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See detailDe l’expérimentation à la modélisation des propriétés hygrothermiques de parois isolées en paille
Louis, Arnaud ULg; Evrard, Arnaud; Courard, Luc ULg et al

in Annales du Bâtiment et des Travaux Publics (2013)

Some results of aPROpaille project are presented. The goal of this project is to improve the knowledge about hygrothermal performances of walls in which thermal insulation is mainly provided by straw ... [more ▼]

Some results of aPROpaille project are presented. The goal of this project is to improve the knowledge about hygrothermal performances of walls in which thermal insulation is mainly provided by straw. Besides an overall characterization of straw properties and two types of earth plaster, a series of tests was performed to determine the hygrothermal properties of these materials: porosity, sorption curve, water vapour diffusion, capillary absorption, total water absorption, specific heat and thermal conductivity. The determination of these parameters required sometimes the implementation of unusual protocols or unreleased materials. Numerical simulations based on the properties defined in the test campaign are also presented. Results clearly point out the influence of the type of plaster and the orientation of fibres into straw bale. [less ▲]

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See detailLocal head-loss coefficient at the rectangular transition from a free-surface channel to a conduit
Van Nam, Nguyen; Archambeau, Pierre ULg; Dewals, Benjamin ULg et al

in Journal of Hydraulic Engineering (2013), 139(12), 1318-1323

Experimental tests have been performed to observe and determine, in stationary flow conditions, the local head loss at the transition from a free surface channel to a conduit. These investigations ... [more ▼]

Experimental tests have been performed to observe and determine, in stationary flow conditions, the local head loss at the transition from a free surface channel to a conduit. These investigations considered a wide range of discharge and varied dimensions and positions of a rectangular cross section conduit connected to the downstream extremity of a rectangular free surface channel. From the head loss evaluation results, simple analytical expressions to predict the local head loss coefficient value at the rectangular transition from a channel to a conduit are proposed and validated. [less ▲]

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See detailAbundance estimates of southern right whales (Eubalaena australis) in Bahía San Antonio, Patagonia, Argentina
Vermeulen, Els ULg

in Journal of Cetacean Research and Management (2013), 13

The abundance of southern right whales (Eubalaena australis) was estimated by the means of aerial line-transect surveys for the area of Bahía San Antonio, a bay located in the north-western region of the ... [more ▼]

The abundance of southern right whales (Eubalaena australis) was estimated by the means of aerial line-transect surveys for the area of Bahía San Antonio, a bay located in the north-western region of the San Matías Gulf (40°50’S 64°50’W), Rio Negro, Patagonia Argentina. In total, seven aerial surveys were conducted in the first week of August and September 2009, September, October and November 2010, and August, September 2011. Survey effort equalled a total flight time of 12.4h, during which 200 whales were counted in 119 whale groups. Half of the encounters were solitary animals and 17% were mating groups. Corrected abundance estimates showed the highest amount of whales present in the bay during the month of September, with 85±71, 207±108 and 117±55 animals in 2009, 2010 and 2011 respectively. In adjacent months, less than half the amount of whales seemed to be present. The correction factor g(0)availability resulted 0.392±0.456. Perception bias was not accounted for. These aerial surveys resulted in the first estimates of southern right whale abundance in this north Patagonian bay and indicated a rather abrupt peak during the month of September. This being the peak month for right whale presence is consistent with data from other regions in the Southwest Atlantic, but data obtained in the other months remained scarce and thus results should be interpreted carefully. The complete absence of whales in the area during November 2010 and August 2011 raises further questions on the predictability of the whale’s presence in the area. Overall, more consistent aerial surveys should be conducted to accurately determine the annual and interannual evolution of southern right whale abundance in the study area. [less ▲]

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See detailEffect of different kinds of anoxia/reoxygenation on the mitochondrial function and the free radicals production of cultured primary equine skeletal myoblasts.
Ceusters, Justine ULg; Mouithys-Mickalad, Ange ULg; Franck, Thierry ULg et al

in Research in Veterinary Science (2013), 95

Horses are outstanding athletes, performing in many different disciplines involving different kinds of efforts and metabolic responses. Depending on exercise intensity, their skeletal muscle oxygenation ... [more ▼]

Horses are outstanding athletes, performing in many different disciplines involving different kinds of efforts and metabolic responses. Depending on exercise intensity, their skeletal muscle oxygenation decreases, and the reperfusion at cessation of the exercise can cause excessive production of free radicals. This study on cultured primary equine myoblasts investigated the effect of different kinds of anoxia/reoxygenation (A/R) on routine respiration, mitochondrial complex I specific activity and free radicals production. Our data revealed that short cycles of A/R caused a decrease of all the parameters, opposite to what a single long period of anoxia did. A preconditioning-like effect could explain our first pattern of results whereas mild uncoupling could be more appropriate for the second one. Anyway, it seems that mitochondrial complex I could play a major role in the regulation of the balance between metabolic and antioxidant protection of the muscular function of athletic horses. [less ▲]

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See detailActivité physique et maladies neuromusculaires
WANG, François-Charles ULg

in Lettre du Neurologue (La) : le Courrier du Spécialiste (2013)

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See detailPeptidomic comparison and characterization of the major components of the venom of the giant ant Dinoponera quadriceps collected in four different areas of Brazil.
Cologna, Camila Takeno; Cardoso, Jaqueline Dos Santos; Jourdan, Emmanuel et al

in Journal of Proteomics (2013), 94

Despite the noxious effects inflicted by Dinoponera ant's envenomation, the information about the biological properties and composition of their venom is still very limited. Ants from the genus Dinoponera ... [more ▼]

Despite the noxious effects inflicted by Dinoponera ant's envenomation, the information about the biological properties and composition of their venom is still very limited. Ants from the genus Dinoponera are believed to be the world's largest living ants with a body length of 3cm. Their occurrence is restricted to tropical areas of South America. In this work, we study the venom of the giant Dinoponera quadriceps ant collected in 4 different regions of Brazil. By using a combination of complementary mass spectrometric approaches, we aim at: (i) characterizing the venom composition of these ants; (ii) establishing a comparative analysis of the venom from four geographically different regions in Brazil. This approach demonstrates that ant venom is a copious source of new compounds. Several peptides were identified and selected for "de novo sequencing". Since most of the new peptides showed similarities with antimicrobial peptides (AMPs), antimicrobial assays were performed with the purpose of evaluating their activity. In regard to the comparative study of the four regions, we observed not only major differences in the venom compositions, but also that the venoms collected in closest areas are more similar than the ones collected in distant regions. These observations seem to highlight an adaption of the ant venoms to the local environment. Concerning the biological assays, the peptides called Dq-3162 and Da-3177 showed a wide-ranging antimicrobial activity. The characterization of new AMPs with a broad spectrum of activity and different scaffolds may aid scientists to design new therapeutic agents and understand the mechanisms of those peptides to interact with microbial membranes. The results obtained betoken the biotechnological potential of ant's venom. BIOLOGICAL SIGNIFICANCE: For the first time this manuscript describes an extensive proteomics characterization of the D. quadriceps venom. In addition this study reports the variation in venom composition of primitive ants from 4 geographically different areas of Brazil. The results reveal the presence of ~335 compounds for each venom/area and inter-colony variations were observed. 16 new peptides were characterized and 2 of them were synthesized and biologically assayed. These findings highlight the considerable and still unexplored diversity of ant's venom which could be used as valuable research tools in different areas of knowledge. [less ▲]

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See detailDéploiement de la solution discovery Primo à l'Université de Liège
Renaville, François ULg; Richelle, Laurence ULg

in Cahiers de la Documentation = Bladen voor Documentatie (2013), (4), 41-53

En quelques années, les Bibliothèques de l'Université de Liège (ULg) ont procédé à d'importants changements dans les systèmes documentaires informatisés qu'elles exploitent (SIGB, OPAC, résolveur de liens ... [more ▼]

En quelques années, les Bibliothèques de l'Université de Liège (ULg) ont procédé à d'importants changements dans les systèmes documentaires informatisés qu'elles exploitent (SIGB, OPAC, résolveur de liens, plate-forme PIB…). Cet article retrace le passage, en 2013, d’un OPAC traditionnel à une "solution discovery". L'équipe de projet propose une analyse des étapes qui ont précédé la mise en œuvre de la solution Primo, dans ses différents aspects historique, technique et humain. La campagne de communication en interne, au moyen principalement de séances de formation, est également abordée. [less ▲]

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See detailLa cascade des MAP kinases : traitements ciblés en cancérologie cutanée.
PIERARD, Gérald ULg; Franchimont, Claudine ULg; LEONARD, Boris ULg et al

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2013), 68(12), 650-654

Résumé : Les «Mitogen-Activated Protein Kinases» (MAPK) forment un ensemble coordonné de protéines cellulaires impliquées dans la prolifération, la différenciation, la migration et l’apoptose des cellules ... [more ▼]

Résumé : Les «Mitogen-Activated Protein Kinases» (MAPK) forment un ensemble coordonné de protéines cellulaires impliquées dans la prolifération, la différenciation, la migration et l’apoptose des cellules. Elles sont particulièrement activées, par certaines cytokines, hormones, le stress environnemental, ainsi que dans des cancers cutanés. Des agents pharmacologiques ciblés contre la cascade MAPK révolutionnent actuellement la cancérologie cutanée, du moins dans une phase transitoire du processus métastatique. Des traitements combinés sont susceptibles d’améliorer la survie médiane. [less ▲]

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See detailTransmitive spectral SPR droplet biosensing: principle, sensor design and experimental demonstration
Hastanin, Juriy ULg; Lenaerts, Cedric ULg; Fleury-Frenette, Karl ULg et al

in Plasmonics (2013)

Surface Plasmons Resonance (SPR) architectures based on grating coupler/disperser combination is an attractive alternative for spectral-based biochemical sensing. In this paper, we investigate ... [more ▼]

Surface Plasmons Resonance (SPR) architectures based on grating coupler/disperser combination is an attractive alternative for spectral-based biochemical sensing. In this paper, we investigate theoretically and experimentally a new concept where the plasmon coupling occurs through a thin film grating and sensing occurs via the first evanescent diffraction order in transmitive mode. The surface plasmon wave excitation induces a peak in the wavelength as well as in the angular spectra of the detected first transmitted diffraction order. Accordingly, a change in SPR spectrum of the detected diffraction order can be used to quantify the amount of the target molecules immobilized on the sensor surface and therefore, the concentration of these molecules in the analyte solution. The developed sensor architecture is dedicated to droplet biochemical sensing and appears to be especially suitable for biosensor integration and miniaturization. The presented sensor concept is perfectly suited for mass production of low-cost and reproducible SPR sensor chip for biochemical analysis. The implemented setup gives access to multichannel biosensing with the potential for efficient internal referencing, essential to achieve sufficiently high reproducibility and accuracy of the measurements. [less ▲]

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See detailEgg and meat production performances of two varieties of the local Ardennaise poultry breed: silver black and golden black
Moula, Nassim ULg; Michaux, Charles ULg; Philippe, François-Xavier ULg et al

in Animal Genetic Resources = Resources Génétiques Animales = Recursos Genéticos Animales (2013), 53(2), 57-67

The Ardennaise breed is emblematic of the Belgian poultry diversity. We compared two varieties of the breed, the golden black and the silver black. The comparison encompassed: (i) the morphology of adult ... [more ▼]

The Ardennaise breed is emblematic of the Belgian poultry diversity. We compared two varieties of the breed, the golden black and the silver black. The comparison encompassed: (i) the morphology of adult birds, (ii) the growth, carcass characteristics and meat quality of broilers 22 weeks old, (iii) the laying rate during 52 weeks and the egg quality. Significant differences were observed in the size of mature males and females: body weight, diameter and length of the tarsus, size of the comb and wattles. The two varieties did not differ concerning the carcass and meat quality traits. The golden black has a higher laying rate and a higher yolk / albumen ratio, but lays lighter eggs. It could be interesting to complete this study by molecular markers analysis to evaluate the degree of genetic diversity between the two varieties. [less ▲]

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See detailStiefbroeders. Zuid-Nederlandse letteren en natievorming onder Willem I, 1814-1834
Steyaert, Kris ULg

in Tijdschrift voor Nederlandse Taal- en Letterkunde (2013), 129(4),

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See detailTrophic Relationships and Habitat Preferences of Delphinids from the Southeastern Brazilian Coast Determined by Carbon and Nitrogen Stable Isotope Composition
Bisi, Tatiana; Dorneles, Paulo; Lailson-Brito, José et al

in PLoS ONE (2013), 8(12),

To investigate the foraging habitats of delphinids in southeastern Brazil, we analyzed stable carbon (δ13C) and nitrogen (δ15N) isotopes in muscle samples of the following 10 delphinid species: Sotalia ... [more ▼]

To investigate the foraging habitats of delphinids in southeastern Brazil, we analyzed stable carbon (δ13C) and nitrogen (δ15N) isotopes in muscle samples of the following 10 delphinid species: Sotalia guianensis, Stenella frontalis, Tursiops truncatus, Steno bredanensis, Pseudorca crassidens, Delphinus sp., Lagenodelphis hosei, Stenella attenuata, Stenella longirostris and Grampus griseus. We also compared the δ13C and δ15N values among four populations of S. guianensis. Variation in carbon isotope results from coast to ocean indicated that there was a significant decrease in δ13C values from estuarine dolphins to oceanic species. S. guianensis from Guanabara Bay had the highest mean δ13C value, while oceanic species showed significantly lower δ13C values. The highest δ15N values were observed for P. crassidens and T. truncatus, suggesting that these species occupy the highest trophic position among the delphinids studied here. The oceanic species S. attenuata, G. griseus and L. hosei had the lowest δ15N values. Stable isotope analysis showed that the three populations of S. guianensis in coastal bays had different δ13C values, but similar δ15N results. Guiana dolphins from Sepetiba and Ilha Grande bays had different foraging habitat, with specimens from Ilha Grande showing more negative δ13C values. This study provides further information on the feeding ecology of delphinids occurring in southeastern Brazil, with evidence of distinctive foraging habitats and the occupation of different ecological niches by these species in the study area. [less ▲]

