brain. The mice were tested in models of contextual conditioning and extinction, a 5-day rat exposure stress test, and a modified swim test with repeated testing. Imipramine (7.5 mg/kg/day) was administered as a positive control for thiamine or benfotiamine. As for imipramine, both compounds inhibited the upregulation of GSK-3β induced by predator stress or repeated swimming, and reduced floating scores and the predator stress-induced behavioural changes in anxiety and exploration. Coincident, thiamine and benfotiamine improved learning and extinction of contextual fear, and the acquisition of the step-down avoidance task. Together, our data indicate that thiamine and benfotiamine have antidepressant/anti-stress effects in naïve animals that are associated with reduced GSK-3β expression. Importantly, the treatment also had pro-cognitive actions despite the impact on GSK-3β activity. [less ▲]

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See detailOn the numerical simulation of sheet metal blanking process
Canales Cardenas, Cristian ULg; Bussetta, Philippe; Ponthot, Jean-Philippe ULg

in International Journal of Material Forming (2017), 10

The use of the blanking process has been widely spread in mass production industries. In this technique, the quality of the final product is directly related to the setting parameters of the process and ... [more ▼]

The use of the blanking process has been widely spread in mass production industries. In this technique, the quality of the final product is directly related to the setting parameters of the process and the material response of the sheet. In the present work, a general framework based on the finite element method for the simulation of the sheet metal blanking process is presented. The proposed approach properly addresses all the numerical challenges related to blanking. First, an extension of elasto-viscoplastic constitutive equations for the large strain regime is used to take into account the material strain-rate sensitivity. Then, the inertial effects coming from high velocity operations are considered by means of an implicit time integration scheme. Moreover, the frictional contact interactions are simulated with the classical Coulomb law and an energetically consistent formulation of area regularization. Finally, ductile fracture is modeled thanks to the element deletion method coupled with a fracture criterion. The blanking process is then simulated for different setting parameters. The accuracy of this approach is evaluated by comparing the numerical predictions to experimental results for both quasi-static and dynamic conditions. Good agreement is found between experimental and numerical results for all cases. [less ▲]

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See detailEstrogen receptors and estetroldependent neuroprotective actions: a pilot study
Tskitishvili, Ekaterine ULg; Pequeux, Christel ULg; Munaut, Carine ULg et al

in Journal of Endocrinology (2017), 232(1), 85-95

Estetrol (E4) has strong antioxidative, neurogenic and angiogenic effects in neural system resulting in the attenuation of neonatal hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy. We aimed to define the role of estrogen ... [more ▼]

Estetrol (E4) has strong antioxidative, neurogenic and angiogenic effects in neural system resulting in the attenuation of neonatal hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy. We aimed to define the role of estrogen receptors in E4-dependent actions in neuronal cell cultures and prove the promyelinating effect of E4. In vitro the antioxidative and cell survival/proliferating effects of E4 on H2O2-induced oxidative stress in primary hippocampal cell cultures were studied using different combinations of specific inhibitors for ERalpha (MPP dihydrochloride), ERbeta (PHTTP), GPR30 (G15) and palmytoilation (2-BR). LDH activity and cell survival assays were performed. In vivo the promyelinating role of different concentrations of E4 (1 mg/kg/day, 5 mg/kg/day, 10 mg/kg/day, 50 mg/kg/day) was investigated using the hypoxic-ischemic brain damage model in the 7-day-old immature rats before/after the induction of hypoxic-ischemic insult. Myelin basic protein (MBP) immunostaining was performed on brain coronal sections. Our results show that LDH activity is significantly upregulated in cell cultures where the E4's effect was completely blocked by concomitant treatment either with ERalpha and ERbeta inhibitors (MPP and PHTPP, respectively), or ERalpha and ERbeta inhibitors combined with 2-BR. Cell survival is significantly downregulated in cell cultures where the effect of E4 was blocked by ERbeta inhibitor (PHTTP) alone. The blockage of GRP30 receptor did affect neither LDH activity nor cell survival. MBP immunostaining is significantly upregulated in E4-pretreated groups at a concentration of 5 mg/kg/day and 50 mg/kg/day E4, whereas the MBP-positive area OD ratio is significantly increased in all the E4-treated groups. E4's antioxidative actions mostly depend on ERalpha and ERbeta, whereas neurogenesis and possibly promyelinating activities might be realized through ERbeta. [less ▲]

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

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

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

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

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See detailJoint analysis of area and thickness as a replacement for the analysis of cortical volume
Winkler, Anderson ULg; Greve, Douglas N.; Bjuland, Knut J. et al

in bioRxiv (2017)

Cortical surface area is an increasingly popular brain morphology metric that is ontogenetically and phylogenetically distinct from cortical thickness and offers a separate index of neurodevelopment and ... [more ▼]

Cortical surface area is an increasingly popular brain morphology metric that is ontogenetically and phylogenetically distinct from cortical thickness and offers a separate index of neurodevelopment and disease. However, the various existing methods for assessment of cortical surface area from magnetic resonance images have never been systematically compared. We show that the surface area method implemented in FreeSurfer corresponds closely to the exact, but computationally more demanding, mass-conservative (pycnophylactic) method, provided images are smoothed. Thus, the data produced by this method can be interpreted as estimates of cortical surface area, as opposed to areal expansion. In addition, focusing on the joint analysis of thickness and area, we compare an improved, analytic method for measuring cortical volume to a permutation based non-parametric combination (NPC) method. We analyze area, thickness and volume in young adults born preterm with very low birth weight, using both methods and show that NPC analysis is a more sensitive option for studying joint effects on area and thickness, giving equal weight to variation in both of these two morphological features. [less ▲]

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

in Enzyme and Microbial Technology (2017), 96

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See detailThe structure and variability of Mars dayside thermosphere from MAVEN NGIMS and IUVS measurements: Seasonal and solar activity trends in scale heights and temperatures
Bougher, S. W.; Roeten, K. J.; Olsen, K. et al

in Journal of Geophysical Research. Space Physics (2017)

Mars dayside thermospheric temperature and scale height trends were examined using measurements from the Neutral Gas Ion Mass Spectrometer (NGIMS) and the Imaging Ultraviolet Spectrograph (IUVS) on the ... [more ▼]

Mars dayside thermospheric temperature and scale height trends were examined using measurements from the Neutral Gas Ion Mass Spectrometer (NGIMS) and the Imaging Ultraviolet Spectrograph (IUVS) on the Mars Atmosphere Volatile EvolutioN (MAVEN) spacecraft. Average scale heights (over 150-180 km for solar zenith angles ≤75°) from several different sampling periods were obtained from each instrument. NGIMS and IUVS scale height trends were found to be in good agreement, with both showing scale heights decreasing after perihelion and reaching a low value near aphelion (13.6 to 9.4 km). Between these two seasonal extremes, the temperature decreased by ∼70 K (from 240 to 170 K). These trends were also analyzed with respect to the changing solar flux reaching the planet, using the Lyman alpha irradiance measured by the Extreme Ultraviolet Monitor (EUVM) on MAVEN. Scale heights responded strongly to the changing solar flux. During this part of the MAVEN mission (October 2014 to May 2016), it was concluded that over longer timescales (at least several months), dayside thermospheric temperatures are chiefly driven by changing solar forcing, although it is the effects of changing heliocentric distance rather than changing solar activity which seem to have the greatest impact. Furthermore, effects of solar forcing were not observed on shorter timescales (less than a month), suggesting local wave effects may dominate solar forcing on these timescales. Finally, temperatures from two NGIMS sampling periods were compared to temperatures from the Mars Global Ionosphere-Thermosphere Model (M-GITM) and found to be in good agreement. © 2017. American Geophysical Union. All Rights Reserved. [less ▲]

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

in Etudes Phénoménologiques - Phenomenological Studies (2017), 1

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

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

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See detailCarbonated miscanthus mineralized aggregates for reducing environmental impact of lightweight concrete blocks
Courard, Luc ULg; Parmentier, Véronique

in Sustainable Buildings (2017), 2(3),

At a time when the cement industry is largely responsible for the production of CO2 in the construction sector, it is useful to make this production a reverse phenomenon: that is CO2 capture. The CO2 ... [more ▼]

At a time when the cement industry is largely responsible for the production of CO2 in the construction sector, it is useful to make this production a reverse phenomenon: that is CO2 capture. The CO2 absorption process called carbonation, improves specific properties of the concrete during the conversion of carbon dioxide CO2 into calcium carbonate CaCO3. Current environmental concerns motivate the study of carbonation in order to maximize the absorption of carbon dioxide. Moreover, lightweight concrete with biobased products knows an interesting development in the construction field, especially as thermal insulation panels for walls in buildings. Before identifying and quantifying the basic physical characteristics of concrete made from miscanthus, it is necessary to optimize the composition of the product. The long-term stability as well as the reinforcement may be obtained by means of a mineralization process of the natural product: a preparation with a lime and/or cement-based material is necessary to reinforce the cohesion of the bio-based product. Mineralization process is described as well as the way of producing blocks for CO2 capture by means of accelerated carbonation. Finally, concrete blocks produced with miscanthus mineralized aggregates offer interesting mechanical properties and minimal environmental impact. [less ▲]

