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See detailHighly dispersed iron xerogel catalysts for p-nitrophenol degradation by photo-Fenton effects
Mahy, Julien ULg; Tasseroul, Ludivine ULg; Zubiaur, Anthony ULg et al

in Microporous and Mesoporous Materials (2014), 197

Several iron xerogel catalysts were synthesized by hydrolysis and condensation of tetraethoxysilane (TEOS) and 3-(2-aminoethylamino)propyltrimethoxysilane (EDAS) which is able to form a chelate with iron ... [more ▼]

Several iron xerogel catalysts were synthesized by hydrolysis and condensation of tetraethoxysilane (TEOS) and 3-(2-aminoethylamino)propyltrimethoxysilane (EDAS) which is able to form a chelate with iron ions. The EDAS/TEOS ratio strongly influences the texture of xerogel catalysts. The specific surface area and the micro- and mesoporous volume increase with this ratio. It seems that EDAS plays a nucleating agent role for silica particles and allows to anchor Fe-based moieties inside the silica network. Iron oxide nanoparticles of diameter 1-1.5 nm and Fe3+ ions result, encapsulated in silica particles with sizes of about 10-30 nm in diameter. The iron species was determined by Mössbauer spectroscopy and magnetometry measurements and only Fe3+ species were observed in xerogel catalysts. The Fenton and photo-Fenton effect of these catalysts were evaluated on the degradation of p-nitrophenol in aqueous media under different conditions. Results show that in the presence of H2O2, iron xerogel catalysts present a photo-Fenton effect, reaching 99 % of degradation after 24 h. [less ▲]

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See detailAn asymptotic expansion-based method for a spectral approach in equivalent statistical linearization
Canor, Thomas ULg; Blaise, Nicolas ULg; Denoël, Vincent ULg

in Probabilistic Engineering Mechanics (2014), 38

Equivalent linearization consists in replacing a nonlinear system with an equivalent linear one whose parameters are tuned with regard to the minimization of a suitable function. In particular, the ... [more ▼]

Equivalent linearization consists in replacing a nonlinear system with an equivalent linear one whose parameters are tuned with regard to the minimization of a suitable function. In particular, the Gaussian equivalent linearization expresses the properties of an equivalent linear system in terms of the mean vector and the covariance matrix of the responses, which are the unknowns of the optimization problem in a spectral approach. Even though the system has been linearized, the resulting set of equations is nonlinear. The computational effort in this method pertains to the solution of a possibly large set of nonlinear algebraic equations involving integrals and inversions of full matrices. This work proposes to develop and apply an asymptotic expansion-based method to facilitate and to improve the statistical linearization for large nonlinear structures. The proposed developments demonstrate that for slightly to moderately coupled nonlinear systems, the equivalent linearization can be applied with an appropriate modal approach and eventually seen as a convergent series initiated with the stochastic response of a main decoupled linear system. With this method, the computational effort is attractively reduced, the conditioning of the set of nonlinear algebraic equations is improved and inversion of full transfer matrices and repeated integrations are avoided. The paper gives a formal description of the method and illustrates its implementation and performances with the computation of stationary responses of nonlinear structures subject to coherent random excitation fields. [less ▲]

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See detailEditorial
Jidovtseff, Boris ULg

in Science et sports (2014), 29(Hors-série 1), 2

Il y a un grand nombre d'aspects positifs dans l'éducation physique. Des études récentes montre que l'activité physique influence positivement le développement et le fonctionnement du cerveau, ouvrant des ... [more ▼]

Il y a un grand nombre d'aspects positifs dans l'éducation physique. Des études récentes montre que l'activité physique influence positivement le développement et le fonctionnement du cerveau, ouvrant des perspectives importantes de recherche mais aussi d'applications pratiques. [less ▲]

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See detailMathematical Modeling of HIV Dynamics After Antiretroviral Therapy Initiation: A Review
Rivadeneira, Pablo; Moog, Claude; Stan, Guy-Bart et al

in BioResearch Open Acces (2014), 3(5), 233-241

This review shows the potential ground-breaking impact that mathematical tools may have in the analysis and the understanding of the HIV dynamics. In the first part, early diagnosis of immunological ... [more ▼]

This review shows the potential ground-breaking impact that mathematical tools may have in the analysis and the understanding of the HIV dynamics. In the first part, early diagnosis of immunological failure is inferred from the estimation of certain parameters of a mathematical model of the HIV infection dynamics. This method is supported by clinical research results from an original clinical trial: data just after 1 month following therapy initiation are used to carry out the model identification. The diagnosis is shown to be consistent with results from monitoring of the patients after 6 months. In the second part of this review, prospective research results are given for the design of individual anti-HIV treatments optimizing the recovery of the immune system and minimizing side effects. In this respect, two methods are discussed. The first one combines HIV population dynamics with pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics models to generate drug treatments using impulsive control systems. The second one is based on optimal control theory and uses a recently published differential equation to model the side effects produced by highly active antiretroviral therapy therapies. The main advantage of these revisited methods is that the drug treatment is computed directly in amounts of drugs, which is easier to interpret by physicians and patients. [less ▲]

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

in Computational Mechanics (2014)

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

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

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See detailThe impact and retention of spray droplets on a horizontal hydrophobic surface
Zwertvaegher, Ingrid; Verhaeghe, Micheline; Brusselman, Eva et al

in Biosystems Engineering (2014), 126

Spray retention, i.e. the overall capture of spray droplets by plants on initial or subsequent impact, and after loss due to run-off, is an important stage in the spray application process as droplet ... [more ▼]

Spray retention, i.e. the overall capture of spray droplets by plants on initial or subsequent impact, and after loss due to run-off, is an important stage in the spray application process as droplet losses may result in reduced efficacy, economic loss, and environmental contamination. The aim of this exploratory study is to determine whether a new method based on calculating the volumetric proportions per impact type, i.e. adhesion, rebound and shatter, can be used to predict spray retention. These volumetric proportions are calculated based on logistic regression models, derived from vision-based droplet characteristics and impact assessments, and laser-based spray characteristics. The advantages and limitations of such a method are explored. The volumetric proportions per impact type on a horizontal, synthetic hydrophobic surface were determined for four different nozzles (XR 110 01 VS flat-fan nozzle, XR 110 04 VS flat-fan nozzle, XR 110 08 VS flat-fan nozzle and AI 110 08 VS air-induction nozzle) under controlled realistic conditions, and compared to the results of a retention test. The volumetric proportions of adhesion were much lower than the relative retentions, indicating that a considerable amount of rebound and shatter also contributed to final retention. The method should thus be improved by including the droplets retained after first impact and the retained proportions of partial droplet fragmentation but it is nevertheless considered a promising technique. [less ▲]

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See detailJosé Muñoz: La poética de las manchas
Dejasse, Erwin ULg

in Entre Líneas: Revista de Estudios Sobre Historieta y Humor Gráfico (2014), 1

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See detailPour l'amour du grec : le voyage de Villoison en Grèce et au Levant (1784-1786)
Famerie, Etienne ULg

in Art&Fact (2014), 33

How the French scholar d'Ansse de Villoison describes, analyses and judges the state of Ottoman Greece in the end of the 18th century

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See detailDevenir art-thérapeute
Vandeninden, Elise ULg

in SociologieS (2014)

In the field of mental health workers, a new profession is emerging: animators of art workshops in psychiatry, also called ‘art therapists’. Our paper reveals the results of a survey conducted in Belgium ... [more ▼]

In the field of mental health workers, a new profession is emerging: animators of art workshops in psychiatry, also called ‘art therapists’. Our paper reveals the results of a survey conducted in Belgium among these new professionals. In portraying this new group of ‘distributed’ workers, we will discuss the reasons for their difficult process of professionalization [less ▲]

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See detailLa Belgique et les conventions internationales du travail
Detienne, Quentin ULg

in Journal des Tribunaux du Travail (2014)

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See detailPrevenção Quaternária e limites em medicina
Jamoulle, Marc ULg; Gomes, Luis

in Revista Brasileira de Medicina de Família e Comunidade (2014), 9(31),

O conceito de Prevenção Quaternária, um questionamento sobre a base da ação médica, nasceu na articulação da relação médico-paciente. Refere-se a toda a atividade médica, sendo uma importante ferramenta ... [more ▼]

O conceito de Prevenção Quaternária, um questionamento sobre a base da ação médica, nasceu na articulação da relação médico-paciente. Refere-se a toda a atividade médica, sendo uma importante ferramenta para a medicina de família. É uma interrogação ética sobre os excessos da demasiada e demasiadamente pouca medicina e fornece algumas respostas. [less ▲]

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See detailCoordination of alkali metal ions to model branched hexasaccharides dictates fragment yield in MALDI in-source decay with hydrogen abstraction using 5-nitrosalicylic acid as the matrix
Asakawa, Daiki; Smargiasso, Nicolas ULg; De Pauw, Edwin ULg

in Journal of Mass Spectrometry [=JMS] (2014), 49

The differences among MALDI-ISD spectra of hexasaccharides cationized with various alkali metals are reflected in the different stabilities of the ‘hydrogen-deficient’ glycan radical. The stability order ... [more ▼]

The differences among MALDI-ISD spectra of hexasaccharides cationized with various alkali metals are reflected in the different stabilities of the ‘hydrogen-deficient’ glycan radical. The stability order of alkali metal-glycan radical complexes is proportional to the size of the alkali metal cation, K+ > Na+ > Li+. The Coordination of alkali metal ions to model branched hexasaccharides is the major parameter that dictates the fragment yield in MALDI in-source decay with hydrogen abstraction using 5-nitrosalicylic acid as the matrix [less ▲]

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See detailTowards understanding wild boar Sus scrofa movement: a synthetic movement ecology approach
Morelle, Kevin ULg; Podgórski, Tomasz; Prévot, Céline et al

in Mammal Review (2014)

In recent decades, the wild boar Sus scrofa has simultaneously increased its population size and colonized new habitats, causing more ecological and socio-economic concern than perhaps any other ungulate ... [more ▼]

In recent decades, the wild boar Sus scrofa has simultaneously increased its population size and colonized new habitats, causing more ecological and socio-economic concern than perhaps any other ungulate species. However, the drivers and mechanisms of the species' spatial ecology remain poorly understood. Thanks to a recently developed framework, the movement ecology of any organism can now be tackled within a consistent and unified theoretical approach. Based on this framework, we reviewed the literature on wild boar movement ecology to assess current knowledge and to identify important gaps. By using important navigational (e.g. olfactory sense) and cognitive (e.g. spatial memory, learning from conspecifics) abilities, wild boar have developed complex movement strategies to cope with external factors. However, there is a lack of detailed information on the role played by the internal state (motivation) and motion capacity in shaping the spatial ability of the species. Specific aspects of the movement ecology of the wild boar, together with its high diet plasticity and its high prolificacy, are probably the most important causes of the rapid spread of wild boar worldwide. We hope our review will inspire other scientists to apply their biological models to the movement ecology paradigms. Furthermore, we suggest that future researchers dealing with the movement ecology of any species should explicitly state the components and interactions of the framework investigated to facilitate further understanding and comparison among studies. [less ▲]

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See detailValorization of Tunisian secondary date varieties (Phoenix Dactylifera L.) by hydrothermal treatments : New fiber concentrates with antioxidant properties
Mrabet, Abdessalem; Rodriguez-Gutierrez, Guillermo; Guillen-Bejarano, Rafael et al

in LWT - Food Science and Technology (2014)

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See detailOsteochondrosis-Related Gene Expression in Equine Leukocytes Differs among Affected Joints in Foals
Serteyn, Didier ULg; Piquemal, David; Mendoza García, Luis ULg et al

in Journal of biomarkers and diagnosis (2014), 5

Osteochondrosis (OC) is a developmental disease in horses with a significant impact on the horse’s welfare and performance. Previously, differentially expressed genes in leukocytes of OC-affected have ... [more ▼]

Osteochondrosis (OC) is a developmental disease in horses with a significant impact on the horse’s welfare and performance. Previously, differentially expressed genes in leukocytes of OC-affected have been identified and were differentially expressed in horses of different ages when compared to their age-matched controls.As the time course of the development of OC lesions seems to be joint dependent,the aim of this study is to compare in young OCaffected horses (between 8 to 12 months), the different expression of selected genes depending the joints involved.The expression of OC-related genes were analysed by rt-PCR and subsequent statistical analysis (ΔΔCT) in the leukocytes of 30 Belgian Warmblood horses aged between 8 to 12 months divided in groups depending the affected joints (fetlock, hock and stifle).In the three groups, expression of ApoB-3G, MGAT4A, B4GALT6 and PRKCG genes were significantly higher in the OC-affected foals compared to the healthy foals. Based on the profiles of expression ofApoB-3G, Dsh1/Dvl1, Foxl1, Hp, ISG15, Mark2, PPR2A, RUSC2 and WASH1 genes,the localization of the disease can be determined: expression levels of ApoB3G, WASH1 and FOXl1 to identify fetlock, ApoB3G, PPR2A to identify OC-development in the hock and ApoB3G, Dsh1/Dvl1, WASH1, PPP2R1A and Mark2 geneto identify OC-development in the stifle. However at this moment, the rt-PCR analysis of the identified genes as biomarkers gives only diagnostic information. For the future, the profile of expression of these genes could give also some predictive information on the evolution of the disease such as remission or permanent OC-lesions. [less ▲]

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See detailBlock, random and palm-tree amphiphilic fluorinated copolymers: controlled synthesis, surface activity and use as dispersion polymerization stabilizers
Alaimo, David ULg; Beigbeder, Alexandre; Dubois, Philippe et al

in Polymer Chemistry (2014), 5(18), 5273-5282

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See detailThermo-responsive gold/poly(vinyl alcohol)-b-poly(N-vinylcaprolactam) core–corona nanoparticles as a drug delivery system
Liu, Ji ULg; Detrembleur, Christophe ULg; Hurtgen, Marie et al

in Polymer Chemistry (2014), 5(18), 5289-5299

Core–corona gold/poly(vinyl alcohol)-b-poly(N-vinylcaprolactam) nanoparticles (gold@PVOH-b-PNVCL NPs) were fabricated via an in situ method, where a gold salt was reduced within the macromolecular aqueous ... [more ▼]