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See detailPeut-on avoir plusieurs pensées en même temps ? Étude d’une controverse scolaire et de son traitement par Descartes dans L’Entretien avec Burman
Dubouclez, Olivier ULg

in UBB Studia. Philosophia (2013), 58(3), 85-108

According to Burman, Descartes’ proof of the existence of God in the Third Meditation depends on the reader’s ability to attend to several axioms at the same time. However it is a claim endorsed by a wide ... [more ▼]

According to Burman, Descartes’ proof of the existence of God in the Third Meditation depends on the reader’s ability to attend to several axioms at the same time. However it is a claim endorsed by a wide range of Aristotelian schoolmen and by Burman after them that such a simultaneous conception is far beyond the capacity of our mind. Descartes takes an original stand in that controversy : human thought is a temporal process in which ideas not only succeed but also interfere with one another ; meditation can help stretching our attention so as to embrace more than one argument in a same moment. Indeed, metaphysics is not only a matter of order for Descartes, but also of synoptical power. [less ▲]

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See detailModel Predictive Control of Voltages in Active Distribution Networks
Valverde Mora, Gustavo ULg; Van Cutsem, Thierry ULg

in IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid (2013), 4(4), 2152-2161

This paper presents a centralized control scheme to regulate distribution network voltages in the presence of high penetration of distributed generation. The approach is inspired of Model Predictive ... [more ▼]

This paper presents a centralized control scheme to regulate distribution network voltages in the presence of high penetration of distributed generation. The approach is inspired of Model Predictive Control in order to compensate for modeling inaccuracies and measurement noise. The control actions, calculated from a multi-step optimization, are updated and corrected by real-time measurements. The proposed controller uses a linear model to predict the behavior of the system and the optimization is solved using quadratic programming. The proposed corrective control has been tested in a 11-kV distribution network including 75 nodes and hosting 22 distributed generating units. [less ▲]

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See detailBreeding sites and species association of the main Bluetongue and Schmallenberg virus vectors, the Culicoides species (Diptera: Ceratopogonidae), in northern Europe
Zimmer, Jean-Yves ULg; Losson, Bertrand ULg; Saegerman, Claude ULg et al

in Annales de la Société Entomologique de France (2013), 49(3), 335-344

Several species of Culicoides (Diptera: Ceratopogonidae) biting midges are biological vectors of bluetongue virus (BTV) and, as recently discovered, Schmallenberg virus (SBV) in northern Europe. Since ... [more ▼]

Several species of Culicoides (Diptera: Ceratopogonidae) biting midges are biological vectors of bluetongue virus (BTV) and, as recently discovered, Schmallenberg virus (SBV) in northern Europe. Since their recent emergence in this part of the continent, these diseases that affect domestic and wild ruminants have caused considerable economic losses to the sheep and cattle industries. The substrates that are suitable for larval development of the main vector species are still relatively unknown. This study assessed all the substrates present in the immediate surroundings of a Belgian cattle farm and aimed to highlight the main breeding sites of these midge species. A total of 1639 immature Culicoides and 1320 adult specimens belonging to 13 species were found in 15 out of the 43 substrates studied: maize silage residues for C. obsoletus/C. scoticus, old overwintered cattle dung in the meadow for C. chiopterus and C. dewulfi, ground of a flooded meadow, green filamentous algae and underlying substrate, silt from a pond, and ground of hollows caused by the crossing of machines on a dirt track for C. festivipennis, silt from a pond for C. nubeculosus, and ground of a flooded meadow for C. lupicaris. Identification of these micro-habitats and the associations among the species they contain could allow their localization and the development of new strategies of vector control, while preventing the creation of new Culicoides larval micro-habitats. Finally, measures designed to reduce larval populations could improve efficacy of vaccination campaigns against BTV in Europe. [less ▲]

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See detailShort communication - Isolation of amylolytic, xylanolytic, and cellulolytic microorganisms extracted from the gut of the termite Reticulitermes santonensis by means of a micro-aerobic atmosphere
Tarayre, Cédric ULg; Brognaux, Alison ULg; Bauwens, Julien ULg et al

in World Journal of Microbiology & Biotechnology (2013)

The aim of this work was to isolate enzyme-producing microorganisms from the tract of the termite Reticulitermes santonensis. The microorganisms were extracted from the guts and anaerobic (CO2 or CO2/H2 ... [more ▼]

The aim of this work was to isolate enzyme-producing microorganisms from the tract of the termite Reticulitermes santonensis. The microorganisms were extracted from the guts and anaerobic (CO2 or CO2/H2) and micro-aerobic atmospheres were used to stimulate growth. Three different strategies were tried out. First, the sample was spread on Petri dishes containing solid media with carboxymethylcellulose, microcrystalline cellulose or cellobiose. This technique allowed us to isolate two bacteria: Streptomyces sp. strain ABGxAviA1 and Pseudomonas sp. strain ABGxCellA. The second strategy consisted in inoculating a specific liquid medium containing carboxymethylcellulose, microcrystalline cellulose, or cellobiose. The samples were then spread on Petri dishes with the same specific medium containing carboxymethylcellulose, microcrystalline cellulose, or cellobiose. This led to the isolation of the mold Aspergillus sp. strain ABGxAviA2. Finally, the third strategy consisted in heating the first culture and spreading samples on agar plates containing rich medium. This led to the isolation of the bacterium Bacills subtilis strain ABGx. All those steps were achieved in controlled atmospheres. The four enzyme-producing strains which were isolated were obtained by using a micro-aerobic atmosphere. Later, enzymatic assays were performed on the four strains. Streptomyces sp. strain ABGxAviA1 was found to produce only amylase, while Pseudomonas sp. strain ABGxCellA was found to produce β-glucosidase as well. Aspergillus sp. strain ABGxAviA2 showed β-glucosidase, amylase, cellulase, and xylanase activities. Finally, Bacillus subtilis strain ABGx produced xylanase and amylase. [less ▲]

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See detailÉtude des conditions de vie et d’accessibilité aux soins de santé de qualité des populations en situation de précarité, dans la zone de sante de Bandalungwa à Kinshasa (Congo) grâce à la micro-assurance santé en 2008.
Manzambi Kuwekita, Joseph ULg; Guillaume, Michèle ULg; Balula Semutsari, Marie-Paule et al

in Journal d’Épidémiologie et de Santé Publique (2013), 12

This study investigates the conditions under which populations living in poverty are able to accumulate savings and contribute to a micro-insurance health system to improve their living standards and ... [more ▼]

This study investigates the conditions under which populations living in poverty are able to accumulate savings and contribute to a micro-insurance health system to improve their living standards and access quality health care. We carried out a comprehensive survey in 2008 in the Bandalungwa health zone of Kinshasa. It was based on the Manzambi Model for health financing and the extension of social protection to the poor in developing countries. Each day, the leader of the group hands the members’ contributions to a loan officer. Two micro -entrepreneurs (3%) paid by these funds have disappeared, with the help of a loan officer. The main results of this study show that of all those contributing to the scheme, 78.1% improved their living conditions. 50% were able to start saving while 71.9% of these regularly contributed 1 US$ to the micro-insurance fund. 40.6% regularly contributed 1 US$ to the health micro-insurance fund, 88.5% of these improved their access to health care. When micro-credit promotes significant compulsory savings, the obligatory contribution of one dollar a day to the micro-insurance fund becomes easier and results in improved access to care (p<0.000) for household members. 68% of micro-entrepreneurs who paid their dues improved their purchasing power. If we want to keep people out of poverty, we must find a way to help them with these compulsory savings. The results of this study show that micro-entrepreneurs who have improved their living conditions also saw an improvement in their access to care (86.4%) (p=0.003). The Manzambi model provides a sustainable solution to the problem of health financing and extends social protection to fragile populations in developing countries. It also brings us closer to the objective of "health for all". [less ▲]

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See detailL'astronomie dans le monde
Manfroid, Jean ULg

in Ciel (Le) (2013), 75

ISON; (3200) Phaéton; Titan, lacs et hydrocarbures;Titan et le Soleil; Jets; z8_GND_5296; La nébuleuse de la Crevette; Planète isolée; Nébuleuse Toby Jug; Le pulsar du Crabe; Le bulbe de la Voie lactée ... [more ▼]

ISON; (3200) Phaéton; Titan, lacs et hydrocarbures;Titan et le Soleil; Jets; z8_GND_5296; La nébuleuse de la Crevette; Planète isolée; Nébuleuse Toby Jug; Le pulsar du Crabe; Le bulbe de la Voie lactée; ALMA au grand complet; APEX, ArTéMiS; Sgr A*; Première détection de l’acétate de méthyle dans l’espace [less ▲]

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See detailRetrait échoguidé d’un corps étranger localisé dans les tissus mous périphériques
Rizza, Maïlis ULg; Barthelemy, Nicolas ULg; Bolen, Géraldine ULg

in Monde Vétérinaire (Le) : European Veterinary Magazine (2013), 138

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See detailMacrophytes: Limitations of Using Them to Assess Reservoir Status According to the Water Framework Directive
Sossey Alaoui, Khadija ULg; Galoux, Daniel; Rosillon, Francis ULg

in International Journal of Water Sciences (2013)

Macrophytes are among the major groups of organisms that the Water Framework Directive (WFD) recommends should be used in assessing the status of natural lakes. The use of macrophytes in reservoir ... [more ▼]

Macrophytes are among the major groups of organisms that the Water Framework Directive (WFD) recommends should be used in assessing the status of natural lakes. The use of macrophytes in reservoir monitoring is still limited and further studies are needed on their inter-calibration and sources of variation. Many status assessment methods based on macrophyte <br />communities have been defined for lakes. Nevertheless, few of them have been tested for reservoirs. The purpose of the study is to highlight the limitations of using macrophytes to assess reservoir status according to the Water Framework Directive. <br />An assessment of macrophyte composition and abundance and of water quality was carried out in nine Walloon reservoirs between 2010 and 2012. The main limitations of the macrophyte approach for assessing these reservoirs were: i) geographical features; ii) physical variables; iii) lack of ecological information on the various macrophytic groups, such as helophytes, algae and mosses. We used two assessment methods to test the relevance of using macrophyte communities to assess reservoir status: the Flanders (Belgium) method (BE-FL method) and the United Kingdom method (UK method). The relationships between macrophyte metrics for both methods and nutrient enrichment were examined. Highly significant correlations were found between the chemical variables O-P [mg P/l]), Total P (µg P/l), Conductivity (µS/cm) and the trophic UK-metric (Lake Macrophyte Nutrient) (LMNI), as well as between such variables and the abundance of Bl-FL "disturbance indicators" metric(V). The UK "group of macrophyte species" metric provided limited information on the quality or degrees of degradation in the environment from which the sample was taken. [less ▲]

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See detailChimpanzee (Pan troglodytes schweinfurthii)Population Density and Abundance in Kibira National Park,Burundi
Hakizimana, Dismas ULg; Huynen, Marie-Claude ULg

in Pan Africa News (2013), 20(2), 16-19

Successful conservation and management strategy of wild animals usually starts by assessing their population size. This is of particular relevance in areas submitted to long periods of human conflicts ... [more ▼]

Successful conservation and management strategy of wild animals usually starts by assessing their population size. This is of particular relevance in areas submitted to long periods of human conflicts which is the case of Burundi. A census of chimpanzee populations was made throughout Kibira National Park between September 2011 and February 2013 to provide reliable information on density estimates of chimpanzees inhabiting the forest. The method was based on marked nest counts from line transects which allowed the calculation of population densities of all weaned individuals. We recorded a total of 471 chimpanzee nests in four sectors of the park (Mabayi 290 nests, Rwegura 68 Teza 65 and Musigati 48). We derived an estimate of the total population of 203 (122-339) weaned chimpanzees in the whole park. We discuss that result in perspective of necessiry of future research on chimpanzees in Burundi. First, implementation of a monitoring program of chimpanzee is necessary to constitute a database, as well as collecting data of tree phenology on which chimpanzee depend. Second, an effective transboundary strategic plan to conserve Kibira-Nyungwe as one landscape is necessary to maintain viable population of chimpanzees. [less ▲]

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See detailDifferentiation of Boettcher's cells during postnatal development of rat cochlea.
Cloes, Marie ULg; Renson, Thomas; Johnen, Nicolas et al

in Cell and tissue research (2013), 354(3), 707716

Contrary to the highly specialized epithelial cells of the mammalian auditory organ, little is known about the surrounding cells and, in particular, Boettcher's cells (BC). Our morphological studies show ... [more ▼]

Contrary to the highly specialized epithelial cells of the mammalian auditory organ, little is known about the surrounding cells and, in particular, Boettcher's cells (BC). Our morphological studies show that, in rats, these cells began their differentiation around postnatal day 8 (P8) reaching maturity around P20, when they are completely covered by Hensen's and Claudius' cells. Tight junctions were noted near the apex of BC, providing that they were in direct contact with the endolymphatic space, between approximately P8 and P16. We observed gap junctions between BC and adjacent cells before the end of the covering process suggesting the additional involvement of BC in potassium recycling into the endolymph. Adherens junctions were also seen between BC throughout their maturation. Importantly, we noticed cytoplasmic secretory granules and an accumulated material, probably a secretion, in the intercellular space, between P8 and P25. These results indicate that BC could basally take part in the secretion of the extracellular matrix of the basilar membrane. Finally, we show that the basolateral interdigitations of BC are longer and more tighlty grouped at maturity and harbour urea transporters as early as P18. Our observations thus support the view that BC perform several functions. [less ▲]

