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See detailEffects of increased afterload on left ventricular performance and mechanical efficiency are not baroreflex-mediated
Kolh, Philippe ULg; Ghuysen, Alexandre ULg; Tchana-Sato, Vincent ULg et al

in European Journal of Cardio - Thoracic Surgery (2003), 24(6), 912-919

Objective: To assess baroreflex intervention during increase in left ventricular afterload, we compared the effects of aortic banding on the intact cardiovascular system and under hexamethonium infusion ... [more ▼]

Objective: To assess baroreflex intervention during increase in left ventricular afterload, we compared the effects of aortic banding on the intact cardiovascular system and under hexamethonium infusion. Methods: Six open-chest pigs, instrumented for measurement of aortic pressure and flow, left ventricular pressure and volume, were studied under pentobarbital-sufentanil anesthesia. Vascular arterial properties were estimated with a four-element windkessel model. Left ventricular contractility was assessed by the slope of end-systolic pressure-volume relationship. Results: The effects of aortic banding on mechanical aortic properties were unaffected by autonomic nervous system inhibition. However, increase in peripheral arterial vascular resistance and in heart rate were prevented by hexamethonium. Aortic banding increased left ventricular contractility and stroke work. Left ventricular-arterial coupling remained unchanged, but mechanical efficiency was impaired. These ventricular changes were independent of baroreflex integrity. Conclusions: Our results demonstrate that an augmentation in afterload has a composite effect on left ventricular function. Left ventricular performance is increased, as demonstrated by increase in contractility and stroke work, but mechanical efficiency is decreased. These changes are observed independently of baroreflex integrity. Such mechanisms of autoregulation, independent of the autonomic nervous system, are of paramount importance in heart transplant patients. (C) 2003 Elsevier B.V. All fights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailDoes sustained ERP activity in posterior lexico-semantic processing areas during short-term memory tasks only reflect activated long-term memory?
Majerus, Steve ULg; Van der Linden, Martial ULg; Collette, Fabienne ULg et al

in Behavioral and Brain Sciences (2003), 26(6), 746-747

We challenge Ruchkin et al.'s claim in reducing short-term memory (STM) to the active part of long-term memory (LTM), by showing that their data cannot rule out the possibility that activation of ... [more ▼]

We challenge Ruchkin et al.'s claim in reducing short-term memory (STM) to the active part of long-term memory (LTM), by showing that their data cannot rule out the possibility that activation of posterior brain regions could also reflect the contribution of a verbal STM buffer. [less ▲]

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See detailThe influence of an acid-base-equilibrium on the adsorption behaviour of a weak polyampholyte
Mahltig, Boris; Jérôme, Robert ULg; Stamm, Manfred

in Journal of Polymer Research (2003), 10(4), 219-223

A weak diblock polyampholyte PMAA-b-PDMAEMA, poly(methacrylic acid)-block-poly((dimethylamino)ethyl methacrylate), was investigated as a model system for the influence of an acid-base-equilibrium of a ... [more ▼]

A weak diblock polyampholyte PMAA-b-PDMAEMA, poly(methacrylic acid)-block-poly((dimethylamino)ethyl methacrylate), was investigated as a model system for the influence of an acid-base-equilibrium of a phthalic acid buffer system on the polyelectrolyte adsorption behaviour. The adsorption of polyampholyte from aqueous solution onto silicon surfaces is known to be strongly influenced by the parameters of the polymer solution and the properties of the polyampholyte itself like block ratio or molecular weight. In the case of the investigated polyampholytes, the main parameter with the most significant influence on the adsorption is the pH. The big influence of pH on adsorption results from the charges of the polymer chains and the substrate, which are determined by the pH. Therefore, it should be useful to investigate the influence of a buffer system on the polyampholyte adsorption. On the one hand the buffer system enables to determine the pH of the aqueous polyampholyte solution more precisely. On the other hand the concentrations of different phthalic species like the phthalic acid, the hydrogen phthalate and the phthalate are strongly influenced by pH. These different species were observed to have a strong influence on the adsorption behaviour of the polyampholyte, so the adsorption as function of pH was observed to be also determined by the acid-base-equilibrium of the buffer system. The adsorbed amount of polyampholyte dried after the adsorption process was determined using ellipsometry, while the surface topography of these adsorbed layers were characterized by atomic force microscopy (AFM). [less ▲]

