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See detailQuaternary prevention, the art of “primum non nocere”
Jamoulle, Marc ULg

Conference (2017, April 03)

State of the art of the concept of Quaternary prevention

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See detailStable GPR101 over-Expressing Cell Lines As an Invaluable Tool for Functional Studies, Ligand Screening, and the Identification of Deregulated Genes/Pathways in Patients with X-Linked Acrogigantism
Trivellin, Giampaolo; Janjic, Maria; Larco, Darwin et al

Poster (2017, April 02)

Background: GPR101 is an orphan G protein-coupled receptor (GPCR) that is duplicated in patients with X-linked acrogigantism (X-LAG) and over-expressed in their GH- and PRL-secreting tumors. GPR101 is a ... [more ▼]

Background: GPR101 is an orphan G protein-coupled receptor (GPCR) that is duplicated in patients with X-linked acrogigantism (X-LAG) and over-expressed in their GH- and PRL-secreting tumors. GPR101 is a constitutively active GPCR that strongly activates the cAMP pathway. To elucidate the mechanisms through which GPR101 causes GH over-secretion we generated HEK293 and GH/PRL-secreting (GH3) cells with stable GPR101 expression. Methods: Both cell lines were created via direct integration of a human GPR101-coding sequence into their genome. In HEK293 cells this was achieved by transient transfection of a GPR101-expressing plasmid, while GH3 were transduced with GPR101 lentiviral particles. Cells were selected with appropriate antibiotics and the surviving clones expanded. GPR101 expression was quantified by RT-qPCR and immunofluorescence/western blotting. Cell proliferation (MTT assay), cAMP levels (125I-labeled cAMP tracer), and calcium signaling (FURA 2 AM) were determined. RNA was extracted from both cell lines and subjected to RNA-seq. Differential gene expression between control and GPR101-expressing cells and pathway analysis was carried out with the Stirplate and MetaCore softwares, respectively. De-regulated genes were validated by RT-qPCR. Results: High GPR101 expression was achieved in both cell lines and confirmed at the mRNA and protein level. GPR101-expressing cells proliferated at different rates from the respective controls: GPR101-HEK293 cells were slow-dividing, while GPR101-GH3 divided faster. cAMP production was enhanced in GPR101-GH3 and accompained by increased excitability of cells. Differential expression analysis in HEK293 cells revealed several up-regulated and few down-regulated genes. Among the genes with high expression, several were linked to the cAMP pathway: CGA, PCK1, LINC00473 and PDE3A. Enrichment analysis ranked cytoskeleton remodeling and cell cycle regulation (inhibition of G1/S transition) as the most relevant pathways. In GH3 cells most of the genes with a significantly different expression encoded for membrane-localized proteins, among which were ion channels (Trpm8, Kcnj1), GPCRs (Trhr), and calcium sensors (Syt4, Anxa1). Biological processes associated with these genes are: vesicle transport and fusion, cytoskeleton organization, and energy homeostasis. Conclusions: These results show that the intrinsic activity of GPR101 strongly stimulates cAMP production and this in turn facilitates voltage-gated calcium influx. Changes in cAMP/calcium signaling are accompanied with faster/slower cell division depending on the cell type. Accordingly, several genes associated with these and related pathways are differentially expressed. The establishment of these cell lines will be of paramount importance to validate putative GPR101 ligands and to conduct functional studies. [less ▲]

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See detailSignification et notification en Europe Entre efficacité et droits de la défense
Wautelet, Patrick ULg

Conference (2017, April)

Cette présentation a comme objectif d'offrir un aperçu de la jurisprudence de la Cour de justice relative au Règlement 1393/2007

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See detailUncertainty quantification of Antarctic contribution to sea-level rise using the fast Elementary Thermomechanical Ice Sheet (f.ETISh) model
Bulthuis, Kevin ULg; Arnst, Maarten ULg; Pattyn, Frank et al

Conference (2017, April)

Uncertainties in sea-level rise projections are mostly due to uncertainties in Antarctic ice-sheet predictions (IPCC AR5 report, 2013), because key parameters related to the current state of the Antarctic ... [more ▼]