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See detailAccelerated and Localized Newton Schemes for Faster Dynamic Simulation of Large Power Systems
Fabozzi, Davide; Chieh, Angela; Haut, Bertrand et al

in IEEE Transactions on Power Systems (2013), 28(4), 4936-4947

This paper proposes two methods to speed up the demanding time-domain simulations of large power system models. First, the sparse linear system to solve at each Newton iteration is decomposed according to ... [more ▼]

This paper proposes two methods to speed up the demanding time-domain simulations of large power system models. First, the sparse linear system to solve at each Newton iteration is decomposed according to its bordered block diagonal structure, in order to solve only those parts that need to be solved, and update only sub-matrices of the Jacobian that need to be updated. This brings computational savings without degradation of accuracy. Next, the Jacobian structure is further exploited to localize the system response, i.e. involve only the components identified as active, with an acceptable and controllable decrease in accuracy. The accuracy and computational savings are assessed on a large-scale test system. [less ▲]

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See detailUn allèle KEL*02mod responsable d'une exclusion apparente de maternité
MONFORT, Mélanie ULg; PEYRARD, Thierry; ARNAUD, Lionel et al

in Transfusion Clinique et Biologique (2013), 20

The patient’s rare KEL:1,-2 phenotype was highlighted in course of a routine preoperative erythrocyte typing. Unexpectedly, her two daughters presented a KEL:-1,2 phenotype what appeared first as an ... [more ▼]

The patient’s rare KEL:1,-2 phenotype was highlighted in course of a routine preoperative erythrocyte typing. Unexpectedly, her two daughters presented a KEL:-1,2 phenotype what appeared first as an apparent maternity exclusion. Flow cytometry, genotyping and adsorption-elution analyses were then performed for those 3 patients. KEL genotyping showed that the patient’s genotype was KEL*01/KEL*02 whereas that of her daughters was KEL*02/KEL*02. By using polyclonal anti-KEL2 reagent, weak amount of KEL2 was identified on the patient’s erythrocytes, a result which was confirmed by both flow cytometry and adsorption-elution assays, suggesting that patient’s phenotype was in fact KEL:1,2w. These results are in favour of a weak expressed KEL*02 allele (KEL*2mod) transmission coding for a KEL2 antigen detected in some technical conditions only. Those results allowed to explain the apparent maternity exclusion based on initial KEL phenotype. This study also seems to confirm the presence of a compensatory mechanism of the KELmod allele deficient expression in heterozygote patients. A KEL phenotype retrospective study of 80.000 subjects showed a local KEL:1,-2 frequency four times lower than that described in literature. Moreover, a significant number of those individuals would in reality be KEL:1,2w, what still would decrease the real frequency of the KEL:1,2 subjects. [less ▲]

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See detailEdible insects acceptance by belgian consumers: promising attitude for entomophagy development
Caparros Megido, Rudy ULg; Sablon, Ludovic; Geuens, Mélodie et al

in Journal of Sensory Studies (2013)

Entomophagy is not well accepted in Western European populations but it is common in the world. In the future, populations from developed countries should adapt to other sources of animal proteins because ... [more ▼]

Entomophagy is not well accepted in Western European populations but it is common in the world. In the future, populations from developed countries should adapt to other sources of animal proteins because traditional breeding of beef, poultry or pork will become unsustainable. This study was performed to assess the perception of entomophagy in the Belgian population. A slight neophobia was detected but people agreed to evaluate insect preparations. Various insect formulations (mealworms and house crickets) were prepared, and insects associated with known flavors and crispy textures were preferred. After a hedonic test, people seemed to be willing to eat and cook insects in the near future. The opportunity to introduce entomophagy in food habits of Western Euro- pean populations was positively concluded. Integration of edible insects in human food is a potential solution to replace other animal protein sources in a much more sustainable development and will deserve more attention in the future. [less ▲]

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See detail« Elements d’actualité fiscale : Taxation des revenus mobiliers, nouvelles obligations de mention dans la déclaration et régularisation fiscale »
Bourgeois, Marc ULg; Garroy, Sabine ULg

in Fiscale Praktijkstudies (2013), 39

La contribution se subdivise en trois parties, chacune envisageant une question particulière. 1) Un premier chapitre a fait la synthèse et le point sur les évolutions du régime de taxation des revenus ... [more ▼]

La contribution se subdivise en trois parties, chacune envisageant une question particulière. 1) Un premier chapitre a fait la synthèse et le point sur les évolutions du régime de taxation des revenus mobiliers, depuis l’entrée en fonction du Gouvernement di Rupo. L’objet du propos est informatif et descriptif. 2) Dans un deuxième temps, nous avons analysé plus en détails le souci de transparence des patrimoines qui anime notre législateur, par le biais de l’introduction de nouvelles obligations de mention dans la déclaration annuelle à l’impôt des personnes physiques (assurances-vie individuelles auprès d’entreprises d’assurance établies à l’étranger ; existence d’une « construction juridique »), ou encore des efforts accomplis avec d’autres Etats membres au niveau de l’Union européenne. 3) Enfin, l’examen de la procédure de régularisation fiscale, telle que réformée par la loi du 11 juillet 2013 a fait l’objet du troisième chapitre. [less ▲]

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See detailHistology of the vaginal wall in women with pelvic organ prolapse: a literature review.
DE LANDSHEERE, Laurent ULg; Munaut, Carine ULg; Richelle, Betty ULg et al

in International Urogynecology Journal (2013), 24(12), 2011-20

INTRODUCTION AND HYPOTHESIS: The pathophysiology of pelvic organ prolapse (POP) is incompletely understood. The purpose of this study is to describe the current knowledge about histology of the vaginal ... [more ▼]

INTRODUCTION AND HYPOTHESIS: The pathophysiology of pelvic organ prolapse (POP) is incompletely understood. The purpose of this study is to describe the current knowledge about histology of the vaginal wall and its possible involvement in the pathogenesis of pelvic organ prolapse. METHODS: Eligible studies were selected through a MEDLINE search covering January 1986 to December 2012. The research was limited to English-language publications. RESULTS: Investigations of changes in the vaginal tissue that occur in women with genital prolapse are currently still limited and produced contrary results. The heterogeneity of the patients and the control groups in terms of age, parity and hormonal status, of the localization of biopsies and the histological methods as well as the lack of validation of the quantification procedures do not allow clear and definitive conclusions to be drawn. CONCLUSIONS: This review shows that current knowledge of the histological changes observed in women with POP are inconclusive and relatively limited. More studies are needed in this specific field to better understand the mechanisms that lead to POP. [less ▲]

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See detailLa politique étrangère de la Belgique face à la France lors de la crise de la chaise vide (1965-1966). Rôle d’un ‘petit pays’, poids d’une relation bilatérale
Genin, Vincent ULg

in Journal Of European Integration History = Revue d'Histoire de l'Intégration Européenne = Zeitschrift für Geschichte der europaïschen Integration (2013), 19(2), 259-276

Die von Juni 1965 bis Januar 1966 andauernde europäische Krise des leeren Stuhls, ist Gegenstand zahlreicher historischer Forschungsarbeiten. Während dieser Krise stört behindert De Gaulles Frankreich den ... [more ▼]

Die von Juni 1965 bis Januar 1966 andauernde europäische Krise des leeren Stuhls, ist Gegenstand zahlreicher historischer Forschungsarbeiten. Während dieser Krise stört behindert De Gaulles Frankreich den europäischen Einigungsprozess indem es die Pläne der europäischen Kommission durchkreuzt. Belgien, ein „kleines Land” dessen Außenpolitik von Paul-Henri Spaak geleitet wurde, übernahm die Vermittlerrolle zwischen Frankreich und den anderen Ländern des Gemeinsamen Marktes, um das europäische Projekt wieder in Fahrt zu bringen. Oftmals wurde Belgien als Gegner der europäischen Vision de Gaulles hingestellt; die Beziehungen zu Frankreich sind aber komplexer als man denkt. Ihre wahren Züge verdeutlichen sich anhand der Auswertung unveröffentlichter Dokumente, in etwa jener der von Marcel-Henri Jaspar geleiteten belgischen Botschaft in Paris. Diese Studie versucht den Zustand der beidseitige französisch-belgischen Beziehungen abzuwägen, um herauszufinden inwieweit er das Ende der Krise ermöglichte. Sie beweist unter anderem, dass das Königreich durchaus eine eigene Politik entfalten konnte, auch wenn seine Politik sich normalerweise nur innerhalb des Benelux-Verbandes oder des Gemeinsamen Marktes versteht. [less ▲]

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See detailEstimation of the error on the mean velocity and on the Reynolds stress due to a misoriented ADV probe in the horizontal plane: case of experiments in a compound open-channel
Peltier, Yann ULg; Rivière, Nicolas; Proust, Sébastien et al

in Flow Measurement & Instrumentation (2013), 34(C), 34-41

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See detailAn implicit erosion algorithm for the numerical simulation of metallic and composite materials submitted to high strain rate.
Ponthot, Jean-Philippe ULg; Boman, Romain ULg; Jeunechamps, Pierre-Paul et al

in Proceedings Indian National Science Academy (2013), 79/4(Part A), 519-528

In this paper, we present a general consistent numerical formulation able to take into account strain rate, damage and thermal effects of the material behaviour. A thermomechanical implicit approach for ... [more ▼]

In this paper, we present a general consistent numerical formulation able to take into account strain rate, damage and thermal effects of the material behaviour. A thermomechanical implicit approach for element erosion to model material failure is also presented. This approach can be applied both to ductile fracture for metals, relying on a continuum damage mechanics approach, coupled to different fracture criteria, as well as composite material failure described with either a failure criterion or a progressive damage model. The numerical models will be illustrated by different quasi-static and high strain rate applications for both metallic alloys and composite materials. All these physical phenomena have been included in an implicit dynamic object-oriented finite element code (implemented at LTAS-MN²L, University of Liège, Belgium) named Metafor [1]. [less ▲]

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See detailDevelopment of a quantitative immunocapture real-time PCR assay for detecting structurally intact adenoviral particles in water
Ogorzaly, Leslie; Bonot, Sébastien; Elmoualij, Benaïssa ULg et al

in Journal of Virological Methods (2013), 194

Development of rapid, sensitive and specific methods for detection of infectious enteric viruses in water is challenging but crucial for gaining reliable information for risk assessment. An immunocapture ... [more ▼]

Development of rapid, sensitive and specific methods for detection of infectious enteric viruses in water is challenging but crucial for gaining reliable information for risk assessment. An immunocapture real-time PCR (IC-qPCR) was designed to detect jointly the two major viral particle components, i.e. the capsid protein and the viral genome. Targeting both constituents helps circumventing the technical limits of cell culture approaches and the inability of PCR based methods to predict the infectious status. Two waterborne pathogenic virus models, human adenovirus types 2 and 41, were chosen for this study. IC-qPCR showed a detection limit of 10 MPNCU/reaction with a dynamic range from 102 to 106 MPNCU/reaction. Sensitivity was thus 100-fold higher compared to ELISA-based capture employing the same anti-hexon antibodies. After optimisation, application on environmental water samples was validated, and specificity towards the targeted virus types was obtained through the qPCR step. Heat-treated pure samples as well as surface water samples brought evidence that this method achieves detection of encapsidated viral genomes while excluding free viral genome amplification. As a consequence, adenovirus concentrations estimated by IC-qPCR were below those calculated by direct qPCR. The results demonstrate that the IC-qPCR method is a sensitive and rapid tool for detecting, in a single-tube assay, structurally intact and thus potentially infectious viral particles in environmental samples. [less ▲]

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See detailWhat is the actual conductor temperature on Power Lines
Balghouzal, Salima ULg; Lilien, Jean-Louis ULg; El Adnani, Mustapha

in Electrical and Power Engineering Frontier (2013), 2(4), 118-129

This paper will focus on power lines conductor temperature recording owing to smart sensor which is giving access to behaviour of power line span. Laboratory testing heating up HTLS (high temperature low ... [more ▼]

This paper will focus on power lines conductor temperature recording owing to smart sensor which is giving access to behaviour of power line span. Laboratory testing heating up HTLS (high temperature low sag) conductor up to 200°C with a smart sensor installed on the conductor is detailed. [less ▲]

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See detail« Dozon, Jean-Pierre. Une anthropologie en mouvement. L’Afrique miroir du contemporain. Versailles. Éditions Quae, 2008, 272 p.»
Melice, Anne ULg

in Cahiers d'Etudes Africaines (2013), 212(LIII (4)), 951-954

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See detailHow could the Io footprint disappear?
Hess, Sébastien; Bonfond, Bertrand ULg; Delamere, Peter

in Planetary and Space Science (2013), 89

The interaction of Io with the Jovian magnetosphere is the best known – and the most intense – case of satellite-magnetosphere interaction. The interaction involves a power of more than a TeraWatt, a few ... [more ▼]

The interaction of Io with the Jovian magnetosphere is the best known – and the most intense – case of satellite-magnetosphere interaction. The interaction involves a power of more than a TeraWatt, a few percent of which are transferred to electrons. These electrons precipitate in the Jovian ionosphere where they light-up bright auroral emissions (several 100's kR to a few 1000's kR). The brightness of the Io-controlled UV auroras is known to vary, due to the Jovian magnetic field tilt, which induces longitudinal variations, and due to the Io torus ever changing parameters (possibly due to Io's volcanic activity), which induce a temporal variation. As Io-controlled UV auroras have been monitored for a long time, the variation of their brightness is well-documented, and the typical amplitude of these variations has been established. However, on June, 7th 2012 an unusual event occurred in the plasma torus surrounding Io, which triggered its own UV emissions on Jupiter in a region mapping to Io's orbit. When Io reached that region, Io's auroral footprint disappeared, its brightness dimming by at least a factor of three to be below the background aurora brightness. Both the auroral event at such a low latitude and the Io footprint disappearance are events that have never been observed before and should be quite rare. However, the question of how the bright Io footprint becomes that weak remains. From a theoretical point-of-view, the Io-Jupiter interaction has been widely studied. In the 80's, it was shown that Alfvén waves are radiated from Io, carrying currents to Jupiter. In the late-2000's, studies showed that dispersive Alfvén waves were likely to cause the acceleration of the electrons powering the auroral emissions, although Io-scale Alfvén waves should be non-dispersive. More recently, a model was built which permits one to compute the ratio between dispersive and non-dispersive waves in the auroral region for satellite-magnetosphere interactions, and thus the brightness of the related aurorae. We use this model to investigate which variation of the interaction parameters could lead to the Io footprint disappearance. [less ▲]

