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See detailValidation of the Abbott Architect 25(OH)-vitamin D assay
CAVALIER, Etienne ULg; CARLISI, Ignazia ULg; BEKAERT, Anne-Catherine ULg et al

in Clinical Chemistry & Laboratory Medicine (2011), 49(s1), 418

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See detailMetabolic acidosis during the first 2 weeks of life in VLBW infants receiving high protein intakes
SENTERRE, Thibault ULg; Rigo, J

in Intensive Care Medicine (2011), 37(S2), 397

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See detailConstruction of individual breeding values for feed intake of Piétrain boars based on mean pen feed intake, weight and weight gain test station records
Dufrasne, Marie ULg; Jaspart, Véronique; Wavreille, José et al

in Journal of Animal Science (2011), 89(E-Suppl.1), 474-475

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See detailEfficiency of elisa : a new french-language triage algorithm
JOBE, Jérôme ULg; Ghuysen, Alexandre ULg; Gerard, P. et al

in Acta Clinica Belgica (2011)

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See detailIs there value in maintaining small populations ? Example of the Dual-Purpose Belgian Blue breed.
Gengler, Nicolas ULg; Soyeurt, Hélène ULg; Bastin, Catherine ULg et al

in Journal of Dairy Science (2011), 94(E-suppl.1), 664

Current status of thinking on genomic selection in dairy cattle is mostly major breed centric (e.g., Holstein) and only for traditional traits (e.g., milk yields). Once you depart from this, it becomes ... [more ▼]

Current status of thinking on genomic selection in dairy cattle is mostly major breed centric (e.g., Holstein) and only for traditional traits (e.g., milk yields). Once you depart from this, it becomes obvious that different, often related, issues appear (e.g., lack of large training populations, need for expensive recording of new phenotypes). Also, there is an urgent need to rethink issues that are important for sustainability of dairy production (e.g., added value foods, animal robustness). In this context, small populations (breeds/lines) could represent a potential source of extra information to justify their maintenance. As marker densities increase, efficient dissection of different selection histories of divergent breeds or lines, potentially identifying pockets of unexploited variability will increase. A current example from the Belgian (Walloon) perspective is the Dual Purpose (DP) line of the Belgian Blue Breed (BBB), with presently around 4500 breeding females, for historical reason of which only 1500 have good pedigrees, and which is present in Belgium and northern France. Recent research, done on this line, showed its tendency to produce less saturated milk fat and to have better fertility. Results indicated that it could stay competitive in specific markets, especially because of largely increased meat value. Currently, the myostatin mutation is largely used for breeding purposes. To assess the genetic diversity of the breed, recently, over 200 genotypes (SNP50K) for nearly all breeding bulls of the last 20 years became available. HD genotypes should be available in the near future, also allowing to access selection history of this breed as being in between the 2 extreme breeds: Beef BBB (with which it shares a recent history) and Holstein-Friesian (which is related through its geographic proximity over centuries). Finally, genomic selection for DP-BBB will need to consider a single step type approach without the need of reference population and potentially relying heavily on SNP3K of cows, also with the objective to recreate relationships between animals of interest. [less ▲]

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See detailModel-based cardiovascular monitoring of large pore hemofiltration during endotoxic shock in pigs
Revie, JA; Stevenson, DJ; Chase, JG et al

in Critical Care (2011), 15 (Suppl 1)

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See detailProcessing aortic and pulmonary artery waveforms to derive the ventricle time-varying elastance
Stevenson, D. J.; Hann, C. E.; Chase, G. J. et al

in IFAC Proceedings Volumes (IFAC-PapersOnline) (2011), 18(PART 1), 587-592

Time-varying elastance of the ventricles is an important metric both clinically and as an input for a previously developed cardiovascular model. However, currently time-varying elastance is not normally ... [more ▼]

Time-varying elastance of the ventricles is an important metric both clinically and as an input for a previously developed cardiovascular model. However, currently time-varying elastance is not normally available in an Intensive Care Unit (ICU) setting, as it is an invasive and ethically challenging metric to measure. A previous paper developed a method to map less invasive metrics to the driver function, enabling an estimate to be achieved without invasive measurements. This method requires reliable and accurate processing of the aortic and pulmonary artery pressure waveforms to locate the specific points that are required to estimate the driver function. This paper details the method by which these waveforms are processed, using a data set of five pigs induced with pulmonary embolism, and five pigs induced with septic shock (with haemofiltration), adding up to 88 waveforms (for each of aortic and pulmonary artery pressure), and 616 points in total to locate. 98.2% of all points were located to within 1% of their true value, 0.81% were between 1% and 5%, 0.65% were between 5% and 10%, the remaining 0.32% were below 20%.© 2011 IFAC. [less ▲]

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See detailPOTENTIAL EFFECTS OF BLOOD CONTAMINANTS ON IMMUNE RESPONSES IN HARBOUR SEALS (PHOCA VITULINA)
Dupont, Aurélie ULg; Weijs, Liesbeth; Siebert, Ursula et al

in Organohalogen Compounds (2011), 73

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See detailSimulations numériques de figures de diffractions à l'usage de la sixième secondaire et du premier baccalauréat
Leblanc, Christophe ULg

in Bulletin de l'Association Belge des Professeurs de Physique et de Chimie [Bulletins de l'ABPPC] (2011), 49(190),

La diffraction constitue de nos jours un phénomène physique incontournable pour la recherche (diffraction par rayons X, diffraction de neutrons, cristallographie, ...) et est, à juste titre, enseignée ... [more ▼]

La diffraction constitue de nos jours un phénomène physique incontournable pour la recherche (diffraction par rayons X, diffraction de neutrons, cristallographie, ...) et est, à juste titre, enseignée aussi bien en dernière année de secondaire qu'à l'université. Le logiciel présenté ci-dessous est un programme permettant de réaliser des figures de diffractions de manière simple et intuitive. Il existe naturellement déjà de nombreux programmes de simulations de figures de diffractions que l'on peut facilement trouver sur internet. Cependant ceux-ci sont, pour la plupart, ou bien limités (à la connaissance de l'auteur) à quelques cas particuliers - diffractions sur une ou plusieurs fentes, un rond, plus rarement un carré - ou bien complexes à l'utilisation. Bien que ces programmes soient dignes d'intérêts et peuvent se montrer utiles dans le cadre d'un enseignement, leurs limitations empêchent d'acquérir une intuition réelle de ce qu'est la diffraction. Par exemple, quelle est la figure de diffraction obtenue par un réseau cristallin cubique, un réseau hexagonal, ou encore une hélice ? C'est précisément cette faille pédagogique que vient combler le logiciel présenté ci-dessous. En effet, celui-ci permet d'obtenir la figure de diffraction de « n'importe quelle forme » (en deux dimensions), « forme » entièrement paramétrable par l'utilisateur au moyen d'un simple fichier bitmap ; format de fichier graphique le plus répandu et le plus simple à employer. Il est naturellement également possible d'effectuer de la diffraction de manière expérimentale au moyen d'un simple laser hélium-néon (facilement accessible dans le commerce et d'un prix modéré) et de diapositives. Cependant, outre que le logiciel présenté ci-dessous peut-être obtenu gratuitement par simple demande à l'auteur, celui-ci se montre beaucoup plus souple d'utilisation que de simples diapositives car entièrement paramétrable, et, comme tout logiciel, échappe aux aléas expérimentaux (poussières sur les diapositives, problèmes d'alignements diapositives-laser, nécessité d'un local sombre, ...) [less ▲]