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See detailPreventive assessment and enhancement of power system voltage stability: an integrated approach of thermal and voltage security
Capitanescu, Florin ULg

Doctoral thesis (2003)

This thesis is devoted to the preventive assessment and enhancement of voltage stability and security in electric power systems. However, in the course of deriving all the proposed methods we have paid ... [more ▼]

This thesis is devoted to the preventive assessment and enhancement of voltage stability and security in electric power systems. However, in the course of deriving all the proposed methods we have paid attention to keeping them compatible with the (more traditional) handling of thermal overloads, thereby providing a unified treatment of voltage and thermal security. The approaches presented in this work apply to both deregulated environments and classical, vertically integrated ones. The heart of most methods developed in this thesis is : (i) the derivation of sensitivities indicating the relative efficiency of the various bus injections to restore voltage stability or increase an insufficient voltage security margin, and (ii) the use of these sensitivities in linearized security constraints that can be incorporated to various optimization problems. Using this formulation, we deal with three different problems of interest in preventive security analysis: 1) Congestion management. We propose two optimization-based approaches to manage congestions due to voltage instability and/or thermal overload. The control variables are either power injections (generation rescheduling and load curtailment) or power transactions; 2) Computation of Available Transfer Capabilities (ATCs). We determine the simultaneous ATCs of multiple transactions by means of a single optimization-based computation; 3) evaluation of security margins interval. To face the uncertainty affecting power transfers, we present an optimization-based computation of the minimal and maximal margins under the assumption that individual injections vary within specified bounds. Besides this main theme, the thesis offers additional reflections on the: 1) Filtering of contingencies. We propose a simple and reliable technique to filter out harmless contingencies when computing voltage security margins of a large set of contingencies; 2) Evaluation of reactive reserves with respect to a contingency, an important topic for voltage security reasons as well as within the context of a deregulated market where providing reactive reserves is an ancillary service which should be properly paid. Most of the methods proposed in this thesis were successfully tested on realistic power system models. From a practical viewpoint all the above computations have been coupled to the fast time-domain quasi steady-state simulation used in the ASTRE software developed at the University of Liège. [less ▲]

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See detailHigh intraepithelial expression of estrogen and progesterone receptors in the transformation zone of the uterine cervix
Remoue, Franck; Jacobs, Nathalie ULg; Miot, Valérie et al

in American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology (2003), 189(6), 1660-1665

OBJECTIVE: Because sex hormones may be involved in tumor initiation and progression, we analyzed the presence of hormone receptors in the transformation zone of the uterine cervix where the majority of ... [more ▼]

OBJECTIVE: Because sex hormones may be involved in tumor initiation and progression, we analyzed the presence of hormone receptors in the transformation zone of the uterine cervix where the majority of human papillomavirus infections and associated (pre)neoplastic lesions develop. STUDY DESIGN: By using 23 total hysterectomy samples from young women who underwent surgery for noncervical benign uterine disease, we analyzed, by immunohistologic techniques, the in situ expression of estrogen (E-2-R) and progesterone (P-4-R) receptors in the transformation zone and ectocervix of the same women. RESULTS: The expression of estrogen receptors and progesterone receptors is significantly higher in the transformation zone compared with the ectocervix. Immunohistochemical localization indicated that hormone receptor-positive cells are mainly observed in (para)basal and intermediate cell layers in both the transformation zone and ectocervical epithelium. When transformation zone samples were segregated into epithelial tissues with a predominantly mature (7/23 samples) or immature (16/23 samples) squamous metaplasia, only biopsy specimens with immature squamous metaplasia showed a significantly higher density of hormone receptor-positive cells compared with ectocervical epithelium (P < .01). CONCLUSION: Our results suggest that the cervical transformation zone may be at increased risk of the development of cancer because of a high sensitivity to sex hormone regulation. (Am J Obstet Gynecol 2003; 189:1660-5.) [less ▲]