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See detailHigh-resolution modelling of the Antarctic surface mass balance, application for the twentieth, twenty first and twenty second centuries
Agosta, Cécile ULg; Favier, Vincent; Krinner, Gerhard et al

in Climate Dynamics (2013), 41(11-12), 3247-3260

About 75% of the Antarctic surface mass gain occurs over areas below 2000 m asl, which cover 40% of the grounded ice-sheet. As the topography is complex in many of these regions, SMB modelling is highly ... [more ▼]

About 75% of the Antarctic surface mass gain occurs over areas below 2000 m asl, which cover 40% of the grounded ice-sheet. As the topography is complex in many of these regions, SMB modelling is highly dependent on resolution, and studying the impact of Antarctica on the future rise in sea level requires physical approaches. We have developed a low time consuming, physical downscaling model for high-resolution (15 km) long-term surface mass balance (SMB) projections. Here, we present results of this model, called SMHiL (surface mass balance high-resolution downscaling), which was forced with the LMDZ4 atmospheric general circulation model to assess SMB variation in the 21st and the 22nd centuries under two different scenarios. The higher resolution of SMHiL better reproduces the geographical patterns of SMB and increase significantly the averaged SMB over the grounded ice-sheet for the end of the 20th century. A comparison with more than 3200 quality-controlled field data shows that LMDZ4 and SMHiL compare the observed values equally well. Nevertheless, field data below 2000 m asl are too scarce to efficiency show the interest of SMHiL and measuring the SMB in these undocumented areas should be then a future scientific priority. Our results suggest that running LMDZ4 at a finer resolution (15km) may give a future increase in SMB in Antarctica about 30% higher than by using its standard resolution (60 km) due to higher increase in precipitation in the coastal areas at 15 km. However, a part (~ 15%) of these discrepancies could be an artefact from SMHiL since it neglects the foehn effect and then likely overestimates the precipitation increase. Future changes in the Antarctic SMB at low elevations will result from the conflict between higher snow accumulation and runoff. For this reason, developing downscaling models is crucial to represent processes in sufficient detail and correctly model the SMB in the coastal areas. [less ▲]

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See detailSpectroimmunohistochemistry: A Novel Form of MALDI Mass Spectrometry Imaging Coupled to Immunohistochemistry for Tracking Antibodies.
Longuespée, Rémi ULg; Boyon, Charlotte; Desmons, Annie et al

in OMICS : A Journal of Integrative Biology (2013)

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See detailA combined incremental-secant mean-field homogenization scheme with per-phase residual strains for elasto-plastic composites
Wu, Ling ULg; Noels, Ludovic ULg; Adam, Laurent et al

in International Journal of Plasticity (2013), 51

This paper presents an incremental secant mean-fi eld homogenization (MFH) procedure for composites made of elasto-plastic constituents. In this formulation, the residual stress and strain states reached ... [more ▼]

This paper presents an incremental secant mean-fi eld homogenization (MFH) procedure for composites made of elasto-plastic constituents. In this formulation, the residual stress and strain states reached in the elasto-plastic phases upon a fi ctitious elastic unloading are considered as starting point to apply the secant method. The mean stress fields in the phases are then computed using secant tensors, which are naturally isotropic and enable to de fine the Linear-Comparison-Composite. The method, which remains simple in its formulation, is valid for general non-monotonic and non-proportional loading. It is applied on various problems involving elastic, elasto-plastic and perfectly-plastic phases, to demonstrate its accuracy compared to other existing MFH methods. [less ▲]

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See detailMorphological and Molecular Characterization of Lymnaeid Snails and Their Potential Role in Transmission of Fasciola spp. in Vietnam
Bui Thi, Dung ULg; Pham Ngoc, Doanh; Dang Tat, The et al

in Korean Journal of Parasitology (2013), 51(6), 657-662

Freshwater snails of the family Lymnaeidae play an important role in the transmission of fascioliasis worldwide. In Vietnam, 2 common lymnaeid species, Lymnaea swinhoei and Lymnaea viridis, can be ... [more ▼]

Freshwater snails of the family Lymnaeidae play an important role in the transmission of fascioliasis worldwide. In Vietnam, 2 common lymnaeid species, Lymnaea swinhoei and Lymnaea viridis, can be recognized on the basis of morphology, and a third species, Lymnaea sp., is known to exist. Recent studies have raised controversy about their role in transmission of Fasciola spp. because of confusion in identification of the snail hosts. The aim of this study is, therefore, to clarify the identities of lymnaeid snails in Vietnam by a combination of morphological and molecular approaches. The molecular analyses using the second internal transcribed spacer (ITS2) of the nuclear ribosomal DNA clearly showed that lymnaeids in Vietnam include 3 species, Austropeplea viridis (morphologically identified as L. viridis), Radix auricularia (morphologically identified as L. swinhoei) and Radix rubiginosa (morphologically identified as Lymnaea sp.). R. rubiginosa is a new record for Vietnam. Among them, only A. viridis was found to be infected with Fasciola spp. These results provide a new insight into lymnaeid snails in Vietnam. Identification of lymnaeid snails in Vietnam and their role in the liver fluke transmission should be further investigated. [less ▲]

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See detailRivaling Evidence-Bases and Politics in Regulatory Science
Hendrickx, Kim ULg

in Food Science and Law (2013), 4

In line with contemporary political and sociological research on science and regulation, this article problematizes the notion of ‘scientific evidence’ as something independent from and prior to political ... [more ▼]

In line with contemporary political and sociological research on science and regulation, this article problematizes the notion of ‘scientific evidence’ as something independent from and prior to political values. The production of scientific or technical criteria supporting regulatory politics is referred to as ‘regulatory science’ in the fields of policy studies and the sociology of science and technology. Evidence-bases are an example of regulatory science and they illustrate the latter’s intimate relation with political values. I will briefly outline how evidence-bases are not a neutral basis for politics, but that they are constructed through politics and interested groups. Taking the European health claims debate as an example, I show that there exists no unitary notion of evidence, but a confrontation of two scientific frameworks, supported by different expert networks, and proposing different conceptions of what scientific 'evidence' is. In regulatory matters, scientific evidence alone cannot settle disputes once and for all because the evidence is precisely what's at stake. [less ▲]

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See detailDiscussion on the optimization problem formulation of flexible components in multibody systems
Tromme, Emmanuel ULg; Bruls, Olivier ULg; Emonds-Alt, Jonathan et al

in Structural and Multidisciplinary Optimization (2013), 48(6), 1189-1206

This paper is dedicated to the structural optimization of flexible components in mechanical systems modeled as multibody systems. While most of the structural optimization developments have been conducted ... [more ▼]

This paper is dedicated to the structural optimization of flexible components in mechanical systems modeled as multibody systems. While most of the structural optimization developments have been conducted under (quasi-)static loadings or vibration design criteria, the proposed approach aims at considering as precisely as possible the effects of dynamic loading under service conditions. Solving this problem is quite challenging and naive implementations may lead to inaccurate and unstable results. To elaborate a robust and reliable approach, the optimization problem formulation is investigated because it turns out that it is a critical point. Different optimization algorithms are also tested. To explain the efficiency of the various solution approaches, the complex nature of the design space is analyzed. Numerical applications considering the optimization of a two-arm robot subject to a trajectory tracking constraint and the optimization of a slider-crank mechanism with a cyclic dynamic loading are presented to illustrate the different concepts. [less ▲]

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See detailDynamiques écosystémiques co-évolutives : portance écologique du territoire wallon
Hendrickx, Sébastien ULg; Van Der Kaa, Claire ULg; Sérusiaux, Emmanuël ULg

in Notes de recherche - Conférence Permanente du Développement Territorial Région Wallonne (2013), 44

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See detailReorientation of the helix of the tryptophan-rich gp41W peptide from HIV-1 at interfaces
Matar, Gladys; Benichou, Emmanuel; Nasir, Mehmet Nail ULg et al

in Journal of Chemical Physics (2013), 139

The glycoprotein gp41 from the Human Immunodeficiency Virus type 1 (HIV-1) has an amino acid sequence enriched in tryptophan residues, the so-called gp41W peptide (i.e., KWASLWNWFNITNWLWYIK) and plays a ... [more ▼]

The glycoprotein gp41 from the Human Immunodeficiency Virus type 1 (HIV-1) has an amino acid sequence enriched in tryptophan residues, the so-called gp41W peptide (i.e., KWASLWNWFNITNWLWYIK) and plays a crucial role in HIV-1 host cell infection. Using the coupling of Second Harmonic Generation targeting the tryptophan residues with lateral surface tension measurements, we investigate the interaction of gp41W with a neat air/water and a lipid/water interfaces. At the air/water interface, gp41W presents a well-defined orientation and this orientation is strongly modified at the lipid/water interface, depending on the surface pressure. These results show that this strategy is well suited to monitor tryptophan containing α-helices orientation at lipid/water interfaces. [less ▲]

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See detailResponding Bodies and Partial Affinities in Human–Animal Worlds
Despret, Vinciane ULg

in Theory, Culture & Society (2013), 30(7/8), 66-91

The aim of this paper is to explore the different manners in which scientists’ bodies are actively engaged when interacting with the animals they observe in the field. Bodies are multiple, as are the ... [more ▼]

The aim of this paper is to explore the different manners in which scientists’ bodies are actively engaged when interacting with the animals they observe in the field. Bodies are multiple, as are the practices that involve them: sharing the same diet, feeling similar affects, acting the same, inhabiting the same world of perceptions, constructing empathic affinities, etc.
Some scientists aim to embody the animals’ experiences. Some are willing to empathetically experience situations “from inside”, while others “undo and redo” their own bodies in order to interact more closely with the animals and to respond to them more cautiously. Still others are faced with the question: what can we do or what are we allowed to do with our bodies when we are with our animals?
All of these practices present a very different version of “embodied empathy”, a concept which describes feeling/seeing/thinking bodies that undo and redo each other, reciprocally though not symmetrically, as partial perspectives that attune themselves to each other. Therefore, empathy is not experiencing with one’s own body what the other experiences, but rather creating the possibilities of an embodied communication. [less ▲]

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See detailThe usefulness of outcrop-analogue air-permeameter measurements for analysing aquifer heterogeneity: testing outcrop hydrogeological parameters with independent borehole data
Rogiers, Bart; Beerten, Koen; Smeekens, Tom et al

in Hydrology & Earth System Sciences (2013), 17

Outcropping sediments can be used as easily accessible analogues for studying subsurface sediments, especially to determine the small-scale spatial variability of hydrogeological parameters. The use of ... [more ▼]

Outcropping sediments can be used as easily accessible analogues for studying subsurface sediments, especially to determine the small-scale spatial variability of hydrogeological parameters. The use of cost-effective in situvmeasurement techniques potentially makes the study of outcrop sediments even more attractive. We investigate to what degree air-permeameter measurements on outcrops of unconsolidated sediments can be a proxy for aquifer saturated hydraulic conductivity (K) heterogeneity. The Neogene aquifer in northern Belgium, known as a major groundwater resource, is used as the case study. K and grain-size data obtained from different outcropping sediments are compared with K and grain-size data from aquifer sediments obtained either via laboratory analyses on undisturbed borehole cores (K and grain size) or via large-scale pumping tests (K only). This comparison shows a pronounced and systematic difference between outcrop and aquifer sediments. Part of this difference is attributed to grain-size variations and earth surface processes specific to outcrop environments, including root growth, bioturbation, and weathering. Moreover, palaeoenvironmental conditions such as freezing–drying cycles and differential compaction histories will further alter the initial hydrogeological properties of the outcrop sediments. A linear correction is developed for rescaling the outcrop data to the subsurface data. The spatial structure pertaining to outcrops complements that obtained from the borehole cores in several cases. The higher spatial resolution of the outcrop measurements identifies small-scale spatial structures that remain undetected in the lower resolution borehole data. Insights in stratigraphic and K heterogeneity obtained from outcrop sediments improve developing conceptual models of groundwater flow and transport. [less ▲]

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See detailQuality Assessment of Marketed Eggs in Basse kabylie (Algeria)
Moula, Nassim ULg; Ait Kaki, Asma ULg; Leroy, Pascal ULg et al

in Revista Brasileira de Ciência Avícola (2013), 15(4), 395-399

Quality variations in retail eggs are widely reported. This study aims at assessing the quality of eggs according to the marketing channel in the department of Bejaia (Algeria). In spring and summer 2012 ... [more ▼]

