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See detailWhat is the predictive value of MRI for the occurrence of hard clinical endpoints in knee osteoarthritis?
Pelletier, Jean-Pierre; Peterfy, Charles; Brandi, Maria Luisa et al

in Osteoporosis International (2013, April), 24(Suppl.1), 84-85

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See detailHealth economics in osteoarthritis
Hiligsmann, Mickaël ULg; Cooper, Cyrus; Arden, Nigel et al

in Osteoporosis International (2013, April), 24(Suppl.1), 79-80

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See detailEffects of chondroitin sulfate on the gene expression profile in IL-1β stimulated synovial fibroblast cells cultures
Lambert, Cécile ULg; Dubuc, Jean-Emile; Montell, E. et al

in Osteoarthritis and Cartilage (2013, April), 21(Supplement April 2013),

Purpose: Chondroitin sulfate (CS) is one the most used molecules in the management of OA. In this study, we performed a microarray analysis and identified a differential expression profile between control ... [more ▼]

Purpose: Chondroitin sulfate (CS) is one the most used molecules in the management of OA. In this study, we performed a microarray analysis and identified a differential expression profile between control and IL-1β stimulated synovial fibroblast cells cultures. In a second step, we investigated the effects of CS on this gene expression profile. Methods: OA synovial specimens were obtained from 12 patients undergoing knee replacement. At the surgery time, the synovial membrane was dissected. Synovial fibroblast cells (SFC) were enzymatically isolated and used after four passages (P4). SFC were pre-treated 1 hour with highly purified bovine CS (200 µg/ml, Bioibérica S.A., Barcelona, Spain) before treatment with IL-1β (1 ng/ml) for 24 hours. Total RNA was extracted using the RNeasy Mini Kit. RNA purity and quality were evaluated using the Experion RNA StdSens Analysis kit (Bio-rad Laboratories). Gene expression profiling was performed using Illumina’s multi-sample format Human HT-12 BeadChip (Illumina Inc.). Differential analysis was performed with the BRB array tools software. Class comparison test between control (Ctl) and interleukin (IL)-1β conditions, Ctl and Ctl/CS and IL-1β and IL-1β/CS conditions was based on paired t-test where Ctl and IL-1β, Ctl and Ctl/CS and IL-1β and IL-1β/CS were paired for each patient. The biological relevance of up- and down-regulated genes was analyses with Ingenuity Pathways Analysis (Ingenuity® Systems). Probes with a p-value below 0.001 were chosen and classified as up- or down-regulated ones. Results: 3308 genes were identified as differentially expressed genes between Ctl and IL-1β conditions. We observed a differential profile of expression of major pathways involved in OA pathogenesis. The key identified pathways were related to inflammation, complement cascade, angiogenesis, cartilage catabolism and anabolism and Wnt signaling. In the inflammatory network, the most upregulated cytokines were IL-8 and IL-6 with a fold change of 156.25 and 58.8 respectively. We also identified several chemokines, enzymes and metallothioneins (MTs). Complement factor B (CFB) and complement component 3 (C3) are two factors upregulated in the inflammatory complement cascade. We also identified some genes implicated in the angiogenesis pathway. The most upregulated was Stanniocalcin 1 (STC1) with a fold change of 9.09. The differential expression of intermediates involved in both cartilage anabolism and catabolism was revealed by the IL-1β stimulation, showing an imbalance in favour of catabolism. MMP-3 was largely upregulated (fold change of 62.5). Wnt 5A and low density lipoprotein receptor-related protein (LRP8) were significantly upregulated while frizzled homolog 2 (FZD2) and dickkopf homolog 3 (DKK3) were downregulated in the Wnt signaling pathway. We next performed a class comparison test between Ctl and Ctl/CS in one hand and IL-1β and IL-1β/CS on the other hand. 660 genes were identified as differentially expressed between Ctl and Ctl/CS conditions while 241 genes were identified between IL-1β and IL-1β/CS. Among them, our attention was focused on two genes upregulated in the presence of CS: lysyl oxidase-like 4 (LOXL4) and claudin 11 (CDLN11), two genes that negatively regulate cell invasion. Conclusions: We here evidenced in synovial fibroblast cells the modulation of gene expression following IL-1β stimulation. We also demonstrated the modulatory effects of CS on gene expression and isolated several CS-modulated genes of interest such as LOXL4 and CDLN11, which could constitute new mechanisms of action of the molecule and contribute to explain the symptomatic efficacy of CS in the treatment of OA. [less ▲]

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See detailEffects of chondroitin sulfate on the gene expression profile in the inflamed synovial membrane
Lambert, Cécile ULg; Dubuc, J-E; Montell, E. et al

in Osteoarthritis and Cartilage (2013, April), 21(Supplement April 2013),

Purpose: The aim of the present work was to identify the differentially expressed genes between the inflammatory (I) and normal/reactive (N/R) synovial areas using a unique ex vivo culture model. In a ... [more ▼]

Purpose: The aim of the present work was to identify the differentially expressed genes between the inflammatory (I) and normal/reactive (N/R) synovial areas using a unique ex vivo culture model. In a second step, we investigated the genetic modulatory effects of chondroitin sulfate (CS) in this model. Methods: Synovial cells (SC) were isolated from OA synovial specimens obtained from 12 patients undergoing knee replacement. The inflammatory status of the synovial membrane was characterized according to macroscopic criteria. At the surgery time, the synovial membrane was dissected and biopsies from N/R and I areas cultured separately for a period of 7 days in the absence or in the presence of highly purified bovine CS (200 µg/ml, Bioibérica S.A., Barcelona, Spain). Total RNA was extracted using the RNeasy Mini Kit. RNA purity and quality were evaluated using the Experion RNA StdSens Analysis kit (Bio-rad Laboratories). Gene expression profiling was performed using Illumina’s multi-sample format Human HT-12 BeadChip (Illumina Inc.). Differential analysis was performed with the BRB array tools software. Class Comparison test between N/R and I conditions, N/R and N/R-CS conditions and I and I-CS conditions was based on paired t-test where N/R and I, N/R and N/R-CS and I and I-CS were paired for each patient. The biological relevance of up- and down-regulated genes was analyses with Ingenuity Pathways Analysis (Ingenuity® Systems). Results: From among 47000 probes, 18253 were filtered out. Probes with a p-value below than 0.005 were chosen and classified as up- or down-regulated ones. By this way, 465 differentially expressed genes between N/R and I areas were identified. Many inflammatory mediators appear differentially expressed. The interferon alpha-inductible protein 6 (IFI6) was the most up-regulated. We also identified the hydroxysteroid (11-beta) dehydrogenase 1 (HSD11B1), the cathepsin K (CTSK), the chemokine (C-X-C motif) ligand 1 (CXCL1) and the EBV-induced G-protein coupled receptor 2 (EBI2). The differential expression of intermediates involved in angiogenesis pathway was also revealed between N/R and I areas. Among them, R-spondin-3 (RSPO3), the secreted phopshoprotein 1 (SPP1) and aquaporin 9 (AQP9) were up-regulated whereas ADAMTS1 was down-regulated. Finally, in the Wnt signaling, RSPO3 was up-regulated unlike dickkopf homolog 3 (DKK3) which was in turn down-regulated. We next performed a class comparison test between N/R and N/R-CS in one hand and between I and I-CS the other hand. 489 genes were identified as differentially expressed genes between N/R and N/R-CS conditions while 219 genes were identified between I and I-CS conditions. In this latter, our attention was focused on the down-regulated genes. Among them, we identified a number implicated in angiogenesis and cell migration pathways. Thus, the endothelial cell-specific molecule-1 (ESM1), the Transmembrane-4-L-six-family-1 (TM4SF1), the 5’-Ectonucleotidase (NT5E) and the growth arrest-specific gene 6 (GAS6) were down-regulated by CS. Conclusions: Our work demonstrates the differential gene expression profile between paired non inflammatory and normal/reactive areas of synovial membrane as well as the modulatory effects of CS on gene expression in the inflammatory areas, especially regarding genes involved in both angiogenesis and cell migration. [less ▲]

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See detailMise en oeuvre du Programme de Gestion Durable de l'Azote à l'échelle de deux petits bassins versants (Arquennes - Belgique) et évaluation d'impact par le suivi des flux de nitrate aux exutoires et par modélisation numérique
Deneufbourg, Mathieu ULg; Vandenberghe, Christophe ULg; Gaule, David et al

in Biotechnologie, Agronomie, Société et Environnement = Biotechnology, Agronomy, Society and Environment [=BASE] (2013, April), 17(S1), 164-176