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See detailSegmentation by adaptive prediction and region merging
Van Droogenbroeck, Marc ULg; Talbot, Hugues

in Digital Image Computing Techniques and Applications, Volume II (2003, December)

This paper presents a segmentation technique based on prediction and adaptive region merging. While many techniques for segmentation exist, few of them are suited for the segmentation of natural images ... [more ▼]

This paper presents a segmentation technique based on prediction and adaptive region merging. While many techniques for segmentation exist, few of them are suited for the segmentation of natural images containing regular textures defined on non-rectangular segments. In this paper, we propose a description of regions based on a deconvolution algorithm whose purpose is to remove the influence of the shape on region contents. The decoupling of shape and texture information is achieved either by adapting waveforms to the segment shape, which is a time-consuming task that needs to be repeated for each segment shape, or by the extrapolation of a signal to fit a rectangular window, which is the chosen path. The deconvolution algorithm is the key of a new segmentation technique that uses extrapolation as a prediction of neighbouring regions. When the prediction of a region fits the actual content of a connected region reasonably well, both regions are merged. The segmentation process starts with an over-segmented image. It progressively merges neighbouring regions whose extrapolations fit according to an energy criterion. After each merge, the algorithm updates the values of the merging criterion for regions connected to the merged region pair. It stops when no further gain is achieved in merging regions or when mean values of adjacent regions are too different. Simulation results indicate that, although our technique is tailored for natural images containing periodic signals and flat regions, it is in fact usable for a large set of natural images. [less ▲]

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See detailRight lobe living-related liver transplantation in a Jehovah's Witness
Detry, Olivier ULg; De Roover, Arnaud ULg; Kaba, Abdourahmane ULg et al

in Transplant International (2003), 16(12), 895-896

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See detailStabilization of periodic orbits in a wedge billiard
Sepulchre, Rodolphe ULg; Gerard, Manuel

in Proceedings of the 42nd IEEE Conference on Decision and Control (2003, December)

This paper introduces a stabilization problem for an elementary impact control system in the plane. The rich dynamical properties of the wedge billiard, combined to the relevance of the associated ... [more ▼]

This paper introduces a stabilization problem for an elementary impact control system in the plane. The rich dynamical properties of the wedge billiard, combined to the relevance of the associated stabilization problem for feedback control issues in legged robotics make it a valuable benchmark for energy-based stabilization of impact control systems. [less ▲]

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See detailLa parésie spastique du quadriceps fémoral : Une nouvelle entité clinique chez le veau de race Blanc Bleu Belge.
Touati, Kamal ULg; Müller, Philippe ULg; Gangl M. et al

in Annales de Médecine Vétérinaire (2003), 147

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See detailEtude expérimentale des sons auto-entretenus produits par un jet issu d'un conduit et heurtant une plaque fendue
Billon, Alexis ULg

Doctoral thesis (2003)

The production of self-sustained tones (up to 125 dB) by a low Mach number free plane jet impinging on a slotted plate, known as slot-tone, is experimentally studied. For all geometries of the slot’s edge ... [more ▼]

The production of self-sustained tones (up to 125 dB) by a low Mach number free plane jet impinging on a slotted plate, known as slot-tone, is experimentally studied. For all geometries of the slot’s edge tested, the tones are generated from 6 m/s and when a resonant mode of the duct from which the jet flows out is excited. The Strouhal number associated with the tones fundamental frequency describes stages. These one are linked to the number of vortices present, with vortex pairing possibilities. On the other hand, the frequency domain of the fundamental is defined by the two instability modes of the jet. If the edge of the slot is beveled and if this one is placed backwards to the flow, the tones occurs at a lower speed (3.5 m/s) as soon as the jet becomes turbulent, and the excitation of an acoustic resonator is then not necessary. [less ▲]