Quality variations in retail eggs are widely reported. This study aims at assessing the quality of eggs according to the marketing channel in the department of Bejaia (Algeria). In spring and summer 2012, 3330 eggs were bought in 30 stores divided into 3 categories: 10 supermarkets (1146 eggs), 10 public markets (1048 eggs), and 10 shops (1136 eggs). Egg weights differed significantly between marketing channels with 58.9±0.14, 61.2±0.13 and 62.8±0.13 g for public markets, shops and supermarkets, respectively (p<0.001). Although shell thickness was similar for all marketing channels, the proportion of damaged eggs was higher in public markets (9.0%), intermediate in food shops (7.3%) and lower in supermarkets (5.7%; p<0.05). The yolk/albumen ratio was significantly higher for eggs from supermarkets (48.0%) compared with the other channels (around 47.4%; p<0.05). The freshness of the eggs, measured by the Haugh method, was lower in public markets (74.3 units), intermediate in shops (77.6 units) and higher in supermarkets (79.9 units; p<0.05). The price of eggs, expressed in Algerian Dinar (AD) per kg, was significantly lower in public markets (124 AD/kg) compared with the two other channels (around 131 AD/kg; p<0.05). It is possible to conclude that egg quality in Bass Kabylie differs significantly among marketing channels, with higher quality observed in supermarkets. The lower quality of eggs in public markets is associated with lower price. Eggs from shops present an intermediate quality. A one-year study would allow studying both the potential seasonal effect and compare intrinsic variability across marketing channels. [less ▲]

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See detailChemical soil factors influencing plant assemblages along copper-cobalt gradients: implications for conservation and restoration
Seleck, Maxime ULg; Bizoux, Jean-Philippe ULg; Colinet, Gilles ULg et al

in Plant and Soil (2013), 373

Aims Define the chemical factors structuring plant communities of three copper-cobalt outcrops (Tenke-Fungurume, Katangan Copperbelt, D. R. Congo) presenting extreme gradients. Methods To discriminate ... [more ▼]

Aims Define the chemical factors structuring plant communities of three copper-cobalt outcrops (Tenke-Fungurume, Katangan Copperbelt, D. R. Congo) presenting extreme gradients. Methods To discriminate plant communities, 172 vegetation records of all species percentage cover were classified based on NMDS and the Calinski criterion. Soil samples were analyzed for 13 chemical factors and means compared among communities with ANOVA. Partial canonical correspondence analysis (pCCA) was used to determine amount of variation explained individually by each factor and site effect. Results Seven communities were identified. Six of the studied communities were related to distinct sites. Site effect (6.0 % of global inertia) was identified as the most important factor related to plant communities’ variation followed by Cu (5.5 %), pH (3.6 %) and Co (3.5 %). Unique contribution of site effect (3.8 %) was higher than that of Cu (1.1 %) and Co (1.0 %). Conclusions In restoration, not only Cu and Co contents will be important to maintain vegetation diversity, attention should also be given to co-varying factors potentially limiting toxicity of metals: pH, organic matter, Ca and Mn. Physical parameters were also identified as important in the creation of adequate conditions for diverse communities. Further studies should focus on the effect of physical parameters and geology. [less ▲]

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See detailCrisis management: Lessons learnt from BP Deepwater Horizon Spill Oil
de Wolf, Daniel ULg

in Business Management and Strategy (2013), 4(1), 69-90

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See detailImpôt immobilier et panneaux photovoltaïques : Réflexions sur la détermination du revenu cadastral d'une habitation
Xhignesse, Guillaume ULg

in Revue de Fiscalité Régionale et Locale (2013), 4

Nous discutons, dans cette contribution, de l’évaluation du revenu cadastral des parcelles bâties. Nous profitons de la parution en 2013, dans la presse francophone belge, de plusieurs articles relatifs à ... [more ▼]

Nous discutons, dans cette contribution, de l’évaluation du revenu cadastral des parcelles bâties. Nous profitons de la parution en 2013, dans la presse francophone belge, de plusieurs articles relatifs à une éventuelle réévaluation du revenu cadastral des habitations équipées de panneaux photovoltaïques pour tenter d'éclaircir certaines questions spécifiques relatives à cette matière. Nous mettons en évidence la nécessité de mettre en place, à l'échelon de la Wallonie, une base de taxation plus en phase avec les enjeux et le contexte actuels. [less ▲]

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See detailUne pièce en wallon au Théâtre de Liège...
Baiwir, Esther ULg

in Culture, le Magazine Culturel de l'Université de Liège (2013)

En décembre, le nouveau Théâtre de Liège propose à son public de découvrir une œuvre en wallon, Lès vwès dèl nut' , de Jean Rathmès. Si cet auteur mérite certainement l'hommage qui lui est ainsi rendu, c ... [more ▼]

En décembre, le nouveau Théâtre de Liège propose à son public de découvrir une œuvre en wallon, Lès vwès dèl nut' , de Jean Rathmès. Si cet auteur mérite certainement l'hommage qui lui est ainsi rendu, c'est aussi l'occasion de s'interroger sur le sens de mettre en scène du théâtre dialectal aujourd'hui. [less ▲]

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See detailMise en route d'un robot mobile: réponses aux contraintes techniques
Lessire, Françoise ULg; Knapp, Emilie ULg; Dufrasne, Isabelle ULg

in Point Vétérinaire (2013), 341

This paper explains the technical problems related to the use of a mobile automatic miking system and the solutions found at the University of Liege.

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See detailTraite robotisée et pâturage sont-ils compatibles?
Lessire, Françoise ULg; Knapp, Emilie ULg; Dufrasne, Isabelle ULg

in Point Vétérinaire (2013), 341

Combining automatic milking system and grazing is often considered as impossible. This paper defined the difficulties related to grazing cows milked by a robot and how to manage them.

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See detailForêts communautaires camerounaises et Plan d’action « Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade » (FLEGT) : quel prix pour la légalité ?
Julve, Cécilia; Eckebil, Tabi Pamela; Nzoyem Saha, Nadège et al

in Bois et Forêts des Tropiques (2013), 317(3), 71-80

Illegal logging is a threat to the world’s tropical forests. To act against overexploitation of timber, the European Union has set up the Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade action plan (FLEGT ... [more ▼]

Illegal logging is a threat to the world’s tropical forests. To act against overexploitation of timber, the European Union has set up the Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade action plan (FLEGT), which opened the Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA) negotiating agenda with Cameroon. In 2010, the two parties signed the VPA, committing Cameroon to ensure the legality of timber from all logging concessions sold on external and domestic markets. Community forests (CF) were included in the agreement and must therefore ensure the legality of their timber production. To do that, a specific legality grid has been developed. This was tested in half of active community forests in Cameroon to analyse any gaps between activities as practiced in the field and the legality criteria set out in the legality grid. The result show that no CF fully complied with this grid. The study identified obstacles due to complex procedures and to the excessive costs of compliance. Some criteria not currently met could be complied with through community capacity-building and by amending certain regulations. Under these conditions, community forests could become a source of legal supplies at least for the domestic timber market. [less ▲]

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See detailEffects of Parecoxib on The Prevention of Postoperative Peritoneal Adhesions in Rats.
Arung, Willy; Jehaes, Francois; Cheramy, Jean-Paul et al

in Journal of Investigative Surgery : The Official Journal of the Academy of Surgical Research (2013), 26(6), 340-346

ABSTRACT Background: No systemic preventive therapy has been successful in inhibiting the development of postoperative peritoneal adhesions (PPAs). Objective: The aim of this study was to evaluate the ... [more ▼]

ABSTRACT Background: No systemic preventive therapy has been successful in inhibiting the development of postoperative peritoneal adhesions (PPAs). Objective: The aim of this study was to evaluate the potential effects of 5 day administration of parecoxib, on PPA prevention and on suture or wound healing in rats. Methods: In a model of PPAs induced by peritoneal electrical burn, 30 rats were randomized into 3 groups according to parecoxib administration route (control; intraperitoneal (IP); intramuscular (IM)). Plasma and peritoneal levels of PAI-1 and tPA were measured at T0, after 90 min of surgery (T90), and on postoperative day 10 (D10). In a cecum resection model, 20 rats were randomized into two groups (control and IP parecoxib), and abdominal wound healing and suture leakage were assessed at D10. In both models, PPAs were evaluated quantitatively and qualitatively on D10. Results: Administration of parecoxib significantly decreased the quantity (p < .05) and the severity (p < .01) of PPAs in both models. In addition, parecoxib administration did not cause healing defects or infectious complications in the two models. In the peritoneal burn model, IP or IM parecoxib administration inhibited the increase of postoperative plasma and peritoneum PAI-1 levels, an increase that was observed in the control group (p < .01). No anastomosis leakage could be demonstrated in both groups in the cecum resection model. Conclusion: This study showed that, in these rat models, parecoxib might reduce PPA formation. Confirmation of the safety of parecoxib on intestinal anastomoses is required and should be investigated in further animal models. [less ▲]

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See detailModelling phytoplankton succession and nutrient transfer along the Scheldt estuary (Belgium, The Netherlands)
Gypens, N.; Delhez, Eric ULg; Vanhoutte-Brunier, A. et al

in Journal of Marine Systems (2013), 128

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See detailFROM SECRET AGENTS TO INTERAGENCY
Despret, Vinciane ULg

in History and theory (2013), 52

Some scientists who study animals have emphasized the need to focus on the “point of view” of the animals they are studying. This methodological shift has led to animals being credited with much more ... [more ▼]

Some scientists who study animals have emphasized the need to focus on the “point of view” of the animals they are studying. This methodological shift has led to animals being credited with much more agency than is warranted. However, as critics suggest, on the one hand, the “perspective” of another being rests mostly upon “sympathetic projection,” and may be difficult to apply to unfamiliar beings, such as bees or even flowers. On the other hand, the very notion of agency still conveys its classic understanding as intentional, rational, and premeditated, and is still embedded in humanist and Christian conceptions of human exceptionalism. This paper seeks, in the first part, to investigate the practical link between these two notions and the problems they raise. In the second part, following the work of two historians of science who have revisited Darwin’s studies of orchids and their pollinators, it will observe a shift in the meaning of the concept of agency. Indeed, creatures may appear as “secret agents” as long as we adopt a conventional definition of agency based on subjective experience and autonomous intention. However, when reframed in the terms of “agencement”—an assemblage that produces “agentivity”— agency seems to be much more extensively shared in the living world. We will then explore some of the concrete situations in which these agencements are manifested, and through which creatures of different species become, one for another and one with another, companion-agents. [less ▲]

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See detailEntrevista a Juan Carlos Méndez Guédez
Berlage, Pauline ULg

in Revista Letral (2013)

Este encuentro, que tuvo lugar en Madrid en otoño de 2012, se abre con una reflexión sobre el estatus del escritor entre las dos orillas y sigue con los temas de escritura y lectura transatlántica, así ... [more ▼]

Este encuentro, que tuvo lugar en Madrid en otoño de 2012, se abre con una reflexión sobre el estatus del escritor entre las dos orillas y sigue con los temas de escritura y lectura transatlántica, así como el de la labor de plasmación escrita en géneros literarios variados. [less ▲]

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See detailTINA BROWN & THE GOSPEL MESSENGERS
Sacré, Robert ULg

in ABS Magazine (2013), (40), 26-31

Interviews Tina Brown , Gospel Messengers

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See detailSimultaneous design of structural layout and discrete fiber orientation using bi-value coding parameterization and volume constraint
TONG, Gao; ZHANG, Weihong; Duysinx, Pierre ULg

in Structural and Multidisciplinary Optimization (2013), 48(6), 1075-1088

The so-called bi-value coding parameterization (BCP) method is developed for the simultaneous optimization of layout design and discrete fiber orientations of laminated structures related to the ... [more ▼]

The so-called bi-value coding parameterization (BCP) method is developed for the simultaneous optimization of layout design and discrete fiber orientations of laminated structures related to the compliance minimization and natural frequency maximization. Both kinds of problems are transformed into a discrete material selection problem that is then solved as a continuous topology optimization problem with multiphase materials. A new form of the volume constraint is introduced in accordance with the BCP to control the material usage and material removal in the corresponding problem formulation. The BCP scheme assigning the integer value of +1 or -1 to each design variable for the unique “coding” is efficiently used to interpolate discrete fiber orientations and to identify the presence and removal of materials. Meanwhile, a general set-up strategy is proposed by assigning “uniform” weight values in BCP to ensure the feasibility of the initial starting point. Numerical tests illustrate that the BCP is efficient in dealing with both kinds of design problems including the volume constraint. [less ▲]

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See detailTgfbeta-Smad and MAPK signaling mediate scleraxis and proteoglycan expression in heart valves.
Barnette, Damien; Hulin, Alexia; Ahmed, Ishtiaq et al

in Journal of Molecular and Cellular Cardiology (2013), 65

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See detailUsing multiple point geostatistics for tracer test modeling in a clay-drape environment with spatially variable conductivity and sorption coefficient
Huysmans, Marijke; Orban, Philippe ULg; Cochet, Elke et al

in Mathematical Geosciences (2013)

This study investigates the effect of fine-scale clay drapes on tracer transport. A tracer test was performed in a sandbar deposit consisting of cross-bedded sandy units intercalated with many fine-scale ... [more ▼]

This study investigates the effect of fine-scale clay drapes on tracer transport. A tracer test was performed in a sandbar deposit consisting of cross-bedded sandy units intercalated with many fine-scale clay drapes. The heterogeneous spatial distribution of the clay drapes causes a spatially variable hydraulic conductivity and sorption coefficient. A fluorescent tracer (sodium naphthionate) was injected in two injection wells and groundwater was sampled and analyzed from five pumping wells. To determine (1) whether the fine-scale clay drapes have a significant effect on the measured concentrations and (2) whether application of multiple-point geostatistics can improve interpretation of tracer tests in media with complex geological heterogeneity, this tracer test is analyzed with a local 3D groundwater flow and transport model in which fine-scale sedimentary heterogeneity is modeled using multiple-point geostatistics. To reduce memory needs and calculation time for the multiple-point geostatistical simulation step, this study uses the technique of "direct multiple-point geostatistical simulation of edge properties". Instead of simulating pixel values, model cell edge properties indicating the presence of irregularly-shaped surfaces are simulated using multiple point geostatistical simulations. Results of a sensitivity analysis show under which conditions clay drapes have a significant effect on the concentration distribution. Calibration of the model against measured concentrations from the tracer tests reduces the uncertainty on the clay drape parameters. The calibrated model shows which features of the breakthrough curves can be attributed to the geological heterogeneity of the aquifer and which features are caused by other processes. [less ▲]