Four water catchments used by the Walloon Society of Water (SWDE) in the rural village of Arquennes (Province of Hainaut, Belgium) have been contaminated by nitrate (concentrations between 60 and 70 mg ... [more ▼]

Four water catchments used by the Walloon Society of Water (SWDE) in the rural village of Arquennes (Province of Hainaut, Belgium) have been contaminated by nitrate (concentrations between 60 and 70 mg NO3-·l-1) for several years. The catchment basins (31 ha and 47 ha) are located exclusively in a cultivated area on loamy soils. Since October 2004, these basins have been used as a pilot area for the environmental evaluation of good agricultural practices as regards nitrogen management (adaptation of amounts of mineral nitrogen fertilizers, farm manure management, soil cover after harvest, etc.) thanks to monitoring by farmers. This approach fits into the general pattern of the Sustainable Nitrogen Management Program (PGDA in French), which implements the European Nitrates Directive as part of Walloon legislation. The second objective of the working scheme is to study and to set up a decision-making tool aimed at preventing the contamination of water by agricultural nitrate around water catchments. Two numerical models (SWAT and FEFLOW®) were used together in order to simulate the passage of water and nitrogen from the soil surface to the water catchments outlets. Calibration and validation of models were based, among other things, on soil and subsoil characterization and on tracer testing in both saturated and unsaturated zones. Moreover crop yield, farming practices, water and nitrate fluxes in water catchments, groundwater levels and nitrate concentration in groundwater were monitored for eight years. The results of simulations show that the application of PGDA in Arquennes watersheds would lead to a decrease in nitrate concentration (to almost 50 mg NO3-·l-1) in water catchments in 2012. This expected improvement in water quality has been visible since 2009 in water catchments, with mean nitrate concentrations of lower than 50 mg NO3-·l-1 at the end of 2012. [less ▲]

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See detailWhat is the value of biomarkers for drug development in osteoarthritis?
Lotz, Martin; Martel-Pelletier, Johanne; Christiansen, Claus et al

in Osteoporosis International (2013, April), 24(Suppl.1), 77-78

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See detailRole of nutraceuticals in the symptomatic and structural management of osteoarthritis
Bruyère, Olivier ULg

in Osteoporosis International (2013, April), 24(Suppl.1), 82-83

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See detailOrthanc - A lightweight, RESTful DICOM server for healthcare and medical research
JODOGNE, Sébastien ULg; Bernard, Claire ULg; DEVILLERS, Magali ULg et al

in Proceedings, IEEE International Symposium on Biomedical Imaging: from Nano to Macro (2013, April)

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See detailQuality of life in sarcopenia and frailty
Rizzoli, René; Reginster, Jean-Yves ULg; Arnal, Jean-François et al

in Osteoporosis International (2013, April), 24(Suppl.1), 76-77

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See detailThe intra-articular injection of a new chitosan biomaterial prevents the progression of osteoarthritis in ACLT rabbit model
Oprenyeszk, Frédéric ULg; Chausson, Mickael; Maquet, Véronique et al

in Osteoarthritis and Cartilage (2013, April), 21(Supplement April 2013), 69

Purpose To evaluate the effects of a single intra-articular injection of a new biomaterial consisting in a mix of alginate-chitosan (AC) beads and a viscous thermogelling chitosan-based (H) hydrogel on ... [more ▼]

Purpose To evaluate the effects of a single intra-articular injection of a new biomaterial consisting in a mix of alginate-chitosan (AC) beads and a viscous thermogelling chitosan-based (H) hydrogel on cartilage lesion in osteoarthritis (OA) rabbit model. These effects were compared to those obtained with the intra-articular injection of either chitosan-based (H) hydrogel without the AC bead or saline solution. Methods OA was surgically induced by the transection of the anterior cruciate ligament (ACLT) in HYLA albino rabbits. One week after surgery, animals were randomly divided into 3 groups: group I (n=7): mix of AC beads and H hydrogel; group II (n=7): H hydrogel alone; group III (n=7): saline solution (control). The treatments (900 µl) were injected intra-articularly. X-rays from the right knee were performed before surgery, at the time of injection and at sacrifice. The standard radiographs were acquired in extension and scored by the Kellgren and Lawrence (K&L) scale. After 6 weeks, animals were euthanized and the right joint was dissected. The macroscopic evaluation of cartilage from femoral condyles and tibial plateaus stained with India ink was done. Histological sections stained with Safranine-O/fast green from bearing areas of each compartment were evaluated according to the OARSI histological score. Briefly, the evaluation considered: staining of the cartilage matrix (0-6), cartilage structure (0-11), chondrocyte density (0-4) and cluster formation (0-3), where 0 represented a normal situation and 24 points the maximum severity score. Blood samples were collected the day of injection and prior the sacrifice. Prostaglandin E2 (PGE2) and C-reactive protein (CRP) were measured in serum using immunoassays. Results The X-rays analysis showed a significant decrease (p <0.05) of the K&L score in group I (AC beads and H hydrogel; 1.5 ± 0.2) compared with group II (H hydrogel; 2.2 ± 0.5) and group III (saline solution; 3.0 ± 0.4). The size and the severity of the macroscopic OA cartilage lesion tended to decrease in group I compared to the other groups. The histological global score that refers to all compartments of the knee joint was significantly decreased in group I (11.0 ± 0.7) compared to group II (14.4 ± 0.6, p <0.01) and group III (14.8 ± 0.6, p <0.001). No significant variation of PGE2 and CRP serum levels were observed in each after 6 weeks follow-up whatever the treatment injected. Conclusions This study showed that a biphasic hydrogel composed by AC beads and H hydrogel prevented OA in rabbit with ACL transection. This effect was not observed with the hydrogel alone, suggesting that AC beads play a role in joint protection. The preventive effect was observed in all joint compartments indicating a global protective effect of this new viscosupplementation. [less ▲]

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See detailClinical characteristics of patients responsive to whole body vibration
Beaudart, Charlotte ULg; Buckinx, Fanny ULg; Maquet, Didier ULg et al

in Osteoporosis International (2013, April), 24(Suppl.1), 243

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See detailNonpharmacological management
Bruyère, Olivier ULg

in Osteoporosis International (2013, April), 24(Suppl.1), 76

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See detailChanges in the structure and the symptoms of the osteoarthritis knee and prediction of future knee replacement over an 8-year follow-up period
Bruyère, Olivier ULg; Cooper, Cyrus; Pavelka, Karel et al

in Osteoporosis International (2013, April), 24(Suppl.1), 209

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See detailPlanet TOPERS: Planets, Tracing the Transfer, Origin, Preservation, and Evolution of Their Reservoirs
Dehant, V.; Van Hoolst, T.; Breuer, D. et al

in Geophysical Research Abstracts (2013, April), 15

An overview is given of the Planet TOPERS project addressing habitability in our solar system.

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See detailScalar triplet leptogenesis without right-handed neutrino decoupling
Aristizabal Sierra, Diego ULg

in Nuclear Physics B Proceedings Supplement (2013, April), 237-238

We discuss leptogenesis in the context of type-II seesaw in the case in which in addition to the scalar electroweak triplet decays the lepton asymmetry is also induced by right-handed neutrino decays ... [more ▼]

We discuss leptogenesis in the context of type-II seesaw in the case in which in addition to the scalar electroweak triplet decays the lepton asymmetry is also induced by right-handed neutrino decays (mild hierarchical scenarios). We show that within this setup, depending on the relative sizes of the relevant parameters, one can identify three classes of generic models, each one with its own consequences for leptogenesis. [less ▲]