Core–corona gold/poly(vinyl alcohol)-b-poly(N-vinylcaprolactam) nanoparticles (gold@PVOH-b-PNVCL NPs) were fabricated via an in situ method, where a gold salt was reduced within the macromolecular aqueous solution. Arrangement of macromolecular chains on the surface of gold cores was studied by transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and infrared spectroscopy. The responsiveness to temperature and the preserved colloidal stability of the gold@PVOH-b-PNVCL NPs above the lower critical solution temperature (LCST) were confirmed by dynamic light scattering and turbidity measurements. The drug loading capacity (DLC of ca. 1.3–2.8 wt%) of the gold@PVOH-b-PNVCL NPs as a drug delivery system (DDS) was tested with Nadolol®, a hydrophilic drug, and the release behaviours were studied at several temperatures. PVOH-b-PNVCL copolymers with an LCST of a few degrees above the biological temperature (37 °C), for example, PVOH180-b-PNVCL110 (LCST of 41 °C), are preferential, due to the slower release at 37 °C, but a faster release at temperatures that are a few degrees higher. The cytocompatibility of the gold@PVOH-b-PNVCL NPs against mouse fibroblastic L929 cells was evaluated via the MTS assay. Cellular uptake within MEL-5 human melanoma cells was studied by confocal laser scanning microscopy, fluorescence-activated cell sorting and TEM techniques and it showed that gold@PVOH-b-PNVCL NPs preferably accumulated within the cellular cytoplasm, with an incubation concentration and period-dependent uptake process. All these results corroborated a general utility of these thermo-responsive gold@PVOH-b-PNVCL NPs for drug delivery and controlled drug release. [less ▲]

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See detailChemical Mass Balance model applied to an olfactory annoyance problematic
Clarke, Kevin; Redon, Nathalie; Romain, Anne-Claude ULg et al

in Environmental Science & Technology (2014), Just accepted manuscript(web),

The source-receptor model CMB (Chemical Mass Balance) generally used for air pollution studies is applied for the first time to solve odour signatures issues. The olfactory annoyance perceived at a ... [more ▼]

The source-receptor model CMB (Chemical Mass Balance) generally used for air pollution studies is applied for the first time to solve odour signatures issues. The olfactory annoyance perceived at a receptor site of an industrial area is often the result of a combination of different smells, emitted by several industrial sources. To identify the main responsible for the inconvenience, tools able to determine the contribution of each source directly where the annoyance is perceived are widely developed and deployed. In this work, the contributions of VOC sources, coming from a waste treatment plant containing 3 potential sources of olfactory annoyance (waste storage, production of biogas, and compost piles of green wastes), and perceived at a village located downwind, are studied by chemical analyses. The CMB methodology is applied and the results are finally compared to olfactometric methods, in order to validate whether it is appropriate to use this model for olfactory problems or not. [less ▲]

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See detailMulti-Chromatic Analysis of SAR Images for Coherent Target Detection
Bovenga, Fabio; Barbier, Christian ULg; De Rauw, Dominique ULg et al

in Remote Sensing (2014), 6

This work investigates the possibility of performing target analysis through the Multi-Chromatic Analysis (MCA), a technique that basically explores the information content of sub-band images obtained by ... [more ▼]

This work investigates the possibility of performing target analysis through the Multi-Chromatic Analysis (MCA), a technique that basically explores the information content of sub-band images obtained by processing portions of the range spectrum of a synthetic aperture radar (SAR) image. According to the behavior of the SAR signal at the different sub-bands, MCA allows target classification. Two strategies have been experimented by processing TerraSAR-X images acquired over the Venice Lagoon, Italy: one exploiting the phase of interferometric sub-band pairs, the other using the spectral coherence derived by computing the coherence between sub-band images of a single SAR acquisition. The first approach introduces the concept of frequency-persistent scatterers (FPS), which is complementary to that of the time-persistent scatterers (PS). FPS and PS populations have been derived and analyzed to evaluate the respective characteristics and the physical nature of the targets. Spectral coherence analysis has been applied to vessel detection, according to the property that, in presence of a random distribution of surface scatterers, as for open sea surfaces, spectral coherence is expected to be proportional to sub-band intersection, while in presence of manmade structures it is preserved anyhow. First results show that spectral coherence is well preserved even for very small vessels, and can be used as a complementary information channel to constrain vessel detection in addition to classical Constant False Alarm Rate techniques based on the sole intensity channel. [less ▲]

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See detailanxiety at the first radiotherapy session for non-metastatic brest cancer: key communication and communication-related predictors
Lewis, Florence; Merckaert, Isabelle; Liénard, Aurore et al

in Radiotherapy & Oncology (2014)

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

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

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See detailInvestigating apical adverse effects of four endocrine active substances in the freshwater gastropod Lymnaea stagnalis
Giusti, Arnaud ULg; Lagadic, Laurent; Barsi, Alpar et al

in Science of the Total Environment (2014), 493

The hermaphroditic gastropod Lymnaea stagnalis is proposed as a candidate species for the development of OECD guidelines for testing of the reprotoxicity of chemicals, including endocrine active ... [more ▼]

The hermaphroditic gastropod Lymnaea stagnalis is proposed as a candidate species for the development of OECD guidelines for testing of the reprotoxicity of chemicals, including endocrine active substances (EASs). Up to now, only a few putative EASs have been tested for their reproductive toxicity in this species. In this study, we investigate the effects of four EASs with different affinities to the vertebrate estrogen and androgen receptors (chlordecone as an estrogen; cyproterone acetate, fenitrothion and vinclozolin as anti-androgens) on the reproduction of L. stagnalis in a 21-day semi-static test. Testosterone and 17α-ethinylestradiol (EE2) were used as the reference compounds. The tested EASs had no significant effect on growth and survival at the tested concentration ranges (ng to μg/L). Classical reproduction endpoints (i.e., oviposition and fecundity) were not responsive to the tested chemicals, except for chlordecone and 17α-ethinylestradiol, which hampered reproduction from 19.6 μg/L and 17.6 μg/L, respectively. The frequency of polyembryonic eggs, used as an additional endpoint, demonstrated the effects of all compounds except EE2. The molecular pathways, which are involved in such reproduction impairments, remain unknown. Our results suggest that egg quality is a more sensitive endpoint as compared to other reproductive endpoints commonly assessed in mollusk toxicity tests. [less ▲]

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See detailMultiqubit symmetric states with maximally mixed one-qubit reductions
Baguette, Dorian ULg; Bastin, Thierry ULg; Martin, John ULg

in Physical Review. A (2014), 90

We present a comprehensive study of maximally entangled symmetric states of arbitrary numbers of qubits in the sense of the maximal mixedness of the one-qubit reduced density operator. A general criterion ... [more ▼]

We present a comprehensive study of maximally entangled symmetric states of arbitrary numbers of qubits in the sense of the maximal mixedness of the one-qubit reduced density operator. A general criterion is provided to easily identify whether given symmetric states are maximally entangled in that respect or not. We show that these maximally entangled symmetric (MES) states are the only symmetric states for which the expectation value of the associated collective spin of the system vanishes, as well as in corollary the dipole moment of the Husimi function. We establish the link between this kind of maximal entanglement, the anticoherence properties of spin states, and the degree of polarization of light fields. We analyze the relationship between the MES states and the classes of states equivalent through stochastic local operations with classical communication (SLOCC). We provide a nonexistence criterion of MES states within SLOCC classes of qubit states and show in particular that the symmetric Dicke state SLOCC classes never contain such MES states, with the only exception of the balanced Dicke state class for even numbers of qubits. The 4-qubit system is analyzed exhaustively and all MES states of this system are identified and characterized. Finally the entanglement content of MES states is analyzed with respect to the geometric and barycentric measures of entanglement, as well as to the generalized N-tangle. We show that the geometric entanglement of MES states is ensured to be larger than or equal to 1/2, but also that MES states are not in general the symmetric states that maximize the investigated entanglement measures. [less ▲]

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See detailFundamental Limitations of High Contrast Imaging Set by Small Sample Statistics
Mawet, D.; Milli, J.; Wahhaj, Z. et al

in Astrophysical Journal (2014), 792

In this paper, we review the impact of small sample statistics on detection thresholds and corresponding confidence levels (CLs) in high-contrast imaging at small angles. When looking close to the star ... [more ▼]

In this paper, we review the impact of small sample statistics on detection thresholds and corresponding confidence levels (CLs) in high-contrast imaging at small angles. When looking close to the star, the number of resolution elements decreases rapidly toward small angles. This reduction of the number of degrees of freedom dramatically affects CLs and false alarm probabilities. Naively using the same ideal hypothesis and methods as for larger separations, which are well understood and commonly assume Gaussian noise, can yield up to one order of magnitude error in contrast estimations at fixed CL. The statistical penalty exponentially increases toward very small inner working angles. Even at 5-10 resolution elements from the star, false alarm probabilities can be significantly higher than expected. Here we present a rigorous statistical analysis that ensures robustness of the CL, but also imposes a substantial limitation on corresponding achievable detection limits (thus contrast) at small angles. This unavoidable fundamental statistical effect has a significant impact on current coronagraphic and future high-contrast imagers. Finally, the paper concludes with practical recommendations to account for small number statistics when computing the sensitivity to companions at small angles and when exploiting the results of direct imaging planet surveys. [less ▲]

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See detailAssessing the operation rules of a reservoir system based on a detailed modelling-chain
Bruwier, Martin ULg; Erpicum, Sébastien ULg; Pirotton, Michel ULg et al

in Natural Hazards & Earth System Sciences Discussion (2014), 2

According to available climate change scenarios for Belgium, drier summers and wetter winters are expected. In this study, we focus on two muti-purpose reservoirs located in the Vesdre catchment, which is ... [more ▼]

According to available climate change scenarios for Belgium, drier summers and wetter winters are expected. In this study, we focus on two muti-purpose reservoirs located in the Vesdre catchment, which is part of the Meuse basin. The current operation rules of the reservoirs are first analysed. Next, the impacts of two climate change scenarios are assessed and enhanced operation rules are proposed to mitigate these impacts. For this purpose, an integrated model of the catchment was used. It includes a hydrological model, one-dimensional and two-dimensional hydraulic models of the river and its main tributaries, a model of the reservoir system and a flood damage model. Five performance indicators of the reservoir system have been defined, reflecting its ability to provide sufficient drinking, to control floods, to produce hydropower and to reduce low-flow condition. As shown by the results, enhanced operation rules may improve the drinking water potential and the low-flow augmentation while the existing operation rules are efficient for flood control and for hydropower production. [less ▲]

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See detailGuidance on current good radiopharmacy practice for the small-scale preparation of radiopharmaceuticals using automated modules: a European perspective
Aerts, Joël ULg; Ballinger, james; Behe, Martin et al

in Journal of Labelled Compounds & Radiopharmaceuticals (2014), 57

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See detailThe PLATO 2.0 Mission
Rauer, H.; Catala, C.; Aerts, C. et al

in Experimental Astronomy (2014)

PLATO 2.0 has recently been selected for ESA’s M3 launch opportunity (2022/24). Providing accurate key planet parameters (radius, mass, density and age) in statistical numbers, it addresses fundamental ... [more ▼]

PLATO 2.0 has recently been selected for ESA’s M3 launch opportunity (2022/24). Providing accurate key planet parameters (radius, mass, density and age) in statistical numbers, it addresses fundamental questions such as: How do planetary systems form and evolve? Are there other systems with planets like ours, including potentially habitable planets? The PLATO 2.0 instrument consists of 34 small aperture telescopes (32 with 25 s readout cadence and 2 with 2.5 s candence) providing a wide field-of-view (2232 deg 2) and a large photometric magnitude range (4–16 mag). It focusses on bright (4–11 mag) stars in wide fields to detect and characterize planets down to Earth-size by photometric transits, whose masses can then be determined by ground-based radial-velocity follow-up measurements. Asteroseismology will be performed for these bright stars to obtain highly accurate stellar parameters, including masses and ages. The combination of bright targets and asteroseismology results in high accuracy for the bulk planet parameters: 2 %, 4–10 % and 10 % for planet radii, masses and ages, respectively. The planned baseline observing strategy includes two long pointings (2–3 years) to detect and bulk characterize planets reaching into the habitable zone (HZ) of solar-like stars and an additional step-and-stare phase to cover in total about 50 % of the sky. PLATO 2.0 will observe up to 1,000,000 stars and detect and characterize hundreds of small planets, and thousands of planets in the Neptune to gas giant regime out to the HZ. It will therefore provide the first large-scale catalogue of bulk characterized planets with accurate radii, masses, mean densities and ages. This catalogue will include terrestrial planets at intermediate orbital distances, where surface temperatures are moderate. Coverage of this parameter range with statistical numbers of bulk characterized planets is unique to PLATO 2.0. The PLATO 2.0 catalogue allows us to e.g.: - complete our knowledge of planet diversity for low-mass objects, - correlate the planet mean density-orbital distance distribution with predictions from planet formation theories,- constrain the influence of planet migration and scattering on the architecture of multiple systems, and - specify how planet and system parameters change with host star characteristics, such as type, metallicity and age. The catalogue will allow us to study planets and planetary systems at different evolutionary phases. It will further provide a census for small, low-mass planets. This will serve to identify objects which retained their primordial hydrogen atmosphere and in general the typical characteristics of planets in such low-mass, low-density range. Planets detected by PLATO 2.0 will orbit bright stars and many of them will be targets for future atmosphere spectroscopy exploring their atmosphere. Furthermore, the mission has the potential to detect exomoons, planetary rings, binary and Trojan planets. The planetary science possible with PLATO 2.0 is complemented by its impact on stellar and galactic science via asteroseismology as well as light curves of all kinds of variable stars, together with observations of stellar clusters of different ages. This will allow us to improve stellar models and study stellar activity. A large number of well-known ages from red giant stars will probe the structure and evolution of our Galaxy. Asteroseismic ages of bright stars for different phases of stellar evolution allow calibrating stellar age-rotation relationships. Together with the results of ESA’s Gaia mission, the results of PLATO 2.0 will provide a huge legacy to planetary, stellar and galactic science. [less ▲]