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See detailDeceased organ donors with central nervous system neoplasm.
DETRY, Olivier ULg

in Clinical Transplantation (2017)

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See detailRoad and intermodal transport performance: the impact of operational costs and air pollution external costs
Mostert, Martine ULg; Caris, An; Limbourg, Sabine ULg

in Research in Transportation Business & Management (2017)

The transportation of goods is essential for the economy, but it also contributes to air pollution which, in turn, affects human health. These negative impacts generate additional costs for society that ... [more ▼]

The transportation of goods is essential for the economy, but it also contributes to air pollution which, in turn, affects human health. These negative impacts generate additional costs for society that are not necessarily taken into account in public transportation policies and in private transportation decisions of companies and individuals. This leads to inefficient transportation systems where the social equilibrium is not reached. Intermodal transport is promoted by the European Commission to reduce these negative externalities. The objective of this paper is to analyze at a strategic level the effect on modal split between road, intermodal rail and intermodal inland waterway transport of several economic or environmental policies. An intermodal allocation model is applied to the Belgian case in order to identify the modal split changes between the single minimization of costs (operational or health-related external) and the introduction of additional road taxes. [less ▲]

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See detailEvaluation of hazardous chemicals in edible insects and insect-based food intended for human consumption
Poma, G; Cuykx, M; Amato, E et al

in Food and Chemical Toxicology (2017), 100

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See detailExploration of Trans-Sensory Mappings
Defays, Daniel ULg

in Art & Perception (2017), 5

The paper explores the way music can be translated into a sequence of images. A general approach is described that associates various structures captured by different sense modalities. The approach is ... [more ▼]

The paper explores the way music can be translated into a sequence of images. A general approach is described that associates various structures captured by different sense modalities. The approach is illustrated by examples from vision and audition. Music and sets of images are digitalized and represented as forms in multidimensional spaces. A mapping, which preserves the dissimilarities in each space is then defined and an algorithm that can approximate the optimal fit is proposed. An example that maps a set of photos of different versions of the wire chair on various Mozart variations is given. [less ▲]

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See detailThiamine and benfotiamine prevent stress-induced suppression of hippocampal neurogenesis in mice exposed to predation without affecting brain thiamine diphosphate levels
Vignisse, Julie ULg; Sambon, Margaux ULg; Gorlova, Anna et al

in Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience (2017), 82

Thiamine is essential for normal brain function and its deficiency causes metabolic impairment, specific lesions, oxidative damage and reduced adult hippocampal neurogenesis (AHN). Thiamine precursors ... [more ▼]

Thiamine is essential for normal brain function and its deficiency causes metabolic impairment, specific lesions, oxidative damage and reduced adult hippocampal neurogenesis (AHN). Thiamine precursors with increased bioavailability, especially benfotiamine, exert neuroprotective effects not only for thiamine deficiency (TD), but also in mouse models of neurodegeneration. As it is known that AHN is impaired by stress in rodents, we exposed C57BL6/J mice to predator stress for 5 consecutive nights and studied the proliferation (number of Ki67-positive cells) and survival (number of BrdU-positive cells) of newborn immature neurons in the subgranular zone of the dentate gyrus. In stressed mice, the number of Ki67- and BrdU-positive cells was reduced compared to non-stressed animals. This reduction was prevented when the mice were treated (200 mg/kg/day in drinking water for 20 days) with thiamine or benfotiamine, that were recently found to prevent stress-induced behavioral changes and glycogen synthase kinase-3β (GSK-3β) upregulation in the CNS. Moreover, we show that thiamine and benfotiamine counteract stress-induced bodyweight loss and suppress stress-induced anxiety-like behavior. Both treatments induced a modest increase in the brain content of free thiamine while the level of thiamine diphosphate (ThDP) remained unchanged, suggesting that the beneficial effects observed are not linked to the role of this coenzyme in energy metabolism. Predator stress increased hippocampal protein carbonylation, an indicator of oxidative stress. This effect was antagonized by both thiamine and benfotiamine. Moreover, using cultured mouse neuroblastoma cells, we show that in particular benfotiamine protects against paraquat-induced oxidative stress. We therefore hypothesize that thiamine compounds may act by boosting anti-oxidant cellular defenses, by a mechanism that still remains to be unveiled. Our study demonstrates, for the first time, that thiamine and benfotiamine prevent stress-induced inhibition of hippocampal neurogenesis and accompanying physiological changes. The present data suggest that thiamine precursors with high bioavailability might be useful as a complementary therapy in several neuropsychiatric disorders. [less ▲]

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

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

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

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

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See detailAnalogical reasoning in children with specific language impairment: Evidence from a scene analogy task
Krzemien, Magali ULg; Jemel, Boutheina; Maillart, Christelle ULg

in Clinical Linguistics & Phonetics (2017)

Analogical reasoning is a human ability that maps systems of relations. It develops along with relational knowledge, working memory and executive functions such as inhibition. It also maintains a mutual ... [more ▼]

Analogical reasoning is a human ability that maps systems of relations. It develops along with relational knowledge, working memory and executive functions such as inhibition. It also maintains a mutual influence on language development. Some authors have taken a greater interest in the analogical reasoning ability of children with language disorders, specifically those with specific language impairment (SLI). These children apparently have weaker analogical reasoning abilities than their aged-matched peers without language disorders. Following cognitive theories of language acquisition, this deficit could be one of the causes of language disorders in SLI, especially those concerning productivity. To confirm this deficit and its link to language disorders, we use a scene analogy task to evaluate the analogical performance of SLI children and compare them to controls of the same age and linguistic abilities. Results show that children with SLI perform worse than age-matched peers, but similar to language-matched peers. They are more influenced by increased task difficulty. The association between language disorders and analogical reasoning in SLI can be confirmed. The hypothesis of limited processing capacity in SLI is also being considered. [less ▲]

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See detailIn Memoriam Léon Lacroix (1909-2016)
Rochette, Bruno ULg

in Antiquité Classique (2017), 86

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See detailFirst report of the bee louse Braula schmitzi (Diptera: Braulidae) in apiaries of the “Los Chillos” Valley, Province of Pichincha, Ecuador
Zapata-Carvajal, N; Cherrez-Neacato, A; Martin-Solano, S et al

in Journal of Apicultural Research (2017)

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

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

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

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

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See detailSignificant Locus and Metabolic Genetic Correlations Revealed in Genome-Wide Association Study of Anorexia Nervosa.
Duncan, Laramie; Yilmaz, Zeynep; Gaspar, Helena et al

in American Journal of Psychiatry (The) (2017)

OBJECTIVE: The authors conducted a genome-wide association study of anorexia nervosa and calculated genetic correlations with a series of psychiatric, educational, and metabolic phenotypes. METHOD ... [more ▼]

OBJECTIVE: The authors conducted a genome-wide association study of anorexia nervosa and calculated genetic correlations with a series of psychiatric, educational, and metabolic phenotypes. METHOD: Following uniform quality control and imputation procedures using the 1000 Genomes Project (phase 3) in 12 case-control cohorts comprising 3,495 anorexia nervosa cases and 10,982 controls, the authors performed standard association analysis followed by a meta-analysis across cohorts. Linkage disequilibrium score regression was used to calculate genome-wide common variant heritability (single-nucleotide polymorphism [SNP]-based heritability [h2SNP]), partitioned heritability, and genetic correlations (rg) between anorexia nervosa and 159 other phenotypes. RESULTS: Results were obtained for 10,641,224 SNPs and insertion-deletion variants with minor allele frequencies >1% and imputation quality scores >0.6. The h2SNP of anorexia nervosa was 0.20 (SE=0.02), suggesting that a substantial fraction of the twin-based heritability arises from common genetic variation. The authors identified one genome-wide significant locus on chromosome 12 (rs4622308) in a region harboring a previously reported type 1 diabetes and autoimmune disorder locus. Significant positive genetic correlations were observed between anorexia nervosa and schizophrenia, neuroticism, educational attainment, and high-density lipoprotein cholesterol, and significant negative genetic correlations were observed between anorexia nervosa and body mass index, insulin, glucose, and lipid phenotypes. CONCLUSIONS: Anorexia nervosa is a complex heritable phenotype for which this study has uncovered the first genome-wide significant locus. Anorexia nervosa also has large and significant genetic correlations with both psychiatric phenotypes and metabolic traits. The study results encourage a reconceptualization of this frequently lethal disorder as one with both psychiatric and metabolic etiology. [less ▲]

