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See detailPET imaging analysis using a parcelation approach and multiple kernel classification
Segovia-Román, Fermín ULg; Phillips, Christophe ULg

in International Workshop on Pattern Recognition in Neuroimaging, Tübingen 4-6 June 2014 (in press)

Positron Emission Tomography (PET) is a non-invasive medical imaging modality that provides information about physiological processes. Due to its ability to measure the brain metabolism, it is widely used ... [more ▼]

Positron Emission Tomography (PET) is a non-invasive medical imaging modality that provides information about physiological processes. Due to its ability to measure the brain metabolism, it is widely used to assist the diagnosis of neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease (AD) of Parkinsonism. In order to avoid the subjectivity inherent to the visual exploration of the images, several computer systems to analyze PET data were developed during the last years. However, dealing with the huge amount of information provided by PET imaging is still a challenge. In this work we present a novel methodology to analyze PET data that improves the automatic differentiation between controls and AD patients. First the images are divided into small regions or parcels, defined either anatomically, geometrically or randomly. Secondly, the accuray of each single region is estimated using a Support Vector Machine (SVM) classifier and a cross-validation approach. Finally, all the regions are assessed together using multiple kernel SVM with a kernel per region. The classifier is built so that the most discriminative regions have more weight in the final decision. This method was evaluated using a PET dataset that contained images from healthy controls and AD patients. The classification results obtained with the proposed approach outperformed two recently reported computer systems based on Principal Component Analysis and Independent Component Analysis. [less ▲]

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See detailSophistique et Philosophie: Platon, héritier de Protagoras
Gavray, Marc-Antoine ULg

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See detailGenetic parameters for mid-infrared methane indicators based on milk fatty acids in dairy cows
Kandel, Purna Bhadra ULg; Gengler, Nicolas ULg; Soyeurt, Hélène ULg

in Journal of Applied Animal Research (in press)

Dairy production is identified as a major source of methane (CH4) emissions. Selective breeding canbe one method used to mitigate CH4 emissions but practical and cheap measurement of this trait is not ... [more ▼]

Dairy production is identified as a major source of methane (CH4) emissions. Selective breeding canbe one method used to mitigate CH4 emissions but practical and cheap measurement of this trait is not currently available. The mid-infrared (MIR) prediction of milk fatty acids is relevant in this context. Five MIR methane indicators were derived from the literature and were calibrated from 600 samples analyzed by gas chromatography. Genetic parameters for these traits were estimated using single trait random regression test-day models from 619,265 records collected from 2007 to 2011 on 71,188 Holstein cows in their first three lactations. For the published indicator showing the highest relationship with the methane data (R2 = 0.88), the average daily heritability was 0.34±0.01, 0.37±0.01 and 0.34±0.01 for the first three lactations, respectively. The methane emission (g/day) was increased from beginning of lactation, reached at the highest in peak of lactation and decreased towards end of lactation. The largest differences between estimated breeding values (EBV) of sires having daughters in production eructing the highest and the lowest methane content was 21.80, 22.75 and 24.89 kg per lactation for the first three parities. Positive genetic correlations were estimated between indicator traits and milk fat and protein content. Low negative correlation was observed with milk yield. In conclusion, this study shows the feasibility to predict methane indicator traits by MIR. Moreover, the estimated genetic parameters suggest also a potential genetic variability of the quantity of methane eructed by dairy cows. [less ▲]

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See detailAntiquité tardive et christianisme africains dans l'Africa romana : un bilan historiographique
Fialon, Sabine ULg

in Ruggeri, Paola (Ed.) L’Africa romana XX. Momenti di continuita e rottura : bilancio di 30 anni di convegni de l’Africa romana (in press)

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See detailPlaton: le Politique, introduction, traduction et commentaire
Dixsaut, Monique; El Murr, Dimitri; Gavray, Marc-Antoine ULg et al

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Nouvelle traduction commentée et annotée du Politique de Platon

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See detailLe monde du représentable: de Lotze à la phénoménologie
Dewalque, Arnaud ULg

in Boccaccini, Federico (Ed.) Lotze et son héritage. Son influence et son impact sur la philosophie du XXe siècle (in press)

Dans ce chapitre, je me propose de réévaluer, au moins partiellement, le sens et la portée de la théorie de la « validité » (Gelten, Geltung) développée par Lotze dans sa grande Logique de 1874. Je ... [more ▼]

Dans ce chapitre, je me propose de réévaluer, au moins partiellement, le sens et la portée de la théorie de la « validité » (Gelten, Geltung) développée par Lotze dans sa grande Logique de 1874. Je suggérerai que le rapprochement traditionnellement invoqué entre Lotze et Bolzano est trompeur, puisqu’il a sans doute assez largement contribué à masquer la dimension eidétique et « matérielle » de la théorie lotzéenne de la validité (§1). L’une des idées centrales qui se cache derrière la notion de « validité », en effet, est que les contenus de représentation – et, exemplairement, les contenus de représentations sensorielles (les concepts de couleurs, de sons, etc.) – forment une sphère intrinsèquement structurée par des relations d’un certain genre. Contrairement aux relations logiques traditionnelles (comme la contradiction) et aux relations logico-syntaxiques, qui structurent aussi le « monde du représensable » d’un autre point de vue (§2), les relations dont il est question ici sont non formalisables, car elles sont fondées dans l’essence même des phénomènes, pris « en soi », c’est-à-dire indépendamment de leur instanciation dans un objet du monde spatio-temporel et de leur appréhension par un sujet psycho-physique (§3). [less ▲]