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See detailQuantitative gait assessment using an accelerometer technology as a predictive tool of falls among nursing home residents: a 6-month prospective study
Bruyère, Olivier ULg; Detalle, Anne-Sophie; Demonceau, Marie ULg et al

in Osteoporosis International (2013, April), 24(Suppl.1), 210

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See detailValidity of the French hip and knee replacement expectations surveys
NEUPREZ, Audrey ULg; François, Garance ULg; Delcour, JP et al

in Osteoporosis International (2013, April), 24(Suppl.1), 374

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See detailCost-effectiveness of vitamin D and calcium supplementation in the treatment of postmenopausal women
Hiligsmann, Mickaël ULg; Ben Sedrine, Wafa ULg; Rabenda, Véronique ULg et al

in Osteoporosis International (2013, April), 24(Suppl.1), 198

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See detailStrontium ranelate improves osteoarthritis symptoms compared to placebo in patients with knee OA: The SEKOIA study
Bruyère, Olivier ULg; Richette, P; Bellamy, N et al

in Osteoporosis International (2013, April), 24(Suppl.1), 49-51

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See detailCARACTERISTIQUE DES POULETS SELON LE POINT DE VUE DES ELEVEURS
CHRYSOSTOME, C.A.A.Christophe; HOUNDONOUGBO, M. Frédéric; Houndonougbo, Pascal ULg et al

in Conference: Dixièmes Journées de la Recherche Avicole et Palmipèdes à Foie Gras, La Rochelle (2013, March 28), JRA-JRFG 2013

Dans beaucoup de pays en développement, l’aviculture de type familiale rurale prédomine. Au Bénin, l’aviculture rurale regroupe 99 % des effectifs de volailles avec une prédominance des poules. Une étude ... [more ▼]

Dans beaucoup de pays en développement, l’aviculture de type familiale rurale prédomine. Au Bénin, l’aviculture rurale regroupe 99 % des effectifs de volailles avec une prédominance des poules. Une étude axée sur la connaissance des ressources génétiques existantes est menée afin d’évaluer les caractéristiques du poulet selon le point de vue des éleveurs. 211 éleveurs sont enquêtés dont 151 au nord-ouest du Bénin et 60 au sudouest. L’opinion des éleveurs est recueillie sur les variétés de poulets élevées, leurs performances, leur utilité et utilisation, les caractéristiques phénotypiques, le mode de reproduction et le prix de chacune de ces variétés suivant l’âge et la période de l’année. Les observations sont faites à l’aide des photos de plumage. Les résultats ont montré qu’un éleveur avait rarement des volailles ayant un plumage spécifique, que les oiseaux étaient en divagation et que les croisements se faisaient de façon incontrôlée. Les différents plumages rencontrés ne sont pas dus au hasard. Les noms des poulets sont donnés en fonction du plumage, de l’utilisation et de l’utilité. La préférence des éleveurs va aux plumages fauves, froment, blanc et caillouté qui sont les plus fréquents devant le plumage noir. Les pattes se caractérisaient par la coloration noire (32.9%), bleuâtre (23 %) et verdâtre (14,9 %) des tarses. La couleur du bec a été dominée par le noir (51,2%), suivie du bleuâtre (11,3 %) et du jaune (10 %). Les crêtes sont de forme simple (85,4 %). On observe des poulets au plumage frisé (3 %), soyeux (2,8 %), au cou nu (9,1%) et à emplument des tarses (2,5 %). Sur la base de leur productivité et des pratiques socioculturelles, 5 plumages ont été identifiés à savoir caillouté, fauve, froment, blanc et le noir. [less ▲]

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See detailNon-radial, non-adiabatic solar-like oscillations in RGB and HB stars
Grosjean, Mathieu ULg; Dupret, Marc-Antoine ULg; Belkacem, K. et al

in EPJ Web of Conferences (2013, March 01), 43

CoRoT and Kepler observations of red giants reveal rich spectra of non-radial solar-like oscillations allowing to probe their internal structure. We compare the theoretical spectrum of two red giants in ... [more ▼]

CoRoT and Kepler observations of red giants reveal rich spectra of non-radial solar-like oscillations allowing to probe their internal structure. We compare the theoretical spectrum of two red giants in the same region of the HR diagram but in different evolutionary phases. We present here our first results on the inertia, lifetimes and amplitudes of the oscillations and discuss the differences between the two stars. [less ▲]

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See detailAmplitudes of solar-like oscillations in red giants: Departures from the quasi-adiabatic approximation
Samadi, R.; Belkacem, K.; Dupret, Marc-Antoine ULg et al

in European Physical Journal Web of Conferences (2013, March 01), 43

CoRoT and Kepler measurements reveal us that the amplitudes of solar-like oscillations detected in red giant stars scale from stars to stars in a characteristic way. This observed scaling relation is not ... [more ▼]

CoRoT and Kepler measurements reveal us that the amplitudes of solar-like oscillations detected in red giant stars scale from stars to stars in a characteristic way. This observed scaling relation is not yet fully understood but constitutes potentially a powerful diagnostic about mode physics. Quasi-adiabatic theoretical scaling relations in terms of mode amplitudes result in systematic and large differences with the measurements performed for red giant stars. The use of a non-adiabatic intensity-velocity relation derived from a non-adiabatic pulsation code significantly reduces the discrepancy with the CoRoT measurements. The origin of the remaining difference is still unknown. Departure from adiabatic eigenfunction is a very likely explanation that is investigated in the present work using a 3D hydrodynamical model of the surface layers of a representative red giant star. [less ▲]

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See detailMode lifetime and associated scaling relations
Belkacem, K.; Appourchaux, T.; Baudin, F. et al

in EPJ Web of Conferences (2013, March 01), 43

Thanks to the CoRoT and Kepler spacecrafts, scaling relations (linking seismic indices and global stellar parameters) are becoming the cornerstone of ensemble asteroseismology. Among them, the relation ... [more ▼]

Thanks to the CoRoT and Kepler spacecrafts, scaling relations (linking seismic indices and global stellar parameters) are becoming the cornerstone of ensemble asteroseismology. Among them, the relation between the cut-off frequency and the frequency of the maximum in the power spectrum of solar-like pulsators as well as the relation between mode lifetime and the effective temperature remain poorly understood. However, a solid theoretical background is essential to assess the accuracy of those relations and subsequently of the derived stellar parameters. We will thus present recent advances on the understanding of the underlying mechanisms governing those relations and show that the physics of mode lifetime (thus of mode damping) plays a major role. [less ▲]

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See detailRed giants rotational splittings
Ouazzani, R. M.; Goupil, M. J.; Dupret, Marc-Antoine ULg et al

in EPJ Web of Conferences (2013, March 01), 43

The space missions CoRoT and Kepler provide high quality data that allow to test the transport of angular momentum in stars by the seismic determination of the internal rotation profile. Our aim is to ... [more ▼]

The space missions CoRoT and Kepler provide high quality data that allow to test the transport of angular momentum in stars by the seismic determination of the internal rotation profile. Our aim is to test the validity of the seismic diagnostics for red giant rotation that are based on a perturbative method and to investigate the oscillation spectra when the validity does not hold. We use a non-perturbative approach implemented in the ACOR code [1] that accounts for the effect of rotation on pulsations, and solves the pulsations eigenproblem directly for dipolar oscillation modes. We find that the limit of the perturbation to first order can be expressed in terms of the core rotation and the period separation between consecutive dipolar modes. Above this limit, each family of modes with different azimuthal symmetry m, has to be considered separately. For rapidly rotating red giants, new seismic diagnostics can be found for rotation by exploiting the differences between the period spacings associated with each m-family of modes. [less ▲]

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See detailBelgian multicentre experience with intestinal transplantation
Ceulemans, L; DE ROOVER, Arnaud ULg; DETRY, Olivier ULg et al

in Acta Gastro-Enterologica Belgica (2013, March), 76(1), 07

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See detailAsteroseismology of hot B subdwarf stars
Charpinet, Stéphane; Van Grootel, Valérie ULg; Brassard, Pierre et al

in EPJ Web of Conferences (2013, March), 43

Nonradial pulsations in Extreme Horizontal Branch stars (also known as hot B subdwarfs or sdB stars) offer strong opportunities to study through asteroseismology the structure and internal dynamics of ... [more ▼]

Nonradial pulsations in Extreme Horizontal Branch stars (also known as hot B subdwarfs or sdB stars) offer strong opportunities to study through asteroseismology the structure and internal dynamics of stars in this intermediate stage of stellar evolution. Most sdB stars directly descend from former red giants and are expected to evolve straight into white dwarfs after core helium exhaustion. They thus represent the most direct link between these two stages. Their properties should therefore reflect both the outcome of the core evolution of red giant stars and the initial state for a fraction of the white dwarfs. We review the status of this field after a decade of efforts to exploit both p-mode and g-mode pulsating sdB stars as asteroseismic laboratories. From the discoveries of these two classes of pulsators in 1997 and 2003, respectively, up to the current epoch of data gathering of unprecedented quality from space, a lot of progress has been made in this area and prospects for future achievements look very promising. [less ▲]