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See detailDiachronical soil surveys: a way to quantify long term diffuse erosion?
Pineux, Nathalie ULg; Michel, Brieuc ULg; Legrain, Xavier ULg et al

in Geoderma Regional (2017), (10), 102-114

Because of high inter-annual variability, representative soil erosion measurements are best carried out over time scales of a few decades. In this paper, a novel approach was tested that relies on ... [more ▼]

Because of high inter-annual variability, representative soil erosion measurements are best carried out over time scales of a few decades. In this paper, a novel approach was tested that relies on diachronic, high-resolution soil mapping. For this purpose, a 116-ha, cropland-dominated watershed was selected in central Belgium. A first augering soil survey was carried out in 1956, with a density of 1.8 observation points /ha. A second survey was carried out in 2015 with a density of 4.5 observations/ha. The results were interpreted in terms of changes in depth of transitions between successive horizons. The results indicate that a great proportion of the soils classified as non-eroded in 1956 were strongly eroded in 2015. Strongly eroded soils represented 52% of the watershed area in 2015 but only 8% in 1956. Some colluvial areas have been subjected to erosion and then covered again by colluvium over the last 60 years. Only the flatter areas close to the watershed boundary appear to remain in the “non eroded soils or soil subject to weak erosion” class. A mean net erosion rate of 37 t/ha.yr is computed within the watershed with this method. The diachronic comparison of the pedological maps over a 60-year time interval in a context of intensive farming is a potential source of information for the calibration of landscape evolution spatial modelling. This method joins the few ones allowing a quantitative spatialization of erosion and deposition phenomena at the catchment scale. [less ▲]

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See detailMT4-MMP and EGFR expression levels are key biomarkers for breast cancer patient response to chemotherapy and erlotinib.
Yip, Cassandre ULg; Foidart, Pierre ULg; Somja, Joan ULg et al

in British Journal of Cancer (2017)

BACKGROUND: Triple-negative breast cancers (TNBC) are heterogeneous cancers with poor prognosis. We aimed to determine the clinical relevance of membrane type-4 matrix metalloproteinase (MT4-MMP), a ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: Triple-negative breast cancers (TNBC) are heterogeneous cancers with poor prognosis. We aimed to determine the clinical relevance of membrane type-4 matrix metalloproteinase (MT4-MMP), a membrane type matrix metalloproteinase that interacts with epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) overexpressed in >50% of TNBC. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective immunohistochemical analysis on human TNBC samples (n=81) and validated our findings in in vitro and in vivo assays. RESULTS: Membrane type-4 matrix metalloproteinase and EGFR are produced in 72.5% of TNBC samples, whereas those proteins are faintly produced by healthy tissues. Unexpectedly, tumour relapse after chemotherapy was reduced in samples highly positive for MT4-MMP. Mechanistically, this is ascribed to a higher sensitivity of MT4-MMP-producing cells to alkylating or intercalating chemotherapeutic agents, as assessed in vitro. In sharp contrast, MT4-MMP expression did not affect tumour cell sensitivity to paclitaxel that interferes with protease trafficking. Importantly, MT4-MMP expression sensitised cancer cells to erlotinib, a tyrosine kinase EGFR inhibitor. In a pre-clinical model, the growth of MT4-MMP overexpressing xenografts, but not of control ones, was reduced by epirubicin or erlotinib. The combination of suboptimal drug doses blocked drastically the growth of MT4-MMP-producing tumours. CONCLUSIONS: We demonstrate that MT4-MMP defines a sub-population of TNBC sensitive to a combination of DNA-targeting chemotherapeutic agents and anti-EGFR drugs.British Journal of Cancer advance online publication 14 February 2017; doi:10.1038/bjc.2017.23 www.bjcancer.com. [less ▲]

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See detailCryosphere and psychrophiles: insights into a cold origin of life?
Feller, Georges ULg

in Life (2017), 7(25),

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See detailOn the Zero Defect Conjecture
Labbé, Sébastien ULg; Starosta, Stepan; Pelantova, Edita

in European Journal of Combinatorics (2017), 62(May 2017), 132146

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See detailNonlinear system identification in structural dynamics: 10 more years of progress
Noël, Jean-Philippe ULg; Kerschen, Gaëtan ULg

in Mechanical Systems & Signal Processing (2017), 83

Nonlinear system identification is a vast research field, today attracting a great deal of attention in the structural dynamics community. Ten years ago, in an MSSP paper reviewing the progress achieved ... [more ▼]

Nonlinear system identification is a vast research field, today attracting a great deal of attention in the structural dynamics community. Ten years ago, in an MSSP paper reviewing the progress achieved until then, it was concluded that the identification of simple continuous structures with localised nonlinearities was within reach. The past decade witnessed a shift in emphasis, accommodating the growing industrial need for a first generation of tools capable of addressing complex nonlinearities in larger-scale structures. The objective of the present paper is to survey the key developments which arose in the field since 2006, and to illustrate state-of-the-art techniques using a real-world satellite structure. Finally, a broader perspective to nonlinear system identification is provided by discussing the central role played by experimental models in the design cycle of engineering structures. [less ▲]

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See detailFacies discrimination with electrical resistivity tomography using a probabilistic methodology: Effect of sensitivity and regularization
Hermans, Thomas ULg; Irving, James

in Near Surface Geophysics (2017), 15

Electrical resistivity tomography (ERT) has become a standard geophysical method in the field of hydrogeology, as it has the potential to provide important information regarding the spatial distribution ... [more ▼]

Electrical resistivity tomography (ERT) has become a standard geophysical method in the field of hydrogeology, as it has the potential to provide important information regarding the spatial distribution of facies. However, inverted ERT images tend to be grossly smoothed versions of reality because of the regularization of the inverse problem. In this study, we use a probabilistic methodology based upon co-located measurements to assess the utility of ERT to identify hydrofacies in alluvial aquifers. With this methodology, ERT images are interpreted in terms of the probability of belonging to pre-defined hydrofacies. We first analyze through a synthetic study the ability of ERT to discriminate between different facies. As ERT data suffer from a loss of sensitivity with depth, we find that low sensitivity regions are more affected by misclassification. To counteract this effect, we adapt the probabilistic framework to include the spatially varying data sensitivity. We then apply our learning to a field case. For the latter, we consider two different regularization procedures. In contrast to the data sensitivity which affects the facies probability to a limited amount, the regularization can affect the probability maps more considerably because it has a strong influence on the spatial distribution of inverted resistivity. We find that a regularization strategy based on the most realistic prior information tends to offer the most reliable discrimination of facies. Our results confirm the ability of ERT surveys, when properly designed, to detect facies variations in alluvial aquifers. The method can be easily extended to other contexts. [less ▲]

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See detailAortic root calcium burden and post-transcatheter aortic valve implantation paravulvar leak : Can't Live Without It, Can't Live With It.
Qian, Z; Lancellotti, Patrizio ULg; Vannan, MA

in European Heart Journal - Cardiovascular Imaging (2017)

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See detailNovel strategies for improving hematopoietic reconstruction after allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation or intensive chemotherapy.
Baron, Frédéric ULg; Nagler, Arnon

in Expert Opinion on Biological Therapy (2017)

INTRODUCTION: High-dose conditioning regimens for allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation (allo-HCT) as well as intensive poly-chemotherapy for acute myeloid leukemia (AML) induce prolonged periods ... [more ▼]

INTRODUCTION: High-dose conditioning regimens for allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation (allo-HCT) as well as intensive poly-chemotherapy for acute myeloid leukemia (AML) induce prolonged periods of neutropenia. The duration of the neutropenia is particularly long following umbilical cord blood transplantation (UCBT). Areas covered: After briefly reviewing the impact of hematopoietic growth factors administration to hasten hematologic reconstitution after allo-HCT or intensive AML chemotherapy, this article summarizes recent approaches that have been investigated to prompt hematologic reconstruction after UCBT or intensive AML chemotherapy. Expert opinion: In the allo-HCT setting, administration of G-CSF or GM-CSF shortened the duration of the neutropenia but failed to decrease infection-related mortality or to improve survival. Novel approaches to hasten hematological reconstruction after UCBT such as double UCBT with expansion of one of the 2 UCB units with Notch ligand, mesenchymal stromal cells, nicotinamide, or StemRegenin 1, co-transplanting a single UCB unit with HLA-haploidentical CD34+ cells, or increasing UCB HSC homing to marrow niches via direct intra bone UCB administration, pulse treatment with dmPGE2 or enforced fucosylation are promising and deserve further investigations in prospective phase III studies. In the AML setting, G-CSF or GM-CSF administration after intensive chemotherapy decreased the duration of the neutropenia without improving survival. [less ▲]