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See detailReduction of Cumulative Nutritional Deficit and Improvement of Early Growth in Extremely Preterm Infants
SENTERRE, Thibault ULg; Rigo, J

in Pediatric Research (2011), 70(S5), 830

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See detailLong-expected! - First record of demosponge-type spicules in a Devonian stromatoporoid (Frasnian, Belgium).
Da Silva, Anne-Christine ULg; Kershaw, Stephen; Boulvain, Frédéric ULg et al

in Kölner Forum für Geologie und Paläontologie (2011), 19

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See detailProduction of heavy clusters (up to A=10) by coalescence during the intranuclear cascade phase of spallation reactions
Cugnon, Joseph ULg; Boudard, A; David, J-C et al

in J. Phys: Conf. Ser. (2011), 312

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See detailRelationship between PCB 153 and stable nitrogen in a Guiana dolphin (Sotalia guianensis) food weeb, Gunabara Bay, Brazil
Vidal, L. G.; Bisi, T. L.; Dorneles, P. R. et al

in Organohalogen Compounds (2011)

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See detailRespiratory variability in mechanically ventilated patients
Desaive, Thomas ULg; Piquilloud, L.; Moorhead, KT et al

in Critical Care (2011), 15 (Suppl 1)

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See detailFrom shallow water to deep mound - sedimentology and stromatoporoids paleoecology from the Frasnian (Upper Devonian) of Belgium
Da Silva, Anne-Christine ULg; Kershaw, Stephen; Boulvain, Frédéric ULg

in Kölner Forum für Geologie und Paläontologie (2011), 19

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See detailMaternal transfer of PCBs, PBDEs and their hydroxylated metabolites in grey seal (Halichoerus grypus) from the Isle of May, Scotland
Vanden Berghe, Marie; Weijs, Liesbeth; Habran, Sarah ULg et al

in Organohalogen Compounds (2011)

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See detailPotential mineral deficiencies for Ndama cattle grazing Urochloa sp. based tropical pastures in the Bas-Congo province of the Democratic Republic of Congo
Picron, Pascale ULg; Goubau, Amaury ULg; Lecomte, Thomas et al

in Advances in Animal Biosciences (2011), 2(2), 388

Artificial pastures are used to increase carrying capacity in the wet tropics by supplying higher quality forage (energy and protein) to the animals all year long. Sowing pastures is labour-intensive so ... [more ▼]

Artificial pastures are used to increase carrying capacity in the wet tropics by supplying higher quality forage (energy and protein) to the animals all year long. Sowing pastures is labour-intensive so to be profitable all other possible growth limiting factors, especially minerals, should be alleviated. We studied nutrients intake (energy, protein and minerals) in cattle grazing Urochloa sp. pastures in Western DRC. Three Urochloa ruziziensis and 3 U. decumbens pastures in Kolo-Fuma (Bas-Congo, DRC) were studied. Three Ndama steers and 3 cows grazing each pasture consecutively during the short rainy and dry seasons were followed by handplucking and samples were analysed for energy, crude protein and ash to calculate energy value (fodder units, FU) and digestible crude protein content (DCP) of the diets. NIRS was used on faeces to determine dry matter (DM) intake and ICP-AES to determine mineral content of the diets. Intake levels reached 66 ± 4.3 g kg-1LW0.75, nutritive value of forage was 0.701 ± 0.036 FU and 4.78 ± 1.04 % DCP, allowing daily weight gains > 550 g for steers and > 350 g for cows. P, Ca, Mg, K, Mn & Fe were provided above requirements by the pasture. Na, Cu and Zn were deficient, especially during the short dry season for Cu and Zn. U. ruziziensis pastures tended to provide more minerals, especially during the rainy season. A mineral supplement providing Na, Cu and Zn is required to reach the daily weight gains allowed by energy and protein supplies. The supplement could reasonably be similar for U. decumbens and U. ruziziensis pastures, but the dry season formula should provide more Cu and Zn than the rainy season formula [less ▲]

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See detailPractical Handling, Ease of Use, Safety and Efficacy of A New Pediatric Triple-Chamber Bag for Parenteral Nutrition in Preterm Infants
rigo, J; marlowe, ML; Bonnot, D et al

in Pediatric Research (2011), 70(S5), 719

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See detailEFFECT OF DIFFERENT WARMING-UP PROTOCOLS ON TIME TO EXHAUSTION AT MAXIMAL AEROBIC SPEED
Rodriguez de la Cruz, Carlos ULg; Brennenraedts, C.; Bury, Thierry ULg

in British Journal of Sports Medicine (2011), 45

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See detailRelation between Cobalt Fractionation and its Accumulation in Metallophytes from South of Central Africa
Faucon, Michel-Pierre; Colinet, Gilles ULg; Jitaru, P et al

in Mineralogical Magazine (2011), 75(3), 832

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See detailSpallation modeling- What's new on nuclei production with INCL4.5-Abla07?
David, J-C; Boudard, A; Cugnon, Joseph ULg et al

in Memorie della Società Astronomica Italiana (2011), 82(2), 909-912

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See detailPCBs versus PBDEs: how similar compounds can behave differently in harbour porpoises
Weijs, Liesbeth; Yang, R. S. H.; Das, Krishna ULg et al

in Organohalogen Compounds (2011)

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See detailQuestionnement agroécologique: les systèmes participatifs de garantie comme critique de la certification et nouveau mode de gouvernance?
Stassart, Pierre M ULg; Brandenburg, Alfio; Isaguirre, Katya

in SFER Online http://www.sfer.asso.fr/les_colloques2/les_transversalites_de_l_agriculture_biologique/programme_actes_du_colloque (2011)

Ce papier propose un questionnement agroécologique sur la transition agroécologique comme un processus de réflexivité de second ordre. Nous construisons cette hypothèse en prenant le cas de l’émergence ... [more ▼]

Ce papier propose un questionnement agroécologique sur la transition agroécologique comme un processus de réflexivité de second ordre. Nous construisons cette hypothèse en prenant le cas de l’émergence des Systèmes Participatif de Garantie (SPG) au Brésil comme une critique de la certification déléguée à une tierce partie et une proposition alternative de gouvernance face au contrôle de conformité marchand. Nous prenons en particulier le cas d’Ecovida et de sa certification participative qui est à l’origine des SPG brésiliennes. Le statut de notre communication est prospectif : après avoir précisé ce que nous entendons par réflexivité, nous posons une série de questions qui portent à la fois sur l’apprentissage et la réflexivité de cette expérience#!Cette mise à l’épreuve nous intéresse dans la mesure où elle peut nous informer sur ce que peuvent devenir des modes de gouvernance réflexifs dans le monde de la bio. [less ▲]

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See detailLe Michelsberg de Pont-de-Bonne (province de Liège, Belgique)
Delye, Emmanuel ULg; Gilson, Simon-Pierre; Noiret, Pierre ULg

in Revue Archéologique de Picardie (2011)

Since the beginning of research on the éperon barré of Pont-de-Bonne (Modave, Belgium), we have recovered artefacts attributed to the Middle Neolithic. More recently, during excavation of the entrance ... [more ▼]

Since the beginning of research on the éperon barré of Pont-de-Bonne (Modave, Belgium), we have recovered artefacts attributed to the Middle Neolithic. More recently, during excavation of the entrance system of the fortification, a pot hole and a waste accumulation zone have been analysed. These structures contained abundant archaeological material (ceramic sherd, lithic and bone artefact and fauna). Three radiometric dates have been obtained. The ceramic assemblage is typical of the Belgian Michelsberg and a decorated vase shows Bischheim affinities. [less ▲]