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See detailHow (not) to perform ecosystem service valuation - Pricing Gorillas in the Mist -
Boeraeve, Fanny ULg; Dendoncker, Nicolas; Jacobs, Sander et al

in Biodiversity and Conservation (2014)

Monetary valuation of ecosystem services (ES) is gaining growing interest in scientific papers, policies and awareness-raising documents for its potential as a communication tool illustrating the societal ... [more ▼]

Monetary valuation of ecosystem services (ES) is gaining growing interest in scientific papers, policies and awareness-raising documents for its potential as a communication tool illustrating the societal importance of biodiversity. However, simultaneously, its limitations are increasingly discussed in the literature. In this paper we argue that monetary valuation of ES should be seen as representing only one component of ES valuations. We provide basic standards to ensure integrated approaches to ES valuation that can effectively contribute to preserving cultural and biological diversity by acknowledging boundaries to resource exploitation and by building on the various interests and socio-cultural values of involved stakeholders. We base our discussion on a recent study that assesses the economic value of the world-famous Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo, home to some of the last mountain gorillas (Gorilla beringei beringei). We alert against some ES monetary valuation that narrowly frames biodiversity conservation in terms of economic calculus and argue that subjugating conservation efforts to profit logics downplays the importance of intrinsic, symbolic and other non-economic values of biodiversity. We conclude by providing principles and methodological guidelines to enhance ES valuation as a tool to promote awareness rising for biodiversity conservation through the understanding the overall importance of biodiversity for human societies. [less ▲]

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See detailPhase resolved X-ray spectroscopy of HDE 228766: Probing the wind of an extreme Of+/WNLha star (Corrigendum)
Rauw, Grégor ULg; Mahy, Laurent; Nazé, Yaël ULg et al

in Astronomy and Astrophysics (2014), 569

Based on observations collected with XMM-Newton, an ESA science mission with instruments and contributions directly funded by ESA member states and the USA (NASA), and on data collected at the San Pedro ... [more ▼]

Based on observations collected with XMM-Newton, an ESA science mission with instruments and contributions directly funded by ESA member states and the USA (NASA), and on data collected at the San Pedro Mártir observatory (Mexico). Corrigendum [less ▲]

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See detailDiscovery of a Companion Candidate in the HD 169142 Transition Disk and the Possibility of Multiple Planet Formation
Reggiani, Maddalena; Quanz, Sascha P.; Meyer, Michael R. et al

in Astrophysical Journal Letters (2014), 792

We present L'- and J-band high-contrast observations of HD 169142, obtained with the Very Large Telescope/NACO AGPM vector vortex coronagraph and the Gemini Planet Imager, respectively. A source located ... [more ▼]

We present L'- and J-band high-contrast observations of HD 169142, obtained with the Very Large Telescope/NACO AGPM vector vortex coronagraph and the Gemini Planet Imager, respectively. A source located at 0.''156 ± 0.''032 north of the host star (P.A. = 7.4° ± 11.3°) appears in the final reduced L' image. At the distance of the star (~145 pc), this angular separation corresponds to a physical separation of 22.7 ± 4.7 AU, locating the source within the recently resolved inner cavity of the transition disk. The source has a brightness of L' = 12.2 ± 0.5 mag, whereas it is not detected in the J band (J >13.8 mag). If its L' brightness arose solely from the photosphere of a companion and given the J - L' color constraints, it would correspond to a 28-32 MJup object at the age of the star, according to the COND models. Ongoing accretion activity of the star suggests, however, that gas is left in the inner disk cavity from which the companion could also be accreting. In this case, the object could be lower in mass and its luminosity enhanced by the accretion process and by a circumplanetary disk. A lower-mass object is more consistent with the observed cavity width. Finally, the observations enable us to place an upper limit on the L'-band flux of a second companion candidate orbiting in the disk annular gap at ~50 AU, as suggested by millimeter observations. If the second companion is also confirmed, HD 169142 might be forming a planetary system, with at least two companions opening gaps and possibly interacting with each other. [less ▲]

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See detailModulated X-ray emission of the magnetic O8.5V-star Tr16-22
Nazé, Yaël ULg; Wade, Gregg A.; Petit, Véronique

in Astronomy and Astrophysics (2014), 569

Using an extensive X-ray dataset, we analyzed the X-ray emission of the massive O-star Tr16-22, which was recently found to be magnetic. Its bright X-ray emission is found to be modulated with a ~54 d ... [more ▼]

Using an extensive X-ray dataset, we analyzed the X-ray emission of the massive O-star Tr16-22, which was recently found to be magnetic. Its bright X-ray emission is found to be modulated with a ~54 d period. This timescale should represent the rotational timescale of the star, as it does for other magnetic massive stars. In parallel, new spectropolarimetric data confirm the published magnetic detection. Based on observations collected with the ESA science mission XMM-Newton, Chandra, and ESO-FORS2 instrument.Tables 1-3 are available in electronic form at <A href="http://www.aanda.org/10.1051/0004-6361/201424416/olm">http://www.aanda.org</A> [less ▲]

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See detailThe B Fields in OB Stars (BOB) Survey
Morel, Thierry ULg; Castro, N.; Fossati, L. et al

in The Messenger (2014), 157

The B fields in OB stars (BOB) survey is an ESO Large Programme collecting spectropolarimetric observations for a large number of early-type stars in order to study the occurrence rate, properties, and ... [more ▼]

The B fields in OB stars (BOB) survey is an ESO Large Programme collecting spectropolarimetric observations for a large number of early-type stars in order to study the occurrence rate, properties, and ultimately the origin of magnetic fields in massive stars. A total of 98 objects was observed over 20 nights with FORS2 and HARPSpol to July 2014. Preliminary results indicate that the fraction of magnetic OB stars with an organised, detectable field is low. This conclusion, now independently reached by two different surveys, has profound implications for any theoretical model attempting to explain the field formation in these stars. We also discuss some important issues addressed by our observations (e.g., the lower bound of the field strength) and the discovery of some remarkable objects. [less ▲]

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See detailPlanets and Stellar Activity: Hide and Seek in the CoRoT-7 system
Haywood, R. D.; Cameron, A. C.; Queloz, D. et al

in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society (2014), 443(3), 2517-2531

Since the discovery of the transiting Super-Earth CoRoT-7b, several investigations have been made of the number and precise masses of planets present in the system, but they all yield different results ... [more ▼]

Since the discovery of the transiting Super-Earth CoRoT-7b, several investigations have been made of the number and precise masses of planets present in the system, but they all yield different results, owing to the star's high level of activity. Radial velocity (RV) variations induced by stellar activity therefore need to be modelled and removed to allow a reliable detection of all planets in the system. We re-observed CoRoT-7 in January 2012 with both HARPS and the CoRoT satellite, so that we now have the benefit of simultaneous RV and photometric data. We fitted the off-transit variations in the CoRoT lightcurve using a harmonic decomposition similar to that implemented in Queloz et al. (2009). This fit was then used to model the stellar RV contribution, according to the methods described by Aigrain et al. (2011). This model was incorporated into a Monte Carlo Markov Chain in order to make a precise determination of the orbits of CoRoT-7b and CoRoT-7c. We also assess the evidence for the presence of one or two additional planetary companions. [less ▲]

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See detailImmunovirologic Evaluation of Triomune (Lamivudine, Stavudine and Nevirapine) Antiretroviral Therapy in First Line HIV-1 Adult Patients in N’Djamena, Chad
Adawaye, Chatté Idekhim ULg

in Immunovirologic Evaluation of Triomune (Lamivudine, Stavudine and Nevirapine) Antiretroviral Therapy in First Line HIV-1 Adult Patients in N’Djamena, Chad (2014), 4

Dans cet article, nous avons évalué les taux des lymphocytes TCD4 et les charges virales chez des patients Vivant avec le VIH sous Triomune, à N'Djaména au Tchad. Cette évaluation a lieu au J0 avant le ... [more ▼]

Dans cet article, nous avons évalué les taux des lymphocytes TCD4 et les charges virales chez des patients Vivant avec le VIH sous Triomune, à N'Djaména au Tchad. Cette évaluation a lieu au J0 avant le traitement et après huit (8) mois de traitement. Nous avons remarqué que le taux d'échec à la Triomune était de 43,75% (21/48). [less ▲]

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See detailElastic damage to crack transition in a coupled non-local implicit discontinuous Galerkin/extrinsic cohesive law framework
Wu, Ling ULg; Becker, Gauthier ULg; Noels, Ludovic ULg

in Computer Methods in Applied Mechanics & Engineering (2014), 279

One current challenge related to computational fracture mechanics is the modeling of ductile fracture and in particular the damage to crack transition. On the one hand, continuum damage models, especially ... [more ▼]

One current challenge related to computational fracture mechanics is the modeling of ductile fracture and in particular the damage to crack transition. On the one hand, continuum damage models, especially in their non-local formulation which avoids the loss of solution uniqueness, can capture the material degradation process up to the localization of the damage, but are unable to represent a discontinuity in the structure. On the other hand cohesive zone methods can represent the process zone at the crack tip governing the crack propagation, but cannot account for the diffuse material damaging process. In this paper we propose to combine, in a small deformations setting, a non-local elastic damage model with a cohesive zone model. This combination is formulated within a discontinuous Galerkin nite element discretization. Indeed this DG weak formulation can easily be developed in a non-local implicit form and naturally embeds interface elements that can be used to integrate the traction separation law of the cohesive zone model. The method remains thus consistent and computationally e cient as compared to other cohesive element approaches. The effects of the damage to crack transition and of the mesh discretization are respectively studied on the compact tension specimen and on the double-notched specimen, demonstrating the efficiency and accuracy of the method. [less ▲]

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See detail2014 ESC/ESA Guidelines on Non-cardiac Surgery: Cardiovascular Assessment and Management.
Kristensen, Steen Dalby; Knuuti, Juhani; Saraste, Antti et al

in European Heart Journal (2014), 35(35), 2383-431

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See detailMode of Action of Lactoperoxidase as Related to Its Antimicrobial Activity: A Review
Bafort, Françoise ULg; Parisi, Olivier ULg; Perraudin, Jean-Paul et al

in Enzyme Research (2014), 2014

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See detailInterview STARS OF HEAVEN
Sacré, Robert ULg

in ABS Magazine (2014), (n° 43),

Interview avec photos

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See detailComentário sobre o artigo de Pizzanelli
Jamoulle, Marc ULg

in Revista Brasileira de Medicina de Família e Comunidade (2014), 9(31),

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See detailThe puzzling new class of variable stars in NGC 3766 : old friend pulsators?
Salmon, Sébastien ULg; Montalban Iglesias, Josefa ULg; Reese, Daniel et al

in Astronomy and Astrophysics (2014), 569

The recent variability survey of the NGC 3766 cluster revealed a considerable number of periodic variable stars in a region of the H-R diagram where no pulsation is expected. This region lies between the ... [more ▼]

The recent variability survey of the NGC 3766 cluster revealed a considerable number of periodic variable stars in a region of the H-R diagram where no pulsation is expected. This region lies between the instability strips of the delta Scuti and SPB stars. Moreover the periods of the new phenomenon, P~0.1-0.7 d, do not allow to associate it a priori to either of these two types of pulsations. Stars in the NGC 3766 cluster are known as fast rotators with rotational velocities typically larger than half of their critical velocity. Rotation can affect both the geometrical properties and period domain of pulsations. It also alters the apparent stellar luminosity through gravity darkening, effect seldom taken considered in theoretical studies of the rotation-pulsation interaction. We explore if both of these effects are able to deliver a consistent interpretation for the observed properties of the "new variables" in NGC 3766: explaining their presence outside the known instability strips and their variability periods. We carry out an instability analysis of SPB models within the framework of the Traditional Approximation of Rotation and study the visibility of modes according to the angle of view and rotation. We also check how gravity darkening affects the effective temperature and luminosity of stellar models for different angles of view and rotation velocities. At the red (cold) border of the instability strip, prograde sectoral modes are preferentially excited and their visibilities are maximum when seen equator-on. Furthermore low-mass SPB models seen equator-on can appear in the gap between non-rotating SPB and delta Scuti stars due to gravity darkening. In that case, periods of these most visible modes are shifted to the 0.2-0.5 d range due to the effects of the Coriolis force. We hence suggest that the new variable stars observed in NGC 3766 are actually fast rotating SPB pulsators. [less ▲]

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See detailMémoire épisodique dans la maladie d’Alzheimer : Déclin de la remémoration consciente et de la familiarité ?
Simon, Jessica ULg; Bastin, Christine ULg

in Medecine Sciences : M/S (2014), 30

According to the dual-process recognition models, the retrieval of information from long-term memory is supported by recollection and familiarity. Alzheimer’s disease is consistently found to affect ... [more ▼]

According to the dual-process recognition models, the retrieval of information from long-term memory is supported by recollection and familiarity. Alzheimer’s disease is consistently found to affect recollection. As for familiarity, however, no consensus has been reached so far. Some studies are in favor of an early impairment of familiarity, while others are in favor of a preservation of familiarity in the mild and moderate stages of the disease. This lack of consensus can be partly explained by methodological differences between studies. We discuss three methodological dimensions: the type of recognition test, the type of paradigm for estimating familiarity and recollection, and the nature of the material used. These differences reveal the complex nature of familiarity which would be underlied by different mechanisms that may be selectively altered or preserved in the disease. [less ▲]

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See detailSynthesis, Surface characterization and photocatalytic activity of TiO2 supported on almond shell activated carbon
Omri, Abdessalem; Lambert, Stéphanie ULg; Geens, Jérémy ULg et al

in Journal of Materials Science & Technology (2014), 30(9), 894-902

Three types of photocatalysts were synthesized by metal organic chemical vapor deposition and impregnation methods using the almond shell activated carbon as support. These photocatalysts denoted by (TiO2 ... [more ▼]