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See detailStockage de bois chablis sous bâche
Castaings, Frédéric; Jourez, Benoît ULg; Riguelle, Simon ULg

in Infos de RND (Les) (2013, March), (1er semestre), 3-5

Le samedi 24 janvier 2009, la tempête Klaus traverse le sud-ouest de la France. Tempête la plus dévastatrice depuis 1999, la forêt des Landes et ses pins maritimes paient un lourd tribut à ce phénomène ... [more ▼]

Le samedi 24 janvier 2009, la tempête Klaus traverse le sud-ouest de la France. Tempête la plus dévastatrice depuis 1999, la forêt des Landes et ses pins maritimes paient un lourd tribut à ce phénomène extrême: 60% de la superficie est touchée, environ 40 millions de m3 de bois sont à terre, quatre fois la récolte annuelle. Il faudra attendre plusieurs mois avant que les aires de stockage par aspersion soient opérationnelles. Trop tard, le pin maritime montre déjà des signes de bleuissement de son bois, il est invendable sur les marchés à forte valeur ajoutée, là où l’esthétisme prime. Écarté des meilleurs débouchés, le lambris et le plancher, le manque à gagner est énorme. Un tel scénario catastrophe, notre région s’y prépare depuis 2005, tirant les enseignements des expériences étrangères et fondant son action sur les spécificités de notre forêt, de notre filière. C’est dans ce cadre que le 28 février dernier, à Eupen, des grumes d’épicéa stockées depuis presque cinq ans ont été extraites des bâches hermétiques qui les protégeaient. Comment le bois est-il ressorti de cette épreuve? Que penser de cette méthode alternative de stockage? Quelle place lui réserver ? Benoit Jourez du Laboratoire de Technologie du Bois du DEMNA (Département de l’Étude du milieu naturel et agricole) nous a apporté son éclairage et nous a conviés à l’ouverture de la poche étanche. Entre supputations et réalité des bois extraits après cinq ans, suspense… [less ▲]

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See detailDifférences d’activité de l’inflammasome NLRP3 entre sujets obèses avec et sans anomalies métaboliques
Esser, Nathalie ULg; L'Homme, Laurent ULg; DE ROOVER, Arnaud ULg et al

in Diabètes & Métabolism (2013, March), 39(suppl 1), 102

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See detailThe empirical mass distribution of hot B subdwarfs: implications for stellar evolution theory
Van Grootel, Valérie ULg; Fontaine, Gilles; Charpinet, Stéphane et al

in EPJ Web of Conferences (2013, March), 43

Subdwarf B (sdB) stars are hot, compact, and evolved objects that form the very hot end of the horizontal branch, the so-called Extreme Horizontal Branch (EHB). Understanding the formation of sdB stars is ... [more ▼]

Subdwarf B (sdB) stars are hot, compact, and evolved objects that form the very hot end of the horizontal branch, the so-called Extreme Horizontal Branch (EHB). Understanding the formation of sdB stars is one of the remaining challenges of stellar evo- lution theory. Several scenarios have been proposed to account for the existence of such objects, made of He-burning core surrounded by very thin H-rich envelope. They give quite different theoretical mass distributions for the resulting sdB stars. Detailed astero- seismic analyses, including mass estimates, of 15 pulsating hot B subdwarfs have been published since a decade. The masses have also been reliably determined by light curve modeling and spectroscopy for 7 sdB components of eclipsing and/or reflection effect binaries. These empirical mass distributions, although based on small-number statistics, can be compared with the expectations of stellar evolution theory. In particular, the two He white dwarfs merger scenario does not seem to be the dominant channel to form iso- lated sdB stars, while the post-red giant branch scenario is reinforced. This opens new questions on extreme mass loss of red giants to form EHB stars, possibly in connection with the recently discovered close substellar companions and planets orbiting sdB stars. [less ▲]

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See detailAn overview of white dwarf stars
Fontaine, Gilles; Brassard, Pierre; Charpinet, Stéphane et al

in EPJ Web of Conferences (2013, March), 43

We present a brief summary of what is currently known about white dwarf stars, with an emphasis on their evolutionary and internal properties. As is well known, white dwarfs represent the end products of ... [more ▼]

We present a brief summary of what is currently known about white dwarf stars, with an emphasis on their evolutionary and internal properties. As is well known, white dwarfs represent the end products of stellar evolution for the vast majority of stars and, as such, bear the signatures of past events (such as mass loss, mixing phases, loss and redistribution of angular momentum, and thermonuclear burning) that are of essential importance in the evolution of stars in general. In addition, white dwarf stars represent ideal testbeds for our understanding of matter under extreme conditions, and work on their constitutive physics (neutrino production rates, conductive and radiative opacities, interior liquid/solid equations of state, partially ionized and partially degenerate envelope equations of state, diffusion coefficients, line broadening mechanisms) is still being actively pursued. Given a set of constitutive physics, cooling white dwarfs can be used advantageously as cosmochronometers. Moreover, the field has been blessed by the existence of four distinct families of pulsating white dwarfs, each mapping a different evolutionary phase, and this allows the application of the asteroseismological method to probe and test their internal structure and evolutionary state. We set the stage for the reviews that follow on cooling white dwarfs as cosmochronometers and physics laboratories, as well as on the properties of pulsating white dwarfs and the asteroseismological results that can be inferred. [less ▲]

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See detailMesure continue du glucose et diabète gestationnel : revue des études disponibles
RADERMECKER, Régis ULg; Sepulchre, E

in Diabètes & Métabolism (2013, March), 39

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See detailThe mangrove forest as a feeding ground and nursery habitat for the ichthyofauna: Mida Creek in Kenya
Gajdzik, Laura ULg; Vanreusel, Ann; Koedeam, Nico et al

in Mees, J.; Seys, J. (Ed.) (2013). Book of abstracts – VLIZ Young Marine Scientists' Day. Brugge, Belgium, 15 February 2013. VLIZ Special Publication, 63. Vlaams Instituut voor de Zee (VLIZ): Oostende. xii, 168 pp. Part of: VLIZ Special Publication. Vlaams Instituut voor de Zee (VLIZ): Oostende. ISSN 1377-0950 (2013, February 15)

Mangrove forests are among the most productive ecosystems, sustaining both terrestrial and aquatic fauna (Kathiresan, 2011). They are important to coastal fisheries by providing foraging and hiding places ... [more ▼]

Mangrove forests are among the most productive ecosystems, sustaining both terrestrial and aquatic fauna (Kathiresan, 2011). They are important to coastal fisheries by providing foraging and hiding places for commercially valuable fishes (Tomlinson, 1986; Rönnbäck 1999). This research investigated the fish assemblage of Mida Creek (Kenya, East Africa) as well as the presumed feeding and nursery functions of the area for the ichthyofauna present. This explorative study contributes to a Kenyan-Flemish project in which scientists aim to identify the impacts of human exploitation and management regimes of mangroves on biodiversity richness and abundance, including demersal fish. The species composition of the ichthyofauna of Mida and trophic interactions therein was studied for five representative sampling areas. These sites are located at various distances from local villages in order to include the effect of different degrees of human disturbance. Samples were collected during 5-6 consecutive days close to spring tide in mid July 2011. Fishes were caught using several types of passive fishing gears such as large and small fyke nets, gill nets and occasionally beach seine. Each individual was identified to species level, measured and weighed. We performed stomach content analysis to provide information about fish diet. Furthermore, stable isotope analysis was applied on most fishes in order to detect whether the source of primary production for the higher trophic levels is mangrove-related or not. A total of 29 fish species was found with a catch of 939 teleost specimens. Our analyses showed that a majority of fish belonged to the zoobenthivorous/omnivorous trophic mode, they were mainly feeding on invertebrates. Their diet was quite similar over different locations and life stages. Two species (Sphyraena barracuda and Synodus variegatus) exhibited a mixed diet with a piscivorous preference. Results concerning the population structure suggested that the fish community of Mida consisted of both transient and resident species. Juveniles were, however, numerically more abundant in the whole area than adult specimens. Based on our restricted sampling period and methodology, we were not able to accurately detect human impacts on fish stock and species composition between locations. Finally, our results confirm that Mida Creek mangrove is an important habitat for the ichthyofauna especially for juvenile fishes. Its role as feeding and nursery ground appears well established. [less ▲]