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See detailComparison of output-only methods for condition monitoring of industrials systems
Rutten, Christophe ULg; Nguyen, Viet Ha; Golinval, Jean-Claude ULg

in Journal of Physics: Conference Series (2011), 305

In the field of structural health monitoring or machine condition monitoring, the activation of nonlinear dynamic behavior complicates the procedure of damage or fault detection. Blind source separation ... [more ▼]

In the field of structural health monitoring or machine condition monitoring, the activation of nonlinear dynamic behavior complicates the procedure of damage or fault detection. Blind source separation (BSS) techniques are known as efficient methods for damage diagnosis. However, most of BSS techniques repose on the assumption of the linearity of the system and the need of many sensors. This article presents some possible extensions of those techniques that may improve the damage detection, e.g. Enhanced-Principal Component Analysis (EPCA), Kernel PCA (KPCA) and Blind Modal Identification (BMID). The advantages of EPCA rely on its rapidity of use and its reliability. The KPCA method, through the use of nonlinear kernel functions, allows to introduce nonlinear dependences between variables. BMID is adequate to identify and to detect damage for generally damped systems. In this paper, damage is firstly examined by Stochastic Subspace Identification (SSI); then the detection is achieved by comparing subspace features between the reference and a current state through statistics and the concept of subspace angle. Industrial data are used as illustration of the methods. [less ▲]

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See detailModel-based cardiovascular monitoring of acute pulmonary embolism in porcine trials
Revie, JA; Stevenson, DJ; Chase, JG et al

in Critical Care (2011), 15 (Suppl 1)

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See detailThe role of saliency and meaning in oculomotor capture by faces
Devue, Christel ULg; Belopolsky, Artem; Theeuwes, Jan

in Perception (2011), 40 ECVP abstract suppl

Long-lasting debates question whether faces are special stimuli treated preferentially by our visual system or whether prioritized processing of faces is simply due to increased salience of their ... [more ▼]

Long-lasting debates question whether faces are special stimuli treated preferentially by our visual system or whether prioritized processing of faces is simply due to increased salience of their constituting features. To examine this issue, we used a visual search task in which participants had to make a saccade to the circle with a unique color among a set of six circles. Critically, there was a task-irrelevant object located next to each circle. We examined how an upright face, an inverted face or a butterfly, presented near the target or non-target circles affected eye movements to the target. Upright (13.12%) and inverted faces (10.8%) located away from the target circle captured the eyes more than butterflies (8.5%), but upright faces captured the eyes more than inverted faces. Moreover, when faces were next to the target, upright faces, and to some extent inverted faces, facilitated the saccades towards the target. Faces are thus salient and capture attention. More importantly however above and beyond their raw salience based on low-level features, canonical upright faces capture attention stronger than inverted faces. Therefore, faces are ‘special’ and our visual system is tuned to their meaning and not only to low-level features making up a face. [less ▲]

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See detailImage appraisal tools for electrical resistivity tomography
Caterina, David ULg; Beaujean, Jean ULg; Robert, Tanguy ULg et al

in Proceedings of SAGEEP (2011), 24

Image appraisal is a problem frequently encountered in electrical resistivity tomography (ERT), and more generally in non-linear geophysical inversion. It may include several aspects such as the ... [more ▼]

Image appraisal is a problem frequently encountered in electrical resistivity tomography (ERT), and more generally in non-linear geophysical inversion. It may include several aspects such as the identification of the geometry of buried structures, the detection of numerical artefacts, the estimation of the depth of investigation or the exactitude of inverted parameters. Geophysicists can rely on several tools published in the literature to address these issues. However, few studies offer a quantitative comparison on the performance of these tools concerning the different mentioned aspects. Moreover, to our knowledge, there is no commonly accepted methodology to handle image appraisal. In this contribution, we compared quantitatively the ability of different image appraisal indicators to reach different objectives (geometry, artefacts, depth of investigation, parameter resolution). Among possible image appraisal tools, the model resolution matrix (MRM), the cumulative sensitivity matrix (CSM) and the depth of investigation index (DOI) are the most cited ones and were studied here. We compared them first on numerical models representing different geological situations. This numerical benchmark showed that indicators based on the MRM and CSM were the more appropriate to appraise ERT images in terms of the geometry of structures and the exactitude of inverted parameters, DOI providing mainly qualitative information. On this basis, we propose a methodology to appraise field ERT images focusing on the resolution and geometric aspects (others being implicitly studied). First, True Synthetic Models (TSM), representing simplified cases of field ERT images, are built using available information. Then, through forward modelling, synthetic ERT data are computed and inverted to provide the Inverted Synthetic Models (ISM). Afterwards, a comparison between TSM and ISM (or their gradients for geometry) is made in order to define the errors on inverted parameters. This discrepancy is then plotted with respect to resolution indicator values and points out in every tested cases a resolution range over which the errors abruptly increase allowing the definition of threshold values. The final step consists in applying the threshold values on the field ERT images and to validate the results with a posteriori knowledge. [less ▲]

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See detailSyntactic complexity of ultimately periodic sets of integers
Rigo, Michel ULg; Vandomme, Elise ULg

in Lecture Notes in Computer Science (2011), 6638

We compute the cardinality of the syntactic monoid of the language 0^∗rep_b(mN) made of base b expansions of the multiples of the integer m. We also give lower bounds for the syntactic complexity of any ... [more ▼]

We compute the cardinality of the syntactic monoid of the language 0^∗rep_b(mN) made of base b expansions of the multiples of the integer m. We also give lower bounds for the syntactic complexity of any (ultimately) periodic set of integers written in base b. We apply our results to some well studied problem: decide whether or not a b-recognizable sets of integers is ultimately periodic. [less ▲]

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See detailCatecholamine biosynthesis pathway potentially involved in banana defense mechanisms to crown rot disease
Lassois, Ludivine ULg; De Clerck, Caroline ULg; Frettinger, Patrick et al

in Communications in Agricultural and Applied Biological Sciences (2011), 76(4), 591-601

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See detailNew alginate-chitosan hydrogel beads with anti-inflammatory and anabolic effects on human chondrocytes
Oprenyeszk, Frédéric ULg; Sanchez, Christelle ULg; Dubuc, Jean-Emile et al

in Arthritis and Rheumatism (2011), 63(10), 697

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See detailLocal stability results for the collective behaviors of infinite populations of pulse-coupled oscillators
Mauroy, Alexandre ULg; Sepulchre, Rodolphe ULg

in Proceedings of the IEEE Conference on Decision and Control (2011)

In this paper, we investigate the behavior of pulse-coupled integrate-and-fire oscillators. Because the stability analysis of finite populations is intricate, we investigate stability results in the ... [more ▼]

In this paper, we investigate the behavior of pulse-coupled integrate-and-fire oscillators. Because the stability analysis of finite populations is intricate, we investigate stability results in the approximation of infinite populations. In addition to recovering known stability results of finite populations, we also obtain new stability results for infinite populations. In particular, under a weak coupling assumption, we solve for the continuum model a conjecture still prevailing in the finite dimensional case. © 2011 IEEE. [less ▲]