Three types of photocatalysts were synthesized by metal organic chemical vapor deposition and impregnation methods using the almond shell activated carbon as support. These photocatalysts denoted by (TiO2/ASAC (V), TiO2/ASAC (I1) and TiO2/ASAC (I2)) were characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (DRS) and nitrogen adsorptionedesorption isotherms. SEM observation shows that TiO2 was deposited on activated carbon surface. XRD results confirm that TiO2 existed in a mixture of anatase and rutile phases. The DRS spectra show the characteristic absorption edge of TiO2 at approximate 380 nm corresponding to the optical band gap of 3.26 eV. Besides, FTIR spectrum indicated the presence of (TieO) groups. The specific surface area of photocatalysts decreased drastically in comparison with the original activated carbon. The catalysts were very efficient for the photodegradation of total organic carbon (TOC) from industrial phosphoric acid solution under UV irradiation. The kinetics of photocatalytic TOC degradation was found to follow a pseudofirst- order model. The prepared TiO2/ASAC showed high photoactivity for the photodegradation of TOC in the following order: TiO2/ASAC (V) > TiO2/ASAC (I1) > TiO2/ASAC (I2) > ASAC > TiO2 (P25). [less ▲]

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See detailMultilocus sequence typing analysis and antibiotic resistance of Clostridium difficile strains isolated from retail meat and humans in Belgium
Rodriguez Diaz, Cristina ULg; Taminiau, Bernard ULg; Avesani, Véronique et al

in Food Microbiology (2014), 42

Clostridium difficile has been isolated from food animals and meat, specially ground pork and ground beef. The recovered isolates were closely related to C. difficile human strains, indicating that ... [more ▼]

Clostridium difficile has been isolated from food animals and meat, specially ground pork and ground beef. The recovered isolates were closely related to C. difficile human strains, indicating that animals and food are possible transmission routes of human C. difficile infection. The main objective of this study was to characterize C. difficile isolates from retail meat and to compare with human isolates recovered from hospital patients in Belgium. Raw meat (beef and pork) was obtained from the retail trade. C. difficile was recovered from 2.3% of the beef samples and from 4.7% of the pork samples. A total of 4 different PCR-ribotypes were identified with a large percentage of types 078 and 014. Resistance to moxifloxacin and erythromycin was detected. The multi-locus sequence typing (MLST) analysis showed that meat and human isolates cluster in the same lineage. This study reveals the presence of toxigenic C. difficile in retail meat in Belgium with predominance PCR-ribotypes 078 and 014, which are among the four most prevalent ribotypes of C. difficile isolated from humans in Europe. [less ▲]

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See detailPolymer topology revealed by ion mobility coupled with mass spectrometry
Morsa, Denis ULg; Defize, Thomas ULg; Dehareng, Dominique ULg et al

in Analytical Chemistry (2014), 86(19), 96939700

Hyperbranched and star shaped polymers have raised tremendous interests because of their unusual structural and photochemical properties which provide them potent applications in various domains, namely ... [more ▼]

Hyperbranched and star shaped polymers have raised tremendous interests because of their unusual structural and photochemical properties which provide them potent applications in various domains, namely in the biomedical field. In this context, the development of adequate tools aiming to probe particular three-dimensional features of such polymers is of crucial importance. In this present work, ion mobility coupled with mass spectrometry was used to experimentally derive structural information related to cationized linear and star-shaped poly-ε-caprolactones as a function of their charge state and chain length. Two major conformations were observed and identified using theoretical modeling: (1) near spherical conformations whose size is invariant with the polymer topology for long and lightly charged chains and (2) elongated conformations whose size varies with the polymer topology for short and highly charged chains. These conformations were further confirmed by collisional activation experiments based on the ejection thresholds of the coordinated cations that vary according to the elongation amplitude of the polymer chains. Finally, a comparison between solution and gas-phase conformations highlights a compaction of the structure with a loss of specific chain arrangements during the ionization and desolvation steps of the electrospray process, fueling the long-time debated question related to the preservation of the analyte structure during the transfer into the mass spectrometer. [less ▲]

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See detailSTARS of HEAVEN - interview ( Chicago, Juin 2014)
Sacré, Robert ULg

in ABS Magazine (2014), (n° 43), 28-32

Interview des membres des Stars of Heaven ; photos

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See detailApproche prothétique rationnelle et conservatrice d'usure dentaire avancée
Vanheusden, Alain ULg

in Revue d'Odonto-Stomatologie [=ROS] (2014), 43(3), 251-268

For several years, the number of young adults consulting for tooth tissue loss of non carious origin has been significantly increasing. However, many practitioners are still reluctant to treat these ... [more ▼]

For several years, the number of young adults consulting for tooth tissue loss of non carious origin has been significantly increasing. However, many practitioners are still reluctant to treat these lesions, especially when they are severe. Nevertheless, thanks to the constant improvement of the protocols of enamel and dentin bonding and a greater expertise in the field of prosthetic biomaterials, some rational, reliable and minimally invasive therapeutic approaches can often be proposed. The purpose of this article is to describe, stage by stage, a protocol of treatment based on bonded partial prosthetic restorations, both on anterior and posterior teeth. [less ▲]

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See detailOù il est question de se faire une idée juste de la réalité... (partie 1)
Bruyère, Olivier ULg

in Medi-Sphere (2014), 454

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See detailBiointerface multiparametric investigation of intraocular lens acrylic materials
Bertrand, Virginie ULg; Bozukova, Dimitriya; Svaldo Lanero, Tiziana et al

in Journal of Cataract & Refractive Surgery (2014), 40(9), 1536-1544

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See detailComment je traite ... Le choix entre un sulfamide hypoglycémiant et une gliptine pour traiter le diabète de type 2
SCHEEN, André ULg

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2014), 69(9), 476-484

The pharmacological therapy of hyperglycaemia in type 2 diabetes becomes increasingly complex. After failure of metformin monotherapy, several choices are possible. In clinical practice, the most common ... [more ▼]

The pharmacological therapy of hyperglycaemia in type 2 diabetes becomes increasingly complex. After failure of metformin monotherapy, several choices are possible. In clinical practice, the most common dilemma is to choose between adding a sulphonylurea or adding a dipeptidyl peptidase-4 inhibitor (gliptin). This review analyses the arguments in favour of one or the other pharmacological option, based upon criteria of efficacy, tolerance, safety, easiness of use, use in at risk populations and, last but not least, cost of therapy. In general, a patient-centered approach is recommended with an individualization of the therapy in function of the characteristics of each patient with the aim to obtain the best benefits/risks ratio, at an affordable cost. [less ▲]

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See detailLocal Stakeholders’ Perceptions About the Introduction of Performance-Based Financing in Benin: A Case Study in Two Health Districts
Paul, Elisabeth ULg; Sossouhounto, Nadine; Eclou, Dieudonné

in International Journal of Health Policy and Management (2014), 3

Background: Performance-Based Financing (PBF) has been advanced as a solution to contribute to improving the performance of health systems in developing countries. This is the case in Benin. This study ... [more ▼]

Background: Performance-Based Financing (PBF) has been advanced as a solution to contribute to improving the performance of health systems in developing countries. This is the case in Benin. This study aims to analyse how two PBF approaches, piloted in Benin, behave during implementation and what effects they produce, through investigating how local stakeholders perceive the introduction of PBF, how they adapt the different approaches during implementation, and the behavioural interactions induced by PBF. Methods: The research rests on a socio-anthropological approach and qualitative methods. The design is a case study in two health districts selected on purpose. The selection of health facilities was also done on purpose, until we reached saturation of information. Information was collected through observation and semi-directive interviews supported by an interview guide. Data was analysed through contents and discourse analysis. Results: The Ministry of Health (MoH) strongly supports PBF, but it is not well integrated with other ongoing reforms and processes. Field actors welcome PBF but still do not have a sense of ownership about it. The two PBF approaches differ notably as for the organs in charge of verification. Performance premiums are granted according to a limited number of quantitative indicators plus an extensive qualitative checklist. PBF matrices and verification missions come in addition to routine monitoring. Local stakeholders accommodate theoretical approaches. Globally, staff is satisfied with PBF and welcomes additional supervision and training. Health providers reckon that PBF forces them to depart from routine, to be more professional and to respect national norms. A major issue is the perceived unfairness in premium distribution. Even if health staff often refer to financial premiums, actually the latter are probably too weak — and ‘blurred’ — to have a lasting inciting effect. It rather seems that PBF motivates health workers through other elements of its ‘package’, especially formative supervisions. Conclusion: If the global picture is quite positive, several issues could jeopardise the success of PBF. It appears crucial to reduce the perceived unfairness in the system, notably through enhancing all facilities’ capacities to ensure they are in line with national norms, as well as to ensure financial and institutional sustainability of the system. [less ▲]

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See detailStand structure and species co-occurence in mixed and monodominant Central African tropical forests
Djuikouo, Marie Noël K.; Peh, Kelvin S.H.; Nguembou et al

in Journal of Tropical Ecology (2014), 30(5), 447-455

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See detailControllable pulse parameter transcranial magnetic stimulator with enhanced circuit topology and pulse shaping
Peterchev, Angel; D'Ostilio, Kevin ULg; Rothwell, John et al

in Journal of Neural Engineering (2014), 11(5),

Abstract. Objective. This work aims at flexible and practical pulse parameter control in transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), which is currently very limited in commercial devices. Approach. We ... [more ▼]

Abstract. Objective. This work aims at flexible and practical pulse parameter control in transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), which is currently very limited in commercial devices. Approach. We present a third generation controllable pulse parameter device (cTMS3) that uses a novel circuit topology with two energy-storage capacitors. It incorporates several implementation and functionality advantages over conventional TMS devices and other devices with advanced pulse shape control. cTMS3 generates lower internal voltage differences and is implemented with transistors with lower voltage rating than prior cTMS devices. Main results. cTMS3 provides more flexible pulse shaping since the circuit topology allows four coil-voltage levels during a pulse, including approximately zero voltage. The nearzero coil voltage enables snubbing of the ringing at the end of the pulse without the need for a separate active snubber circuit. cTMS3 can generate powerful rapid pulse sequences (< 10 ms inter pulse interval) by increasing the width of each subsequent pulse and utilizing the large capacitor energy storage, allowing the implementation of paradigms such as paired-pulse and quadripulse TMS with a single pulse generation circuit. cTMS3 can also generate theta (50 Hz) burst stimulation with predominantly unidirectional electric field pulses. The cTMS3 device functionality and output strength are illustrated with electrical output measurements as well as a study of the effect of pulse width and polarity on the active motor threshold in 10 healthy volunteers. Significance. The cTMS3 features could extend the utility of TMS as a research, diagnostic, and therapeutic tool. [less ▲]

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See detailPhysical Therapists’ Knowledge, Attitudes, and Beliefs about Physical Activity: A Prerequisite to their Role in Physical Activity Promotion?
Mouton, Alexandre ULg; MUGNIER, Benoît ULg; Demoulin, Christophe ULg et al

in Journal of Physical Therapy Education (2014), 28(3), 120-127

Background. The promotion of physical activity (PA) is widely recognized as a major component of the prevention and management of several chronic diseases. As experts in human movement, physical ... [more ▼]

Background. The promotion of physical activity (PA) is widely recognized as a major component of the prevention and management of several chronic diseases. As experts in human movement, physical therapists (PTs) are logical agents for the promotion of PA. Nevertheless, to date only few studies have investigated factors that influence PA promotion. Objectives. This study aimed to analyze the relationships between physical therapist knowledge, attitudes, and beliefs about PA, and their own selfreported PA promotion. Design. A sample of 185 PTs (male = 102) completed a cross-sectional survey through an online questionnaire. It included 25 multiple choice, Likert scale, and open-ended questions related to (1) personal characteristics, (2) knowledge, attitudes, and beliefs about PA, and (3) self-reported PA promotion by PTs. A deductive and inductive content analysis of the openended questions was also performed. Results. The questionnaire revealed that 99% of PTs agreed (n = 30) or completely agreed (n = 154) with the fact that they have to contribute to PA promotion in their patients. Significant correlations were found between physical therapist knowledge of the definition of PA, the benefits of PA, and their self-reported PA promotion (0.251, P < .01 and 0.180, P < .05, respectively). Additional multivariate analysis of the predictors of the self-reported PA promotion exposed significant univariate effects of knowledge, attitudes, and beliefs about PA (P < .01). Conclusion. Although the role of PTs in PA promotion seems evident, this survey underlines important misconceptions about PA within this group of health care professionals. Significant relationships between physical therapist knowledge, attitudes, and beliefs about PA and self reported promotion of PA highlight the need for physical therapist education programs to emphasize teaching the fundamentals of PA. [less ▲]

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See detailTranscranial magnetic stimulation combined with high density EEG in altered states of consciousness
Napolitani, M.; Bodart, Olivier ULg; Canali, P. et al

in Brain injury : [BI] (2014), 28(9), 1180-1189

Background: This review discusses the advantages of transcranial magnetic stimulation combined with high-density electroencephalography (TMS-hdEEG) over other current techniques of brain imaging. Methods ... [more ▼]

Background: This review discusses the advantages of transcranial magnetic stimulation combined with high-density electroencephalography (TMS-hdEEG) over other current techniques of brain imaging. Methods and results: Its application was reviewed, focusing particularly on disorders of consciousness, in the perspective of recent theories of consciousness. Assessment of non-communicative patients with disorders of consciousness remains a clinical challenge and objective measures of the level of consciousness are still needed. Current theories suggest that a key requirement for consciousness is the brain’s capacity to rapidly integrate information across different specialized cortical areas. TMS-EEG allows the stimulation of any given cortical area and the recording of the immediate electrical cortical response. This technique has recently been successfully employed to measure changes in brain complexity under physiological, pharmacological and pathological conditions. Conclusions: This suggests that TMS-EEG is a reliable tool to discriminate between conscious and unconscious patients at the single subject level. Future works are needed to validate and implement this technique as a clinical tool. [less ▲]

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See detailOn the role of pressure in elasto-inertial turbulence
Terrapon, Vincent ULg; Dubief, Yves; Soria, Julio

in Journal of Turbulence (2014), 16(1), 26-43

The dynamics of elasto-inertial turbulence is investigated numerically from the perspective of the coupling between polymer dynamics and flow structures. In particular, direct numerical simulations of ... [more ▼]