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See detailDevelopment of an experimental device allowing plant-plant interaction studies and in situ dynamic trapping of volatile organic compounds emitted by barley (Hordeum distichon L.) roots
Delory, Benjamin ULg; Delaplace, Pierre ULg; Fauconnier, Marie-Laure ULg et al

in Communications in Agricultural and Applied Biological Sciences (2013, February 08), 78(1), 97-102

In response to wounding or herbivore attack, leaves and roots of higher plants release volatile organic compounds (VOCs). To date, VOCs analysis and plant−plant interaction studies have been mainly ... [more ▼]

In response to wounding or herbivore attack, leaves and roots of higher plants release volatile organic compounds (VOCs). To date, VOCs analysis and plant−plant interaction studies have been mainly performed on aboveground plant tissues, leaving the roles played by root VOCs in plant−plant interaction unexplored. In this context, this project aims at setting up an original experimental device allowing both dynamic trapping of VOCs emitted by mechanically damaged H. distichon roots and the study of the roles played by root VOCs in intra and interspecific plant−plant interactions. The experimental device consists of Barley seedlings cultivated in closed PTFE reactors filled with wet sand. Before being analysed by gas chromatography−mass spectrometry, root VOCs are trapped via a dynamic system on Tenax cartridges using a charcoal-filtered and humidified air. Preliminary results show that 7 day-old wounded Barley roots emit C9 fatty acid derivatives (E-non-2-enal and nona-2,6-dienal) as major compounds, contrasting with aboveground plant tissues that mainly emit C6 alcohols, aldehydes, and their derivative esters. For plant−plant interaction studies, receiver plants are exposed to an airflow enriched with VOCs from root damaged Barley plants of the same age. [less ▲]

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See detailLepton flavor violation and seesaw symmetries
Aristizabal Sierra, Diego ULg

in Hyperfine Interactions (2013, February), 214

When the standard model is extended with right-handed neutrinos the symmetries of the resulting Lagrangian are enlarged with a new global U(1)R Abelian factor. In the context of minimal seesaw models we ... [more ▼]

When the standard model is extended with right-handed neutrinos the symmetries of the resulting Lagrangian are enlarged with a new global U(1)R Abelian factor. In the context of minimal seesaw models we analyze the implications of a slightly broken U(1)R symmetry on charged lepton flavor violating decays. We find, depending on the R-charge assignments, models where charged lepton flavor violating rates can be within measurable ranges. In particular, we show that in the resulting models due to the structure of the light neutrino mass matrix muon flavor violating decays are entirely determined by neutrino data (up to a normalization factor) and can be sizable in a wide right-handed neutrino mass range. [less ▲]

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See detailLong term measurements of volatile organic compounds exchanges above a maize field at Lonzee (Belgium)
Bachy, Aurélie ULg; Aubinet, Marc ULg; SALERNO, Giovanni ULg et al

in Communications in Agricultural and Applied Biological Sciences (2013, February), 78(1), 127-132

VOC (volatile organic compounds) include a wide set of molecules which are mostly emitted by the plants. Atmospheric scientists are strongly interested in these compounds because of their important role ... [more ▼]

VOC (volatile organic compounds) include a wide set of molecules which are mostly emitted by the plants. Atmospheric scientists are strongly interested in these compounds because of their important role in the atmospheric chemistry and their final impact on air pollution and climate change. Evaluation of current and future VOC emissions is thus necessary and requires a comprehensive understanding of VOC production and exchange dynamics under a wide panel of climatic conditions and ecosystems. Forest and non pastured grasslands have been largely studied for the last decade. However, knowledge about VOC fluxes from croplands remains scarce. Our study focuses on the VOC exchanges between a maize field and the atmosphere. It is incorporated in a wider project that aims to study VOC fluxes from two croplands (maize and winter wheat) and a pastured grassland. VOC fluxes have been measured on a maize field during the whole growing season using a micrometeorological method (eddy covariance). While first results show half-hourly bidirectionnal exchanges among all the preselected compounds, in average methanol stands for the greatest emitted VOC, followed by green leaf volatiles, and acetic acid is the greatest taken up VOC. Small isoprene and monoterpenes fluxes are also observed. A diurnal pattern is found for all those VOC, with greater emission/uptake during the day, suggesting a flux dependence on environmental parameters. These environmental controls will be further investigated [less ▲]

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See detailErythropoietin therapy after allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation : a prospective randomised trial.
JASPERS, Aurélie ULg; Baron, Frédéric ULg; WILLEMS, Evelyne ULg et al

in Belgian Journal of Hematology (2013, January)

Based on the impairment of erythropoietin production after allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation (HCT), we previously reported in a phase-2 trial that recombinant human erythropoietin (rhEPO ... [more ▼]

Based on the impairment of erythropoietin production after allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation (HCT), we previously reported in a phase-2 trial that recombinant human erythropoietin (rhEPO) therapy was very efficient when started one month after transplantation. We also demonstrated that anemia after nonmyeloabalative (NM) HCT was less sensitive to rhEPO therapy than after conventional allogeneic HCT. This prompted us to confirm these findings in a prospective randomised trial. One hundred and thirty-one patients were randomised (1:1) between no treatment (arm 1) or erythropoietin (Neorecormon) at the dose of 500 U/kg/week (arm 2). Once the target Hb (13g/dL) has been attained, the dose of rhEPO was reduced by half, while it was withheld when Hb was = 14g/dL. Cohort A included 42 patients on day 28 after myeloablative HCT, cohort B 39 patients on day 28 after NMHCT, and cohort C 50 patients on day 0 of NMHCT. Primary endpoints included proportion of complete correctors (i.e. patients reaching Hb = 13g/dL) and median time to achieve Hb correction in each arm. The proportion of complete correctors before day 126 posttransplant was 0% in group 1A vs 52.4% in group 2A, 0% in group 1B vs 69.5% in group 2B and 19.1% in group 1C vs 70.2% in group 2C. Median time to achieve Hb = 13g/dL was not reached in group 1B vs 49 days in group 2B; 363 and 59 days in groups 1A and 1B respectively and 363 and 87 days in groups 3A and 3B respectively (figure 1). Hb evolution in each group is shown in figure 2. Seventyone patients (47/62 in control groups and 24/57 in treated groups, p=0.0003) required red blood cell transfusions. The difference was most pronounced in cohort B. There was no difference in rates of thrombo-embolic events or other complications between the two arms. In conclusion, this is the first trial to demonstrate that EPO therapy hastens erythroid recovery and decreases transfusion requirements when started one month after allogeneic HCT. [less ▲]

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See detailCollaborations distantes synchrones dans les pratiques de conception
Ben Rajeb, Samia ULg; Leclercq, Pierre ULg

in International Journal of Design Sciences and Technology (2013, January)

Cet article propose une analyse des pratiques de la collaboration architecturale dans des situations de travail distantes. Il s'intéresse en particulier à la mise en oeuvre d'outils pour le travail ... [more ▼]

Cet article propose une analyse des pratiques de la collaboration architecturale dans des situations de travail distantes. Il s'intéresse en particulier à la mise en oeuvre d'outils pour le travail synchrones dans les agences d'architecture. Il s'appuie sur l'observations in situ de trois situations qui illustrent successivement différents modes d'interaction : nous analyserons ainsi l'usage de la visioconférence, de l'écran partagé puis du studio distant collaboratif. Pour identifier quels rôles peuvent assurer ces différents outils numériques, notre méthodologie s'appuiera sur la catégorisation proposée par les concepts architecturologiques, décrivant les opérations de conception architecturale, complétées des opérations pragmatiques de collaboration. Une grille évaluative des opérations supportées respectivement par ces trois technologies identifiera leurs limitations, atouts et conditions d'opérabilité, permettant ainsi d'apprécier la mise en oeuvre actuelle et future des technologies collaboratives en agence d'architecture. [less ▲]

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See detailModélisation du captage post-combustion du CO2 avec évaluation de la dégradation des solvants
Léonard, Grégoire ULg; BELLETANTE, Ségolène; Cabeza Mogador, Bruno et al

in Récents Progrès en Génie des Procédés (2013), 104

Post-combustion CO2 capture in power plants is one of the most mature technologies for a short-term and large-scale decrease of CO2 emissions while simultaneously addressing the growing global energy ... [more ▼]