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See detailFish habitat selection in a large hydropeaking river: Strong individual and temporal variations revealed by telemetry
Capra, Hervé; Plichard, Laura; Bergé, Julien et al

in Science of the Total Environment (2017), 578

Modeling individual fish habitat selection in highly variable environments such as hydropeaking rivers is required for guiding efficient management decisions. We analyzed fish microhabitat selection in ... [more ▼]

Modeling individual fish habitat selection in highly variable environments such as hydropeaking rivers is required for guiding efficient management decisions. We analyzed fish microhabitat selection in the heterogeneous hydraulic and thermal conditions (modeled in two-dimensions) of a reach of the large hydropeaking Rhône River locally warmed by the cooling system of a nuclear power plant. We used modern fixed acoustic telemetry techniques to survey 18 fish individuals (five barbels, six catfishes, seven chubs) signaling their position every 3 s over a three-month period. Fish habitat selection depended on combinations of current microhabitat hydraulics (e.g. velocity, depth), past microhabitat hydraulics (e.g. dewatering risk or maximum velocities during the past 15 days) and to a lesser extent substrate and temperature. Mixed-effects habitat selection models indicated that individual effects were often stronger than specific effects. In the Rhône, fish individuals appear to memorize spatial and temporal environmental changes and to adopt a “least constraining” habitat selection. Avoiding fast-flowing midstream habitats, fish generally live along the banks in areas where the dewatering risk is high. When discharge decreases, however, they select higher velocities but avoid both dewatering areas and very fast-flowing midstream habitats. Although consistent with the available knowledge on static fish habitat selection, our quantitative results demonstrate temporal variations in habitat selection, depending on individual behavior and environmental history. Their generality could be further tested using comparative experiments in different environmental configurations. [less ▲]

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See detailOn the evaluation of interface quality in concrete repair system by means of impact-echo signal analysis
Garbacz, Andrzej; Piotrowski, Tomacz; Courard, Luc ULg et al

in Construction and Building Materials (2017), 134

According to Concrete Repair Manual as well as ACI 562-16 and European EN 1504-10 standards, a bond strength as a measure of adhesion is one the main feature of repair system necessary to be assessed. The ... [more ▼]

According to Concrete Repair Manual as well as ACI 562-16 and European EN 1504-10 standards, a bond strength as a measure of adhesion is one the main feature of repair system necessary to be assessed. The most common laboratory and engineering method for bond strength evaluation is pull-off test. This is however a semi-destructive method that needs a repair in a place of measurement. Recently, the great interest in nondestructive techniques (NDT) development is noted. Impact-Echo (IE) is considered as one of the most promising methods for this purpose. In this paper, the study on the usability the IE test based on frequency spectrum analysis for bond strength evaluation is analyzed. Both Finite Element Method (FEM) simulation and experimental tests were performed in order to obtain potential relations between IE frequency spectrum and parameters characterizing concrete substrate quality that may affect the final bond strength and the real value of pull-off bond strength measured on samples as well. It was concluded that the IE method can be a useful tool for interface quality and bond strength evaluations in concrete repair system. However, more complex signal analysis, e.g. wavelet analysis, should be considered in the future. [less ▲]

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

in Astronomy and Astrophysics (2017), 601

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

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

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See detailNitric Oxide Nightglow and Martian Mesospheric Circulation from MAVEN/IUVS Observations and LMD-MGCM Predictions
Stiepen, Arnaud ULg; Jain; Schneider et al

in Journal of Geophysical Research. Space Physics (2017)

We report results from a study of nitric oxide nightglow over the north- ern hemisphere of Mars during winter, the southern hemisphere during fall equinox and equatorial latitudes during summer in the ... [more ▼]

We report results from a study of nitric oxide nightglow over the north- ern hemisphere of Mars during winter, the southern hemisphere during fall equinox and equatorial latitudes during summer in the northern hemisphere based on observations of the delta and gamma bands between 190 and 270 nm by the Imaging UltraViolet Spectrograph (IUVS) on the MAVEN spacecraft. The emission reveals recombination of N and O atoms dissociated on the day- side of Mars and transported to the nightside. We characterize the bright- ness (from 0.2 to 30 kR) and altitude (from 40 to 115 km) of the NO night- glow layer, as well as its topside scale height (mean of 11 km). We show the possible impact of atmospheric waves forcing longitudinal variability, asso- ciated with an increased brightness by a factor 3 in the 140 - 200 longitude region in the northern hemisphere winter and in the -102 to -48 longitude region at summer. Such impact to the NO nightglow at Mars was not seen before. Quantitative comparison with calculations of the LMD-MGCM (Lab- oratoire de M et eorologie Dynamique - Global Circulation Model) suggests that the model globally reproduces the trends of the NO nightglow emission and its seasonal variation, but also indicates large discrepancies (up to a fac- tor 50 fainter in the model) in northern winter at low to mid-latitudes. This suggests that the predicted transport is too e cient towards the night win- ter pole in the thermosphere by 20 latitude north. [less ▲]

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See detailThe learned reinterpretation of fluency in amnesia
Geurten, Marie ULg; Willems, Sylvie ULg

in Neuropsychologia (2017), 101

Fluency is one of many cues that are involved in memory decisions. To date, however, the extent to which fluency-based decisions are preserved in amnesia is not yet clear. In this study, we tested and ... [more ▼]

Fluency is one of many cues that are involved in memory decisions. To date, however, the extent to which fluency-based decisions are preserved in amnesia is not yet clear. In this study, we tested and found differences in how patients with amnesia (n = 8) and control participants (n = 16) use fluency when making recognition decisions (Experiment 1). Our results suggested that these differences could be due to changes in the readiness with which patients attribute the subjective feeling of fluency to pre-exposure when an alternative explanation is available (i.e., the perceptual quality of the item). Secondly, we explored the hypothesis that changes in attribution processes in patients with amnesia are explained by a decrease in contingency between processing fluency and previous occurrence of stimuli in patients’ daily lives, leading them to consider that fluency is not a relevant cue for memory (Experiment 2). Specifically, 42 healthy participants were put either in a condition where the positive contingency between fluent processing and previous encounters with an item was systematically confirmed (classic condition) or in a condition where the classical association between fluency and prior exposure was systematically reversed (reversed condition). Results indicated that participants more readily attribute fluency to the alternative external source than to past experience in the reversed condition than in the classic condition, mimicking the pattern of results shown by participants with amnesia in Experiment 1. Implications of these findings are discussed. [less ▲]

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See detailtRNA modification: is cancer having a wobble?
Rapino, Francesca ULg; Zhou, Zhaoli ULg; Delaunay, Sylvain et al

in Trends in Cancer (2017), 3

Translational control of protein synthesis supports tumor development and progression to metastasis. Wobble tRNA modifications are required during translation elongation and sustain proteome homeostasis ... [more ▼]

Translational control of protein synthesis supports tumor development and progression to metastasis. Wobble tRNA modifications are required during translation elongation and sustain proteome homeostasis. Recent work has highlighted the surprising upregulation of the wobble uridine 34 (U34) tRNA cascade in cancer, which underlies the specific requirement for this pathway in tumor development. [less ▲]

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See detailIron-dependent nitrogen cycling in a ferruginous lake and the nutrient status of Proterozoic oceans
Michiels, Celine C.; Darchambeau, François ULg; Roland, Fleur ULg et al

in Nature Geoscience (2017), advance online publication

Nitrogen limitation during the Proterozoic has been inferred from the great expanse of ocean anoxia under low-O2 atmospheres, which could have promoted NO3- reduction to N2 and fixed N loss from the ocean ... [more ▼]

Nitrogen limitation during the Proterozoic has been inferred from the great expanse of ocean anoxia under low-O2 atmospheres, which could have promoted NO3- reduction to N2 and fixed N loss from the ocean. The deep oceans were Fe rich (ferruginous) during much of this time, yet the dynamics of N cycling under such conditions remain entirely conceptual, as analogue environments are rare today. Here we use incubation experiments to show that a modern ferruginous basin, Kabuno Bay in East Africa, supports high rates of NO3- reduction. Although 60 of this NO3- is reduced to N2 through canonical denitrification, a large fraction (40\%) is reduced to NH4+, leading to N retention rather than loss. We also find that NO3- reduction is Fe dependent, demonstrating that such reactions occur in natural ferruginous water columns. Numerical modelling of ferruginous upwelling systems, informed by our results from Kabuno Bay, demonstrates that NO3- reduction to NH4+ could have enhanced biological production, fuelling sulfate reduction and the development of mid-water euxinia overlying ferruginous deep oceans. This NO3- reduction to NH4+ could also have partly offset a negative feedback on biological production that accompanies oxygenation of the surface ocean. Our results indicate that N loss in ferruginous upwelling systems may not have kept pace with global N fixation at marine phosphorous concentrations (0.04-0.13[thinsp][mu]M) indicated by the rock record. We therefore suggest that global marine biological production under ferruginous ocean conditions in the Proterozoic eon may thus have been P not N limited. [less ▲]