The dynamics of elasto-inertial turbulence is investigated numerically from the perspective of the coupling between polymer dynamics and flow structures. In particular, direct numerical simulations of channel flow with Reynolds numbers ranging from 1000 to 6000 are used to study the formation and dynamics of elastic instabilities and their effects on the flow. Based on the splitting of the pressure into inertial and polymeric contributions, it is shown that the polymeric pressure is a non-negligible component of the total pressure fluctuations, although the rapid inertial part dominates. Unlike Newtonian flows, the slow inertial part is almost negligible in elasto-inertial turbulence. Statistics on the different terms of the Reynolds stress transport equation also illustrate the energy transfers between polymers and turbulence and the redistributive role of pressure. Finally, the trains of cylindrical structures around sheets of high polymer extension that are characteristics of elasto-inertial turbulence are shown to be correlated with the polymeric pressure fluctuations. [less ▲]

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See detailMathematical modeling of HIV dynamics after antiretroviral therapy initiation: A clinical research study
Moog, Claude; Rivadeneira, Pablo; Stan, Guy-Bart et al

in AIDS Research and Human Retroviruses (2014), 30(9), 831-834

Immunological failure is identified from the estimation of certain parameters of a mathematical model of the HIV infection dynamics. This identification is supported by clinical research results from an ... [more ▼]

Immunological failure is identified from the estimation of certain parameters of a mathematical model of the HIV infection dynamics. This identification is supported by clinical research results from an original clinical trial. Standard clinical data were collected from infected patients starting Highly Active Anti-Retroviral Therapy (HAART), just after one month following therapy initiation and were used to carry out the model identification. The early diagnosis is shown to be consistent with the patients monitoring after six months. [less ▲]

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See detailLa stratégie chinoise en Amérique latine : entre coopération et hégémonie. Le cas du Brésil
Wintgens, Sophie ULg

in Revue de la Faculté de Droit de l'Université de Liège (2014), 59(2), 301-336

Cet article part du constat que la Chine a fortement accru sa présence en Amérique latine durant la dernière décennie. Il observe plus précisément que les pays avec lesquels elle a rapidement augmenté ses ... [more ▼]

Cet article part du constat que la Chine a fortement accru sa présence en Amérique latine durant la dernière décennie. Il observe plus précisément que les pays avec lesquels elle a rapidement augmenté ses échanges économiques et commerciaux se sont également engagés dans de nouveaux schémas de coopération et partenariat, posant la question de la Chine comme potentielle « alternative » aux partenaires occidentaux traditionnels de ce sous-continent. Là où nombre d’études s’interrogent sur l’impact des relations sino-latino-américaines, celle-ci propose d’analyser la stratégie chinoise envers l’Amérique latine, en s’appuyant sur le cas du partenariat stratégique avec le Brésil. Dans ce cadre, nous postulons que l’accroissement de l’influence de la Chine dans cette région du monde ne dépend pas seulement de la disponibilité de ses ressources (économiques, politiques, culturelles, militaires, etc.), ni de son aptitude à les mobiliser adéquatement, mais qu’elle tient également à la représentation qu’elle véhicule en tant qu’acteur mondial (coopération Sud-Sud) ainsi qu’à sa reconnaissance par les autres acteurs du système international. En ce sens, la puissance de la Chine se mesure également à travers sa capacité à s’affirmer comme une référence pour ses pairs émergents, voire auprès des puissances occidentales. En appréhendant les différentes dimensions de la puissance chinoise à travers ses actions de politique extérieure et les discours afférents, nous mesurerons dès lors la capacité d’influence de la Chine en Amérique latine, et plus précisément vis-à-vis du Brésil, à travers l’écart entre son discours (coopération) et la réalité (hégémonie). [less ▲]

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See detailLes "PAPS "   Un projet visant à augmenter l’activité physique scolaire des enfants dans l’enseignement primaire
Cloes, Stéphanie; Cloes, Marc ULg

in Science & Sports (2014), 29(Hors-série 1), 53

Starting from Brain Breaks (HopSports) and during a teaching internship activity, the first author implemented one project of movement breaks (PAPS) in a class of 1st grade (6-7 year-old), a class of 5th ... [more ▼]

Starting from Brain Breaks (HopSports) and during a teaching internship activity, the first author implemented one project of movement breaks (PAPS) in a class of 1st grade (6-7 year-old), a class of 5th grade (10-11 year-old) and one of special education (11-15 year-old). PAPS have been proposed one to two times per day pendant periods of 2 to 4 weeks. Pupils' involvement, positive effects informally observed on academic learning and the wish of the pupils to continue the experience would support the interest of the movement breaks. [less ▲]

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See detailA Geometrical Acoustics Approach Linking Surface Scattering and Reverberation in Room Acoustics
Embrechts, Jean-Jacques ULg

in Acta Acustica United with Acustica (2014), 100(5), 864-879

A general model of the influence of surface scattering on the reverberation time would have several applications in room acoustics. Such a model is not yet available, and it is the purpose of this paper ... [more ▼]

A general model of the influence of surface scattering on the reverberation time would have several applications in room acoustics. Such a model is not yet available, and it is the purpose of this paper to investigate a geometrical acoustics approach. Starting from the radiative transfer equation, an exponential solution is first developed for the reverberation energy decay in rooms with diffusely reflecting boundaries. Differences with the diffuse sound field (Sabine) theory are highlighted, leading to a modified formula for the reverberation time which is shown to be more in accordance with ray tracing simulations. A general model is then proposed for rooms in which specular and diffuse reflections coexist. This general model is applied in rooms where the specular contribution can be assumed to be quasi-isotropic and uniform. Under this assumption, the reverberation decay is represented by the sum of two exponential functions, depending on the scattering coefficients. However, it is shown that the influence of surfaces’ scattering on reverberation is rather limited in this case. On the contrary, rooms with a pair of parallel surfaces are prone to create significant anisotropy in the cloud of image sources. An analytical formulation is proposed in this case for the specular and diffuse contributions, provided that some assumptions are again made on the specularly reflected sound field. The final expression is not really intuitive concerning the relation between scattering coefficients and reverberation, but it contains all the variables influencing this relation. This allows fast evaluations of the effect of surface scattering in particular situations. Finally, the application of this model to room acoustics computer simulations is illustrated by an example. [less ▲]

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See detailFraming and Political Discourse Analysis: Bush's Trip to Europe in 2005
Azpíroz Manero, María Luisa ULg

in Observatorio (OBS*) (2014), 8(3), 075-96

Framing empirical research analyzes the construction (frame building) and influence (frame effects) of the frames with which different social agents interpret and communicate reality. Based on Entman’s ... [more ▼]

Framing empirical research analyzes the construction (frame building) and influence (frame effects) of the frames with which different social agents interpret and communicate reality. Based on Entman’s (2004; 2008) and Kuypers’ (2008; 2009) contributions, this paper proposes and applies a qualitative methodology for the analysis of frame building in political discourse. It is located, therefore, on the strategic and methodological lines of framing research in political communication (Bartolomé; Rodríguez & Sádaba, 2012). As Kinder and Sanders state, frames are “invented and employed by political elites, often with an eye on advancing their own interests or ideologies, and intended to make favorable interpretations prevail” (Kinder & Sanders, 1990, p. 74). The paper includes a theoretical framework that reviews the evolution of framing literature in Communication, focusing especially on empirical studies. The contributions adopted for the elaboration of the methodology and the application process are explained in detail. The context of the case study, Bush’s discourse about the War on Terror on his trip to Europe in February 2005, is revised. Finally, the results obtained and the conclusions are detailed. [less ▲]

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See detailGabriel García Márquez herschrijft Columbus
Vanden Berghe, Kristine ULg

in Streven. Cultureel Maatschappelijk maandblad (2014), 81/8

In "De herfst van de patriarch" (1975) parodieert Gabriel García Márquez een fragment uit de logboeken van Columbus. In de parodie komen enkele thema's en stijlkenmerken naar voren die het oeuvre van de ... [more ▼]

In "De herfst van de patriarch" (1975) parodieert Gabriel García Márquez een fragment uit de logboeken van Columbus. In de parodie komen enkele thema's en stijlkenmerken naar voren die het oeuvre van de Colombiaanse schrijver ten volle typeren, zoals het idee dat de geschiedenis zich herhaalt, het rechtmatige streven van Latijns-Amerika naar culturele en politieke ontvoogding tegenover Spanje en de VS, en het gevoel voor humor van de auteur - ook wanneer hij het over dergelijke ernstige kwesties heeft. [less ▲]

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See detailMinerals and trace elements in traditional foods of rural areas of Lhasa Prefecture, Tibet Autonomous Region (P.R. China)
DERMIENCE, Michael ULg; Li, Xiao Wei; Mathieu, Françoise et al

in Journal of Food Composition and Analysis (2014), 35(2),

Traditional foods play a major role in the diet of rural people living in the Tibet Autonomous Region of the People's Republic of China. Because these foods are mainly derived from local agriculture as ... [more ▼]

Traditional foods play a major role in the diet of rural people living in the Tibet Autonomous Region of the People's Republic of China. Because these foods are mainly derived from local agriculture as well as artisanal production, their mineral composition may show significant discrepancies when compared with food composition data. This study aims at providing relevant data on the mineral composition of the main Tibetan foods. Sixteen different foodstuffs were sampled, including water, concentrated brewed black tea, chang, tsampa, wheat flour, dried cheese, dried yak meat, dried mutton, blood sausage, dried wild peaches, dried Chinese radish, and dried nettles. They were analyzed by inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS) for 19 minerals: Na, K, P, Ca, Mg, Fe, Zn, Mn, Cu, Ni, Se, Mo, Al, As, Cr, Co, Cd, Pb, and V. The validity of the results was ensured by the use of standard reference materials. A statistical comparison of the mean mineral contents of the analyzed foods against food composition data from the China Food Composition (CFC) table was carried out. It revealed significant discrepancies, emphasizing the importance of food analysis for nutritional assessment in Tibet autonomous region. To the best of our knowledge, the mineral compositions of some traditional Tibetan foods are here reported for the first time. [less ▲]

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See detailBioaccumulation of polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) in Gammarus pulex: Relative importance of different exposure routes and multipathway modeling
Lebrun, Jérémie; Leroy, Delphine; Giusti, Arnaud ULg et al

in Aquatic Toxicology (2014), 154

Characterizing the exposure routes of an organism and its ability to regulate accumulated contaminants is a crucial step toward developing a biomonitor. To date, very little data are available on the ... [more ▼]

Characterizing the exposure routes of an organism and its ability to regulate accumulated contaminants is a crucial step toward developing a biomonitor. To date, very little data are available on the bioaccumulation kinetics of PBDEs in freshwater biota. This study aims at investigating the potential use of a litter-degrader widely distributed in European freshwaters, Gammarus pulex, as an indicator of exposure to PBDEs. In aquatic microcosms, gammarids were exposed to a mixture of brominated congeners (BDE-28, 47, 66, 85, 99, 100, 153, 154 and 183) to assess their ability to bioconcentrate PBDEs. Results show that all tested congeners are highly internalized by G. pulex and uptake rates of PBDEs are closely related to their partition coefficients (Kow). The determination of the elimination rate of BDE-47, the congener most readily accumulated by gammarids, indicated that metabolism and excretion of this congener are low in G. pulex, which argues in favor of its use as a quantitative biomonitor. Finally, bioaccumulation experiments were performed using contaminated leaves to determine the relative importance of dietary uptake in the contamination of gammarids. Even though water is the preeminent exposure route, a significant uptake of BDE-47 through food was observed (27%). We propose a biodynamic model that takes into account both exposure routes to describe BDE-47 bioaccumulation. This study supports the use of this ubiquitous amphipod as an early warning monitor of the bioavailable contamination of freshwaters by PBDEs. [less ▲]

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See detailIsolating auroral FUV emission lines using compact, broadband instrumentation
Molyneux, P.M.; Bannister, N.P.; Bunce, E.J. et al

in Planetary and Space Science (2014), 103

Images of auroral emissions at far ultraviolet (FUV, 122–200 nm) wavelengths are useful tools with which to study magnetospheric-ionospheric coupling, as the scattered sunlight background in this region ... [more ▼]

Images of auroral emissions at far ultraviolet (FUV, 122–200 nm) wavelengths are useful tools with which to study magnetospheric-ionospheric coupling, as the scattered sunlight background in this region is low, allowing both dayside and nightside auroras to be imaged simultaneously. The ratio of intensities between certain FUV emission lines or regions can be used to characterise the precipitating particles responsible for auroral emissions, and hence is a useful diagnostic of magnetospheric dynamics. Here, we describe how the addition of simple transmission filters to a compact broadband imager design allows far ultraviolet emission ratios to be deduced while also providing large-scale instantaneous images of the aurora. The low mass and volume of such an instrument would make it well-suited for both small satellite Earth-orbiting missions and larger outer planet missions from which it could be used to characterise the tenuous atmospheres observed at several moons, as well as studying the auroral emissions of the gas giants. We present a study to investigate the accuracy of a technique to allow emission line ratio retrieval, as applied to the OI 130.4 nm and 135.6 nm emissions at Ganymede. The ratio of these emissions provides information about the atmospheric composition, specifically the relative abundances of O and O2. Using modelled FUV spectra representative of Ganymede's atmosphere, based on observations by the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) Space Telescope Imaging Spectrograph (STIS), we find that the accuracy of the retrieved ratios is a function of the magnitude of the ratio, with the best measurements corresponding to a ratio of ∼1.3 . [less ▲]

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See detailHammer head beam solution for beam-to-column joints in seismic resistant building frames
Hoang, Van Long ULg; Jaspart, Jean-Pierre ULg; Demonceau, Jean-François ULg

in Journal of Constructional Steel Research (2014)

This paper presents a research on an innovative stiffened extended end-plate joint, used to connect I-shaped beams to partially-encased composite wide flange columns. In the joint, T-shaped hammer heads ... [more ▼]

This paper presents a research on an innovative stiffened extended end-plate joint, used to connect I-shaped beams to partially-encased composite wide flange columns. In the joint, T-shaped hammer heads cut from the same I-profiles than the beams are used, instead of using traditional haunches. At the joint level, the column web is strengthened by two lateral plates welded to the column flanges; these plates also reinforce the column flanges. This type of joint is proposed to use in the seismic resistance building frames, as a full-strength and a fully-rigid joint solution. Firstly, a test program carried out within a RFCS European project titled HSS-SERF “High Strength Steel in Seismic Resistant Building Frames”, 2009–2013, will be presented. Then, analytical developments based on the component approach and aimed at predicting the joint response will be described; their validity will be demonstrated through comparisons with the tests. Moreover, a new design concept for full strength joint accounting for the actual position of the plastic hinge and the possible individual overstrength factors for each component is proposed, respecting the requirements of EN1998-1-1. [less ▲]