Post-combustion CO2 capture in power plants is one of the most mature technologies for a short-term and large-scale decrease of CO2 emissions while simultaneously addressing the growing global energy demand. CO2 is chemically absorbed in an amine solvent that can be regenerated at higher temperature, producing a pure CO2 stream. However, the large impact of this technology on the power plant efficiency and the environmental penalty are the main drawbacks for large-scale implementation. In this work, an innovative approach combining process modeling and evaluation of the environmental penalty due to amine degradation is presented. Based on experimental results, the kinetics of solvent oxidative and thermal degradation is estimated and included in the process model developed in Aspen Plus. Using this model, the influence of operating parameters like the oxygen concentration in the flue gas or the solvent regeneration pressure is studied. This model is a first step for a multi-objective optimization of the CO2 capture process, assessing both energy and environmental penalties of this technology. [less ▲]

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See detailStrontium ranelate prevents radiological progression in patients with primary knee osteoarthritis
Cooper, C; Berembaum, F; Nash, P et al

in Osteoporosis International (2013), 24(1), 306-307

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See detailDeciphering the role of 75KDA SIRT1 fragment in osteoarthritis
Dvir-Ginzberg, M; Oppenheimer, H; Meir, H et al

in Osteoarthritis and Cartilage (2013), 21

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See detailMise en image du spectacle et spectacularisation de l’image à l’âge baroque
Delfosse, Annick ULg; Dekoninck, Ralph; Delbeke, Maarten et al

in Degrés : Revue de Synthèses à Orientation Sémiologique (2013)

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See detailLocal estradiol synthesis in the brain and its implication in male and female sexual motivation of Japanese quail
de Bournonville, Catherine ULg; Schmit, Mélanie; Ball, Gregory F et al

in Trabajos del Instituto Cajal (2013)

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See detailSi isotope and Ge/Si ratios record successive cycles of dissolution/precipitation of pedogenic clay minerals
Cornelis, Jean-Thomas ULg; Weis, Dominique; Lavkulich, Les et al

in Mineralogical Magazine (2013), 77(5), 918

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See detailHerbaceous Plant Availability and Use by Western Lowland Gorillas in South East Cameroon
Willie, Jacob; Tagg, Nikki; Petre, Charles-Albert ULg et al

in Folia Primatologica : International Journal of Primatology = Internationale Zeitschrift für Primatologie = Journal international de Primatologie (2013), 84

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See detailStrontium ranelate effect on knee osteoarthritis progression : a MRI analysis
Genant, HK; Zaim, S; Guermazi, A et al

in Osteoporosis International (2013), 24(1), 312-313

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See detailHydrological and geopedological dynamics of a forested slope
Deraedt, Deborah ULg; Degré, Aurore ULg; Colinet, Gilles ULg

in Geophysical Research Abstracts (2013), 15

Though forested watersheds are really particular in terms of hydrodynamics, most of the hydrological models oversimplify the phenomena involved. More investigations are unavoidable to improve the ... [more ▼]

Though forested watersheds are really particular in terms of hydrodynamics, most of the hydrological models oversimplify the phenomena involved. More investigations are unavoidable to improve the knowledge and the modelling of this environment. Here is the aim of this study. The studied slope is located on the Houille watershed in the West of the Belgian Ardenne (50 1’47”N, 4 53’22”E) on a silty rocky soil. The site is situated under a Douglas fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii (MIRB.) FRANCO) and spruce stand cover (Picea abies (L.) Karst). It is about 160 meters long with a North-West facing slope between 7 and 55%. The goal of the study is : - to characterise the hydrological and pedogeological dynamics along a forested slope, - to compare these dynamics with the tree growth. For the geopedological part of the study, eight pits were dug to describe the soil and take some soil samples used for granulometric, chemical, etc. analysis. We have used geophysical methods (Electrical Resistivity Tomography and Ground Penetrating Radar) to estimate the soil depth. As for the hydrological part of this study, moisture sensors (capacitive and TDR) have been installed in the pits along the slope. A dye tracing test has been performed to underline the preferential flow and the importance of the subsurface flow. Several trees have been equipped with dendrometers and some measures of the LAI and the height of the trees are planned. [less ▲]

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See detailPrognostic value of FDG PET/CT in patients with hepatocellular carcinoma treated with liver transplantation.
GOVAERTS, L.; DETRY, Olivier ULg; BLETARD, Noëlla ULg et al

in European Journal of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (2013), 2013(SUPPL), 287

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See detailSystemic Active and Total Myeloperoxidase Levels in Coronary Artery Disease.
GACH, Olivier ULg; MAGNE, Julien ULg; Franck, Thierry ULg et al

in Cardiology (2013), 126(Suppl. 2), 1-521

Backgound: Measurement of total Myeloperoxidase (MPO) by ELISA is considered as a marker of neutrophil activation but is not the true indicator of the degree of its activity. In a dynamic pathology such ... [more ▼]

Backgound: Measurement of total Myeloperoxidase (MPO) by ELISA is considered as a marker of neutrophil activation but is not the true indicator of the degree of its activity. In a dynamic pathology such as atherosclerosis, it may be important to measure the real active part of MPO because it represents the true witness of the oxidant potential of the enzyme. Aim: To identify the relation between coronary artery disease identified by coronaro-angiography on measured serum total and active MPO levels and evaluate the correlation between these MPO levels and the presence of clinically defined unstable condition. Methods: Prospective analyse of serum samples of patients before (within 30 min) coronaro-angiography. Total and active MPO concentrations were assessed by sandwich Elisa and SIEFED® method’s respectively. Results: Two hundred and twenty patients were included in this study (age: 66.1±10.7 years, 67% of male). Among these, 62% presented significant coronary artery disease (stenosis more than 60% at least in one épicardial coronary artery). Twenty four patients (11%) presented unstable coronary syndrome. Mean active and total MPO in the general population were 50.1±63.5 and 147.6±223.3 ng.mL-1 respectively. In comparison, mean active MPO was 47.1±47.9 ng.mL-1 in stable patients and 75.1±135.2 ng.mL-1 in unstable patients (p=0.04). Mean total MPO was 146.3±224.7 ng.mL-1 in stable patients and 158.2±215.8 ng.mL-1 in the unstable’s one (p=0.8). There was a significant correlation between active MPO levels and instability (r=0.14, p=0.04) not present for total MPO levels (r=0.016, p=0.8). Conclusion: We observed a correlation between active MPO and clinical instability while there was no correlation with total MPO. Our preliminary results suggest that this marker could be a powerful indicator of instability which could possess an important prognostic impact. This hypothesis requires an evaluation in wider population and during a prolonged follow-up. [less ▲]

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See detailLevels of Dechloranes and PBDEs in Serum from Central European Population
Brasseur, Catherine ULg; Focant, Jean-François ULg

in Organohalogen Compounds (2013), 75

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See detailGenetics of body energy status of Holstein cows predicted by mid-infrared spectrometry
Bastin, Catherine ULg; Berry, D.; Gengler, Nicolas ULg et al

in Journal of Dairy Science (2013), 96(E-Suppl. 1),

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See detailImaging osteoarthritis using (18F)FPRGD2 PET/CT : observation and potential application.
WITHOFS, Nadia ULg; ALVAREZ MIEZENTSEVA, Victoria ULg; SIMONI, Paolo ULg et al

in Journal of Nuclear Medicine (The) (2013), 54(SUPPL), 250

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See detailApplication de la résonance magnétique nucléaire (RMN) en toxicologie judiciaire
Denooz, Raphaël ULg; Frederich, Michel ULg; Charlier, Corinne ULg et al

in Acta Clinica Belgica (2013), 68(6), 470

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See detailThe general approach to the patient with osteoarthritis : is a treatment algorithm feasible ?
Reginster, Jean-Yves ULg

in Osteoporosis International (2013), 24(1), 385

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See detailVisean corals from the transverse Jebel Begaa to Gara el Itima (eastern Tafilalt, Morocco)
Aretz, Markus; Denayer, Julien ULg

in Document de l'Institut Scientifique, Rabat (2013), 26

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See detailEvaluation de l'exposition professionnelle aux cytostatiques des travailleurs de deux services du CHU de Liège
Rusu, Dorina; DUBOIS, Nathalie ULg; Surleraux, Cécile et al

in Acta Clinica Belgica (2013), 68(6), 472

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See detailProspective study of an advanced nurse triage for a target pathology at the admission in the emergency department
JOBE, Jérôme ULg; VANDERCLEYEN, C; Ghuysen, Alexandre ULg et al

in Acta Clinica Belgica (2013), 68(6), 2

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See detailPharmacological management : osteoporosis and osteoarthritis, similarities and differences
Reginster, Jean-Yves ULg

in Osteoporosis International (2013), 24(1), 75-76

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See detailImproving the Accuracy of Monitoring Great Apes in the Wild: A Case Study from Southeast Cameroon
Tagg, Nikki; Willie, Jacob; Petre, Charles-Albert ULg

in Folia Primatologica : International Journal of Primatology = Internationale Zeitschrift für Primatologie = Journal international de Primatologie (2013), 84