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See detaille mythe de l'infaillibilité médicale menace sérieusement la sécurité du patient !
COUCKE, Philippe ULg

in Healthcare Executive (in press), 77

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See detailIdentification of cardiac repercussions after intense and prolonged concentric isokinetic exercise in young sedentary people.
LE GOFF, Caroline ULg; Kaux, Jean-François ULg; Couffignal, Vincent et al

in Clinical physiology and functional imaging (in press)

INTRODUCTION: Cardiopathies are the world's leading cause of mortality and morbidity. Although rare, cardiovascular accidents can occur during intense and infrequent sporting activity, particularly among ... [more ▼]

INTRODUCTION: Cardiopathies are the world's leading cause of mortality and morbidity. Although rare, cardiovascular accidents can occur during intense and infrequent sporting activity, particularly among those who are unaware of their heart condition. The development of cardiospecific biochemical markers has led to a reconsideration of the role of biology in the diagnosis of cardiovascular illnesses. The aim of this study therefore was, through the use of cardiac biomarker assays, to highlight the impact of sustained physical effort in the form of intense and prolonged concentric isokinetic exercise and to research potential cardiovascular risks. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Eighteen subjects participated in a maximal concentric isokinetic exercise involving 30 knee flexion-extensions for each leg. Five blood tests were taken to study the kinetics of the cardiac biomarkers. Haemodynamic parameters were measured continuously using a Portapres, and respiratory parameters were measured using a Sensormedics Vmax 29C. RESULTS: The results showed significant increases in the creatine kinase, myoglobin, homocysteine and haemoglobin cardiac markers. Evolutionary trends were also observed for the following biomarkers: NT-proBNP, myeloperoxydase and C-reactive protein. All the physiological parameters measured presented statistically significant changes. CONCLUSION: Isokinetic effort leads to the release of cardiac markers in the blood, but these do not exceed the reference values in healthy subjects. Maximal concentric isokinetic exercise does not, therefore, lead to an increased risk of cardiovascular pathologies. [less ▲]

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See detailManagement of osteoporosis of the oldest old.
Rizzoli, R.; Branco, J.; Brandi, M.-L. et al

in Osteoporosis international : a journal established as result of cooperation between the European Foundation for Osteoporosis and the National Osteoporosis Foundation of the USA (in press)

This consensus article reviews the diagnosis and treatment of osteoporosis in geriatric populations. Specifically, it reviews the risk assessment and intervention thresholds, the impact of nutritional ... [more ▼]

This consensus article reviews the diagnosis and treatment of osteoporosis in geriatric populations. Specifically, it reviews the risk assessment and intervention thresholds, the impact of nutritional deficiencies, fall prevention strategies, pharmacological treatments and their safety considerations, the risks of sub-optimal treatment adherence and strategies for its improvement. INTRODUCTION: This consensus article reviews the therapeutic strategies and management options for the treatment of osteoporosis of the oldest old. This vulnerable segment (persons over 80 years of age) stands to gain substantially from effective anti-osteoporosis treatment, but the under-prescription of these treatments is frequent. METHODS: This report is the result of an ESCEO (European Society for Clinical and Economic Aspects of Osteoporosis and Osteoarthritis) expert working group, which explores some of the reasons for this and presents the arguments to counter these beliefs. The risk assessment of older individuals is briefly reviewed along with the differences between some intervention guidelines. The current evidence on the impact of nutritional deficiencies (i.e. calcium, protein and vitamin D) is presented, as are strategies to prevent falls. One possible reason for the under-prescription of pharmacological treatments for osteoporosis in the oldest old is the perception that anti-fracture efficacy requires long-term treatment. However, a review of the data shows convincing anti-fracture efficacy already by 12 months. RESULTS: The safety profiles of these pharmacological agents are generally satisfactory in this patient segment provided a few precautions are followed. CONCLUSION: These patients should be considered for particular consultation/follow-up procedures in the effort to convince on the benefits of treatment and to allay fears of adverse drug reactions, since poor adherence is a major problem for the success of a strategy for osteoporosis and limits cost-effectiveness. [less ▲]

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See detailComplementary biophysical tools to investigate lipid specificity in the interaction between bioactive molecules and the plasma membrane: A review
Deleu, Magali ULg; Crowet, Jean-Marc ULg; Nasir, Mehmet Nail ULg et al

in Biochimica et Biophysica Acta - Biomembranes (in press)

Plasma membranes are complex entities common to all living cells. The basic principle of their organization appears very simple, but they are actually of high complexity and represent very dynamic ... [more ▼]