Uncertainties in sea-level rise projections are mostly due to uncertainties in Antarctic ice-sheet predictions (IPCC AR5 report, 2013), because key parameters related to the current state of the Antarctic ice sheet (e.g. sub-ice- shelf melting) and future climate forcing are poorly constrained. Here, we propose to improve the predictions of Antarctic ice-sheet behaviour using new uncertainty quantification methods. As opposed to ensemble modelling (Bindschadler et al., 2013) which provides a rather limited view on input and output dispersion, new stochastic methods (Le Maître and Knio, 2010) can provide deeper insight into the impact of uncertainties on complex system behaviour. Such stochastic methods usually begin with deducing a probabilistic description of input parameter uncertainties from the available data. Then, the impact of these input parameter uncertainties on output quantities is assessed by estimating the probability distribution of the outputs by means of uncertainty propagation methods such as Monte Carlo methods or stochastic expansion methods. The use of such uncertainty propagation methods in glaciology may be computationally costly because of the high computational complexity of ice-sheet models. This challenge emphasises the importance of developing reliable and computationally efficient ice-sheet models such as the f.ETISh ice-sheet model (Pattyn, 2015), a new fast thermomechanical coupled ice sheet/ice shelf model capable of handling complex and critical processes such as the marine ice-sheet instability mechanism. Here, we apply these methods to investigate the role of uncertainties in sub-ice-shelf melting, calving rates and climate projections in assessing Antarctic contribution to sea-level rise for the next centuries using the f.ETISh model. We detail the methods and show results that provide nominal values and uncertainty bounds for future sea- level rise as a reflection of the impact of the input parameter uncertainties under consideration, as well as a ranking of the input parameter uncertainties in the order of the significance of their contribution to uncertainty in future sea-level rise. In addition, we discuss how limitations posed by the available information (poorly constrained data) pose challenges that motivate our current research. [less ▲]

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See detailAn investigation into the fraction of particle accelerators among colliding-wind binaries. Towards an extension of the catalogue
De Becker, Michaël ULg; Benaglia, Paula; Romero, Gustavo E. et al

in Astronomy and Astrophysics (2017), 600

Particle-accelerating colliding-wind binaries (PACWBs) are multiple systems made of early-type stars able to accelerate particles up to relativistic velocities. The relativistic particles can interact ... [more ▼]

Particle-accelerating colliding-wind binaries (PACWBs) are multiple systems made of early-type stars able to accelerate particles up to relativistic velocities. The relativistic particles can interact with different fields (magnetic or radiation) in the colliding-wind region and produce non-thermal emission. In many cases, non-thermal synchrotron radiation might be observable and thus constitute an indicator of the existence of a relativistic particle population in these multiple systems. To date, the catalogue of PACWBs includes about 40 objects spread over many stellar types and evolutionary stages, with no clear trend pointing to privileged subclasses of objects likely to accelerate particles. This paper aims at discussing critically some criteria for selecting new candidates among massive binaries. The subsequent search for non-thermal radiation in these objects is expected to lead to new detections of particle accelerators. On the basis of this discussion, some broad ideas for observation strategies are formulated. At this stage of the investigation of PACWBs, there is no clear reason to consider particle acceleration in massive binaries as an anomaly or even as a rare phenomenon. We therefore consider that several PACWBs will be detected in the forthcoming years, essentially using sensitive radio interferometers which are capable of measuring synchrotron emission from colliding-wind binaries. Prospects for high-energy detections are also briefly addressed. [less ▲]

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See detailBien raisonner en TSUM (Transition Secondaire-Université en Mathématiques)
Bair, Jacques ULg

E-print/Working paper (2017)

Bien raisonner est assurément une des compétences clés que doivent acquérir et développer les étudiants entrant à l’Université. Nous y consacrons entièrement ce travail illustré par de nombreux exemples ... [more ▼]

Bien raisonner est assurément une des compétences clés que doivent acquérir et développer les étudiants entrant à l’Université. Nous y consacrons entièrement ce travail illustré par de nombreux exemples construits à partir de notre expérience professionnelle. En premier lieu, nous distinguons, à la suite de G. Polya, les raisonnements plausibles des raisonnements démonstratifs. Ensuite, nous nous intéressons à certains éléments de logique qui nous paraissent importants au niveau d’une TSUM. Puis, nous analysons la nature de preuves mathématiques à ce stade de l’apprentissage. Enfin, nous dissertons quelque peu sur l’usage des démonstrations dans l’enseignement. Ce travail se termine par deux annexes techniques, relatives respectivement à différents types de syllogismes et à quelques éléments plus formels de logique mathématique. [less ▲]

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See detailUnexpected diversification of pliosaurid marine reptiles after the Jurassic-Cretaceous boundary
Fischer, Valentin ULg; Benson, Roger; Zverkov, Nikolay et al

Conference (2017, April)

Pliosaurids are iconic marine reptiles that dominated marine ecosystems during the Jurassic and the Cretaceous. These giant predators met their demise during the early Late Cretaceous but the final ... [more ▼]