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See detailOn the Elasto-viscoplastic behavior of the Ti5553 alloy
ben bettaieb, Mohamed; Van Hoof, Thibaut; Pardoen, thomas et al

in Materials Science & Engineering : A (2014), 617

The elastoviscoplastic behavior of the Ti533 alloy is characterized and compared to the classical Ti-6A14V alloy. The true stress-strain curves are determined based on tensile tests performes under ... [more ▼]

The elastoviscoplastic behavior of the Ti533 alloy is characterized and compared to the classical Ti-6A14V alloy. The true stress-strain curves are determined based on tensile tests performes under different strain rates at room temperature and at 150°C, from which the elastic constants and the parameters of a Norton-Hoff viscoplastic model are identified. The strength of the Ti5553 alloy is 20-40% higherthan the strength of the Ti-6A1-4V alloy. The Ti5553 alloy constitutes thus a promising candidate for advanced structural applications. In view of modeling structural applications of forming operations, the elastic and plastic initial anisotropy of the two alloys is investigated by combining compression on cylinders with elliptical sections, uniaxial tensile tests in different material directions , plane strain and shear tests. The initial anisotropy of the different alloys is very weak which justifies the modeling of the mechanical behavior with isotropic yield surface. The identified elastoviscoplastic model is validated by comparing experimental results with FE predictions both on cylindrical specimens subjected to tensile tests and on flat specimens subjected to plane strain conditions. [less ▲]

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See detailSaturn’s elusive nightside polar arc
Radioti, Aikaterini ULg; Grodent, Denis ULg; Gérard, Jean-Claude ULg et al

in Geophysical Research Letters (2014)

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See detailConsommation de produits d'origine animale dans la concession forestière 039/11 de la SODEFOR à Oshwe (R.D. Congo)
Semeki Ngabinzeke, Jean; Belani Masamba, Justin; Ntoto M'Vubu et al

in Tropicultura (2014), 32(3), 147-155

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See detailNon-isothermal moisture balance equation in porous media: a review of mathematical formulations in Building Physics
Dubois, Samuel ULg; Lebeau, Frédéric ULg; Evrard, Arnaud ULg

in Biotechnologie, Agronomie, Société et Environnement = Biotechnology, Agronomy, Society and Environment [=BASE] (2014), 18(3),

Understanding heat and mass transfers in porous materials is crucial in many areas of scientific research. Mathematical models have constantly evolved, their differences lying mainly in the choice of the ... [more ▼]

Understanding heat and mass transfers in porous materials is crucial in many areas of scientific research. Mathematical models have constantly evolved, their differences lying mainly in the choice of the driving potentials used to describe moisture flows, as well as in the complexity of characterizing the physical phenomena involved. Models developed in the field of Building Physics (HAM models) are used to describe the behavior of envelope parts and assess their impact on user comfort and energy performance. The water balance equation can be described in many ways; it is a function of the boundary conditions considered and the fact they induce high or low water content in the porous materials used. This paper gives an overview of various formulations for this equation that are found in the Building Physics literature. It focuses first on the physically based formulation of moisture balance, drawing on the Representative Elementary Volume (REV) concept, coupled with thermodynamic flow rates description. This is then reformulated in line with various main moisture state variables offering a wide variety of expressions that are compared with available models. This approach provides access to all secondary transport coefficients associated with the process of mathematical transformation. Particular emphasis is placed on the moisture storage function choice and its impact on the final mathematical formulations. [less ▲]

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See detailPropriétés physico-chimiques et biologiques des substances humiques en relation avec le développement végétal
Tahiri, Abdelghani ULg; Destain, Jacqueline ULg; Druart, Philippe et al

in Biotechnologie, Agronomie, Société et Environnement = Biotechnology, Agronomy, Society and Environment [=BASE] (2014), 18(3), 436-445

Les substances humiques (SH) sont des composés organiques résultant de la transformation physique, chimique et microbiologique des résidus végétaux et animaux. Elles se retrouvent sous forme de ... [more ▼]

Les substances humiques (SH) sont des composés organiques résultant de la transformation physique, chimique et microbiologique des résidus végétaux et animaux. Elles se retrouvent sous forme de macromolécules carbonées hétérogènes et complexes dans tous les écosystèmes au niveau des sols ainsi que des sédiments, des eaux de surface et des lixiviats de décharges. Elles sont issues de processus d’humification déférents, générant ainsi des molécules variables et complexes composées principalement de carbone, d’hydrogène, d’oxygène, d’azote, de soufre et de groupements fonctionnels (COOH, OH, C=O). Ces substances sont connues pour influencer les propriétés du sol et interagir avec la croissance et le développement des plantes ou avec l’activité des microorganismes. L’influence de la croissance des plantes s’exprime généralement de manière directe via la stimulation des processus biochimiques et métaboliques ou indirecte via l’amélioration de la nutrition minérale. Mais, l’intensité de réponse reste dépendante de différents paramètres tels que l’origine, la nature de la matière organique initiale, les processus de transformation et la concentration des SH ainsi que des conditions expérimentales et des plantes traitées. Les mécanismes par lesquels les SH exercent leurs effets favorables sur les végétaux sont imprécis et généralement pas bien compris. [less ▲]

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See detailDephosphorylated-uncarboxylated Matrix Gla protein concentration is predictive of vitamin K status and is correlated with vascular calcification in a cohort of hemodialysis patients.
DELANAYE, Pierre ULg; KRZESINSKI, Jean-Marie ULg; Warling, X et al

in BMC Nephrology (2014), 15

Background: Matrix Gla protein (MGP) is known to act as a potent local inhibitor of vascular calcifications. However, in order to be active, MGP must be phosphorylated and carboxylated, with this last ... [more ▼]

Background: Matrix Gla protein (MGP) is known to act as a potent local inhibitor of vascular calcifications. However, in order to be active, MGP must be phosphorylated and carboxylated, with this last process being dependent on vitamin K. The present study focused on the inactive form of MGP (dephosphorylated and uncarboxylated: dp-ucMGP) in a population of hemodialyzed (HD) patients. Results found in subjects being treated or not with vitamin K antagonist (VKA) were compared and the relationship between dp-ucMGP levels and the vascular calcification score were assessed. Methods: One hundred sixty prevalent HD patients were enrolled into this observational cohort study, including 23 who were receiving VKA treatment. The calcification score was determined (using the Kauppila method) and dp-ucMGP levels were measured using the automated iSYS method. Results: dp-ucMGP levels were much higher in patients being treated with VKA and little overlap was found with those not being treated (5604 [3758; 7836] vs. 1939 [1419; 2841] pmol/L, p <0.0001). In multivariate analysis, treatment with VKA was the most important variable explaining variation in dp-ucMGP levels even when adjusting for all other significant variables. In the 137 untreated patients, dp-ucMGP levels were significantly (p < 0.05) associated both in the uni- and multivariate analysis with age, body mass index, plasma levels of albumin, C-reactive protein, and FGF-23, and the vascular calcification score. Conclusion: We confirmed that the concentration of dp-ucMGP was higher in HD patients being treated with VKA. We observed a significant correlation between dp-ucMGP concentration and the calcification score. Our data support the theoretical role of MGP in the development of vascular calcifications. We confirmed the potential role of the inactive form of MGP in assessing the vitamin K status of the HD patients. [less ▲]

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See detailFrom fair milk to fair enterprise: the consequences of an unexpected "bricolage"
Feyereisen, Marlène ULg; Melard, François ULg

in Outlook on Agriculture (2014), 43(3), 207-211

In recent years, the European Union and the Common Agricultural Policy have made considerable changes in policy related to the dairy sector. After two successive dairy crises in 2009 and 2012, the dairy ... [more ▼]

In recent years, the European Union and the Common Agricultural Policy have made considerable changes in policy related to the dairy sector. After two successive dairy crises in 2009 and 2012, the dairy sector in Belgium was weakened considerably. The Belgian fair-trade milk enterprise, Fairebel, was created by dairy farmers a few months after the 2009 European milk crisis, seeking to develop their alternative, supported, owned by and for traditional dairy farmers. This case study brings into question ‘fair trade’ as a concept and practice in terms of trade between enterprises in Europe, and the surprise effects of interaction when analysed at both European and regional scales. The study concludes that the best innovation processes are not necessarily radical, and that tinkering – or bricolage – is the path taken by many innovations. [less ▲]

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See detailLes drones au secours de la grande faune menacée de RDC
Linchant, Julie ULg; Lejeune, Philippe ULg; Vermeulen, Cédric ULg

in Parcs et Réserves (2014), 69(3), 5-13

Dans un contexte international de pressions de plus en plus intenses sur la faune sauvage, caractérisées notamment par une recrudescence intense du braconnage, le suivi régulier de la faune est essentiel ... [more ▼]

Dans un contexte international de pressions de plus en plus intenses sur la faune sauvage, caractérisées notamment par une recrudescence intense du braconnage, le suivi régulier de la faune est essentiel pour assurer sa conservation. La situation de la biodiversité en République Démocratique du Congo est particulièrement préoccupante suite aux nombreux conflits armés et aux pressions anthropiques qui en découlent, ainsi qu’au manque de moyens et d’investissement. Habituellement, le suivi de la faune est réalisé à l’aide d’inventaires pédestres et aériens. Cependant, ces méthodes font face à de nombreuses contraintes, notamment leur coût et la logistique importante qu’elles demandent. Elles sont aussi dangereuses pour les opérateurs, ces derniers risquant leur vie lors d’accidents de vol ou lors de rencontres avec des braconniers ou des animaux potentiellement dangereux. Dans ce contexte, l’utilisation des drones civils, actuellement en pleine expansion, représente une alternative aux méthodes classiques pour le suivi de la grande faune et la surveillance des aires protégées. En effet, cette nouvelle technologie présente un coût plus faible, une logistique facile et une prise en main rapide, ainsi qu’un minimum de risque pour les opérateurs. Néanmoins, elle en est à ses balbutiements et de nouvelles méthodes de suivi doivent être mises au point pour relever le défi imposé par les contraintes liées à ce matériel innovant, tels que la faible autonomie et le traitement de grands volumes de données. L’Université de Liège-Gembloux Agro-Bio Tech a bâti, en partenariat avec le CIFOR, le projet WiMUAS visant à développer ces nouvelles méthodes dans le cadre des aires protégées en RDC. Cet article s’appuie sur une revue bibliographique récente pour en présenter les trois principaux objectifs en regard des développements existants : - (i) la mise au point de nouvelles méthodes d’inventaire et de suivis ponctuels de la grande faune par analyse d’images et de vidéos obtenues par drone ; - (ii) la gestion des périphéries et activités illégales notamment grâce à la cartographie précise de ces activités qui peut être obtenue via l’imagerie drone ; - (iii) la lutte anti-braconnage qui pourrait être appuyée par une reconnaissance du terrain par drone pour rechercher et fournir des indices en limitant la mise en danger des gardes. [less ▲]

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See detailImpact d'un module de formation à l'arbitrage sur l'implicaiton des bénévoles dans le volley-ball
Van Hoye, Martin ULg; Roulin, Céline; Cloes, Marc ULg

in Revue de l'Education Physique (2014), 54(3), 68-77

En raison du manque de bénévoles dans les clubs de volley-ball, les clubs doivent trouver des solutions. Dans cette étude, nous avons proposé un module de formation à l'arbitrage afin d'impliquer des ... [more ▼]

En raison du manque de bénévoles dans les clubs de volley-ball, les clubs doivent trouver des solutions. Dans cette étude, nous avons proposé un module de formation à l'arbitrage afin d'impliquer des parents, des amis et des joueurs d'autres équipes dans la gestion de matches. [less ▲]

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See detailInter-method variability in bone alkaline phosphatase measurement : clinical impact on the management of dialysis patients
CAVALIER, Etienne ULg; Souberbielle, Jean-Claude; GADISSEUR, Romy ULg et al

in Clinical Biochemistry (2014), 47(13-14), 1227-30

BACKGROUND: Bone-specific alkaline phosphatase (BAP) is now recommended to assess bone turnover in hemodialysis (HD) patients. However, little is known about potential variability between methods ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: Bone-specific alkaline phosphatase (BAP) is now recommended to assess bone turnover in hemodialysis (HD) patients. However, little is known about potential variability between methods available to measure BAP. METHODS: We measured BAP in 76 HD patients with six different assays (Beckman-Coulter Ostase IRMA, Beckman-Coulter Ostase Access, IDS iSYS Ostase, IDS Ostase enzyme immunoassay, DiaSorin Liaison Ostase and Quidel MicroVue BAP). RESULTS: We observed a high correlation between all the assays ranging from 0.9948 (IDS iSYS vs. IDS EIA) to 0.9215 (DiaSorin Liaison vs. Quidel MicroVue). However, using the regression equations, the equivalent concentration of a Beckman-Coulter Access value of 10μg/L can range from 7.7 to 14.4μg/L and of 20μg/L can range from 16.9 to 27.9μg/L with other assays. According to Beckman-Coulter Access, 13%, 50% and 37% of the patients presented BAP values ≤10, between 10 and 20 and ≥20μg/L, respectively. Discrepancies are observed when other assays are used (concordance from 10 to 100%). CONCLUSIONS: Analytical problems leading to inter-method variation should be overcome to improve the usefulness of this marker in clinical practice. According to correlation results, recalibration of BAP assays is necessary but should not be a major issue. [less ▲]

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See detailTreatment of mantle cell lymphomas: recommendations of the Belgian Hematological Society
MOURIN, E.; VAN HOOF, A.; BOSLY, A. et al

in Belgian Journal of Hematology (2014), 5

Mantle cell lymphoma was recognised in the nineties and is characterised by the t(11;14)(q13;q32) translocation which results in overexpression of cyclin D1.1 This disease represents approximately 6% of ... [more ▼]