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See detailAssociations between properties linked with persistence in a collection of Staphylococcus aureus isolates from bovine mastitis
Bardiau, Marjorie ULg; Detilleux, Johann; Farnir, Frédéric et al

in Veterinary Microbiology (2013)

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See detailL'ETP à domicile: avis de soignants et de responsables
Heyden, Isabelle ULg

in Education Thérapeutique du Patient [=ETP] = Therapeutic Patient Education [=TPE] (2013), 5(2), 1-24

Hospitalization durations reduction and the life expectancy increase engender a growth of needs in care. Home care sectors do not escape this situation. The request increases from years to years. At home ... [more ▼]

Hospitalization durations reduction and the life expectancy increase engender a growth of needs in care. Home care sectors do not escape this situation. The request increases from years to years. At home, the control or the management of the disease repose many on the patient and/or her family. It requires that they can be trained in the daily management of the disease. Therapeutic Patient Education (TPE) pursues this objective and is major solution to the stakes of tomorrow. But what corresponds TPE when it takes place at home. Objective –Method: A qualitative study was performed with 20 Belgian French-speaking services of home care from June 2010 to July 2011. Home TPE representations of caregivers and managers were collected by semi-structured interviews (n = 60). They spoked about: home TPE objectives (FORWHAT?), professionals (BYWHO?), home TPE patients profiles (FORWHO?) and home TPE characteristics (HOW?). Results: The aimed objectives are to improve the patient autonomy and well-being or to avoid troubles. The disease management by the patient and knowledge transmission home TPE. For them, several patients’ profiles benefit from the home TPE. The diabetic patient is the mostly quoted profile. Eleven characteristics are given to describe home TPE. Discussion and conclusion: At home, patient education corresponds at an educational posture rather than a process of therapeutic patient education. The characteristics of TPE seem to be connected to the specific environment of care and to others external factors. To develop the TPE at home, it’s essential to understand its specificities. [less ▲]

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See detailSearching for companions down to 2 AU from β Pictoris using the L'-band AGPM coronagraph on VLT/NACO
Absil, Olivier ULg; Milli, J.; Mawet, D. et al

in Astronomy and Astrophysics (2013), 559

Context. The orbit of the giant planet discovered around β Pic is slightly inclined with respect to the outer parts of the debris disc, which creates a warp in the inner debris disc. This inclination ... [more ▼]

Context. The orbit of the giant planet discovered around β Pic is slightly inclined with respect to the outer parts of the debris disc, which creates a warp in the inner debris disc. This inclination might be explained by gravitational interactions with other planets. <BR /> Aims: We aim to search for additional giant planets located at smaller angular separations from the star. <BR /> Methods: We used the new L'-band AGPM coronagraph on VLT/NACO, which provides an exquisite inner working angle. A long observing sequence was obtained on β Pic in pupil-tracking mode. To derive sensitivity limits, the collected images were processed using a principal-component analysis technique specifically tailored to angular differential imaging. <BR /> Results: No additional planet is detected down to an angular separation of 0.''2with a sensitivity better than 5 M[SUB]Jup[/SUB]. Meaningful upper limits (<10 M[SUB]Jup[/SUB]) are derived down to an angular separation of 0.''1, which corresponds to 2 AU at the distance of β Pic. [less ▲]

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See detailStrong coupling of Jahn-Teller distortion to oxygen-octahedron rotation and functional properties in epitaxially strained orthorhombic LaMnO3
Lee, Jun Hee; Delaney, Kris; Bousquet, Eric ULg et al

in Physical Review. B, Condensed Matter and Materials Physics (2013), 88

First-principles calculations reveal a large cooperative coupling of Jahn-Teller (JT) distortion to oxygenoctahedron rotations in perovskite LaMnO3. The combination of the two distortions is responsible ... [more ▼]

First-principles calculations reveal a large cooperative coupling of Jahn-Teller (JT) distortion to oxygenoctahedron rotations in perovskite LaMnO3. The combination of the two distortions is responsible for stabilizing the strongly orthorhombic A-AFM insulating (I ) eP bnm ground state relative to a metallic ferromagnetic (FM-M) phase. However, epitaxial strain due to coherent matching to a crystalline substrate can change the relative stability of the two states. In particular, coherent matching to a square-lattice substrate favors the less orthorhombic FM-M phase, with the A-AFM phase stabilized at higher values of tensile epitaxial strain due to its larger volume per formula unit, resulting in a coupled magnetic and metal-insulator transition at a critical strain close to 1%. At the phase boundary, a very large magnetoresistance is expected. Tensile epitaxial strain enhances the JT distortion and opens the band gap in the A-AFM-I c-eP bnm phase, offering the opportunity for band-gap engineering. Compressive epitaxial strain induces a transition within the FM-M phase from the c-eP bnm orientation to the ab-eP bnm orientation with a change in the direction of the magnetic easy axis relative to the substrate, yielding strain-controlled magnetization at the phase boundary. Similar behavior is expected in other JT active Pbnm perovskites. [less ▲]

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See detailStraightforward synthesis of symmetrical multiblock copolymers by simultaneous block extension and radical coupling reactions
Debuigne, Antoine ULg; Detrembleur, Christophe ULg; Jérôme, Christine ULg et al

in Macromolecules (2013), 46(22), 8922-8931

In situ combination of a polymerization step with a coupling reaction is demonstrated to accelerate the synthesis protocols for symmetrical multiblock copolymers. Predici simulations and experiments prove ... [more ▼]

In situ combination of a polymerization step with a coupling reaction is demonstrated to accelerate the synthesis protocols for symmetrical multiblock copolymers. Predici simulations and experiments prove on the example of cobalt-mediated radical polymerization and coupling (CMRP/C) reactions that such synthesis strategy can be very effective and easy to conduct. Treatment of a cobalt-terminated poly(acrylonitrile) precursor with a mixture of acrylate and isoprene led to the rapid polymerization of the acrylate before isoprene-assisted radical coupling of the macroradical chains forming a well-defined poly(acrylonitrile)-b-poly(acrylate)-b-poly(acrylonitrile) triblock. The degree of polymerization of the central block, resulting from the balance between propagation and coupling, could be tuned by adjusting the relative concentration and varying the structure of the acrylate and diene. The same convergent strategy also permits the synthesis of ABCBA-type pentablock copolymer starting from a cobalt-functional diblock. Simultaneous radical polymerization and coupling is thus a powerful macromolecular engineering approach for the straightforward design of symmetrical multiblock copolymers. [less ▲]

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See detailUse of the Fourier transform to derive the gravitational lens deflection angle
Wertz, Olivier ULg; Surdej, Jean ULg

in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society (2013), 437

Knowing that the gravitational lens deflection angle can be expressed as the convolution product between the dimensionless surface mass density κ(x) and a simple function of the scaled impact parameter ... [more ▼]

Knowing that the gravitational lens deflection angle can be expressed as the convolution product between the dimensionless surface mass density κ(x) and a simple function of the scaled impact parameter vector x, we make use of the Fourier transform to derive its analytical expression for the case of mass distributions presenting a homoeoidal sym- metry. For this family of models, we obtain the expression of the two components of the deflection angle in the form of integrals performed over the radial coordinate ρ. In the limiting case of axially symmetric lenses, we obviously retrieve the well-known relation α(x)∝ M(≤ |x|)x/|x|^2. Furthermore, we derive explicit solutions for the deflection angle characterized by dimensionless surface mass density profiles such as κ ∝ (ρ^2c + ρ^2)^{−ν}; corresponding to the non-singular isothermal ellipsoid (NSIE) model for the particular case ν = 1/2. Let us insist that all these results are obtained without using the complex formal- ism introduced by Bourassa and Kantowski (1973,1975). Further straightforward applica- tions of this Fourier approach are suggested in the conclusions of the present work. [less ▲]

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See detailA comparison of supraglacial lake observations derived from MODIS imagery at the western margin of the Greenland ice sheet
Leeson, A.; Shepherd, A.; Sundal, A. et al

in Journal of Glaciology (2013), 59(208), 1179-1188

Supraglacial lakes (SGLs) affect the dynamics of the Greenland ice sheet by storing runoff and draining episodically. We investigate the evolution of SGLs as reported in three datasets, each based on ... [more ▼]

Supraglacial lakes (SGLs) affect the dynamics of the Greenland ice sheet by storing runoff and draining episodically. We investigate the evolution of SGLs as reported in three datasets, each based on automated classification of satellite imagery. Although the datasets span the period 2001–10, there are differences in temporal sampling, and only the years 2005–07 are common. By subsampling the most populous dataset, we recommend a sampling frequency of one image per 6.5 days in order to minimize uncertainty associated with poor temporal sampling. When compared with manual classification of satellite imagery, all three datasets are found to omit a sizeable (29, 48 and 41%) fraction of lakes and are estimated to document the average size of SGLs to within 0.78, 0.48 and 0.95 km2 . We combine the datasets using a hierarchical scheme, producing a single, optimized, dataset. This combined record reports up to 67% more lakes than a single dataset. During 2005–07, the rate of SGL growth tends to follow the rate at which runoff increases in each year. In 2007, lakes drain earlier than in 2005 and 2006 and remain absent despite continued runoff. This suggests that lakes continue to act as open surface–bed conduits following drainage. [less ▲]

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See detailCommon resting brain dynamics indicate a possible mechanism underlying zolpidem response in severe brain injury
Williams, Shawniqua; Conte, Mary; Goldfine, Andrew et al

in eLife (2013)

Zolpidem produces paradoxical recovery of speech, cognitive and motor functions in select subjects with severe brain injury but underlying mechanisms remain unknown. In three diverse patients with known ... [more ▼]

Zolpidem produces paradoxical recovery of speech, cognitive and motor functions in select subjects with severe brain injury but underlying mechanisms remain unknown. In three diverse patients with known zolpidem responses we identify a distinctive pattern of EEG dynamics that suggests a mechanistic model. In the absence of zolpidem, all subjects show a strong low frequency oscillatory peak ∼6–10 Hz in the EEG power spectrum most prominent over frontocentral regions and with high coherence (∼0.7–0.8) within and between hemispheres. Zolpidem administration sharply reduces EEG power and coherence at these low frequencies. The ∼6–10 Hz activity is proposed to arise from intrinsic membrane properties of pyramidal neurons that are passively entrained across the cortex by locally-generated spontaneous activity. Activation by zolpidem is proposed to arise from a combination of initial direct drug effects on cortical, striatal, and thalamic populations and further activation of underactive brain regions induced by restoration of cognitively-mediated behaviors. [less ▲]

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See detailHybrid MicroPET Imaging for Dosimetric Applications in Mice: Improvement of Activity Quantification in Dynamic MicroPET Imaging for Accelerated Dosimetry Applied to 6-[ 18 F] Fluoro- L -DOPA and 2-[ 18 F]Fluoro- L -Tyrosine
Bretin, Florian ULg; Mauxion, T; Warnock, G et al

in Molecular Imaging and Biology (2013)

Purpose: Dynamic microPET imaging has advantages over traditional organ harvesting, but is pronetoquantificationerrorsinsmallvolumes.Hybridimaging,wheremicroPETactivitiesarecross- calibrated using post ... [more ▼]

Purpose: Dynamic microPET imaging has advantages over traditional organ harvesting, but is pronetoquantificationerrorsinsmallvolumes.Hybridimaging,wheremicroPETactivitiesarecross- calibrated using post scan harvested organs, can improve quantification. Organ harvesting, dynamic imaging and hybrid imaging were applied to determine the human and mouse radiation dosimetry of 6-[18 F]fluoro-L-DOPA and 2-[18 F]fluoro-L-tyrosine and compared. Procedures: Two-hour dynamic microPET imaging was performed with both tracers in four separate mice for 18 F-FDOPA and three mice for 18 F-FTYR. Organ harvesting was performed at 2, 5, 10, 30, 60 and 120 min post tracer injection with n=5 at each time point for 18 F-FDOPA and n=3 at each time point for 18 F-FTYR. Human radiation dosimetry projected from animal data was calculated for the three different approaches for each tracer using OLINDA/EXM. S- factors for the MOBY phantom were used to calculate the animal dosimetry. Results: Correlations between dose estimates based on organ harvesting and imaging was improved from r=0.997 to r=0.999 for 18 F-FDOPA and from r=0.985 to r=0.996 (p<0.0001 for all) for 18 F-FTYR by using hybrid imaging. Conclusion: Hybrid imaging yields comparable results to traditional organ harvesting while partially overcoming the limitations of pure imaging. It is an advantageous technique in terms of number of animals needed and labour involved. [less ▲]

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See detailContribution to the study of acoustic communication in two Belgian river bullheads (Cottus rhenanus and C. perifretum) with further insight into the sound-producing mechanism
Colleye, Orphal ULg; Ovidio, Michaël ULg; Salmon, André et al

in Frontiers in Zoology (2013), 10(71),

Background: The freshwater sculpins (genus Cottus) are small, bottom-living fishes widely distributed in North America and Europe. The taxonomy of European species has remained unresolved for a long time ... [more ▼]