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See detailThe Tournaisian Rugose corals of Tournai: revision of a classical fauna
Chantry, Geoffrey; Denayer, Julien ULg; Poty, Edouard ULg

in Kölner Forum für Geologie und Paläontologie (2011), 19

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See detailIndustrial applications of extended output-only Blind Source Separation techniques
Rutten, Christophe ULg; Nguyen, Viet Ha; Golinval, Jean-Claude ULg

in Vibration Problems Icovp 2011: The 10th International Conference on Vibration Problems (2011)

In the field of structural health monitoring or machine condition moni-toring, most vibration based methods reported in the literature require to measure responses at several locations on the structure ... [more ▼]

In the field of structural health monitoring or machine condition moni-toring, most vibration based methods reported in the literature require to measure responses at several locations on the structure. In machine condition monitoring, the number of available vibration sensors is often small and it is not unusual that only one single sensor is used to monitor a machine. This paper presents industrial applications of two possible extensions of output-only Blind Source Separation (BSS) techniques, namely Principal Component Analysis (PCA) and Second Order Blind Identification (SOBI). Through the use of block Hankel matrices, these methods may be used when a reduced set of sensors or even one single sensor is available. The objective is to address the problem of fault detection in mechanical systems using subspace-based methods. The detection is achieved by comparing the subspace features between the reference and a current state using the concept of angular coherence between subspaces. [less ▲]

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See detailThe Dihadron fragmentation functions way to Transversity
Courtoy, Aurore ULg; Bacchetta, Alessandro; Radici, Marco

in AIP Conference Proceedings (2011)

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See detailErosion and rainfall erosivity under climate change: rainfall simulation and soil losses measurement at field scale
Kummert, Nora ULg; Beckers, Eléonore ULg; Degre, Aurore ULg

in Geophysical Research Abstracts (2011), 13

Soil and water conservation is a big issue of this century. The soil is a non renewable resource. As we know, the change in climate brings more short erosive rainfall with a high capacity to take away the ... [more ▼]

Soil and water conservation is a big issue of this century. The soil is a non renewable resource. As we know, the change in climate brings more short erosive rainfall with a high capacity to take away the topsoil. Moreover, topsoil contains all the nutrients the plants needs. It is now essential that we found a new balance between productivity and durability. Impacts of new agricultural techniques on soil structure are already studied in different countries (i.e. Beckers et al., 2010; Walh et al., 2004; Malone et al., 2003). But what are the impacts on erosion? That is a question with few answers. And this is where our experiment comes, in order to link erosion and future erosion with management practices. Two ways exist to act against soil losses: enhancing soil structure or increasing vegetation cover. Our study aims at measuring soil losses and runoff under different practices and for a future scenario of climate change. This study explores new practices and measures their effects on erosion and runoff under a future rainfall. We focus on two cultures: sugar beet and maize. Each is tested under three different systems. For sugar beet soil structure impact is monitored: three tillage systems are tested: winter ploughing, fall ploughing and fall topsoiling. For maize vegetation cover impact is monitored: three seeding systems are studied: classical seeding (75 cm interrow), classical seeding with Ray-grass seeding in the interrows, and distributed seeding (obtained with a grains seeder). Rainfall simulation has been chosen for the study so the impacts of climate change can also be tested. A future rainfall was calculated based on a climate change scenario for Belgium (CCI-HYDR project, Willems, 2006-2010). A basic current rainfall of 100 years return period and 30 minutes duration (correspondent intensity: 70 mm/h) entered into the model gives the new rainfall. After the application of the scenario, the new rainfall has an intensity of 80 mm/h. This is our future rainfall used in this experiment. The simulations of this rainfall were carried on during the main crop season (between June and August). Three simulations were performed on sugar beet and two on maize on plots with the dimensions: 3 m length and 90 cm and 120 cm width respectively for sugar beet and maize (corresponding to two rows of the main culture). During each simulation soil losses and runoff quantities were measured. From the first year experiment, some tendencies can be observed. The topsoiling on sugar beet culture seems to produce less soil losses when the winter ploughing gives the lower quantities of runoff. The distributed seeding for the maize culture gives the lower rates for both soil losses and runoff quantities. Our experiment will be repeated at least for the next two years with new future rainfall to be tested. The climatic conditions are an important factor which can modify the behavior of soil response under rainfall event. More research has to be done in order to improve our knowledge of runoff and erosion phenomenon at smaller scale. [less ▲]

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See detailOrigin and evolution of Dorlodotia (Rugosa)
Denayer, Julien ULg; Poty, Edouard

in Kölner Forum für Geologie und Paläontologie (2011), 19

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See detailSIRT1-deficient mice exhibit an altered cartilage phenotype
Gabay, Odile; Sanchez, Christelle ULg; Dvir-Ginzberg, Mona et al

in Arthritis and Rheumatism (2011), 63(10), 702

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See detailThe impact of blue light on non-visual brain functions changes with age
Daneault*; Vandewalle*, Gilles ULg; Hébert, M et al

in NeuroImage (2011), 56(Suppl. 1),

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See detailMixing in magnetic OB stars
Morel, Thierry ULg

in Bulletin de la Société Royale des Sciences de Liège (2011), 80

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See detailThe Mons campaign on OB stars
Morel, Thierry ULg; Rauw, Grégor ULg; Eversberg, T. et al

in Bulletin de la Société Royale des Sciences de Liège (2011), 80

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See detailPilot Trials of STAR Target to Range Glycemic Control
Penning, Sophie ULg; Le Compte, Aaron; Massion, Paul et al

in Intensive Care Medicine (2011), 37 (Suppl 1)

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See detailCharacterization of a new potential virulence factor of Microsporum canis, the secreted subtilisin Sub6
Mathy, Anne ULg; Baldo, Aline ULg; Salamin, K. et al

in Mycoses (2011), 54(suppl 2), 112-113

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See detailEvidence for the existence of pathogenicity determinants in the Long Terminal Repeats (LTRs) of the Bovine Leukemia Virus (BLV) genome
Rodriguez, Sabrina ULg; Trono, K.; Jones, L.R.

in AIDS Research and Human Retroviruses (2011), 8(1), 26

Evidence for the existence of pathogenicity determinants in the Long Terminal Repeats (LTRs) of the Bovine Leukemia Virus (BLV) genome Sabrina M. Rodríguez1*, Karina Trono2, Leandro R. Jones3 1 Molecular ... [more ▼]

Evidence for the existence of pathogenicity determinants in the Long Terminal Repeats (LTRs) of the Bovine Leukemia Virus (BLV) genome Sabrina M. Rodríguez1*, Karina Trono2, Leandro R. Jones3 1 Molecular and Cellular Epigenetics, Interdisciplinary Cluster for Applied Genoproteomics (GIGA) , University of Liège (ULg), Belgium. 2 Instituto de Virología, CICVyA, Instituto Nacional de Tecnología Agropecuaria INTA-Castelar, CC 25 (1712), Castelar. 3 División de Biología Molecular, Estación de Fotobiología Playa Unión, CC 15, Rawson, Chubut 9103, Argentina. *E-mail: sabrina.rodriguez@ulg.ac.be The majority of BLV-infected animals are asymptomatic carriers (AL) while about 30% develop a benign persistent lymphocytosis (PL). Fatal lymphosarcoma (LS) occurs in 5% of infected animals. The genetic basis of these diverse outcomes of BLV infection is still unknown. Viral LTRs constitute a genetic determinant of pathogenesis for other retroviruses. However, this possibility has never been tested for BLV. Analyses to test correlation between clinical and genotypic traits across species must be corrected by including the group phylogeny. Otherwise, shared evolutionary history can jeopardize statistical independence. Thus, the influence of BLV LTR genetic variation on the clinical manifestation of the disease was investigated by employing Cladistic and Probabilistic, phylogenetic comparative methods. With this purpose, the 5´LTR region of 40 BLV proviruses from bovines with different clinical presentations (AL, PL, LS) was sequenced. Seven polymorphic positions showing an apparent association with the clinical presentation were identified. A provirus phylogeny was obtained using env gene sequences from 28 of the 40 provirus studied in this work. Both Cladistic and Probabilistic comparative analyses based on the empirical sequence alignment and the provirus phylogeny suggested that positions 41 and 56 might be correlated to the clinical presentation. The probabilistic analysis further indicated an association with the viral pathogenesis for positions 373, 450, 494 and 505, though the corresponding statistical supports were lower in comparison to the supports obtained for positions 41 and 56. These observations indicate that the BLV LTRs might contain pathogenicity determinants. [less ▲]