Mantle cell lymphoma was recognised in the nineties and is characterised by the t(11;14)(q13;q32) translocation which results in overexpression of cyclin D1.1 This disease represents approximately 6% of all non-Hodgkin's lymphomas. Mantle cell lymphoma generally affects patients over 60 years-old. Most patients have advanced disease (>70 % Ann Arbor stage IV). Several efforts have been made to predict outcome in mantle cell lymphoma. The cell-proliferation marker Ki-67, the Mantle Cell Lymphoma International Prognostic Index, fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography and minimal residual disease are prognostic tools. For young patients, chemoimmunotherapy followed by high-dose chemotherapy plus stem cell transplantation is the treatment of choice. For the main group of older patients, chemo-immunotherapy followed by maintenance with rituximab is the gold standard. In relapses, temsirolimus is actually registered and new drugs, such as ibrutinib, are currently evaluated with promising preliminary results.2 [less ▲]

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See detailA two-level emergency control scheme against power system voltage instability
Otomega, Bogdan; Glavic, Mevludin ULg; Van Cutsem, Thierry ULg

in Control Engineering Practice (2014), 30

A two-level adaptive control scheme against power system voltage instability is proposed, to deal with emergency conditions by acting on distribution transformers and/or by curtailing some loads. The ... [more ▼]

A two-level adaptive control scheme against power system voltage instability is proposed, to deal with emergency conditions by acting on distribution transformers and/or by curtailing some loads. The lower level includes distributed controllers, each acting once the voltage at a monitored transmission bus settles below a threshold value. The upper level benefits from wide-area monitoring and adjusts in real-time the voltage thresholds of the local controllers. Emergency detection is based on the sign of sensitivities. The proposed scheme is robust with respect to communication failures. Its performance is illustrated through detailed simulations of a small but realistic 74-bus test system. [less ▲]

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See detailRac1 GTPase silencing counteracts microgravity-induced effects on osteoblastic cells.
Guignandon, Alain; Fauré, Céline; Neutelings, Thibault et al

in FASEB Journal (2014), 28(9), 4077-4087

Bone cells exposed to real microgravity display alterations of their cytoskeleton and focal adhesions, two major mechanosensitive structures. These structures are controlled by small GTPases of the Ras ... [more ▼]

Bone cells exposed to real microgravity display alterations of their cytoskeleton and focal adhesions, two major mechanosensitive structures. These structures are controlled by small GTPases of the Ras homology (Rho) family. We investigated the effects of RhoA, Rac1, and Cdc42 modulation of osteoblastic cells under microgravity conditions. Human MG-63 osteoblast-like cells silenced for RhoGTPases were cultured in the automated Biobox bioreactor (European Space Agency) aboard the Foton M3 satellite and compared to replicate ground-based controls. The cells were fixed after 69 h of microgravity exposure for postflight analysis of focal contacts, F-actin polymerization, vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) expression, and matrix targeting. We found that RhoA silencing did not affect sensitivity to microgravity but that Rac1 and, to a lesser extent, Cdc42 abrogation was particularly efficient in counteracting the spaceflight-related reduction of the number of focal contacts [-50% in silenced, scrambled (SiScr) controls vs. -15% for SiRac1], the number of F-actin fibers (-60% in SiScr controls vs. -10% for SiRac1), and the depletion of matrix-bound VEGF (-40% in SiScr controls vs. -8% for SiRac1). Collectively, these data point out the role of the VEGF/Rho GTPase axis in mechanosensing and validate Rac1-mediated signaling pathways as potential targets for counteracting microgravity effects [less ▲]

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See detailLower critical field and SNS-Andreev spectroscopy of 122-arsenides: Evidence of nodeless superconducting gap
Abdel-Hafiez, M.; Pereira, P.J.; Kuzmichev, S.A. et al

in Physical Review. B : Condensed Matter (2014), 90

Using two experimental techniques, we studied single crystals of the 122-FeAs family with almost the same critical temperature, Tc. We investigated the temperature dependence of the lower critical field ... [more ▼]

Using two experimental techniques, we studied single crystals of the 122-FeAs family with almost the same critical temperature, Tc. We investigated the temperature dependence of the lower critical field Hc1(T) of a Ca0.32Na0.68Fe2As2 (Tc ≈ 34 K) single crystal under static magnetic fields H parallel to the c axis. The temperature dependence of the London penetration depth can be described equally well either by a single anisotropic s-wave-like gap or by a two-gap model, while a d-wave approach cannot be used to fit the London penetration depth data. Intrinsic multiple Andreev reflection effect spectroscopy was used to detect bulk gap values in single crystals of the intimate compound Ba0.65K0.35Fe2As2, with the same Tc. We estimated the range of the large gap value L = 6–8 meV (depending on small variation of Tc) and its a k space anisotropy of about 30%, and the small gap Delta ≈ 1.7 ± 0.3 meV. This clearly indicates that the gap structure of our investigated systems more likely corresponds to a nodeless s-wave two gaps. [less ▲]

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See detailMeasuring consciousness in coma and related states
Di Perri, Carol; Thibaut, Aurore ULg; Soddu, Andrea ULg et al

in World Journal of Radiology (2014), 6(8),

Consciousness is a prismatic and ambiguous concept that still eludes any universal definition. Severe acquired brain injuries resulting in a disorder of consciousness (DOC) provide a model from which ... [more ▼]

Consciousness is a prismatic and ambiguous concept that still eludes any universal definition. Severe acquired brain injuries resulting in a disorder of consciousness (DOC) provide a model from which insights into consciousness can be drawn. A number of recent studies highlight the difficulty in making a diagnosis in patients with DOC based only on behavioral assessments. Here we aim to provide an overview of how neuroimaging techniques can help assess patients with DOC. Such techniques are expected to facilitate a more accurate understanding of brain function in states of unconsciousness and to improve the evaluation of the patient’s cognitive abilities by providing both diagnostic and prognostic indicators. [less ▲]

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See detailNeutrophil contribution to spinal cord injury and repair
Neirinckx, Virginie ULg; Coste, Cécile ULg; Franzen, Rachelle ULg et al

in Journal of Neuroinflammation (2014), 11(1),

Spinal cord injuries remain a critical issue in experimental and clinical research nowadays, and it is now well accepted that the immune response and subsequent inflammatory reactions are of significant ... [more ▼]

Spinal cord injuries remain a critical issue in experimental and clinical research nowadays, and it is now well accepted that the immune response and subsequent inflammatory reactions are of significant importance in regulating the damage/repair balance after injury. The role of macrophages in such nervous system lesions now becomes clearer and their contribution in the wound healing process has been largely described in the last few years. Conversely, the contribution of neutrophils has traditionally been considered as detrimental and unfavorable to proper tissue regeneration, even if there are very few studies available on their precise impact in spinal cord lesions. Indeed, recent data show that neutrophils are required for promoting functional recovery after spinal cord trauma. In this review, we gathered recent evidence concerning the role of neutrophils in spinal cord injuries but also in some other neurological diseases, highlighting the need for further understanding the different mechanisms involved in spinal cord injury and repair. [less ▲]

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See detailIntérêt des cellules stromales mésenchymateuses en transplantation d’organes solides
Delens, Loic ULg; Jouret, François ULg; DETRY, Olivier ULg et al

in Revue Médicale Suisse (2014), 10

Solid organ transplantation (SOT) currently represents the best therapeutic option in end-stage diseases caused by the irrevocable functional loss of an organ. Still, SOT is associated with immunological ... [more ▼]

Solid organ transplantation (SOT) currently represents the best therapeutic option in end-stage diseases caused by the irrevocable functional loss of an organ. Still, SOT is associated with immunological and non-immunological injuries, whose severity impacts on early functional recovery and long-term survival of the transplant. Current research focuses on the identification of innovative approaches to 1) attenuate ischemia/reperfusion-induced damage, 2) accelerate processes of tissue repair, and 3) induce in fine graft tolerance. Encouraging observations from both preclinical studies and clinical trials suggest that the administration of mesenchymal stromal cells at the time of SOT might be beneficial, as a result of theirs immunomodulatory, anti-inflammatory and regenerative properties. [less ▲]

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See detailAntibiotic resistance trend of Staphylococcus aureus isolated between 2010 and 2012 from mastitis cases in Azawak zebu in Niger
Issa Ibrahim, Abdoulkarim ULg; Duprez, Jean-Noël ULg; Bada-Alambedji, Rianatou et al

in African Journal of Microbiology Research (2014), 8((35)), 3271-3275

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See detailIntérêt des cellules stromales mésenchymateuses en transplantation d’organes solides
Delens, Loic ULg; Jouret, François ULg; DETRY, Olivier ULg et al

in Revue Médicale Suisse (2014), 10

Solid organ transplantation (SOT) currently represents the best therapeutic option in end-stage diseases caused by the irrevocable functional loss of an organ. Still, SOT is associated with immunological ... [more ▼]

Solid organ transplantation (SOT) currently represents the best therapeutic option in end-stage diseases caused by the irrevocable functional loss of an organ. Still, SOT is associated with immunological and non-immunological injuries, whose severity impacts on early functional recovery and long-term survival of the transplant. Current research focuses on the identification of innovative approaches to 1) attenuate ischemia/reperfusion-induced damage, 2) accelerate processes of tissue repair, and 3) induce in fine graft tolerance. Encouraging observations from both preclinical studies and clinical trials suggest that the administration of mesenchymal stromal cells at the time of SOT might be beneficial, as a result of theirs immunomodulatory, anti-inflammatory and regenerative properties. [less ▲]

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See detailAge-dependent and age-independent effects of testosterone in male quail
Cornil, Charlotte ULg; Schmit, Mélanie; de Bournonville, Catherine ULg et al

in General and Comparative Endocrinology (2014), 208C

Various studies in rodents recently concluded that puberty should be considered as a second period of organization of brain and behavior and that action of sex steroids at that time is long lasting and ... [more ▼]

Various studies in rodents recently concluded that puberty should be considered as a second period of organization of brain and behavior and that action of sex steroids at that time is long lasting and possibly permanent. We tested this notion in male Japanese quail that had been castrated before 3 weeks post- hatch by analyzing whether a similar treatment with exogenous testosterone initiated at 3, 5 or 7 weeks post-hatch has a differential influence on the development of testosterone-dependent morphological, behavioral and neural characteristics that are known to be sexually differentiated. The growth of the androgen-dependent cloacal gland was significantly faster when testosterone treatment was initiated later in life indicating that the target tissue is not ready to fully respond to androgens at 3 weeks post- hatch. The three groups of birds nevertheless developed a gland of the same size typical of intact sexually mature birds. When adults, all birds expressed copulatory behavior with the same frequencies and laten- cies and they displayed the same level of aromatase activity and of vasotocinergic innervation in the pre- optic area as gonadally intact males despite the fact that they had been treated with testosterone for different durations starting at different ages. Surprisingly, the frequency of cloacal sphincter contractions, a measure of appetitive sexual behavior, was significantly higher when testosterone treatment had been initiated later. Together these data provide no clear evidence for an organizational action of testosterone during sexual maturation of male quail but additional experiments should investigate whether estrogens have such an action in females. [less ▲]

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See detailIn vivo skin fluorescence imaging in young Caucasian adults with early malignant melanomas
PIERARD, Gérald ULg; Hermanns-Lê, Trinh ULg; Pierard, Sébastien ULg et al

in Clinical, Cosmetic and Investigational Dermatology (2014), 7

Background: Human cutaneous malignant melanoma (CMM) is an aggressive cancer showing a dramatic worldwide increase in incidence over the past few decades. The most prominent relative epidemiological ... [more ▼]

Background: Human cutaneous malignant melanoma (CMM) is an aggressive cancer showing a dramatic worldwide increase in incidence over the past few decades. The most prominent relative epidemiological increase has been disclosed in young women. The aim of the study was to assess the effects of chronic sun exposures in order to rate the extend of melanocytic stimulations in the vicinity of CMM. Methods: The study was designed to evaluate the melanin distribution and density using ultraviolet light illumination. The present study was performed on surgical excision specimens of thin CMM lesion removed from the upper limbs of 55 Caucasian adults (37 women and 18 men). Two control groups comprised 23 men and 21 women of similar ages who had medium-size congenital melanocytic nevi, also present on the upper limbs. The peritumoral skin was scrutinized using a Visioscan® VC98 device, revealing the faint mosaic melanoderma (FMM) pattern that grossly indicates early signs of chronic photodamage in epidermal melanin units. Results: The median extent of relative FMM was significantly higher in the CMM male group. By contrast, the CMM female group showed a reverse bimodal distribution in FMM size. Only 12/37 (32.5%) of the CMM female group had an increased FMM size, whereas 25/37 (67.5%) of females with CMM had a global FMM extent in the normal range, relative to the controls. Conclusion: Thin CMM supervening in young women appear unrelated to repeat photoexposure. Other mechanisms are possibly involved. [less ▲]

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See detailMesophilic biohydrogen production by Clostridium butyricum CWBI1009 in trickling biofilter reactor
Puhulwella, Rathnasiri G.; Beckers, Laurent; Delvigne, Frank ULg et al

in International Journal of Hydrogen Energy (2014), 39

This study investigates the mesophilic biohydrogen production from glucose using a strictly anaerobic strain, Clostridium butyricum CWBI1009, immobilized in a trickling bed sequenced batch reactor (TBSBR ... [more ▼]