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See detailOn the role of secondary pions in spallation targets
Cugnon, Joseph ULg; Mancusi, Davide; Lo Meo, Sergio et al

in European Physics Journal A (2017), 53

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See detailThe frequency and influence of dementia risk factors in prodromal Alzheimer’s disease
Bos, Isabelle; Vos, Stephanie J.; Frölich, Lutz et al

in Neurobiology of Aging (2017), 56

We investigated whether dementia risk factors were associated with prodromal Alzheimer’s disease (AD) according to the International Working Group-2 and National Institute of Aging-Alzheimer’s Association ... [more ▼]

We investigated whether dementia risk factors were associated with prodromal Alzheimer’s disease (AD) according to the International Working Group-2 and National Institute of Aging-Alzheimer’s Association criteria, and with cognitive decline. 1394 subjects from with Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) from 14 different studies were classified according to these research criteria, based on cognitive performance and biomarkers. We compared the frequency of ten risk factors between the subgroups and used Cox-regression to examine the effect of risk factors on cognitive decline. Depression, obesity and hypercholesterolemia occurred more often in individuals with low-AD-likelihood, compared to those with a high-AD-likelihood. Only alcohol use increased the risk of cognitive decline, regardless of AD pathology. These results suggest that traditional risk factors for AD are not associated with prodromal AD or with progression to dementia, among subjects with MCI. Future studies should validate these findings and determine whether risk factors might be of influence at an earlier stage (i.e. preclinical) of AD. [less ▲]

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

in Cognition (2017), 158

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See detailThe International Heat Stress Genotype Experiment for modeling wheat response to heat: field experiments and AgMIP-Wheat multi-model simulations.
Martre, P.; Reynolds, M. P.; Asseng, S. et al

in Open Data Journal for Agricultural Research (2017), 3

The data set contains a portion of the International Heat Stress Genotype Experiment (IHSGE) data used in the AgMIP-Wheat project to analyze the uncertainty of 30 wheat crop models and quantify the impact ... [more ▼]

The data set contains a portion of the International Heat Stress Genotype Experiment (IHSGE) data used in the AgMIP-Wheat project to analyze the uncertainty of 30 wheat crop models and quantify the impact of heat on global wheat yield productivity. It includes two spring wheat cultivars grown during two consecutive winter cropping cycles at hot, irrigated, and low latitude sites in Mexico (Ciudad Obregon and Tlaltizapan), Egypt (Aswan), India (Dharwar), the Sudan (Wad Medani), and Bangladesh (Dinajpur). Experiments in Mexico included normal (November-December) and late (January-March) sowing dates. Data include local daily weather data, soil characteristics and initial soil conditions, crop measurements (anthesis and maturity dates, anthesis and final total above ground biomass, final grain yields and yields components), and cultivar information. Simulations include both daily in-season and end-of-season results from 30 wheat models. [less ▲]

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

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

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

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

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See detailContinuous variables logic via coupled automata using a DNAzyme cascade with feedback
Lilienthal, Sivan; Orbach, Ron; Willner, Itamar et al

in Chemical Science (2017), 8

The concentration of molecules can be changed by chemical reactions and thereby offer a continuous readout. Yet computer architecture is cast in textbooks in terms of binary valued, Boolean variables. To ... [more ▼]

The concentration of molecules can be changed by chemical reactions and thereby offer a continuous readout. Yet computer architecture is cast in textbooks in terms of binary valued, Boolean variables. To enable reactive chemical systems to compute we show how, using the Cox interpretation of probability theory, one can transcribe the equations of chemical kinetics as a sequence of coupled logic gates operating on continuous variables. It is discussed how the distinct chemical identity of a molecule allows us to create a common language for chemical kinetics and Boolean logic. Specifically, the logic AND operation is shown to be equivalent to a bimolecular process. The logic XOR operation represents chemical processes that take place concurrently. The values of the rate constants enter the logic scheme as inputs. By designing a reaction scheme with a feedback we endow the logic gates with a built in memory because their output then depends on the input and also on the present state of the system. Technically such a logic machine is an automaton. We report an experimental realization of three such coupled automata using a DNAzyme multilayer signaling cascade. A simple model verifies analytically that our experimental scheme provides an integrator generating a power series that is third order in time. The model identifies two parameters that govern the kinetics and shows how the initial concentrations of the substrates are the coefficients in the power series. [less ▲]

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See detailTaxonomic significance of variation in sexual condition in Pelekium Mitt. and related genera (Thuidiaceae)
Norhazrina, N.; Patiño, J.; Hedenäs, L. et al

in Journal of Bryology (2017), 39

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See detailAssessment of the entering stock, migration dynamics and fish pass fidelity of european eel in the belgian meuse river
Nzau Matondo, Billy ULg; Benitez, Jean-Philippe ULg; Dierckx, Arnaud ULg et al

in River Research & Applications (2017), 33

Migration dynamics of incoming eels in Belgium via Lixhe in the Meuse River were investigated using two fish passes with different configurations— net traps and automatic detection stations—as tools to ... [more ▼]

Migration dynamics of incoming eels in Belgium via Lixhe in the Meuse River were investigated using two fish passes with different configurations— net traps and automatic detection stations—as tools to distinguish resident and migrating eels. From April to September 2013, 435 eels (P50 length, 403 mm; range, 196–836 mm) were caught (daily maxima catch, 90 eels per day), 90% between 13 June and 1 August (50 days) and P50 on 19 July. Eels migrated mostly at 19–26 °C (P50, 24.4 °C), river discharge 65–314m3 s 1 (P50, 84m3 s 1), during the dark at 00:00–05:00 h and during both the waxing and waning phases of moonlight. From 396 eels tagged and released 0.3 km downstream of the Lixhe dam, 6.8% of them were recaptured, and 37.4% were detected. Migration flux was estimated at 7184 eels (0.863 t) using the markrecapture method and decreased to 1156 eels (0.139 t) using automatic transponder detection. Most eels probably migrated through a sluice located downstream of Lixhe to reach the upper Meuse via the Albert Canal. Eels moved almost independently to the configuration of the fish passes and their location, but most eels displayed fidelity to the fish pass where they were captured. Migrant eels showed a wide range of size and life stages, with a higher proportion of eels (80%) belonging to the yellow eel stage. A lower proportion of eels (6%) had a larger size and presented an advanced continental silvering process corresponding to the migrating stage before their transatlantic migration. Copyright © 2016 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. [less ▲]

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

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

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

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

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See detailAdaptation of targeted nanocarriers to changing requirements in antimalarial drug delivery
Marques, J.; Valle-Delgado, J.; Urbán, P. et al

in Nanomedicine : Nanotechnology, Biology, and Medicine (2017)

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See detailThe tails of the satellite auroral footprints at Jupiter
Bonfond, Bertrand ULg; Saur, J.; Grodent, Denis ULg et al

in Journal of Geophysical Research. Space Physics (2017), 122

The electro-magnetic interaction between Io, Europa and Ganymede and the rotating plasma that surrounds Jupiter has a signature in the aurora of the planet. This signature, called the satellite footprint ... [more ▼]

The electro-magnetic interaction between Io, Europa and Ganymede and the rotating plasma that surrounds Jupiter has a signature in the aurora of the planet. This signature, called the satellite footprint, takes the form of a series of spots located slightly downstream of the feet of the field lines passing through the moon under consideration. In the case of Io, these spots are also followed by an extended tail in the downstream direction relative to the plasma flow encountering the moon. A few examples of a tail for the Europa footprint have also been reported in the northern hemisphere. Here we present a simplified Alfvénic model for footprint tails and simulations of vertical brightness profiles for various electron distribution, which favour such a model over quasi-static models. We also report here additional cases of Europa footprint tails, in both hemispheres, even though such detections are rare and difficult. Furthermore, we show that the Ganymede footprint can also be followed by a similar tail. Finally, we present a case of a 320° long Io footprint tail, while other cases in similar configurations do not display such a length. [less ▲]

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See detailDistances between nested densities and a measure of the impact of the prior in Bayesian statistics
Ley, Christophe; Reinert, Gesine; Swan, Yvik ULg

in Annals of Applied Probability (2017), 27(1), 216-241

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See detailComprehensive multi-modality imaging approach in arrhythmogenic cardiomyoapthy : an expert consensus document of the European Association of Cardiovascular Imaging
Haugaa, KH; Basso, C; Badano, LP et al

in European Heart Journal - Cardiovascular Imaging (2017)

Arrhythmogenic cardiomyopathy (AC) is a progressive disease with high risk of life-threatening ventricular arrhythmias. A genetic mutation is found in up to 50-60% of probands, mostly affecting desmosomal ... [more ▼]