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See detailGautier rapporteur de la poésie
Durand, Pascal ULg

in Bulletin de la Société Théophile Gautier (2011), 33

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See detailMississippian Lithostrotionidae from Zonguldak and Bartin (NW Turkey)
Denayer, Julien ULg

in Kölner Forum für Geologie und Paläontologie (2011), 19

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See detailFinal results of NKTR-102, a topoisomerase I inhibitor-polymer conjugate, in patients (Pts) with pretreated metastatic breast cancer (MBC) demonstrating significant antitumor activity
Garcia, A; Awada, A; Chan, S et al

in Journal of Clinical Oncology (2011), 29(supplement 27),

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See detailStudy of the forbidden oxygen lines in a dozen comets observed at the VLT (ESO)
Decock, Alice ULg; Jehin, Emmanuel ULg; Manfroid, Jean ULg et al

in EPSC Abstracts 2011 (2011)

The forbidden lines are difficult to analyse because their detection requires high spectral and spatial resolutions. Their analysis is however interesting because it allows the determination of the ... [more ▼]

The forbidden lines are difficult to analyse because their detection requires high spectral and spatial resolutions. Their analysis is however interesting because it allows the determination of the spatial distribution and the production rate of the parent molecules, supposedly H2O which doesn't have any feature in the optical range. But as shown by Cochran [2] [3], some issues remain about the nature of the parents of the oxygen atoms. Moreover the width of the green line was found larger than that of the red lines. One of the goals of this study is to determine the parent species that photo-dissociate to produce oxygen atoms and see how this process depends on the heliocentric distance. We present here the results of the analysis of a homogeneous set of high quality spectra of 13 different comets observed with UVES at the ESO VLT since 2002 [4] [5]. [less ▲]

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See detailExtended safety observations from denosumab administration in postmenopausal women from FREEDOM and FREEDOM extension trials
Brown, J. P.; Bone, H. G.; Chapurlat, R. et al

in Arthritis and Rheumatism (2011), 63(S10), 431-432

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See detailThe clinical and economic burden of poor adherence with osteoporosis medications in Ireland
Hiligsmann, Mickaël ULg; McGowan, Bernie; Bennett, Kathleen et al

in Value in Health (2011), 14

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See detailStrontium ranelate : an effective solution whatever the patient profiles
Reginster, Jean-Yves ULg

in Osteoporosis International (2011), 22(S5), 756-757

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See detailEfficacy and safety of strontium ranelate in the treatment of knee ostoarthritis : a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled international trial
Reginster, Jean-Yves ULg; Chapurlat, R.; Christiansen, C. et al

in Osteoporosis International (2011), 22(S5), 742-743

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See detailFaire de sa vie une œuvre d'art paralittéraire. Quelques réflexions autour de la littérature-Mesrine
Denis, Benoît ULg

in Etudes Françaises (2011), 47(1), 141-155

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See detailWhat's new on the horizon in therapy
Reginster, Jean-Yves ULg

in Osteoporosis International (2011), 22(S5), 682

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See detailNew alginate-chitosan hydrogel beads with anti-inflammatory and anabolic effects on human chondrocytes
Oprenyeszk, Frédéric ULg; Mathy, Marianne ULg; Sanchez, Christelle ULg et al

in Osteoarthritis and Cartilage (2011), 19(Suppl 1), 222

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See detailSIRT1-deficient mice exhibit an altered cartilage phenotype and undergo increased cartilage breakdown and apoptosis
Gabay, Odile; Sanchez, Christelle ULg; Dvir-Ginzberg, Mona et al

in Osteoarthritis and Cartilage (2011), 19(Suppl 1), 33

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See detailLong-term denosuamab treatment in postmenopausal women with osteoporosis : results from the first two years of the FREEDOM trial extension
Bone, H.; Chapurlat, R.; Brandi, M. et al

in Osteoporosis International (2011), 22(S4), 527-528

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See detailQuantitative evaluation of fluid resuscitation in burn children : a retrospective study.
ROUSSEAU, Anne-Françoise ULg; LEDOUX, Didier ULg; RICHARD, Patrick et al

in Burns : Journal of the International Society for Burn Injuries (2011), 37(suppl 1), 12

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See detailTreatment of postmenopausal women with osteoporosis for 5 years with denosumab : two-year results from the FREEDOM trial extension
Chapurlat, R.; Bone, H. G.; Brandi M L et al

in Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases (2011), 70(S3), 166-167

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See detailClinical sedation and bispectral index in burn children receiving gamma-hydroxybutyrate.
ROUSSEAU, Anne-Françoise ULg; SABOURDIN, Nada; RICHARD, Patrick et al

in European Journal of Anaesthesiology. Supplement (2011), 28(Suppl 48), 150

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See detailNegative parity nonstrange baryons in large Nc QCD: quark excitation versus meson-nucleon scattering
Stancu, Floarea ULg; Matagne, Nicolas ULg

in Bled Workshops in Physics (2011), 12(1), 57-63

We show that the two complementary pictures of large $N_c$ baryons - the single-quark orbital excitation about a symmetric core and the meson-nucleon resonance -- are compatible for $\ell$ = 3 SU(4 ... [more ▼]

We show that the two complementary pictures of large $N_c$ baryons - the single-quark orbital excitation about a symmetric core and the meson-nucleon resonance -- are compatible for $\ell$ = 3 SU(4) baryons. The proof is based on a simple Hamiltonian including operators up to order $\mathcal{O}(N^0_c)$ used previously in the literature for $\ell$ = 1. [less ▲]

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See detailStimulant effects of ethanol in adolescent Swiss mice: development of sensitization and consequences in adulthood
Quoilin, Caroline ULg; Didone, Vincent ULg; Quertemont, Etienne ULg

in Alcohol & Alcoholism (2011), 46(Supplément 1), 40

The adolescent period is characterized by behavioral and neurobiological changes, which might predispose adolescents to the long-term negative consequences of alcohol. For example, enhanced risks of ... [more ▼]