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See detailCytoplasmic I kappa B alpha increases NF-kappa B-independent transcription through binding to histone deacetylase (HDAC) 1 and HDAC3
Viatour, Patrick ULg; Legrand-Poels, Sylvie; van Lint, Carine et al

in Journal of Biological Chemistry (2003), 278(47), 46541-46548

IkappaBalpha is an inhibitory molecule that sequesters NF-kappaB dimers in the cytoplasm of unstimulated cells. Upon stimulation, NF-kappaB moves to the nucleus and induces the expression of a variety of ... [more ▼]

IkappaBalpha is an inhibitory molecule that sequesters NF-kappaB dimers in the cytoplasm of unstimulated cells. Upon stimulation, NF-kappaB moves to the nucleus and induces the expression of a variety of genes including IkappaBalpha. This newly synthesized IkappaBalpha also translocates to the nucleus, removes activated NF-kappaB from its target genes, and brings it back to the cytoplasm to terminate the phase of NF-kappaB activation. We show here that IkappaBalpha enhances the transactivation potential of several homeodomain-containing proteins such as HOXB7 and Pit-1 through a NF-kappaB-independent association with histone deacetylase (HDAC) 1 and HDAC3 but not with HDAC2, -4, -5, and -6. IkappaBalpha bound both HDAC proteins through its ankyrin repeats, and this interaction was disrupted by p65. Immunofluorescence experiments demonstrated further that IkappaBalpha acts by partially redirecting HDAC3 to the cytoplasm. At the same time, an IkappaBalpha mutant, which lacked a functional nuclear localization sequence, interacted very efficiently with HDAC1 and -3 and intensively enhanced the transactivation potential of Pit-1. Our results support the hypothesis that the NF-kappaB inhibitor IkappaBalpha regulates the transcriptional activity of homeodomain-containing proteins positively through cytoplasmic sequestration of HDAC1 and HDAC3, a mechanism that would assign a new and unexpected role to IkappaBalpha. [less ▲]

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See detailCWATUP : le certificat de conformité
Delnoy, Michel ULg

in Immobilier (2003), 21

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See detailCanister free videogrammetry system for thermal vacuum and space applications
Roose, Stéphane ULg; Stockman, Yvan ULg; Bolsee, Jean-Christophe et al

in Decker, J.; Brown, N. (Eds.) Proceedings of the Conference on Recent Developments in Traceable Dimensional Measurements, (2003, November 20)

The development of a canister-free videogrammetry system is presented. Applications in view, are coordinate measurements during thermal vacuum test and on-baord space flight metrology of mechanical ... [more ▼]

The development of a canister-free videogrammetry system is presented. Applications in view, are coordinate measurements during thermal vacuum test and on-baord space flight metrology of mechanical structures, reflectors and antenna's. The paper presents the breadboard system architecture. Two breadboards have been developed. One is based on a space-qualified micro-imager camera. Lenses and flashers are all commercial components and have been made vacuum compatible. Results of accuracy (typically 50ppm) and resolution (typically 25 ppm) tests, in ambient and in vacuum are also presented. [less ▲]

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See detailEstimation of surface soil organic matter by means of hyperspectral data analysis.
Touré, Souleymane; Tychon, Bernard ULg

Conference (2003, November 19)

Data acquired from field campaign and hyperspectral airborne sensors were processed to determine the surface soil organic matter of an agricultural area located in Southern Belgium. The method adopted was ... [more ▼]