Arrhythmogenic cardiomyopathy (AC) is a progressive disease with high risk of life-threatening ventricular arrhythmias. A genetic mutation is found in up to 50-60% of probands, mostly affecting desmosomal genes. Diagnosis of AC is made by a combination of data from different modalities including imaging, electrocardiogram, Holter monitoring, family history, genetic testing, and tissue properties. Being a progressive cardiomyopathy, repeated cardiac imaging is needed in AC patients. Repeated imaging is important also for risk assessment of ventricular arrhythmias. This expert consensus document gives clinical recommendations for how to use multi-modality imaging in the different aspects of AC disease, including diagnosis, family screening, follow-up, risk assessment, and differential diagnosis. [less ▲]

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See detailMembrane Interactions of Natural Cyclic Lipodepsipeptides of the Viscosin Group
Geudens, Niels; Nasir, Mehmet Nail ULg; Crowet, Jean-Marc ULg et al

in Biochimica et Biophysica Acta - Biomembranes (2017), 1859(3), 331-339

Many Pseudomonas spp. produce cyclic lipodepsipeptides (CLPs), which, besides their role in biological functions such as motility, biofilm formation and interspecies interactions, are antimicrobial. It ... [more ▼]

Many Pseudomonas spp. produce cyclic lipodepsipeptides (CLPs), which, besides their role in biological functions such as motility, biofilm formation and interspecies interactions, are antimicrobial. It has been established that interaction with the cellular membrane is central to the mode of action of CLPs. In this work, we focus on the CLPs of the so-called viscosin group, aiming to assess the impact of the main structural variations observed within this group on both the antimicrobial activity and the interaction with model membranes. The antimicrobial activity of viscosin, viscosinamide A, WLIP and pseudodesmin A were all tested on a broad panel of mainly Gram-positive bacteria. Their capacity to permeabilize or fuse PG/PE/cardiolipin model membrane vesicles is assessed using fluorescent probes. We find that the Glu2/Gln2 structural variation within the viscosin group is the main factor that influences both the membrane permeabilization properties and the minimum inhibitory concentration of bacterial growth, while the configuration of the Leu5 residue has no apparent effect. The CLPmembrane interactions were further evaluated using CD and FT-IR spectroscopy on model membranes consisting of PG/PE/cardiolipin or POPC with or without cholesterol. In contrast to previous studies, we observe no conformational change upon membrane insertion. The CLPs interact both with the polar heads and aliphatic tails of model membrane systems, altering bilayer fluidity, while cholesterol reduces CLP insertion depth [less ▲]

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See detailOn a group theoretic generalization of the Morse-Hedlund theorem
Charlier, Emilie ULg; Puzynina, Svetlana; Zamboni, Luca

in Proceedings of the American Mathematical Society (2017), 145(8), 33813394

In their 1938 seminal paper on symbolic dynamics, Morse and Hedlund proved that every aperiodic infinite word contains at least n+ 1 distinct factors of each length n. They further showed that an infinite ... [more ▼]

In their 1938 seminal paper on symbolic dynamics, Morse and Hedlund proved that every aperiodic infinite word contains at least n+ 1 distinct factors of each length n. They further showed that an infinite word has exactly n+ 1 distinct factors of each length n if and only if it is binary, aperiodic and balanced, i.e., it is a Sturmian word. In this paper we obtain a broad generalization of the Morse-Hedlund theorem via group actions. [less ▲]

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See detailDiet effects on bumblebee health
Roger, N.; Michez, D.; Wattiez, R. et al

in Journal of Insect Physiology (2017), 96

Among physiological processes, the maintenance of immunity is one of the most energetically costly in invertebrates. Disease resistance can be quantified by measuring immunocompetence, which is defined as ... [more ▼]

Among physiological processes, the maintenance of immunity is one of the most energetically costly in invertebrates. Disease resistance can be quantified by measuring immunocompetence, which is defined as the ability of an organism to mount an immune response, either in cellular, humoral or behavioural forms. In insects, immune capacity can be affected by a variety of factors including pesticides, genetic diversity or diet. Here we focus on an important species of domesticated pollinator, Bombus terrestris, and the potential impact of a poor pollen diet (low nutritional content and toxic) on its health. We investigate three responses at both colony and individual levels: behavioural, humoral and cellular. Our results show that poor pollen diets decrease larval and pupal masses and increase larval ejection as well as adult constitutive immunity (i.e., prophenoloxidase assays). The susceptibility of bumblebees to disease and infection might therefore be greater after a nutritive stress. These findings raise the importance of available plant hosts, especially floral plant species providing pollen with suitable nutritive quality (i.e., nutrient pollen content) for bumblebees. © 2016 Elsevier Ltd [less ▲]

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See detailDonnées nouvelles sur quelques espèces minérales de Vielsalm et Salmchâteau (Province de Luxembourg, Belgique)
Blondieau, M; Puccio, S; Compère, Philippe ULg et al

in Bulletin de la Société Royale des Sciences de Liège (2017), 86

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See detailThe use of mesenchymal stromal cells in solid organ transplantation
GREGOIRE, Céline ULg; DETRY, Olivier ULg; Jouret, François ULg et al

in The Biology and Therapeutic Application of Mesenchymal Cells (2017)

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

in NeuroImage (2017), 146

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

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

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See detailChanges in biophysical membrane properties induced by the Budesonide/ Hydroxy-β-cyclodextrin complex
dos Santos, Andreia; Bayiha, Jules; Dufour, Gilles et al

in BBA Biomembranes (2017)

Budesonide (BUD), a poorly soluble anti-inflammatory drug, is used to treat patients suffering from asthma and COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease). Hydroxypropyl-β-cyclodextrin (HPβCD), a ... [more ▼]

Budesonide (BUD), a poorly soluble anti-inflammatory drug, is used to treat patients suffering from asthma and COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease). Hydroxypropyl-β-cyclodextrin (HPβCD), a biocompatible cyclodextrin known to interact with cholesterol, is used as a drug-solubilizing agent in pharmaceutical formulations. Budesonide administered as an inclusion complex within HPβCD (BUD:HPβCD) required a quarter of the nominal dose of the suspension formulation and significantly reduced neutrophil induced inflammation in a COPD mouse model exceeding the effect of each molecule administered individually. This suggests the role of lipid domains enriched in cholesterol for inflammatory signaling activation. In this context, we investigated the effect of BUD:HPβCD on the biophysical properties of membrane lipids. On cellular models (A549, lung epithelial cells), BUD:HPβCD extracted cholesterol similarly to HPβCD. On large unilamellar vesicles (LUVs), by using the fluorescent probes diphenylhexatriene (DPH) and calcein, we demonstrated an increase in membrane fluidity and permeability induced by BUD:HPβCD in vesicles containing cholesterol. On giant unilamellar vesicles (GUVs) and lipid monolayers, BUD:HPβCD induced the disruption of cholesterol-enriched raft-like liquid ordered domains as well as changes in lipid packing and lipid desorption from the cholesterol monolayers, respectively. Except for membrane fluidity, all these effects were enhanced when HPβCD was complexed with budesonide as compared with HPβCD. Since cholesterol-enriched domains have been linked to membrane signaling including pathways involved in inflammation processes, we hypothesized the effects of BUD:HPβCD could be partly mediated by changes in the biophysical properties of cholesterol-enriched domains. [less ▲]

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

in Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience (2017), 11

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

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

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

in ASBL Actualités (2017)

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

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

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See detailParasitisme d’Apis mellifera adansonii (Latreille 1804) et de Meliponula bocandei (Spinola 1853) par Aethina tumida (Murray 1867): premier recensement au Gabon et impact sur la domestication
Fabre Anguilet, Edgard ULg; Alabi, Taofic ULg; Haubruge, Eric ULg et al

in Entomologie Faunistique = Faunistic Entomology (2017), 70

The small hive beetle, Aethina tumida (Murray 1867), has been reported in many countries in sub-Saharan Africa. This parasite is considered as a minor threat to strong Apis mellifera (Linnaeus 1758 ... [more ▼]

The small hive beetle, Aethina tumida (Murray 1867), has been reported in many countries in sub-Saharan Africa. This parasite is considered as a minor threat to strong Apis mellifera (Linnaeus 1758) colonies in Africa and as a major threat during the transfer of wild colonies of Meliponula bocandei (Spinola 1853) in hives. There is no data for Gabon and the state of wild colonies is still poorly known. Then, this study aims (1) to make a first prevalence assessment of A. tumida in wild colonies of A. mellifera and M. bocandei in Gabon; (2) to verify the effectiveness of quarantine implementation during the transfer of M. bocandei in hives against A. tumida. For that, 59 nests of A. mellifera and 25 nests of M. bocandei were inspected in two locations. Twelve nests of M. bocandei were transferred in hives with a quarantine for 4 days while 12 nests were transferred without quarantine. Aethina tumida was observed in more than 70 % of A. mellifera nests and in a single nest of M. bocandei. No damage was observed in nests of A. mellifera. More than 60 % of brood sections in quarantine or not were destroyed by A. tumida in hives. This study provided first evidence of the presence of A. tumida in Gabon and the need to develop a more effective method to domesticate M. bocandei in hives. [less ▲]