The adolescent period is characterized by behavioral and neurobiological changes, which might predispose adolescents to the long-term negative consequences of alcohol. For example, enhanced risks of alcohol dependence are reported when drinking is initiated early. In the present studies, we used Swiss female mice to test whether chronic ethanol injections during adolescence durably affect the sensitivity to the stimulant effects of ethanol in adulthood. In a first set of experiments, several groups of young (28 day-old) mice were daily injected with various ethanol doses (1.5 – 4 g/kg) to test for ethanol sensitization during adolescence in comparison to adult mice exposed to the same schedule of ethanol injections. The results show that young mice express much higher stimulant effects after acute ethanol injections. However, they also require higher ethanol doses than adult mice to develop a sensitization to the stimulant effects of ethanol. In a second set of experiments, 28 day-old mice were sensitized to ethanol for 14 days with high ethanol doses (2.5 or 4 g/kg) and then tested for the stimulant effects of ethanol and the development of ethanol sensitization in adulthood. The results of this second set of experiments show that mice sensitized to ethanol during their adolescence remain more sensitive to the acute stimulant effects of ethanol in adulthood, especially when high ethanol doses were administered. However, the rate of the development of a sensitization to this effect was only slightly affected relative to adult mice exposed to a chronic ethanol regimen for the first time. Together, these results indicate that adolescent mice are more sensitive to the stimulant effects of ethanol but require higher ethanol doses to develop a sensitization. However, when a sensitization develops during adolescence, these mice still experience higher ethanol stimulant effects when tested in adulthood. [less ▲]

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See detailMaintenance of antifracture efficacy over 10 years with strontium ranelate in postmenopausal osteoporosis
Reginster, Jean-Yves ULg; Kaufman, J. M.; Devogelaer, J. P. et al

in Arthritis and Rheumatism (2011), 63(S10), 436

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See detailLong-term treatment of postmenopausal osteoporotic women with strontium ranelate : results at 10 years
Reginster, Jean-Yves ULg; Kaufman, J. M.; Devogelaer, J. D. et al

in Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases (2011), 70(S3), 167

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See detailSafety observations from denosumab long-term extension and cross-over studies in postmenopausal women with osteoporosis
Bone, H. G.; Chapurlat, R.; Libanati, C. et al

in Journal of Bone and Mineral Research (2011), 26(S1), 22-23

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See detailBilan 2010 des activités du Laboratoire de dendrohcornologie du Centre européen d'archéoémétrie (CEA) de l'Université de Liège
Hoffsummer, Patrick ULg; Maggi, Christophe ULg

in Archeologia Mediaevalis, archéologie du Moyen Âge et des Temps modernes dans les trois régions belges et les pays limitrophes (2011), 34

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See detailLes modèles de l'entrepreneuriat social en Asie de l'Est
Defourny, Jacques ULg

in Social Enterprise Journal (2011), 7(1), 86-111

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See detailLevels of PCDD/Fs and PCBs in Camel Milk (Camelus Bactrianus and Camelus Dromedarius) from Kazakhstan
Konuspeyeva, G; Faye, B; De Pauw, Edwin ULg et al

in Organohalogen Compounds (2011), 73

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See detailNMHC Climatology from Central European Mountain Observatories
Plass-Duelmer, C.; Reimann, S.; Wallasch, M. et al

in Geophysical Research Abstracts (2011), 13

NMHC (non-methane hydrocarbons) are a major group of atmospheric trace gases with impact on photochemical processes in the atmosphere, especially oxidant formation with ozone being the most prominent of ... [more ▼]

NMHC (non-methane hydrocarbons) are a major group of atmospheric trace gases with impact on photochemical processes in the atmosphere, especially oxidant formation with ozone being the most prominent of them, and contributions to SOA (secondary organic aerosols). By this, they are coupled to climate issues via the oxidizing capacity of the atmosphere, the greenhouse gas ozone and aerosol effects. NMHC monitoring was initiated in Europe in the “Tropospheric Ozone Research” project (1988-1995), and it was continued in EMEP and GAW (Global Atmosphere Watch) where it is an ongoing initiative which recently has been reinforced (GAW Report 171). In this presentation we will focus on time series from Central European mountain stations (46-49°N, 7-13°E): Hohenpeissenberg (985 m, DWD, Germany, 1998-ongoing), Rigi (1031 m, EMPA, Switzerland, 2003-ongoing), Junfraujoch (3580 m, EMPA, Switzerland, 2000-ongoing, and ULg (FTIR), Belgium, 1984-ongoing), Zugpitze (2650 m, UBA, Germany, 2000-ongoing), Schauinsland (1205 m, FZ-Jülich (1989-94), and UBA, Germany, 2004-ongoing), Brotjacklriegel (1016 m, UBA, Germany, 2000-2004), Donon (775 m, EMD, France, 1997-2007). Most sites used weekly flask samples but also on-line measurements were carried out with higher time resolution within the former TOR project and in the more recent time series at Hohenpeissenberg, Rigi, and Jungfraujoch. All samples were analysed by GC. Additionally to these GC measurements, a time series of column integrated acetylene and ethane by FTIR (Fourier Transform InfraRed spectrometry) is available from Jungfraujoch, from 1984 onwards. We focus here on time series of monthly averages of anthropogenic hydrocarbons over the 1997-2009 time period. They show quite similar patterns among the various stations over the whole period with pronounced seasonal cycles. Significantly lower mixing ratios were measured at the highest elevated sites, the Zugspitze and Jungfraujoch. Differences between the lower mountain sites (775-1200 m) are on first view surprisingly small. Generally, the differences between the high altitude and the other mountain sites are lowest in summer due to enhanced vertical mixing and thermal upslope winds. Downward trends for anthropogenic hydrocarbons are very similar at the various stations and are 2 %/yr for C2-C3 alkanes (+/- 1%), 3-6 %/yr for C4-C7 alkanes (+/- 2%), 2-3%/yr for C2-C3 alkynes and ethene (+/- 2%), 4 % /yr for propene and benzene (+/- 2%), and 5-10%/yr for toluene and xylenes (+/-3 and 5%, respectively). [less ▲]

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See detailA phase 3 study of the efficacy and safety of Denosumab in men with low bone mineral density : design of the ADAMO
Orwoll, E.; Stubbe Teglbjaerg, Ch; Langdahl, B. et al

in Journal of Bone and Mineral Research (2011), 26(S1), 511

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See detailMethod for the Measurement of Dechlorane 602 in Human Serum
Brasseur, Catherine ULg; Pirard; Focant, Jean-François ULg

in Organohalogen Compounds (2011), 73

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See detailReduction in incidence of vertebral fractures with once yearly zoledronic acid in men with osteoporosis
Boonen, S.; Kaufman, J. M.; Reginster, Jean-Yves ULg et al

in Journal of Bone and Mineral Research (2011), 26(S1), 23

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See detailRapid changes of aromatase activity in discrete brain regions following social interactions
de Bournonville, Catherine ULg; Ball, Gregory, F.; Balthazart, Jacques ULg et al

in Trabajos del Instituto Cajal (2011), LXXXIII

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See detailRetrieving semantic information from faces and voices
Barsics, Catherine ULg

in In L. Carlson, C. Hoelscher, & T.F. Shipley (Eds.), Proceedings of the 33rd Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society (2011)

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See detailDenosumab therapy in postmenopausal women with osteoporosis : results from the first two years of the freedom trial extension
Bone, H. G.; Chapurlat, R.; Brandi, M. L. et al

in Endocrine Reviews (2011), 32

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See detailSafety and Performance of Stochastic Targeted (STAR) Glycemic Control of Insulin and Nutrition – First Pilot Results
Shaw, Geoffrey M.; Le Compte, Aaron; Evans, Alicia et al

in Intensive Care Medicine (2011)

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See detailMaxwell rigidity and topological constraints in amorphous phase-change networks
Micoulaut, M.; Otjacques, C.; Raty, Jean-Yves ULg et al

in AIP Conference Proceedings (2011), 1393

By analyzing first-principles molecular-dynamics simulations of different telluride amorphous networks, we develop a method for the enumeration of radial and angular topological constraints, and show that ... [more ▼]