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See detailHow adaptation strategies of crops could counteract climate change effects? The case of four catchments in Wallonia, Belgium.
Bauwens, Alexandra ULg; Sohier, Catherine ULg; Degré, Aurore ULg

in Geophysical Research Abstracts (2013), 15

A sharp increase in extreme heat and drought stress is projected in Belgium by the end of the 21st century, with the potential to significantly reduce crops’ yields under current agricultural practices ... [more ▼]

A sharp increase in extreme heat and drought stress is projected in Belgium by the end of the 21st century, with the potential to significantly reduce crops’ yields under current agricultural practices. This contribution uses an agro-hydrological model in order to assess the potential effects of climate evolution on crop development, yield, and water balance for the main agricultural productions in the Meuse catchment. Erosion risk is also evaluated. We show that grasslands and maize yield decrease and yield variability increases under climate change scenarios. The leaf area index study permits to put in emphasis the earlier start of the vegetation due to warmer climate. It appears that all the sensitive stages occur earlier in the season and that crops are negatively affected by summer drought stress. The better understanding of crops development under evolving climate allows us to propose some changes in agricultural practices and to assess their effectiveness. We evaluate different strategies of adaptation in agricultural practices in order to reduce the potential negative effects of climate change on grasslands and maize production. Adaptation strategies proposed are advanced sowing and harvesting date, introduction of a cover crop for maize and advance in the cutting dates for grasslands. In the particular case of the Vesdre catchment, shifting the growth period of maize permits to avoid the water-deficit period and allow increased yield. This shift makes it possible to introduce a cover crop that will drastically reduce winter soil erosion. For grassland, the adjustment of the cutting dates favored the first cut and the earlier start of the vegetation. The second cut is less profitable due to summer drought stress. The vulnerability assessments focused on the main rotation encountered in the cultivated areas and in the difference in the cover type of these crops. [less ▲]

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See detailBaseline measurements of COLL2-1 and COLL2-1 NO2 in urine are highly predictive of joint space narrowing in knee osteoarthritis
Henrotin, Yves ULg; Kraus, V.; Huebner, J. et al

in Annals of Rheumatic Diseases (2013)

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See detailPatients' preferences for osteoporosis drug therapy : a discrete choice experiment
Hiligsmann, Mickaël ULg; Dellaert, B; Dirksen, C et al

in Osteoporosis International (2013), 24(1), 53

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See detailTime-Controlled Cryogenic Zone Compression (tCZC) GC-HRMS, A Novel Tool fro Targetted Analysis at Uktra Trace Level
Krumwiede, D; Mehmlann, H; Focant, Jean-François ULg et al

in Organohalogen Compounds (2013), 75

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See detailLa Meuse comme "Barrière" ? Regards croisés sur une frontière stratégique entre la France et l'Allemagne (1870-1914)
Bechet, Christophe ULg

in Revue Belge de Philologie et d'Histoire (2013), XCI(4), 1155-1186

In the margins of the London Treaty of 1831, a secret provision – regarding the defence of the Belgian fortresses in case of a war against France by the other Powers was maintained, putting the strategic ... [more ▼]

In the margins of the London Treaty of 1831, a secret provision – regarding the defence of the Belgian fortresses in case of a war against France by the other Powers was maintained, putting the strategic burden of the old « Low Countries Barrier » of 1815 on the frail shoulders of the newly-formed Kingdom of Belgium. To the full satisfaction of the Belgian Government, this « Fortress agreement » was practically forgotten afterwards. Nevertheless, after the Franco-Prussian War of 1870-1871, a march of the French and German armies through the Meuse valley became more and more a nightmarish eventuality. As a consequence, the towns of Liège and Namur were surrounded with modern forts to check any invasion attempt by belligerents. This shift in defensive paradigm led to numerous diplomatic and military commentaries in Belgium and abroad. Meanwhile, the new railways established between Meuse and Rhin increased the strategic value of the Ardennes-Eifel area. Finally, these modifications to the border area distorted the French and German war plans. At the beginning of the twentieth century, war-planners had started to look at the Belgian Meuse valley from a completely new perspective. [less ▲]

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See detail‘Volkomen Hollands en toch op Europees peil’: E. du Perron over Louis Couperus
Andringa, Kim ULg

in Cahiers voor een lezer (2013), 37

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See detailEstimation of the fascine efficiency in terms of runoff infiltration and sediments deposition
Degré, Aurore ULg; Pineux, Nathalie ULg; Cantreul, Vincent ULg et al

in Geophysical Research Abstracts (2013), 15

Runoff inundations and mudflows are more and more frequent phenomena. In 2011, Belgium had a lot of its municipalities affected by this problematic. Since then, mitigation measures are more and more set ... [more ▼]

Runoff inundations and mudflows are more and more frequent phenomena. In 2011, Belgium had a lot of its municipalities affected by this problematic. Since then, mitigation measures are more and more set up in agricultural watersheds. The fascines are one of these measures which allow to protect the public and private infrastructures and in the same way, which don’t reduce the famers productivity. They consist in branches faggots piled up between two rows of stakes. These linear constructions are mainly put in place across concentrated runoff axis in order to slow down the water and to filter the mud. Only few quantifications of their effectiveness (in terms of flow and concentration water reduction) exist and are however needed to better recommend these types of mitigation measures. Our experiment aims at measuring discharge and mud concentration reduction due to the fascines in a completely defined context. The tests were realised through fascines planted in field border. A watertight surface of 2,45m to 0,80m carries the water to the fascines. Three types of fascines were tested (willow wood fascine, straw fascine, straw compacted fascine), three different water flows were applied (0,5L/s, 3L/s and 6L/s) and three water concentration in dry soil (13g/L, 26g/L, 38g/L) were used. The different factor combinations were tested. The results show that we can expect a reduction of 60% of the flow for the biggest water flows (proportional efficiency with the water flow). The factor interaction study doesn’t allow to see a difference between the type. About the sediment water concentration, the filtration can reach 50%, the fascine with wood faggots showing a better efficiency. Finally, the difference between the fascine type show that straw fascine can support a biggest watershed (25 hectares) than the wood faggot fascine can (5-10 hectares) but during a smaller return period (one year against five years). [less ▲]

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See detailInhibition of sclerostin with romosozumab in postmenopausal women with low BMD : phase 2 trial results
McClung, M; Grauer, A; Boonen, S et al

in Osteoporosis International (2013), 24(1), 38-39

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See detailPartonic Picture of Generalized Transverse Momentum Distributions
Liuti, Simonetta; Courtoy, Aurore ULg; Goldstein, Gary R. et al

in World Scientific (2013)

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See detailValidation of analytical method for the determination in serum of psychotropic drugs commonly prescribed in Rwanda by HPLC-DAD
Hahirwa, Innocent; Charlier, Corinne ULg; DENOOZ, Raphael ULg et al

in Acta Clinica Belgica (2013), 68(6), 479

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See detailModeling of Dendritic Cell-based vaccination Immunotherapy using Artificial Neural Networks
Mehrian, Mohammad ULg; Arabameri, Abazar; Sedghi, Alireza et al

in Modeling of Dendritic Cell-based vaccination Immunotherapy using Artificial Neural Networks (2013)

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See detailL’incendie : feu purificateur ?
Close, Florence ULg

in Bulletin de la Société d'Art et d'Histoire du Diocèse de Liège (2013), LXX

Dans la nuit du 3 au 4 août 1312, la Cité de Liège est mise à feu et à sang. Sept siècles plus tard, la mémoire collective liégeoise compte encore cet évènement au nombre des jalons les plus tragiques de ... [more ▼]