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

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

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

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

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See detailCan DEM time series produced by UAV be used to quantify diffuse erosion in an agricultural watershed?
Pineux, Nathalie ULg; Lisein, Jonathan ULg; Swerts, Gilles ULg et al

in Geomorphology (2017), 280

Erosion and deposition modelling should rely on field data. Currently these data are seldom available at large spatial scales and/or at high spatial resolution. In addition, conventional erosion ... [more ▼]

Erosion and deposition modelling should rely on field data. Currently these data are seldom available at large spatial scales and/or at high spatial resolution. In addition, conventional erosion monitoring approaches are labour intensive and costly. This calls for the development of new approaches for field erosion data acquisition. As a result of rapid technological developments and low cost, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) have recently become an attractive means of generating high resolution digital elevation models (DEMs). The use of UAV to observe and quantify gully erosion is now widely established. However, in some agro-pedological contexts, soil erosion results from multiple processes, including sheet and rill erosion, tillage erosion and erosion due to harvest of root crops. These diffuse erosion processes often represent a particular challenge because of the limited elevation changes they induce. In this study,we propose to assess the reliability and development perspectives of UAV to locate and quantify erosion and deposition in a context of an agricultural watershed with silt loam soils and a smooth relief. Erosion and deposition rates derived from high resolution DEM time series are compared to field measurements. The UAV technique demonstrates a high level of flexibility and can be used, for instance, after a major erosive event. It delivers a very high resolution DEM(pixel size: 6 cm) which allows us to compute high resolution runoff pathways. This could enable us to precisely locate runoff management practices such as fascines. Furthermore, the DEMs can be used diachronically to extract elevation differences before and after a strongly erosive rainfall and be validated by field measurements. While the analysis for this study was carried out over 2 years, we observed a tendency along the slope from erosion to deposition. Erosion and deposition patterns detected at the watershed scale are also promising. Nevertheless, further development in the processing workflow of UAV data is required in order to make this technique accurate and robust enough for detecting sediment movements in an agricultural watershed affected by diffuse erosion. This area of investigation holdsmuch potential as the images processing is relatively new and expanding. [less ▲]

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See detailImpact of pollen resources drift on common bumblebees in NW Europe
Roger, N.; Moerman, R.; Carvalheiro, L. G. et al

in Global Change Biology (2017), 23(1), 68-76

Several bee species are experiencing significant population declines. As bees exclusively rely on pollen for development and survival, such declines could be partly related to changes in their host plant ... [more ▼]

Several bee species are experiencing significant population declines. As bees exclusively rely on pollen for development and survival, such declines could be partly related to changes in their host plant abundance and quality. Here, we investigate whether generalist bumblebee species, with stable population trends over the past years, adapted their diets in response to changes in the distribution and chemical quality of their pollen resources. We selected five common species of bumblebee in NW Europe for which we had a precise description of their pollen diet through two time periods (‘prior to 1950’ and ‘2004–2005’). For each species, we assessed whether the shift in their pollen diet was related with the changes in the suitable area of their pollen resources. Concurrently, we evaluated whether the chemical composition of pollen resources changed over time and experimentally tested the impact of new major pollen species on the development of B. terrestris microcolonies. Only one species (i.e. B. lapidarius) significantly included more pollen from resources whose suitable area expanded. This opportunist pattern could partly explain the expansion of B. lapidarius in Europe. Regarding the temporal variation in the chemical composition of the pollen diet, total and essential amino acid contents did not differ significantly between the two time periods while we found significant differences among plant species. This result is driven by the great diversity of resources used by bumblebee species in both periods. Our bioassay revealed that the shift to new major pollen resources allowed microcolonies to develop, bringing new evidence on the opportunist feature of bumblebee in their diets. Overall, this study shows that the response to pollen resource drift varies among closely related pollinators, and a species-rich plant community ensures generalist species to select a nutrient-rich pollen diet. © 2016 John Wiley & Sons Ltd [less ▲]

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See detailEffect of undisturbed ground temperature on the design of closed-loop geothermal systems: A case study in a semi-urban environment
Radioti, Georgia ULg; Sartor, Kevin ULg; Charlier, Robert ULg et al

in Applied Energy (2017)

This paper presents temperature measurements in four Borehole Heat Exchangers (BHEs), equipped with fiber optics and located in a semi-urban environment (campus of the University of Liege, Belgium). A 3D ... [more ▼]

This paper presents temperature measurements in four Borehole Heat Exchangers (BHEs), equipped with fiber optics and located in a semi-urban environment (campus of the University of Liege, Belgium). A 3D numerical model is also presented to simulate the heat loss from the surrounding structures into the subsurface. The mean undisturbed ground temperature was estimated from data during the preliminary phase of a thermal response test (water circulation in the pipe loops), as well as from borehole logging measurements. The measurements during water circulation can significantly overestimate the ground temperature (up to 1.7 C in this case study) for high ambient air temperature during the test, resulting in an overestimation of the maximum extracted power and of the heat pump coefficient of performance (COP). To limit the error in the COP and the extracted power to less than 5%, the error in the undisturbed temperature estimation should not exceed ±1.5 °C and ±0.6 °C respectively. In urbanised areas, configurations of short BHEs (length < 40 m) could be economically advantageous (decreased installation and operation costs) compared to long BHEs, especially for temperature gradient lower than 0.05 °C/m. [less ▲]

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See detailCabergoline for Cushing's disease: a large retrospective multicenter study.
Ferriere, A.; Cortet, C.; Chanson, P. et al

in European Journal of Endocrinology (2017), 176(3), 305-314

OBJECTIVE: The efficacy of cabergoline in Cushing's disease (CD) is controversial. The aim of this study was to assess the efficacy and tolerability of cabergoline in a large contemporary cohort of ... [more ▼]

OBJECTIVE: The efficacy of cabergoline in Cushing's disease (CD) is controversial. The aim of this study was to assess the efficacy and tolerability of cabergoline in a large contemporary cohort of patients with CD. DESIGN: We conducted a retrospective multicenter study from thirteen French and Belgian university hospitals. METHODS: Sixty-two patients with CD received cabergoline monotherapy or add-on therapy. Symptom score, biological markers of hypercortisolism and adverse effects were recorded. RESULTS: Twenty-one (40%) of 53 patients who received cabergoline monotherapy had normal urinary free cortisol (UFC) values within 12 months (complete responders), and five of these patients developed corticotropic insufficiency. The fall in UFC was associated with significant reductions in midnight cortisol and plasma ACTH, and with clinical improvement. Compared to other patients, complete responders had similar median baseline UFC (2.0 vs 2.5xULN) and plasma prolactin concentrations but received lower doses of cabergoline (1.5 vs 3.5 mg/week, P < 0.05). During long-term treatment (>12 months), cabergoline was withdrawn in 28% of complete responders because of treatment escape or intolerance. Overall, sustained control of hypercortisolism was obtained in 23% of patients for 32.5 months (19-105). Nine patients on steroidogenesis inhibitors received cabergoline add-on therapy for 19 months (1-240). Hypercortisolism was controlled in 56% of these patients during the first year of treatment with cabergoline at 1.0 mg/week (0.5-3.5). CONCLUSIONS: About 20-25% of CD patients are good responders to cabergoline therapy allowing long-term control of hypercortisolism at relatively low dosages and with acceptable tolerability. No single parameter, including the baseline UFC and prolactin levels, predicted the response to cabergoline. [less ▲]

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See detailThe global burden of chronic kidney disease: estimates, variability and pitfalls.
Glassock, RJ; Warnock, DG; DELANAYE, Pierre ULg

in Nature Reviews Nephrology (2017), 13(2), 104-114

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See detailRecommendations on the Echocardiographic Assessment of Aortic Valve Stenosis: A Focused Update from the European Association of Cardiovascular Imaging and the American Society of Echocardiography
Baumgartner, H; Hung, J; Bermejo, J et al

in Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography (2017)

Echocardiography is the key tool for the diagnosis and evaluation of aortic stenosis. Because clinical decision-making is based on the echocardiographic assessment of its severity, it is essential that ... [more ▼]