By analyzing first-principles molecular-dynamics simulations of different telluride amorphous networks, we develop a method for the enumeration of radial and angular topological constraints, and show that the phase diagram of the most popular system Ge-Sb-Te can be split into two compositional elastic phases: a tellurium rich flexible phase and a stressed rigid phase that contains most of the materials used in phase-change applications. This sound atomic scale insight should open new avenues for the understanding of phase-change materials and other complex amorphous materials from the viewpoint of rigidity. [less ▲]

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See detailGlucosamine sulfate for structure modification in osteoarthritis : fact of fantasy ?
Reginster, Jean-Yves ULg

in Ortopedia, Traumatologia, Rehabilitacja (2011), 13(S1), 44

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See detailION MOBILITY – MASS SPECTROMETRY AS A NEW APPROACH FOR THE SCREENING OF PESTICIDE RESIDUES IN FOOD
Goscinny, Séverine ULg; Touilloux, Romain; Joly, Laure et al

in Organohalogen Compounds (2011)

Pesticide residue analysis requires methods that can determine hundreds of compounds at low levels in complex food matrices. This challenge has given rise to multi residue methods, the only efficient ... [more ▼]

Pesticide residue analysis requires methods that can determine hundreds of compounds at low levels in complex food matrices. This challenge has given rise to multi residue methods, the only efficient analytical approach. This type of analytical method entails a “generic” extraction followed by a soft or no purification step to avoid any analytes looses. With over a 1000 active compounds with different physical chemical properties, gas and liquid chromatography are used as complementary separative techniques. In the past decade, the determination has been performed on tandem mass analyzers, a powerful tool to overcome co-eluting compounds with excellent sensitivity. Nevertheless, these instruments can guarantee these results per acquisition cycles for more or less 150 compounds. This represents a serious limitation when the number of pesticides to be sought for monitoring and MRL enforcement is growing each year. As multiple injections from the same sample are not viable for laboratories, alternative options have to be explored. We propose the investigation of ion mobility (IM) coupled with mass spectrometry as a new approach for pesticide residue analysis in food. [less ▲]

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See detail2-18F-Fluoro-L-tyrosine in the suspicion of recurrence of previously treated gliomas.
AGIUS, C.; NAMUR, Gauthier ULg; COUTURIER, O. et al

in European Journal of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (2011), 38(SUPPL), 219

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See detailStatistical analysis of low-flow based on short time series. The case of Wallonia
Verstraete, Arnaud ULg; Gailliez, Sébastien; Degre, Aurore ULg

in Geophysical Research Abstracts (2011), 13

The floods have always been the main concern resulting of extreme weather conditions. Now droughts and low flows are more and more recognized as risk situations due to the huge consequences of water ... [more ▼]

The floods have always been the main concern resulting of extreme weather conditions. Now droughts and low flows are more and more recognized as risk situations due to the huge consequences of water shortage. Furthermore, the changing climate context constitutes a new threat even if the uncertainty in low-flows evolution remains high. In Wallonia (Southern part of Belgium), a knowledge gap remains on statistical analysis of low-flows. In this paper, we present a study of historical data in Walloon Region and the first steps of their statistical analysis. Wallonia is one of the three regions of Belgian federal state. It covers an area of 17000 km² and spreads on 4 districts (Meuse, Escaut, Rhin, Senne). The watercourses are divided in navigable watercourses (700km), not navigable watercourses that are listed in 3 categories (14300km) and streams that are not navigable and not listed (4000km). Hydrological monitoring has a short history in Wallonia. The first monitoring site was installed in 1960. It consisted in a limnimetric scale and daily manual readings. Since 1974, hourly data are recorded. The number of measurement sites reached 244 stations in 2011. About 60 % of the monitoring sites have less than 20 years of hourly data. A qualitative analysis of monitoring stations led us to disregard 184 stations. The main quality problems were important discharge rating curve extrapolation, algae development in summer or low flow inferior to 5l/s. In preparation for a statistical analysis of low-flows, the old manual daily readings were analyzed. Unusable in high flow situations, they still hold practical and usable information during drought. This analysis allowed us to extend the registration period up of 7 stations and to recover 16 stations. There were lots of missing data during the 1960-1994 period, due to a poor management of the monitoring network. A yearly hydrograph analysis leads us to keep years of partial measurement when the gaps were found to be out of the low-flow period. The monitoring sites presenting more than 20 years of readings were selected for the statistical analysis. A homogeneity test was performed. Finally 64 out of 244 monitoring sites are kept for the frequency analysis. The indicators used to characterize low-flows are the popular Q95 and MAM7. Five below bounded distributions are tested with the HYFRAN software: Weibull (2 parameters), log-normal 2 parameters and 3 parameters, Gamma and Pearson type III. The parameters of the laws are estimated by the maximum likelihood estimation. The selection of the three best laws is performed for each site thanks to three Bayesian criterions proposed by HYFRAN. Then the distribution that fits the best the data is visually chosen. The results of the adjustment method are the same for the two indicators. The Gamma distribution is the most used followed by the lognormal with 2 parameters. However in some cases a law of three parameters is more appropriate. This preliminary work gives a first analysis of low-flows statistics in Wallonia. Yet a lot of missing data or short recording duration still limits our knowledge, this analysis allows us to progress towards best management practices in rivers and watersheds. [less ▲]

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See detail2D DIGE, label free quantification, principal component and mass spectrometry analysis for biomarkers discovery in MCF-7/BOS cells exposed to 17β-estradiol and endocrine disruptors.
Collodoro, Mike ULg; Lemaire, Pascale; Eppe, Gauthier ULg et al

in Organohalogen Compounds (2011)

Endocrine system disruption has become a subject of great interest over the last few decades, since it has become evident that natural and also synthetic substances can mimic or reduce the activity of ... [more ▼]

Endocrine system disruption has become a subject of great interest over the last few decades, since it has become evident that natural and also synthetic substances can mimic or reduce the activity of endogenous hormones. Compounds with estrogenic activity are an important family of potential endocrine disruptors that have to be monitored either in the food chain or in the environment. Estrogens are known to induce or promote hormonal dependent cancers, to reduce sperm counts and fertility in men and generate the feminization of exposed wildlife populations. The rapid screening of unwanted chemicals in the food chain is beset by difficulties. The number of toxic compounds is very large and no universal method can cope with their diversity. In this work, emergent differential proteomic techniques are used to discover a set of biomarkers for the development of a multiple estrogen contaminants screening test. [less ▲]

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See detailImpact of thresholding techniques on X-ray soil microtomogram analyses
Beckers, Eléonore ULg; Léonard, Angélique ULg; Beekkerk van Ruth, Jöran ULg et al

in Geophysical Research Abstracts (2011), 13

Using X-ray microtomography, 3D soil structure can be visualised and analysed through useful factors like pore size distribution, shape, connectivity, orientation, etc. X-ray scans yield grey-level 2D ... [more ▼]