Pliosaurids are iconic marine reptiles that dominated marine ecosystems during the Jurassic and the Cretaceous. These giant predators met their demise during the early Late Cretaceous but the final chapter of their long evolutionary history remains barely documented. Prompted by the discovery of a peculiar and very well preserved new taxon from Russia, we compute the evolution of pliosaurid disparity from their Early Jurassic radiation to their Late Cretaceous extinction. Despite a patchy Early Cretaceous fossil record, we show pliosaurids reached their maximal disparity during the Hauterivian-Barremian interval, suggesting a strong Early Cretaceous recovery from the apparently low phenotypic disparity of Late Jurassic pliosaurids. By using cladistic and ecomorphological data, we show that pliosaurids have repeatedly evolved slender-snouted polycotylid-like morphologies in each of their temporal radiations (Early Jurassic, Middle Jurassic and Early Cretaceous), demonstrating a more complex evolutionary history than their traditional representation as gigantic apex predators of Mesozoic marine ecosystems suggests. The extinction of pliosaurids during the Turonian (early Late Cretaceous) appears preceded by a late Early Cretaceous contraction of their disparity, the trajectory documented in ichthyosaurs, another successful marine reptile clade that disappeared during the Cenomanian-Turonian interval. [less ▲]

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See detailPredicting Internet Path Dynamics and Performance with Machine Learning
Wassermann, Sarah ULg; Casas, Pedro; Cuvelier, Thibaut ULg et al

Report (2017)

In this paper, we study the problem of predicting Internet path changes and path performance using traceroute measurements and machine learning models. Path changes are frequently linked to path inflation ... [more ▼]

In this paper, we study the problem of predicting Internet path changes and path performance using traceroute measurements and machine learning models. Path changes are frequently linked to path inflation and performance degradation; therefore, predicting their occurrence is highly relevant for performance monitoring and dynamic traffic engineering. We introduce NETPerfTrace, an Internet Path Tracking system capable of forecasting path changes and path latency variations. By relying on decision trees and using empirical distribution based input features, we show that NETPerfTrace can predict (i) the remaining life time of a path before it actually changes and (ii) the number of path changes in a certain time-slot with high accuracy. Through extensive evaluation, we demonstrate that NETPerfTrace highly outperforms DTRACK, a previous system with the same prediction targets. NETPerfTrace also offers path performance forecasting capabilities. In particular, it can predict path latency metrics, providing a system which could not only predict path changes but also forecast their impact in terms of performance variations. As an additional contribution, we release NETPerfTrace as open software to the networking community. [less ▲]

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See detailVille de Liège, reprenez la main ! : politique architecturale de la ville de Liège
De Visscher, Lisa ULg

in A+ : Architecture in Belgium (2017), 265

Liège is more than an imposing train station. Some major urban developments and small interventions at the level of a neighborhood redesign the city. Several important actors intervene in the process of ... [more ▼]

Liège is more than an imposing train station. Some major urban developments and small interventions at the level of a neighborhood redesign the city. Several important actors intervene in the process of mutation in Liege, which is why a thorough architectural policy of the City of Liège must make a difference. [less ▲]

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See detailMicrofossils from the late Mesoproterozoic – early Neoproterozoic Atar/El Mreïti Group, Taoudeni Basin, Mauritania, northwestern Africa
Beghin, Jérémie ULg; Storme, Jean-Yves; Blanpied, Christian et al

in Precambrian Research (2017), 291

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See detailOn the identification of paedomorphic and overwintering larval newts based on cloacal shape: review and guidelines
Denoël, Mathieu ULg

in Current Zoology (2017), 63(2), 165-173

Paedomorphosis is an alternative process to metamorphosis in which adults retain larval traits at the adult stage. It is frequent in newts and salamanders, where larvae reach sexual maturity without ... [more ▼]

Paedomorphosis is an alternative process to metamorphosis in which adults retain larval traits at the adult stage. It is frequent in newts and salamanders, where larvae reach sexual maturity without losing their gills. However, in some populations, larvae overwinter in water, while remaining immature. These alternative ontogenetic processes are of particular interest in various research fields, but have different causes and consequences, as only paedomorphosis allows metamorphosis to be bypassed before maturity. It is thus relevant to efficiently identify paedomorphs versus overwintering larvae. In this context, the aim of this paper was threefold: firstly, to perform a meta-analysis of the identification procedures carried out in the literature; secondly, to determine the effectiveness of body size to make inferences about adulthood by surveying natural newt populations of Lissotriton helveticus and Ichthyosaura alpestris, and thirdly, to propose easy guidelines for an accurate distinction between large larvae and paedomorphs based on an external sexual trait, which is essential for reproduction — the cloaca. More than half of the studies in the literature do not mention the diagnostic criteria used for determining adulthood. The criteria mentioned were the presence of mature gonads (10%), eggs laid (4%), courtship behaviour (10%), and external morphological sexual traits (39%) including the cloaca (24%). Body-size thresholds should not be used as a proxy for paedomorphosis, because overwintering larvae can reach a larger size than paedomorphs within the same populations. In contrast, diagnosis based on cloacal external morphology is recommended, as it can be processed by the rapid visual assessment of all caught specimens, thus providing straightforward data at the individual level for both sexes. [less ▲]