Background: The freshwater sculpins (genus Cottus) are small, bottom-living fishes widely distributed in North America and Europe. The taxonomy of European species has remained unresolved for a long time due to the overlap of morphological characters. Sound production has already been documented in some cottid representatives, with sounds being involved in courtship and agonistic interactions. Although the movements associated with sound production have been observed, the underlying mechanism remains incomplete. Here, we focus on two closely related species from Belgium: C. rhenanus and C. perifretum. This study aims 1) to record and to compare acoustic communication in both species, 2) to give further insight into the sound-producing mechanism and 3) to look for new morphological traits allowing species differentiation. Results: Both Cottus species produce multiple-pulsed agonistic sounds using a similar acoustic pattern: the first interpulse duration is always longer, making the first pulse unit distinct from the others. Recording sound production and hearing abilities showed a clear relationship between the sound spectra and auditory thresholds in both species: the peak frequencies of calls are around 150 Hz, which corresponds to their best hearing sensitivity. However, it appears that these fishes could not hear acoustic signals produced by conspecifics in their noisy habitat considering their hearing threshold expressed as sound pressure (~ 125 dB re 1 ␣Pa). High-speed video recordings highlighted that each sound is produced during a complete back and forth movement of the pectoral girdle. Conclusions: Both Cottus species use an acoustic pattern that remained conserved during species diversification. Surprisingly, calls do not seem to have a communicative function. On the other hand, fish could detect substrate vibrations resulting from movements carried out during sound production. Similarities in temporal and spectral characteristics also suggest that both species share a common sound-producing mechanism, likely based on pectoral girdle vibrations. From a morphological point of view, only the shape of the spinelike scales covering the body allows species differentiation. [less ▲]

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See detailTemperature dependence of the lower critical field Hc1(T) evidences nodeless superconductivity in FeSe
Abdel-Hafiez, M.; Ge, J.; Vasiliev, A.N. et al

in Physical Review. B : Condensed Matter (2013), 88

We investigate the temperature dependence of the lower critical fi eld Hc1(T) of a high-quality FeSe single crystal under static magnetic fields H parallel to the c axis. The temperature dependence of the ... [more ▼]

We investigate the temperature dependence of the lower critical fi eld Hc1(T) of a high-quality FeSe single crystal under static magnetic fields H parallel to the c axis. The temperature dependence of the first vortex penetration fi eld has been experimentally obtained by two independent methods and the corresponding Hc1(T) was deduced by taking into account demagnetization factors. A pronounced change of the Hc1(T) curvature is observed, which is attributed to multiband superconductivity. The London penetration depth Lambda_ab(T) calculated from the lower critical field does not follow an exponential behavior at low temperatures, as it would be expected for a fully gapped clean s-wave superconductor. Using either a two-band model with s-wave-like gaps of magnitudes Delta_1 = 0.41 +- 0.1meV and Delta_2 = 3.33+- 0.25meV or a single anisotropic s-wave order parameter, the temperature-dependence of the lower critical eld Hc1(T) can be well described. These observations clearly show that the superconducting energy gap in FeSe is nodeless. [less ▲]

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See detailDer p 1 is the primary activator of Der p 3, Der p 6 and Der p 9 the proteolytic allergens produced by the house dust mite Dermatophagoides pteronyssinus
Herman, Julie ULg; Thelen, Nicolas ULg; Smargiasso, Nicolas ULg et al

in Biochimica et Biophysica Acta - General Subjects (2013), 1840

Background: The enzymatic activity of the four proteases found in the house dust mite Dermatophagoides pteronyssinus is involved in the pathogenesis of allergy. Our aim was to elucidate the activation ... [more ▼]

Background: The enzymatic activity of the four proteases found in the house dust mite Dermatophagoides pteronyssinus is involved in the pathogenesis of allergy. Our aim was to elucidate the activation cascade of their corresponding precursor forms and particularly to highlight the interconnection between proteases during this cascade. Methods: The cleavage of the four peptides corresponding to the mite zymogen activation sites was studied on the basis of the Förster Resonance Energy Transfermethod. The proDer p 6 zymogen was then produced in Pichia pastoris to elucidate its activation mechanismbymite proteases, especially Der p 1. The role of the propeptide in the inhibition of the enzymatic activity of Der p 6 was also examined. Finally, the Der p 1 and Der p 6 proteases were localised via immunolocalisation in D. pteronyssinus. Results: All peptides were specifically cleaved by Der p 1, such as proDer p 6. The propeptide of proDer p 6 inhibited the proteolytic activity of Der p 6, but once cleaved, it was degraded by the protease. The Der p 1 and Der p 6 proteases were both localised to the midgut of the mite. Conclusions: Der p 1 in either its recombinant formor in the natural context of house dustmite extracts specifically cleaves all zymogens, thus establishing its role as a major activator of both mite cysteine and serine proteases. General significance: This finding suggests that Der p 1 may be valuable target against mites. [less ▲]

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See detailL'employeur est-il tenu d'être présent et actif lors d'un contrôle social?
Kefer, Fabienne ULg

in Revue de Jurisprudence de Liège, Mons et Bruxelles (2013), (36), 1861-1869

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See detailDiscrimination of grassland species and their classification in botanical families by laboratory scale NIR hyperspectral imaging: preliminary results
Dale, Laura ULg; Thewis, André ULg; Boudry, Christelle ULg et al

in Talanta (2013), 116

The objective of this study was to discriminate by a NIR line scan hyperspectral imaging, taxonomic plant families comprised of different grassland species. Plants were collected from semi-natural meadows ... [more ▼]

The objective of this study was to discriminate by a NIR line scan hyperspectral imaging, taxonomic plant families comprised of different grassland species. Plants were collected from semi-natural meadows of the National Apuseni Park, Apuseni Mountains, Gârda area (Romania) according to botanical families. Chemometric tools such as PLS-DA were used to discriminate distinct grassland species, and assign the different species to botanical families. Species within the Poacea family and Other Botanical Families could be distinguished (R2=0.91 and 0.90, respectively) with greater accuracy than those species in the Fabacea family (R2=0.60). A correct classification rate of 99% was obtained in the assignment of the various species to the proper family. Moreover a complete study based on wavelength selection has been performed in order to identify the chemical compound related to each botanical family and therefore to the possible toxicity of the plant. This work could be considered as a first step for the development of a complete procedure for the detection and quantification of possible toxic species in semi-natural meadows used by grazing animals. [less ▲]

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See detailDetermination of 4-aminophenol in a pharmaceutical formulation using Surface Enhanced Raman scattering: from development to method validation
De Bleye, Charlotte ULg; Dumont, Elodie ULg; Rozet, Eric ULg et al

in Talanta (2013), 116

A Surface Enhanced Raman Scattering (SERS) method able to quantify 4-aminophenol in a pharmaceutical formulation based on acetaminophen, also called paracetamol, was developed and, for the first time ... [more ▼]

A Surface Enhanced Raman Scattering (SERS) method able to quantify 4-aminophenol in a pharmaceutical formulation based on acetaminophen, also called paracetamol, was developed and, for the first time, successfully validated. In this context, silver nanoparticles were synthesized according to the method described by Lee-Meisel and used as SERS substrate. The repeatability of the silver colloid synthesis was tested using different methods to characterise the size and the zeta potential of silver nanoparticles freshly synthesized. To optimize the SERS samples preparation, a design of experiments implicating concentrations of citrate-reduced silver nanoparticles and aggregating agent was performed in order to maximize the Raman signal enhancement. Finally, an approach based on tolerance intervals and accuracy profiles was applied in order to thoroughly validate the method in a range of concentrations comprised from 3 to 15 µg mL-1 using normalized band intensities. The standard addition method was selected as method calibration. Therefore, measurements were carried out on 4-aminophenol spiked solutions of the pharmaceutical formulation. Despite the well-known stability and reproducibility problems of SERS, the validation was performed using two operators and 5 batches of nanoparticles, one for each validation day. [less ▲]

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See detailPhysically Based Groundwater Vulnerability Assessment Using Sensitivity Analysis Methods
Beaujean, Jean ULg; Lemieux, Jean-Michel; Dassargues, Alain ULg et al

in Ground Water (2013)

A general physically based method is presented to assess the vulnerability of groundwater to external pressures by numerical simulation of groundwater flow. The concept of groundwater vulnerability ... [more ▼]

A general physically based method is presented to assess the vulnerability of groundwater to external pressures by numerical simulation of groundwater flow. The concept of groundwater vulnerability assessment considered here is based on the calculation of sensitivity coefficients for a user-defined groundwater state for which we propose several physically based indicators. Two sensitivity analysis methods are presented: the sensitivity equation method and the adjoint operator method. We show how careful selection of a method can significantly minimize the computational effort. An illustration of the general methodology is presented for the Herten aquifer analog (Germany). This application to a simple, yet insightful, case demonstrates the potential use of this general and physically based vulnerability assessment method to complex aquifers. [less ▲]

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See detailDeregulated expression of TANK in glioblastomas triggers pro-tumorigenic ERK1/2 and AKT signaling pathways
Stellzig, J; Chariot, Alain ULg; Shostak, Kateryna ULg et al

in Oncogenesis (2013), e79

Signal transmission by the noncanonical IkappaB kinases (IKKs), TANK-binding kinase 1 (TBK1) and IKKɛ, requires interaction with adapter proteins such as TRAF associated NF-κB activator (TANK). Although ... [more ▼]

Signal transmission by the noncanonical IkappaB kinases (IKKs), TANK-binding kinase 1 (TBK1) and IKKɛ, requires interaction with adapter proteins such as TRAF associated NF-κB activator (TANK). Although increased expression or dysregulation of both kinases has been described for a variety of human cancers, this study shows that deregulated expression of the TANK protein is frequently occurring in glioblastomas (GBMs). The functional relevance of TANK was analyzed in a panel of GBM-derived cell lines and revealed that knockdown of TANK arrests cells in the S-phase and prohibits tumor cell migration. Deregulated TANK expression affects several signaling pathways controlling cell proliferation and the inflammatory response. Interference with stoichiometrically assembled signaling complexes by overexpression or silencing of TANK prevented constitutive interferon-regulatory factor 3 (IRF3) phosphorylation. Knockdown of TANK frequently prevents constitutive activation of extracellular signal-regulated kinases 1 and 2 (ERK1/2). TANK-mediated ERK1/2 activation is independent from the canonical MAP kinase or ERK kinase (MEK) 1/2-mediated pathway and utilizes an alternative pathway that uses a TBK1/IKKɛ/Akt signaling axis, thus identifying a novel pathway suitable to block constitutive ERK1/2 activity. [less ▲]

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See detailAbelian symmetries of the N-Higgs-doublet model with Yukawa interactions
Ivanov, Igor ULg; Nishi, Celso

in Journal of High Energy Physics [=JHEP] (2013), 2013(11), 069

We investigate finite abelian groups which can represent symmetries of the N-Higgs-doublet models with quarks. We build a general formalism based on the powerful method of the Smith normal form and obtain ... [more ▼]

We investigate finite abelian groups which can represent symmetries of the N-Higgs-doublet models with quarks. We build a general formalism based on the powerful method of the Smith normal form and obtain an analytic upper bound on the order of abelian symmetry groups for any N. We investigate in detail the case N = 2 and rederive known results in a more compact and intuitive fashion. We also study the NHDM with the maximal finite abelian symmetry for all small N cases up to N = 5, and show that in each case all Yukawa textures compatible with such symmetry originate from a unique basic structure. This work opens the way to a systematic exploration of phenomenology of the NHDM with a desired symmetry, and illustrates the power of the Smith normal form technique. [less ▲]

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See detailEvaluation of shielding effectiveness of composite wall with a time domain discontinuous Galerkin method
Kameni, Abelin; Modave, Axel ULg; Boubekeur, Mohamed et al

in European Physical Journal : Applied physics (2013), 64(2), 24508

This article presents a Time Domain Discontinuous Galerkin method applied for solving the conservative form of Maxwell equations and computing the radiated fields in electromagnetic compatibility problems ... [more ▼]

This article presents a Time Domain Discontinuous Galerkin method applied for solving the conservative form of Maxwell equations and computing the radiated fields in electromagnetic compatibility problems. The results obtained in homogenous media for the transverse magnetic waves are validated in two cases. We compare our solution to an analytical solution of Maxwell’s equations based on characteristic method. Our results on shielding effectiveness of a conducting wall are same as those obtained from analytical expression in frequency domain. The propagation in heterogeneous medium is explored. The shielding effectiveness of a composite wall partially filled by circular conductives inclusions is computed. The proposed results are in conformity with the classical predictive homogenizations rules. [less ▲]

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See detailBLOOD GROUPS, HEMOGLOBIN PHENOTYPES AND CLINICAL DISORDERS OF CONSANGUINEOUS YANSI POPULATION
Munlemvo Mavanga, Nana ULg; BOEMER, François ULg; SEIDEL, Laurence ULg et al

in World Journal of Hematology (2013), 2(4), 109-114

AIM To study frequency of blood groups, prevalence of sickle-cell anemia trait and glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase deficiency, among consanguineous Yansi tribe. METHODS A total of 525 blood samples were ... [more ▼]

AIM To study frequency of blood groups, prevalence of sickle-cell anemia trait and glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase deficiency, among consanguineous Yansi tribe. METHODS A total of 525 blood samples were collected, of which 256 among the Yansi population, and 269 for the unrelated control group in the Bandundu province of Democratic Republic of Congo. Blood group antigens were determined in the following systems: ABO, Rh, Kell, Duffy, Kidd and MNS. Blood grouping and extended phenotype tests were performed according to standard immunohematological procedures. Spot tests and tandem mass spectrometry were used respectively for the assessment of glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase deficiency and sickle-cell anemia trait. RESULTS The frequency of ABO phenotypes conformed to the following order O>A>B>AB with notably 62.5, 23.8, 12.1 and 1.6% for the Yansi, and 54.6, 27.5, 14.1 and 3.7% for the unrelated control group, respectively (P=0.19). As for the Rh phenotypes, the most frequent were ccD.ee, ccD.Ee, CcD.ee, corresponding to 71.5, 12.1 and 12.1% for the Yansi, and 70.6, 15.6 and 8.2%, for the unrelated control group (P=0.27). The frequency of MN and Ss phenotypes were statistically different between groups (P=0.0021 and P=0.0006). G6PD deficiency was observed in 11.3% of subjects in the Yansi group, and in 12.4% of controls (P = 0.74). The sickle-cell anemia trait was present in 22.4% of Yansi subjects and 17.8% in the control group (P=0.24). Miscarriages and deaths in young age were more common among Yansi people. CONCLUSION This study shows a significant difference in MNS blood group distribution between the Yansi tribe and a control population. The distribution of other blood groups and the prevalence of hemoglobinopathies did not differ in the Yansi tribe. [less ▲]

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See detailAn optimum PML for scattering problems in the time domain
Modave, Axel ULg; Kameni, Abelin; Lambrechts, Jonathan et al

in European Physical Journal : Applied physics (2013), 64(2), 24502

In electromagnetic compatibility, scattering problems are defined in an infinite spatial domain, while numerical techniques such as finite element methods require a computational domain that is bounded ... [more ▼]

In electromagnetic compatibility, scattering problems are defined in an infinite spatial domain, while numerical techniques such as finite element methods require a computational domain that is bounded. The perfectly matched layer (PML) is widely used to simulate the truncation of the computational domain. However, its performance depends critically on an absorption function. This function is generally tuned by using case-dependent optimization procedures. In this paper, we will present some efficient functions that overcome any tuning. They will be compared using a realistic scattering benchmark solved with the Discontinuous Galerkin method. [less ▲]

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See detailComet C/2012 S1 (Ison)
Lisse, C. M.; Wolk, S. J.; Christian, D. J. et al

in Central Bureau Electronic Telegrams (2013), 3719

CBET 3719 available at Central Bureau for Astronomical Telegrams.