Using X-ray microtomography, 3D soil structure can be visualised and analysed through useful factors like pore size distribution, shape, connectivity, orientation, etc. X-ray scans yield grey-level 2D images, which can be recombined to form 3D structures. Treatments of the grey-level images can consist of either a binarization -distinguishing soil and pores- or a permeability level attribution directly linked to the grey-level values. The latter leads to problems in order to assign a permeability for each point (in soil a same grey level value can be assigned to points with a different permeability), as well as to analyse the 3D structure. On the other hand, treatment of black and white 3D structures is well-handled. However, the impact of the choice of one thresholding technique on the resulting images has already been demonstrated. Moreover, thresholding methods are various and numerous. Many of them are based on the image histogram analysis. But because of the soil complexity, the relevance of these techniques becomes debatable, with a risk of producing non reliable images. We propose to palliate this with a simple new algorithm based on physical measurements: it uses a loop fixing the threshold value in order to match the measured porosity for each sample. In this communication, our point is to highlight the impact of different thresholding techniques on the analysis and interpretation of our soil microtomograms. The underlying questions could be: Does the thresholding method influence our conclusions? Are the results depending on the sample itself or on the methodology? In order to answer these questions we tested the Otsu technique and our physically based algorithm. Soils samples were removed from the upper layer (Ap horizon) of a silty soil (Gentinnes, Brabant Walloon, Belgium) in plots with different management practices. In fact, since 2004, the field has been cultivated in conventional tillage (CT) or reduced tillage (RT). In order to empty the meso- and macroporosity, samples were placed under a 1.5 MPa pressure (Richards apparatus). Samples were then scanned by X-ray microtomography using a Skyscan-1172 high-resolution desktop micro-CT system (Skyscan, Kontich, Belgium). The cone beam source operated at 100 kV, using an aluminium filter. The detector configuration, i.e. 1048x2000 pixels with a 16-bit X-ray camera, and the distance source-object-camera were adjusted to produce images with a pixel size of 17 µm. Porosity was measured for each scanned sample. Then the threshold methods -the Otsu technique on one hand and our developed algorithm on the other - were applied, and morphological factors were calculated for both methods. A comparison of the first results shows a threshold influence on average porosity and number of pores, but also on connectivity factors and size distribution. The apparent porosity of the images, as well as connectivity, is underestimated with the Otsu technique. Despite the fact that the changes induced by thresholding are more important for RT than CT, global conclusions about the comparison of these agricultural practices are approximately the same in this case. However, differences between tillage systems are less important with the Otsu method, confirming the impact of choosing the adapted threshold method. [less ▲]

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See detailEvaluation de la performance des muscles extenseurs du tronc
Demoulin, Christophe ULg; GROSDENT, Stéphanie ULg; Crielaard, Jean-Michel ULg et al

in Kinesitherapie Revue (2011), 111

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See detailInfluence of practice characteristics on injury risk in young athletes
Frisch, Anne ULg; Urhausen, Axel; Seil, Romain et al

in British Journal of Sports Medicine (2011), 45

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See detailMid-infrared predictions of lactoferrin content in bovine milk
Soyeurt, Hélène ULg; Bastin, Catherine ULg; Colinet, Frédéric ULg et al

in Journal of Dairy Science (2011), 94(E-suppl.1), 714

Lactoferrin (LF) is a glycoprotein present in milk and active in the immune system of cows and humans. Therefore, an inexpensive and rapid analysis to quantify this protein is desirable. A previous study ... [more ▼]

Lactoferrin (LF) is a glycoprotein present in milk and active in the immune system of cows and humans. Therefore, an inexpensive and rapid analysis to quantify this protein is desirable. A previous study reported the potential to quantify LF from the mid-infrared (MIR) spectrometry from 69 milk samples. Through the European RobustMilk project (www.robustmilk.eu), 3,606 milk samples were collected in Belgium, Ireland, and Scotland from individual cows and analyzed using a MIR MilkoScanFT6000 spectrometer. Milk LF content was quantified using ELISA in duplicate. Average ELISA data with a CV lower than 5% were used. After the detection of spectral and ELISA outliers, the calibration set contained 2,499 samples. An equation to predict LF content from MIR was developed using partial least squared regression. A first derivative pre-treatment of spectra was used to correct the baseline drift. To improve the repeatability of the spectral data, a file which contained the spectra of samples analyzed on 5 spectrometers was used during the calibration. The lactoferrin mean was 159.28 mg/l of milk with a SD of 97.21 mg/l of milk. The calibration (C) coefficient of determination (R2) was equal to 0.73 with a standard error (SE) of calibration of 50.54 mg/l of milk. A cross-validation (CV) was used to assess the robustness of the equation. R2 CV was 0.72 with a SE-CV of 51.16 mg/l of milk. An external validation (V) was conducted on 150 milk samples collected in Belgium. The SE of prediction (SEP) was 59.17 mg/L of milk. The similarity between R2 C and R2CV as well as between SE-C and SE-CV and between SE-CV and SEP confirms the equations developed are robust. The correlation between predicted and measured LF values was 0.71. This lower value compared with the one obtained from the calibration set (0.85) could be explained by the low ELISA reproducibility (16.24% ± 25.51%). If the developed equation is used to clean the validation data set, a total of 16 samples can be deleted. The validation coefficient for these 134 samples increased to 0.82. From these results, the developed equation could be used for screening the dairy cow population for breeding purposes. [less ▲]

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See detailLack of P2X1 ion channels increases endotoxemia associated coagulation and organ damage through neutrophil hyperresponsiveness.
Lecut, Christelle ULg; Faccinetto, Céline ULg; Evans, Richard J et al

in Journal of Thrombosis and Haemostasis [=JTH] (2011), 9(suppl S2),

ATP-gated P2X1 ion channels contribute to arterial thrombosis by amplifying platelet activation. In the search for novel anti-platelet strategies, targeting P2X1 ion channels is appealing. However, in ... [more ▼]

ATP-gated P2X1 ion channels contribute to arterial thrombosis by amplifying platelet activation. In the search for novel anti-platelet strategies, targeting P2X1 ion channels is appealing. However, in this study we found that lack or inhibition of P2X1 channels enhanced neutrophil respiratory burst activity ex vivo. <br />To study the consequence of P2X1 deficiency on neutrophil function in vivo, P2X1-/- mice were used in a model of endotoxin-induced sepsis. Upon injection of lipopolysaccharides (LPS), plasma myeloperoxidase (MPO) concentrations reached higher levels in the P2X1-/- mice, and circulating neutrophils expressed higher levels of surface CD11b compared to wild-type mice. Neutrophil relocalization into the lungs of LPS-treated P2X1-/- mice was also significantly augmented, reflecting a higher activation state of P2X1-/- neutrophils under conditions of sepsis. Accordingly, more extensive lipid peroxidation was observed in the liver of LPS-treated P2X1-/- mice, indicative of exaggerated oxidative damage. Concomitantly, the levels of thrombin-antithrombin complexes were higher in the plasma of LPS-treated P2X1-/- mice and thrombocytopenia was worsened as compared to wild type mice. Elevated numbers of microthrombi were also found in the lungs of these mice. These observations coincided with a higher susceptibility of P2X1-/- mice to LPS-induced septic shock than wild type animals. <br />Our results strongly suggest that P2X1 ion channels play a protective role in sepsis by negatively regulating systemic neutrophil activation, thereby limiting oxidative damage, activation of coagulation and platelet accumulation into the lungs. Therefore, since antagonists of P2X1 ion channels may not only target platelets but also affect neutrophils, inhibiting these channels in the highly inflammatory environment of severe sepsis or of acute coronary syndromes might be detrimental. [less ▲]

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See detailInvestigation of the efficiency of the Ti555 compared with TA6V alloy in the case of an aeronautic application
Ben Bettaieb, Mohamed ULg; Van Hoof, T.; Zhang, Lihong ULg et al

in The 12th World Conference on Titanium Ti-2011 (2011)

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