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See detailThe ‘male escape hypothesis’: sex-biased metamorphosis in response to climatic drivers in a facultatively paedomorphic amphibian
Mathiron, Anthony; Lena, Jean-Paul; Baouch, Sarah et al

in Proceedings of the Royal Society B : Biological Sciences (2017), 284(1853), 20170176

Paedomorphosis is a major evolutionary process that bypasses metamorphosis and allows reproduction in larvae. In newts and salamanders, it can be facultative with paedomorphs retaining gills and ... [more ▼]

Paedomorphosis is a major evolutionary process that bypasses metamorphosis and allows reproduction in larvae. In newts and salamanders, it can be facultative with paedomorphs retaining gills and metamorphs dispersing. The evolution of these developmental processes is thought to have been driven by the costs and benefits of inhabiting aquatic versus terrestrial habitats. In this context, we aimed at testing the hypothesis that climatic drivers affect phenotypic transition and the difference across sexes because sex-ratio is biased in natural populations. Through a replicated laboratory experiment, we showed that paedomorphic palmate newts (Lissotriton helveticus) metamorphosed at a higher frequency when water availability decreased and metamorphosed earlier when temperature increased in these conditions. All responses were sex-biased, and males were more prone to change phenotype than females. Our work shows how climatic variables can affect facultative paedomorphosis and support theoretical models predicting life on land instead of in water. Moreover, because males metamorphose and leave water more often and earlier than females, these results, for the first time, give an experimental explanation for the rarity of male paedomorphosis (the ‘male escape hypothesis’) and suggest the importance of sex in the evolution of paedomorphosis versus metamorphosis. [less ▲]

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See detailThe Case of the Decaying Cadaver
Stefanuto, Pierre-Hugues ULg; Focant, Jean-François ULg

in The Analytical Scientist (2017), 51

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See detailStudy of the evolution of the osteoarthritis pathology and the mechanical properties of cartilage in a spontaneous osteoarthritis model in the Dunkin-Hartley guinea pigs.
Legrand, Catherine ULg; Centonze, Prescilia ULg; Comblain, Fanny ULg et al

in Osteoarthritis and Cartilage (2017, April), 25

In animal models, the severity of cartilage damage is assessed by histological scores evaluating the structure, the proteoglycan con- tent, the integrity of the tidemark, the cellularity, and osteophytes ... [more ▼]

In animal models, the severity of cartilage damage is assessed by histological scores evaluating the structure, the proteoglycan con- tent, the integrity of the tidemark, the cellularity, and osteophytes. In parallel to these histological analyzes, we studied the mechanical properties of cartilage at different stages of disease progression in the Dunkin-Hartley guinea pigs. We also correlated the severity of histo- logical lesions with the mechanical properties of cartilage. [less ▲]

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See detailLes Q-Codes et la terminologie multilingue de médecine générale et de famille
Jamoulle, Marc ULg; Schuers, Matthieu; Ouvrard, Patrick et al

Conference (2017, March 31)

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See detailLe fléau des faux médicaments
Marini Djang'Eing'A, Roland ULg; Ziemons, Eric ULg; Sacre, Pierre-Yves ULg et al

Conference given outside the academic context (2017)

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See detailLes mathématiques: une science comme les autres ?
Bair, Jacques ULg

E-print/Working paper (2017)

Les mathématiques sont-elles une science et, dans l'affirmative, sont-elles comparables aux autres disciplines scientifiques comme la physique, la biologie, ... ? Nous apportons des éléments de réponse à ... [more ▼]

Les mathématiques sont-elles une science et, dans l'affirmative, sont-elles comparables aux autres disciplines scientifiques comme la physique, la biologie, ... ? Nous apportons des éléments de réponse à de telles questions en basant principalement nos arguments sur la distinction, due au mathématicien-épistémologue G. Polya, entre les raisonnements plausibles ou démonstratifs. [less ▲]

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