Dans la nuit du 3 au 4 août 1312, la Cité de Liège est mise à feu et à sang. Sept siècles plus tard, la mémoire collective liégeoise compte encore cet évènement au nombre des jalons les plus tragiques de l’histoire de la Principauté. Les conditions dans lesquelles moururent les patriciens demeurent inqualifiables, de même que les moyens auxquels recourut la masse populaire révoltée pour venir à bout de son adversaire. Cet évènement anecdotique au regard de la grande histoire met en lumière la place ambivalente du feu dans la vie et la mentalité des hommes et des femmes du Moyen Âge. Il invite à une profonde réflexion mêlant des considérations juridiques, spirituelles, symboliques et anthropologiques [less ▲]

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See detailNutrition and bone health : turning beliefs into knowledge for healthy behaviour
Brandi, ML; Reginster, Jean-Yves ULg

in Osteoporosis International (2013), 24(1), 388-389

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See detailChirurgie bariatrique chez le patient diabétique de type 1 : résultats d’une expérience limitée.
FRANCK, Marie ULg; DE FLINES, Jenny ULg; PAQUOT, Nicolas ULg et al

in Diabète & Métabolisme (2013), 39(suppl), 102

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See detailOn the Number of Abelian Bordered Words
Rampersad, Narad; Rigo, Michel ULg; Salimov, Pavel ULg

in Lecture Notes in Computer Science (2013), 7907

In the literature, many bijections between (labeled) Motzkin paths and various other combinatorial objects are studied. We consider abelian (un)bordered words and show the connection with irreducible ... [more ▼]

In the literature, many bijections between (labeled) Motzkin paths and various other combinatorial objects are studied. We consider abelian (un)bordered words and show the connection with irreducible symmetric Motzkin paths and paths in Z not returning to the origin. This study can be extended to abelian unbordered words over an arbitrary alphabet and we derive expressions to compute the number of these words. In particular, over a 3-letter alphabet, the connection with paths in the triangular lattice is made. Finally, we study the lengths of the abelian unbordered factors occurring in the Thue--Morse word. [less ▲]

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See detailPhysico-chemical and membrane-interacting properties of D-xylose-based bolaforms. Influence of the anomeric configuration
Nasir, Mehmet Nail ULg; Legrand, Vincent; Gatard, Sylvain et al

in MATEC Web of Conferences (2013), 4

Sugar-based biosurfactants such as xylose-derived bolaforms have interesting properties, for example high biocompatibility and biodegradability which make them potential useful molecules in the ... [more ▼]

Sugar-based biosurfactants such as xylose-derived bolaforms have interesting properties, for example high biocompatibility and biodegradability which make them potential useful molecules in the pharmaceutical and cosmetic fields. Until now, no detailed analyses of the physico-chemical properties of these compounds have been undertaken. Two symmetrical D-xylose-based bolaforms were chemically synthesized where the two xylose heads are linked via an acetal link to a hydrocarbon chain containing 18 carbon atoms and an unsaturation. The two bolaforms differ only by their anomeric configuration: or The bolaform exhibits interfacial properties at the air-water interface which is not the case for the . FTIR spectroscopy showed that the interactions between the bolaform and POPC, a model phospholipid, involve the carbonyl groups of the phospholipid [less ▲]

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See detailGenetic analysis of pig survival in a crossbred population
Dufrasne, Marie ULg; Misztal, Ignacy; Tsuruta, Shogo et al

in Journal of Animal Science (2013), 91(E-Suppl.2), 193

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See detailInitiation of methane turbulent flux measurements over a grazed grassland in Belgium
Dumortier, Pierre ULg; Aubinet, Marc ULg; Chopin, Henri ULg et al

in Geophysical Research Abstracts (2013), 15

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See detailThe interdependent relationship between C dynamics and soil-forming processes in a podzollic chronosequence under a temperate rainforest.
Vermeire, Marie-Liesse; Lavkulich, Les; Cornelis, Jean-Thomas ULg

in Geophysical Research Abstracts (2013), 15

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See detailKoaleszenz in Extraktionskolonnen und Abscheidern
Pfennig, Andreas ULg; Buchbender, Florian; Chuttrakul, P et al

in Chemie Ingenieur Technik (2013)

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See detailGenetic analysis of longitudinal measurements of feed intake in Piétrain sire lines
Dufrasne, Marie ULg; Jaspart, Véronique; Wavreille, José et al

in Journal of Animal Science (2013), 91(E-Suppl.2), 293

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See detailSurface and lipid interaction properties of novel rhamnolipids to explain their eliciting activity
Nasir, Mehmet Nail ULg; Monhonval, Pierre; Nott, Katherine ULg et al

in European Biophysics Journal [=EBJ] (2013), 42(S1), 168

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See detailImage-guided failure assessment of human trabecular bone - Inverse finite element modelling for characterization of elastic properties
Zwahlen, Alexander; Christen, David; Ruffoni, Davide ULg et al

in BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING-BIOMEDIZINISCHE TECHNIK (2013), 58(1),

Local interpretation of micro finite element (mu FE) simulations has become important in different fields of bone biomechanics. Although on an apparent level mu FE has successfully been validated against ... [more ▼]

Local interpretation of micro finite element (mu FE) simulations has become important in different fields of bone biomechanics. Although on an apparent level mu FE has successfully been validated against experiments, local validations are sparse and limited by imaging resolution. At the tissue level heterogeneity of Young's modulus has been reported. Although non-uniform material distribution have been shown to only have a minor influence on the apparent material properties, its impact on local material behaviour is largely unknown. By combining image-guided failure assessment (IGFA) using synchrotron-based-micro-computed tomography, strain mapping and inverse mu FE modelling, we present an experimental and computational framework which will allow studying local effects of intratrabecular heterogeneity of the Young's modulus. [less ▲]

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See detailPrognostic value of FDG PET/CT in patients with lung tumors treated by Cyberknife.
LOVINFOSSE, Pierre ULg; JANVARY, Zsolt Levente ULg; JANSEN, Nicolas ULg et al

in Journal of Nuclear Medicine (The) (2013), 54(SUPPL), 567

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See detailPhenomenology of $\alpha_s$ at intermediate energy: the quark-hadron duality approach
Courtoy, Aurore ULg

in PoS - Proceedings of Science (2013)

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See detailSimultaneous fitting of statistical-model parameters to symmetric and asymmetric fission cross sections
Mancusi, Davide; Charity, R.J; Cugnon, Joseph ULg

in Journal of Physics: Conference Series (2013), 420

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See detailThe neural correlates of recollection and familiarity during aging
Angel, Lucie; Bastin, Christine ULg; Genon, Sarah ULg et al

in Journal of Psychophysiology (2013), 27(Suppl 1), 48

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See detailA new method for computing the derivatives of the mean and amplitude of physiological variables with respect to the parameters of a cardiovascular system model
Pironet, Antoine ULg; Dauby, Pierre ULg; Revie, James A. et al

in Minimally Invasive Therapy & Allied technologies : Official Journal of the Society for Minimally Invasive Therapy (2013), 22

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See detailSpectral Modelling of Massive Binary Systems: The Example of LZ Cep
Palate, Matthieu ULg; Rauw, Grégor ULg; Mahy, Laurent ULg

in Central European astrophysical bulletin (2013)

Despite their importance for many astrophysical processes, massive stars are still not fully understood. Massive binaries offer an attractive way to improve our knowledge of the fundamental properties of ... [more ▼]

Despite their importance for many astrophysical processes, massive stars are still not fully understood. Massive binaries offer an attractive way to improve our knowledge of the fundamental properties of these objects. However, some secondary effects are known to generate variations in the spectra of massive binaries, rendering their analyses more difficult. We present here a new approach to the computation of synthetic spectra of massive binaries at different phases of their orbital cycle. Our model starts with the Roche potential modified by radiation pressure and accounts for the influence of the companion star on the shape and physical properties of the stellar surface. We further account for gravity darkening and reflection effects to compute the surface temperature. Once the local gravity and temperature are determined, we interpolate in a grid of NLTE plan-parallel atmosphere model spectra to obtain the local contribution to the spectrum at each surface points. Then we sum all the contributions, accounting for the Doppler shift, and limb-darkening to obtain the total spectrum. The computation is repeated for different orbital phases and can be compared to the observations to determine the best parameters. We illustrate our method through the example of the LZ Cep system (O9III + ON9.7V). [less ▲]

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See detailLe ranélate de strontium diminue la proportion de patients progressant rapidement dès la première année : une analyse post hoc de l'étude SEKOIA
Chevalier, X; Richette, P; Bruyère, Olivier ULg et al

in Revue du Rhumatisme (2013), 80(S1), 59-60

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