Data acquired from field campaign and hyperspectral airborne sensors were processed to determine the surface soil organic matter of an agricultural area located in Southern Belgium. The method adopted was based on a forward stepwise multiple regression analysis linking soil organic matter and hyperspectral data from two airborne sensors working in the visible and infrared domain. The results were validated successfully from an independent set of sampling points. It is concluded that the hyperspectral remote sensing approach is promising for soil organic matter prediction. Furthermore, this approach could even be improved if disturbance factors are removed. [less ▲]

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See detailTraffic Effects of Driver Assistance Systems – The Approach within INVENT
Benz, T.; Christen, Fréderic ULg; Lerner, G. et al

(2003, November 16)

Within the German Research Initiative INVENT, the partial project „Verkehrliche Wirkung, Recht und Akzeptanz (VRA)“ deals with traffic effects, legal aspects, acceptance and economics of driver assistance ... [more ▼]

Within the German Research Initiative INVENT, the partial project „Verkehrliche Wirkung, Recht und Akzeptanz (VRA)“ deals with traffic effects, legal aspects, acceptance and economics of driver assistance systems. This presentation gives examples for the consulting services of VRA as well as for the early simulations of a driver assistance system. Such simulations vary in scale from basic functions over driving situations and traffic situations to traffic scenarios. Results are presented for the basic functions and driving situations for a stop-and-go extension of adaptive cruise control. [less ▲]

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See detailInfluence de la methyl-b-cyclodextrine sur la cinetique de libération de l'inuline encapsulée dans des liposomes bioadhésifs
Piel, Géraldine ULg; Boulmedarat, Laila; Bochot, Amélie et al

Poster (2003, November 12)

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See detailCharacterization of the primary sonic muscles in Carapus acus (Carapidae): a multidisciplinary approach
Parmentier, Eric ULg; Gennotte, Vincent ULg; Focant, Bruno et al

in Proceedings of the Royal Society B : Biological Sciences (2003), 270(1530), 2301-2308

Sound production in carapid fishes results from the action of extrinsic muscles that insert into the swim bladder. Biochemical, histochemical and morphological techniques were used to examine the sonic ... [more ▼]

Sound production in carapid fishes results from the action of extrinsic muscles that insert into the swim bladder. Biochemical, histochemical and morphological techniques were used to examine the sonic muscles and compare them with epaxial muscles in Carapus acus. Sonic fibres are thicker than red and thinner than white epaxial fibres, and sonic fibres and myofibrils exhibit an unusual helicoidal organization: the myofibrils of the centre are in a straight line whereas they are more and more twisted towards the periphery. Sonic muscles have both features of red (numerous mitochondria, high glycogen content) and white (alkali-stable ATPase) fibres. They differ also in the isoforms of the light chain (LC3) and heavy chain (HC), in having T tubules at both the Z-line and the A–I junction and in a unique parvalbumin isoform (PAI) that may aid relaxation. All these features lead to the expression of two assumptions about sound generation: the sonic muscle should be able to perform fast and powerful contractions that provoke the forward movement of the forepart of the swim bladder and the stretching and ‘flapping’ of the swim bladder fenestra; the helicoidal organization allows progressive drawing of the swim bladder fenestra which emits a sound when rapidly released in a spring-like manner. [less ▲]

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See detailCampagne de mesure des odeurs sur le CET réhabilité de Belderbusch (Montzen) Enquête sur les nuisances olfactives
Nicolas, Jacques ULg; Craffe, Flavien

Report (2003)

The study is made in the frame of a follow-up monitoring of all landfill sites in Wallonia, initiated by the Ministry of Environment and managed by ISSeP. The present report concerns the restored site of ... [more ▼]

The study is made in the frame of a follow-up monitoring of all landfill sites in Wallonia, initiated by the Ministry of Environment and managed by ISSeP. The present report concerns the restored site of Belderbusch. However, as first field inspections revealed no odour, the usual measurement methodology was not applied and a short survey in the neighbourhood population was conducted. [less ▲]

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