This study investigates the mesophilic biohydrogen production from glucose using a strictly anaerobic strain, Clostridium butyricum CWBI1009, immobilized in a trickling bed sequenced batch reactor (TBSBR) packed with a Lantec HD Q-PAC® packing material (132 ft2/ft3 specific surface). The reactor was operated for 62 days. The main parameters measured here were hydrogen composition, hydrogen production rate and soluble metabolic products. pH, temperature, recirculation flow rate and inlet glucose concentration at 10 g/L were the controlled parameters. The maximum specific hydrogen production rate and the hydrogen yield found from this study were 146 mmol H2/L.d and 1.67 mol H2/mol glucose. The maximum hydrogen composition was 83%. Following a thermal treatment, the culture was active without adding fresh inoculum in the subsequent feeding and both the hydrogen yield and the hydrogen production rate were improved. For all sequences, the soluble metabolites were dominated by the presence of butyric and acetic acids compared to other volatile fatty acids. The results from the standard biohydrogen production (BHP) test which was conducted using samples from TBSBR as inoculum confirmed that the culture generated more biogas and hydrogen compared to the pure strain of C. butyricum CWBI1009. The effect of biofilm activity was studied by completely removing (100%) the mixed liquid and by adding fresh medium with glucose. For three subsequent sequences, similar results were recorded as in the previous sequences with 40% removal of spent medium. The TBSBR biofilm density varied from top to bottom in the packing bed and the highest biofilm density was found at the bottom plates. Moreover, no clogging was evidenced in this packing material, which is characterized by a relatively high specific surface area. Following a PCA test, contaminants of the Bacillus genus were isolated and a standard BHP test was conducted, resulting in no hydrogen production. [less ▲]

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See detailPathogenicity of Aspergillus clavatus produced in a fungal biofilm bioreactor toward Culex quinquefasciatus (Diptera: Culicidae)
Seye, Fawrou; Bawin, Thomas ULg; Boukraa, Slimane ULg et al

in Journal of Pesticide Science (2014), 39(3), 127-132

Many entomopathogenic fungi have been demonstrated to be potential agents for efficiently controlling mosquito populations. In the present study, we investigated a bioreactor system to produce metabolites ... [more ▼]

Many entomopathogenic fungi have been demonstrated to be potential agents for efficiently controlling mosquito populations. In the present study, we investigated a bioreactor system to produce metabolites and conidia by combining technological advantages of submerged and solid-state fermentations. The efficiency of fungal products was tested toward mosquitoes. Aspergillus clavatus (Eurotiales: Trichocomaceae) was grown by semi-solid-state fermentation in a bioreactor for up to 7 days. Depending on conidial doses (2.5×10^7, 5×10^7, 7.5×10^7, 10×10^7 and 12.5×10^7 conidia/mL), mortality ranged from 37.2±15.0 to 86.3±5.0% toward larvae and from 35.8±2.0 to 85.2±1.5% toward adults. The metabolites (10, 20, 40, 60, 80 and 100% v/v) yielded mortality from 23.7±15.0 to 100.0±0.1% toward larvae, and two sprayed volumes (5 and 10 mL) reached 45.5±1.4 and 75.6±2.6% mortality, respectively, toward adults. [less ▲]

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See detailDevelopmental profiles of GFAP-positive astrocytes in sheep cerebellum
Salouci, Moustafa ULg; Antoine, Nadine ULg; Shikh Al Sook, Mohamad Khir ULg et al

in Veterinary Research Communications (2014)

Astroglial account for the largest glial population in the brain and play a variety of vital functions in the development of the central nervous system (CNS). An immunohistochemical study was performed in ... [more ▼]

Astroglial account for the largest glial population in the brain and play a variety of vital functions in the development of the central nervous system (CNS). An immunohistochemical study was performed in 19 ovine foetuses ranging from two to five months of gestation, one newborn lamb and three adult sheep. Using the anit-glial fibrillary acidic protein (GFAP) marker, several variations were found in the degree of GFAP positive (GFAP+) astrocyte distribution between the different zones in the cerebellum of sheep during brain development. Our study indicates that the first appearance of astrocytes from restricted zones in the cerebellum occurs around the eighth week of gestation. Bergmann cells were found to be present from around the 15th week of gestation onwards. Our findings suggest that the maturation of astrocytes begins in the caudal parts of the cerebellum, developing from their initial ventral regions to spread first to dorsal regions radially within the white matter, then followed by the more rostral parts of the cerebellum. Astrocytes were also found to proliferate in the vermis before appearing in the cerebellar hemispheres. [less ▲]

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See detailNoise Reduction Properties of an Experimental Bituminous Slurry with Crumb Rubber Incorporated by the Dry Process
Bueno, Moises; Luong, Jeanne ULg; Teran, Fernando et al

in Coatings (2014), 4(3), 602-613

Nowadays, cold technology for asphalt pavement in the field of road construction is considered as an alternative solution to conventional procedures from both an economic and environmental point of view ... [more ▼]

Nowadays, cold technology for asphalt pavement in the field of road construction is considered as an alternative solution to conventional procedures from both an economic and environmental point of view. Among these techniques, bituminous slurry surfacing is obtaining an important role due to the properties of the obtained wearing course. The functional performance of this type of surfaces is directly related to its rough texture. Nevertheless, this parameter has a significant influence on the tire/road noise generation. To reduce this undesirable effect on the sound performance, new designs of elastic bituminous slurries have been developed. Within the FENIX project, this work presents the acoustical characterization of an experimental bituminous slurry with crumb rubber from wasted automobile tires incorporated by the dry process. The obtained results show that, under controlled operational parameters, the close proximity sound levels associated to the experimental slurry are considerably lower than those emitted by a conventional slurry wearing course. However, after one year of supporting traffic loads and different weather conditions, the evaluated bituminous slurry, although it conserves the original noise reduction properties in relation to the conventional one, noticeably increases the generated sound emission. Therefore, it is required to continue improving the design of experimental surfaces in order to enhance its long-term performance. [less ▲]

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See detailRole of Imaging in the Staging and Response Assessment of Lymphoma : Consensus of the International Conference on Malignant Lymphomas Imaging Working Group
BARRINGTON, SALLY F.; MIKKHAEEL, N. GEORGE; KOSTAKOGLU, LALE et al

in Journal of Clinical Oncology (2014)

This article comprises the consensus reached to update guidance on the use of PET-CT for staging and response assessment for 18F FDG-avid lymphomas in clinical practice and late-phase trials.

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See detailOptimizing Perfectly Matched Layers in Discrete Contexts
Modave, Axel ULg; Delhez, Eric ULg; Geuzaine, Christophe ULg

in International Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering (2014), 99(6), 410437

Perfectly Matched Layers (PMLs) are widely used for the numerical simulation of wave-like problems defined on large or infinite spatial domains. However, for both the time-dependent and the time-harmonic ... [more ▼]

Perfectly Matched Layers (PMLs) are widely used for the numerical simulation of wave-like problems defined on large or infinite spatial domains. However, for both the time-dependent and the time-harmonic cases, their performance critically depends on the so-called absorption function. This paper deals with the choice of this function when classical numerical methods are used (based on finite differences, finite volumes, continuous finite elements and discontinuous finite elements). After reviewing the properties of the PMLs at the continuous level, we analyse how they are altered by the different spatial discretizations. In the light of these results, different shapes of absorption function are optimized and compared by means of both one- and two-dimensional representative time-dependent cases. This study highlights the advantages of the so-called shifted hyperbolic function, which is efficient in all cases and does not require the tuning of a free parameter, by contrast with the widely used polynomial functions. [less ▲]

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See detailLabeo rosae (Cypriniformes: Cyprinidae) in the Congo basin: a relict distribution or a historical introduction?
Van SteenBerge, Maarten; Gajdzik, Laura ULg; Chilala, Alex et al

in Journal of Fish Biology (2014)

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See detailAbundance analysis, spectral variability, and search for the presence of a magnetic field in the typical PGa star HD 19400
Hubrig, S.; Castelli, F.; González, J. F. et al

in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society (2014), 442

The aim of this study is to carry out an abundance determination, to search for spectral variability and for the presence of a weak magnetic field in the typical PGa star HD 19400. High-resolution, high ... [more ▼]

The aim of this study is to carry out an abundance determination, to search for spectral variability and for the presence of a weak magnetic field in the typical PGa star HD 19400. High-resolution, high signal-to-noise High Accuracy Radial-velocity Planet Searcher (HARPS) spectropolarimetric observations of HD 19400 were obtained at three different epochs in 2011 and 2013. For the first time, we present abundances of various elements determined using an ATLAS12 model, including the abundances of a number of elements not analysed by previous studies, such as Ne I, Ga II, and Xe II. Several lines of As II are also present in the spectra of HD 19400. To study the variability, we compared the behaviour of the line profiles of various elements. We report on the first detection of anomalous shapes of line profiles belonging to Mn and Hg, and the variability of the line profiles belonging to the elements Hg, P, Mn, Fe, and Ga. We suggest that the variability of the line profiles of these elements is caused by their non-uniform surface distribution, similar to the presence of chemical spots detected in HgMn stars. The search for the presence of a magnetic field was carried out using the moment technique and the Singular Value Decomposition (SVD) method. Our measurements of the magnetic field with the moment technique using 22 Mn II lines indicate the potential existence of a weak variable longitudinal magnetic field on the first epoch. The SVD method applied to the Mn II lines indicates <B[SUB]z[/SUB]> = -76 ± 25 G on the first epoch, and at the same epoch the SVD analysis of the observations using the Fe II lines shows <B[SUB]z[/SUB]> = -91 ± 35 G. The calculated false alarm probability values, 0.008 and 0.003, respectively, are above the value 10[SUP]-3[/SUP], indicating no detection. [less ▲]

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See detailStandardization of DiaSorin and Roche automated third generation PTH assays with an international standard: impact on clinical populations
CAVALIER, Etienne ULg; DELANAYE, Pierre ULg; LUKAS, Pierre ULg et al

in Clinical Chemistry & Laboratory Medicine (2014), 52(8), 1137-41

Background: Standardization of parathyroid hormone (PTH) assays is a major issue, especially in hemodialyzed (HD) patients. Two automated third generation PTH assays (Roche Elecsys and DiaSorin Liaison ... [more ▼]

Background: Standardization of parathyroid hormone (PTH) assays is a major issue, especially in hemodialyzed (HD) patients. Two automated third generation PTH assays (Roche Elecsys and DiaSorin Liaison) are now available. These assays are specific for the (1-84) PTH and do not cross-react with the (7-84) fragment, contrary to second generation (intact) assays. We aimed to calibrate the two methods against the WHO International PTH Standard (IS) 95/646 to see if the two assays could provide comparable results in a population of healthy subjects, HD patients and patients suffering from primary hyperparathyroidism (PHP). Methods: We selected 79 healthy subjects and two populations of patients presenting PTH disorders: 56 HD and 27 PHP patients. We reconstituted the IS in a pool of human serum containing undetectable levels of 1-84 PTH and prepared 13 serum standards ranging from 0 to 2000 pg/mL. The standards were run on the two instruments to calibrate the assays on the IS. The different populations were run before and after restandardization. Results: As these kits were differently calibrated, the results obtained after restandarization were significantly different. Restandardization process improved concordance between assays and, taking the analytical variability of the two kits into account, the results could be considered to be similar. Conclusions: Restandardization of automated third generation PTH assays with the WHO 1-84 PTH Standard significantly reduces inter-method variability. Reference ranges and raw values are totally transposable from one method to the other in healthy subjects, but also in diseased patients, e.g., with HD or those suffering from PHP. [less ▲]

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See detailEvaluation of [18F]UCB-H as a novel PET tracer for synaptic vesicle protein 2A in the brain.
Warnock, Geoffrey; Aerts, Joël ULg; Bahri, Mohamed Ali ULg et al

in Journal of Nuclear Medicine (The) (2014), 55(8), 1336-1341

Synaptic vesicle 2 (SV2) proteins are critical to proper nervous system function and are involved in vesicle trafficking. The SV2A isoform has been identified as the binding site of the antiepileptic ... [more ▼]

Synaptic vesicle 2 (SV2) proteins are critical to proper nervous system function and are involved in vesicle trafficking. The SV2A isoform has been identified as the binding site of the antiepileptic levetiracetam (LEV), making it an interesting therapeutic target for epilepsy. [18F]UCB-H is a novel PET imaging agent with a nanomolar affinity for human SV2A. Methods: preclinical PET studies were carried out in isoflurane anesthetized rats. Arterial input function was measured using an arteriovenous shunt and beta microprobe system. [18F]UCB-H was injected IV (140 ± 20 MBq bolus). Results: brain uptake of [18F]UCB-H was high, matching the expected homogeneous distribution of SV2A. The distribution volume (Vt) for [18F]UCB-H was calculated using Logan’s graphical analysis and the effect of LEV pretreatment on Vt measured. In control animals the mean whole-brain Vt was 9.76 ± 0.52 ml/cm3 (mean ± SD, n=4, test-retest), and the mean reproducibility in test-retest studies was 10.4 ± 6.5 %. Uptake of [18F]UCB-H was dose-dependently blocked by pretreatment with LEV (0.1 - 100 mg/kg IV). Conclusion: our results indicate that [18F]UCB-H is a suitable radiotracer for the imaging of SV2A in vivo. This is the first PET tracer for in vivo quantification of SV2A. The necessary steps for implementation of [18F]UCB-H production under GMP conditions and first in human studies are planned. [less ▲]

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See detailA Deep Chandra Observation of the Giant H II Region N11. I. X-Ray Sources in the Field
Nazé, Yaël ULg; Wang, Q. Daniel; Chu, You-Hua et al

in Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series (2014), 213

A very sensitive X-ray investigation of the giant H II region N11 in the Large Megallanic Cloud was performed using the Chandra X-ray Observatory. The 300 ks observation reveals X-ray sources with ... [more ▼]

A very sensitive X-ray investigation of the giant H II region N11 in the Large Megallanic Cloud was performed using the Chandra X-ray Observatory. The 300 ks observation reveals X-ray sources with luminosities down to 10[SUP]32[/SUP] erg s[SUP]–1[/SUP], increasing the number of known point sources in the field by more than a factor of five. Among these detections are 13 massive stars (3 compact groups of massive stars, 9 O stars, and one early B star) with log (L [SUB]X[/SUB]/L [SUB]BOL[/SUB]) ~–6.5 to –7, which may suggest that they are highly magnetic or colliding-wind systems. On the other hand, the stacked signal for regions corresponding to undetected O stars yields log (L [SUB]X[/SUB]/L [SUB]BOL[/SUB]) ~–7.3, i.e., an emission level comparable to similar Galactic stars despite the lower metallicity. Other point sources coincide with 11 foreground stars, 6 late-B/A stars in N11, and many background objects. This observation also uncovers the extent and detailed spatial properties of the soft, diffuse emission regions, but the presence of some hotter plasma in their spectra suggests contamination by the unresolved stellar population. [less ▲]

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