Echocardiography is the key tool for the diagnosis and evaluation of aortic stenosis. Because clinical decision-making is based on the echocardiographic assessment of its severity, it is essential that standards are adopted to maintain accuracy and consistency across echocardiographic laboratories. Detailed recommendations for the echocardiographic assessment of valve stenosis were published by the European Association of Echocardiography and the American Society of Echocardiography in 2009. In the meantime, numerous new studies on aortic stenosis have been published with particular new insights into the difficult subgroup of low gradient aortic stenosis making an update of recommendations necessary. The document focuses in particular on the optimization of left ventricular outflow tract assessment, low flow, low gradient aortic stenosis with preserved ejection fraction, a new classification of aortic stenosis by gradient, flow and ejection fraction, and a grading algorithm for an integrated and stepwise approach of aortic stenosis assessment in clinical practice. [less ▲]

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See detailIterated local search for the capacitated vehicle routing problem with sequence-based pallet loading and axle weight constraints
Pollaris, Hanne; Braekers, Kris; Caris, An et al

in Networks (2017)

In this article an Iterated Local Search algorithm for the capacitated vehicle routing problem with sequence-based pallet loading and axle weight constraints is presented. Axle weight limits impose a ... [more ▼]

In this article an Iterated Local Search algorithm for the capacitated vehicle routing problem with sequence-based pallet loading and axle weight constraints is presented. Axle weight limits impose a great challenge for transportation companies. Yet, the literature on the incorporation of axle weight constraints in vehicle routing models is very scarce. The effect of introducing axle weight constraints in a CVRP on total routing cost is analyzed. Results show that integrating axle weight constraints does not lead to a large cost increase. However, not including axle weight constraints in the planning process may induce major axle weight violations. [less ▲]

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See detailAdaptation response surfaces for managing wheat under perturbed climate and CO2 in a Mediterranean environment
Ruiz-Ramos, M.; Ferrise, R.; Rodríguez, A. et al

in Agricultural Systems (2017)

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See detailAnti-thymocyte globulin as graft-versus-host disease prevention in the setting of allogeneic peripheral blood stem cell transplantation: a review from the Acute Leukemia Working Party of the European Society for Blood and Marrow Transplantation.
Baron, Frédéric ULg; Mohty, Mohamad; Blaise, Didier et al

in Haematologica (2017)

Allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation is increasingly used as treatment for patients with life threatening blood diseases. Their curative potential is largely based on immune-mediated graft ... [more ▼]

Allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation is increasingly used as treatment for patients with life threatening blood diseases. Their curative potential is largely based on immune-mediated graft-versus-leukemia effects caused by donor T cells contained in the graft. Unfortunately, donor T cells are also the cause of graft-versus-host disease. The vast majority of HLA-matched allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantations are nowadays carried out with peripheral blood stem cells (PBSC) as stem cell source. In comparison with bone marrows, PBSC contain more hematopoietic stem/progenitor cells but also one log more T cells. Consequently, the use of PBSC instead of bone marrow has been associated with faster hematological recovery and a lower risk of relapse in patients with advanced disease, but also with a higher incidence of chronic graft-versus-host disease. These observations have been the basis for several studies aimed at assessing the impact of immunoregulation with anti-thymocyte globulin (ATG) on transplantation outcomes in patients given HLA-matched PBSC from related or unrelated donors. After a brief introduction on ATG, this article reviews recent studies assessing the impact ATG on transplantation outcomes in patients given PBSC from HLA-matched related or unrelated donors as well as in recipients of grafts from HLA-haploidentical donors. [less ▲]

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

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

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

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

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See detailFair Trade Milk Initiative in Belgium: Bricolage as an Empowering Strategy for Change
Feyereisen, Marlène ULg; Stassart, Pierre M ULg; Melard, François ULg

in Sociologia Ruralis (2017), 57(3), 297-315

In a context of multiple crises, dairy farmers struggle to receive a fair remuneration for their work. This situation led to the creation of fair milk projects in Europe. But fair trade projects often ... [more ▼]

In a context of multiple crises, dairy farmers struggle to receive a fair remuneration for their work. This situation led to the creation of fair milk projects in Europe. But fair trade projects often suffer from ambiguous interpretations that place them simultaneously in and against the market. This study focuses on a Belgian milk label in order to analyse how dairy farmers developed a particular strategy to create their own fair milk. Based on semi-structured interviews and using the multi-level perspective, we propose that articulating the concepts of lock-ins, bricolage and ambiguity enables us to analyse the potential of this innovation for the transition of the Belgian dairy system. The study shows that fairness is often a matter of divergent interpretations, and its final actualisation is the product of emergent and negotiated relations. By using bricolage practices, the stakeholders reinforced their capacity to gain market power and act within the system they want to change. [less ▲]

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

in Applied Neuropsychology: Child (2017)

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

in NeuroImage (2017)

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

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

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See detailVentilation distribution assessed with electrical impedance tomography and the influence of tidal volume, recruitment and positive end-expiratory pressure in isoflurane-anesthetized dogs.
Ambrosio, Aline M.; Carvalho-Kamakura, Tatiana P. A.; Ida, Keila ULg et al

in Veterinary Anaesthesia & Analgesia (2017), 44(2), 254-263

OBJECTIVE: To examine the intrapulmonary gas distribution of low and high tidal volumes (VT) and to investigate whether this is altered by an alveolar recruitment maneuver (ARM) and 5 cmH2O positive end ... [more ▼]

OBJECTIVE: To examine the intrapulmonary gas distribution of low and high tidal volumes (VT) and to investigate whether this is altered by an alveolar recruitment maneuver (ARM) and 5 cmH2O positive end-expiratory pressure (PEEP) during anesthesia. STUDY DESIGN: Prospective randomized clinical study. ANIMALS: Fourteen client-owned bitches weighing 26 +/- 7 kg undergoing elective ovariohysterectomy. METHODS: Isoflurane-anesthetized dogs in dorsal recumbency were ventilated with 0 cmH2O PEEP and pressure-controlled ventilation by adjusting the peak inspiratory pressure (PIP) to achieve a low (7 mL kg-1; n = 7) or a high (12 mL kg-1; n = 7) VT. Ninety minutes after induction (T90), an ARM (PIP 20 cmH2O for 10 seconds, twice with a 10 second interval) was performed followed by the application of 5 cmH2O PEEP for 35 minutes (RM35). The vertical (ventral=0%; dorsal=100%) and horizontal (right=0%; left=100%) center of ventilation (CoV), four regions of interest (ROI) (ventral, central-ventral, central-dorsal, dorsal) identified in electrical impedance tomography images, and cardiopulmonary data were analyzed using two-way repeated measures anova. RESULTS: The low VT was centered in more ventral (nondependent) areas compared with high VT at T90 (CoV: 38.8 +/- 2.5% versus 44.6 +/- 7.2%; p = 0.0325). The ARM and PEEP shifted the CoV towards dorsal (dependent) areas only during high VT (50.5 +/- 7.9% versus 41.1 +/- 2.8% during low VT, p = 0.0108), which was more distributed to the central-dorsal ROI compared with low VT (p = 0.0046). The horizontal CoV was centrally distributed and cardiovascular variables remained unchanged throughout regardless of the VT, ARM, and PEEP. CONCLUSIONS AND CLINICAL RELEVANCE: Both low and high VT were poorly distributed to dorsal dependent regions, where ventilation was improved following the current ARM and PEEP only during high VT. Studies on the role of high VT on pulmonary complications are required. [less ▲]

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See detailPotential contribution of progesterone receptors to the development of sexual behavior in male and female mice.
Desroziers, Elodie; Brock, Olivier; Bakker, Julie ULg

in Hormones and Behavior (2017)

We previously showed that estradiol can have both defeminizing and feminizing effects on the developing mouse brain. Pre- and early postnatal estradiol defeminized the ability to show lordosis in ... [more ▼]

We previously showed that estradiol can have both defeminizing and feminizing effects on the developing mouse brain. Pre- and early postnatal estradiol defeminized the ability to show lordosis in adulthood, whereas prepubertal estradiol feminized this ability. Furthermore, we found that estradiol upregulates progesterone receptors (PR) during development, inducing both a male-and female-typical pattern of PR expression in the mouse hypothalamus. In the present study, we took advantage of a newly developed PR antagonist (ZK 137316) to determine whether PR contributes to either male- or female-typical sexual differentiation. Thus groups of male and female C57Bl/6j mice were treated with ZK 137316 or oil as control: males were treated neonatally (P0-P10), during the critical period for male sexual differentiation, and females were treated prepubertally (P15-P25), during the critical period for female sexual differentiation. In adulthood, mice were tested for sexual behavior. In males, some minor effects of neonatal ZK treatment on sexual behavior were observed: latencies to the first mount, intromission and ejaculation were decreased in neonatally ZK treated males; however, this effect disappeared by the second mating test. By contrast, female mice treated with ZK during the prepubertal period showed significantly less lordosis than OIL-treated females. Mate preferences were not affected in either males or females treated with ZK during development. Taken together, these results suggest a role for PR and thus perhaps progesterone in the development of lordosis behavior in female mice. By contrast, no obvious role for PR can be discerned in the development of male sexual behavior. [less ▲]

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