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Opitom, Cyrielle ULg; Jehin, Emmanuel ULg; Manfroid, Jean ULg et al

in Central Bureau Electronic Telegrams (2013), 3693

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See detailUnveiling the mystery of Combined Heat & Power (cogeneration)
Verbruggen, Aviel; Dewallef, Pierre ULg; Quoilin, Sylvain ULg et al

in Energy (2013), 61

The article unveils the mystery of cogeneration. Cogeneration is an add-on or embedded activity in thermal power plants, with as merit the use of part or whole of their point source heat exhausts. EU's ... [more ▼]

The article unveils the mystery of cogeneration. Cogeneration is an add-on or embedded activity in thermal power plants, with as merit the use of part or whole of their point source heat exhausts. EU's talk of “high-efficiency cogeneration” is an unfounded transfer of responsibility from the hosting thermal power generation plant onto CHP (Combined Heat & Power) activity. The quality of a CHP activity is univocally defined by its design power-to-heat ratio σ, a tombstone parameter derived from the design characteristics of the power plant. A thermal power plant may house more than one cogeneration activity. Identifying σ requires positioning the bliss point in the electricity–heat production possibility set of the cogeneration activity. The bliss point is where after electric output is maximized, the sum of that output and the maximum recoverable quantity of heat occurs. Once CHP's mystery of virtual bliss points is unveiled, the proper σ are found. With known σ by CHP activity, the quantity of cogenerated electricity is reliably assessed as best indicator of cogeneration performance. Our analysis is applicable on all relevant thermal power cycles that host CHP activities, and illustrated with a numerical example. Our lean method is necessary and sufficient for proper CHP regulation. [less ▲]

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See detailComet C/2012 S1 (Ison)
Crovisier, J.; Colom, P.; Biver, N. et al

in Central Bureau Electronic Telegrams (2013), 3711

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See detailPhysical properties, transmission and emission spectra of the WASP-19 planetary system from multi-colour photometry
Mancini, L.; Ciceri, S.; Chen, G. et al

in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society (2013), 436

We present new ground-based, multi-colour, broad-band photometric measurements of the physical parameters, transmission and emission spectra of the transiting extrasolar planet WASP-19b. The measurements ... [more ▼]

We present new ground-based, multi-colour, broad-band photometric measurements of the physical parameters, transmission and emission spectra of the transiting extrasolar planet WASP-19b. The measurements are based on observations of eight transits and four occultations through a Gunn i filter using the 1.54-m Danish Telescope, 14 transits through an R[SUB]c[/SUB] filter at the Perth Exoplanet Survey Telescope (PEST) observatory and one transit observed simultaneously through four optical (Sloan g[SUP]'[/SUP], r[SUP]'[/SUP], i[SUP]'[/SUP], z[SUP]'[/SUP]) and three near-infrared (J, H, K) filters, using the Gamma Ray Burst Optical and Near-Infrared Detector (GROND) instrument on the MPG/ESO 2.2-m telescope. The GROND optical light curves have a point-to-point scatter around the best-fitting model between 0.52 and 0.65 mmag rms. We use these new data to measure refined physical parameters for the system. We find the planet to be more bloated (R[SUB]b[/SUB] = 1.410 ± 0.017R[SUB]Jup[/SUB]; M[SUB]b[/SUB] = 1.139 ± 0.030M[SUB]Jup[/SUB]) and the system to be twice as old as initially thought. We also used published and archived data sets to study the transit timings, which do not depart from a linear ephemeris. We detected an anomaly in the GROND transit light curve which is compatible with a spot on the photosphere of the parent star. The starspot position, size, spot contrast and temperature were established. Using our new and published measurements, we assembled the planet's transmission spectrum over the 370-2350 nm wavelength range and its emission spectrum over the 750-8000 nm range. By comparing these data to theoretical models we investigated the theoretically predicted variation of the apparent radius of WASP-19b as a function of wavelength and studied the composition and thermal structure of its atmosphere. We conclude that: (i) there is no evidence for strong optical absorbers at low pressure, supporting the common idea that the planet's atmosphere lacks a dayside inversion; (ii) the temperature of the planet is not homogenized, because the high warming of its dayside causes the planet to be more efficient in re-radiating than redistributing energy to the night side; (iii) the planet seems to be outside of any current classification scheme. [less ▲]

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See detailThe Gaia astrophysical parameters inference system (Apsis). Pre-launch description
Bailer-Jones, C. A. L.; Andrae, R.; Arcay, B. et al

in Astronomy and Astrophysics (2013), 559

The Gaia satellite will survey the entire celestial sphere down to 20th magnitude, obtaining astrometry, photometry, and low resolution spectrophotometry on one billion astronomical sources, plus radial ... [more ▼]

The Gaia satellite will survey the entire celestial sphere down to 20th magnitude, obtaining astrometry, photometry, and low resolution spectrophotometry on one billion astronomical sources, plus radial velocities for over one hundred million stars. Its main objective is to take a census of the stellar content of our Galaxy, with the goal of revealing its formation and evolution. Gaia's unique feature is the measurement of parallaxes and proper motions with hitherto unparalleled accuracy for many objects. As a survey, the physical properties of most of these objects are unknown. Here we describe the data analysis system put together by the Gaia consortium to classify these objects and to infer their astrophysical properties using the satellite's data. This system covers single stars, (unresolved) binary stars, quasars, and galaxies, all covering a wide parameter space. Multiple methods are used for many types of stars, producing multiple results for the end user according to different models and assumptions. Prior to its application to real Gaia data the accuracy of these methods cannot be assessed definitively. But as an example of the current performance, we can attain internal accuracies (RMS residuals) on F,G,K,M dwarfs and giants at G=15 (V=15-17) for a wide range of metallicites and interstellar extinctions of around 100K in effective temperature (Teff), 0.1mag in extinction (A0), 0.2dex in metallicity ([Fe/H]), and 0.25dex in surface gravity (logg). The accuracy is a strong function of the parameters themselves, varying by a factor of more than two up or down over this parameter range. After its launch in November 2013, Gaia will nominally observe for five years, during which the system we describe will continue to evolve in light of experience with the real data. [less ▲]

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See detailIs Leopoldamys neilli (Rodentia, Muridae) a synonym of Leopoldamys herberti? A reply to Balakirev et al. (2013)
Latinne, Alice ULg; Chaval, Yannick; Waengsothorn, Surachit et al

in Zootaxa (2013), 3731(4), 589-598

Recently, Balakirev et al. (2013) presented a taxonomic revision of the genus Leopoldamys based on phylogenetic analyses. They identified five main Leopoldamys genetic lineages and suggested to rename ... [more ▼]

Recently, Balakirev et al. (2013) presented a taxonomic revision of the genus Leopoldamys based on phylogenetic analyses. They identified five main Leopoldamys genetic lineages and suggested to rename several of them. According to these authors, the genetic lineage previously thought to belong to L. edwardsi (lineage L1) should be assigned to L. revertens while L. neilli (lineage L2) should be considered as a junior synonym of L. herberti. Using molecular and morphological data from a large sampling of Leopoldamys specimens, the aim of the present study was to investigate the taxonomic status of L. herberti and L. neilli. This study reveals that, contrary to Balakirev et al.’s statement, both genetic lineages L1 and L2 occur in Nakhon Ratchasima Province, close to the type locality of L. herberti. We also show that the external measurements and color pattern of L. herberti are highly similar to those of L1 specimens but are not consistent with the morphology of L2 specimens. Therefore these results strongly suggest that L. herberti should be assigned to the genetic lineage L1. Consequently L. neilli should not be considered as a junior synonym of L. herberti and this study confirms that the appropriate name of the genetic lineage L2 is L. neilli. Moreover, as our results show that L. herberti should be assigned to the lineage L1, this name has nomenclatural priority over L. revertens, the species name suggested by Balakirev et al. (2013) for this lineage. [less ▲]

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See detailWASP-71b: a bloated hot Jupiter in an 2.9-day, prograde orbit around an evolved F8 star
Smith, A. M. S.; Anderson, D. R.; Bouchy, F. et al

in Astronomy and Astrophysics (2013), 552

We report the discovery by the WASP transit survey of a highly-irradiated, massive (2.242 +/- 0.080 MJup) planet which transits a bright (V = 10.6), evolved F8 star every 2.9 days. The planet, WASP-71b ... [more ▼]

We report the discovery by the WASP transit survey of a highly-irradiated, massive (2.242 +/- 0.080 MJup) planet which transits a bright (V = 10.6), evolved F8 star every 2.9 days. The planet, WASP-71b, is larger than Jupiter (1.46 +/- 0.13 RJup), but less dense (0.71 +/- 0.16 {\rho}Jup). We also report spectroscopic observations made during transit with the CORALIE spectrograph, which allow us to make a highly-significant detection of the Rossiter-McLaughlin effect. We determine the sky-projected angle between the stellar-spin and planetary-orbit axes to be {\lambda} = 20.1 +/- 9.7 degrees, i.e. the system is 'aligned', according to the widely-used alignment criteria that systems are regarded as misaligned only when {\lambda} is measured to be greater than 10 degrees with 3-{\sigma} confidence. WASP-71, with an effective temperature of 6059 +/- 98 K, therefore fits the previously observed pattern that only stars hotter than 6250 K are host to planets in misaligned orbits. We emphasise, however, that {\lambda} is merely the sky-projected obliquity angle; we are unable to determine whether the stellar-spin and planetary-orbit axes are misaligned along the line-of-sight. With a mass of 1.56 +/- 0.07 Msun, WASP-71 was previously hotter than 6250 K, and therefore might have been significantly misaligned in the past. If so, the planetary orbit has been realigned, presumably through tidal interactions with the cooling star's growing convective zone. [less ▲]

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Dello Russo, N.; Vervack, R. J.; Kawakita, H. et al

in Central Bureau Electronic Telegrams (2013), 3686

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See detailPersistent low levels of serum hCG: please do not miss phantom hCG! (pseudohypergonadotropinemia syndrome)
VALDES SOCIN, Hernan Gonzalo ULg; SYRIOS, Petros ULg; GADISSEUR, Romy ULg et al

in Acta Clinica Belgica (2013), 68(6), 465

Introduction: Beyond pregnancy, persistent low levels of hCG may be associated with various benign and malignant conditions, i.e. quiescent gestational trophoblastic disease (QTD), raised pituitary hCG or ... [more ▼]

Introduction: Beyond pregnancy, persistent low levels of hCG may be associated with various benign and malignant conditions, i.e. quiescent gestational trophoblastic disease (QTD), raised pituitary hCG or false positive elevation caused by circulating heterophilic antibodies. This situation requires a clinico-biological approach in order to avoid misunderstandings that could lead to inappropriate diagnostic or therapeutic attitudes. Observation: A 23 years old woman (GOPO status) consulted his gynaecologist because of persistent abdominal pain. She was diagnosed of having trophoblastic disease on the basis of persistently positive human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) test (Roche Modular) results, in the absence of pregnancy. Persistent low levels of hCG (around 10 U/L) were detected in her plasma. The patient underwent a trial with methotrexate chemotherapy. Abdominal pain was unrelieved whereas plasma hCG was 8.9 U/L. A serology test for Chlamydia indicated persistent infection and a course of antibiotic treatment was underwent without any relief. A laparoscopic exploration ruled out any trophoblastic residue or pelvic adherences. The patient was referred to the Endocrine Unit for further pituitary and hormonal investigations. Plasma and urine samples were sent to Biology Service to exclude a false hCG positive value. While low levels of hCG were detected in serum by assay, no significant hCG was detected in the urine (0,1 U/L). When serum was treated with HBT tube for the detection of heterophilic antibodies, hCG levels were 0.98 U/L. After mouse serum treatment, hCG was not further detected in our patient, indicating the presence of phantom hCG due to the presence of human anti mouse heterophilic antibodies. Conclusions: Textbooks on obstetrics and gynecology emphasize the importance of plasma hCG testing in patients with trophoblastic diseases. The ability of laboratory measurements to guide the clinician appropriately in every circumstance is limited. Caution should be exercised when clinical findings and laboratory results are discordant. Current protocols for the diagnosis and treatment of trophoblastic disease should include a compulsory test for hCG in urine and a test for heterophilic antibodies when appropriate. In this case report, we demonstrated that phantom hCG, was caused by heterogenous human anti mouse antibodies. [less ▲]

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See detailLa stimulation nerveuse répétitive : un outil diagnostique
WANG, François-Charles ULg

in Cahiers de Myologie (Les) (2013)

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