Plasma membranes are complex entities common to all living cells. The basic principle of their organization appears very simple, but they are actually of high complexity and represent very dynamic structures. The interactions between bioactive molecules and lipids are important for numerous processes, from drug bioavailablility to viral fusion. The cell membrane is a carefully balanced environment and any change inflicted upon its structure by a bioactive molecule must be considered in conjunction with the overall effect that this may have on the function and integrity of the membrane. Conceptually, understanding the molecular mechanisms by which bioactive molecules interact with cell membranes is of fundamental importance. Lipid specificity is a key factor for the detailed understanding of the penetration and/or activity of lipid-interacting molecules and of mechanisms of some diseases. Further investigation in that way should improve drug discovery and development of membrane-active molecules in many domains such as health, plant protection or microbiology. In this review, we will present complementary biophysical approaches that can give information about lipid specificity at a molecular point of view. Examples of application will be given for different molecule types, from biomolecules to pharmacological drugs. A special emphasis is given to cyclic lipopeptides since they are interesting molecules in the scope of this review by combining a peptidic moiety and a lipidic tail and by exerting their activity via specific interactions with the plasma membrane. [less ▲]

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See detailOne injection of platelet-rich plasma associated to a submaximal eccentric protocol to treat chronic jumper's knee
Kaux, Jean-François ULg; Croisier, Jean-Louis ULg; Bruyère, Olivier ULg et al

in The Journal of sports medicine and physical fitness (in press)

INTRODUCTION: Jumper's knee is a frequent chronic overuse syndrome of the upper part of the patellar tendon. Platelets contain lots of growth factors which could enhance the healing process of tendons ... [more ▼]

INTRODUCTION: Jumper's knee is a frequent chronic overuse syndrome of the upper part of the patellar tendon. Platelets contain lots of growth factors which could enhance the healing process of tendons. METHODS: Twenty patients with chronic upper patellar tendinopathy were enrolled. Assessments were made before infiltration of PRP, and 6 weeks and 3 months after the infiltration, using a 10--point Visual Analogic Scale, clinical examinations with a pressure algometer, algofunctional scores (IKDC and VISA--P), functional assessments (isokinetic and optojump evaluations) and imagery (ultrasounds and MRI). The PRP was obtained with an apheresis system (COM.TEC, Fresenius). Six millilitres of PRP were injected without local anaesthetic. One week after infiltration, patients started a standardised sub--maximal eccentric reeducation. RESULTS: Pain during daily activities significantly decreased with time. During functional evaluation, it decreased as well, but without significant functional improvement. No improvements in the imagery measurements were observed. Younger patients seemed to be more susceptible to have an improvement of pain by the PRP infiltration. CONCLUSION: This study demonstrates that a local infiltration of PRP associated with a submaximal eccentric protocol can improve symptoms of chronic jumper's knee in patients non--responsive to classical conservative treatments. [less ▲]

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See detailDietary early-life exposure to contaminated eels does not impair spatial cognitive performances in adult offspring mice as assessed in the Y-maze and the Morris water maze
Dridi, ImenI; Leroy, Delphine; Guignard, Cedric et al

in Nutrition Research (in press)

Many environmental contaminants are introduced via the diet and may act as neurotoxins and endocrine disrupters, especially influencing growing organisms in early life. The purpose of this study was to ... [more ▼]

Many environmental contaminants are introduced via the diet and may act as neurotoxins and endocrine disrupters, especially influencing growing organisms in early life. The purpose of this study was to examine whether dietary exposure of dams to fish naturally contaminated with xenobiotics, especially with polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and heavy metals (e.g. mercury and lead), resulted in cognitive function deficits in adult offspring mice. Daily, four groups of dams (n = 10/group) ingested standard diet plus paste with/without eels, during gestation and lactation, from gestational day (GD) six until post natal day (PND) 21 (weaning). Dams orally ingested a standardized amount of eel (0.8 mgkg-1 d-1) containing the six non-dioxin-like (NDL) PCBs (σ6 NDL-PCBs: 28, 52, 101, 138, 153, and 180) at 0, 85, 216, and 400 ngkg-1 d-1. Results showed that early-life exposure to contaminated eels did not (compared to non-exposed controls) impair immediate working memory in the Y-maze in the offspring assessed at PND 38. Furthermore, it did not significantly impact spatial learning and retention memory as measured in the Morris water maze in adult offspring mice (PND 120-123). Our results suggest that perinatal exposure to contaminated eels does not affect spatial cognitive performances, as assessed by the Y-maze and Morris water maze at adult age. Adverse effects of xenobiotics reported earlier might be camouflaged by beneficial eel constituents, such as n-3 fatty acids. However, additional studies are needed to differentiate between potential positive and negative effects following consumption of food items both rich in nutrients and contaminants. © 2014 Elsevier Inc. [less ▲]

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See detailPolitiques du vivant, politiques de la nature : Foucault, Latour et les biopolitiques
Caeymaex, Florence ULg; Pieron, Julien ULg

in Worms, Frédéric; François, Arnaud (Eds.) Le moment du vivant (in press)

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See detailDevelopment of functionalized nanoparticles for vaccine delivery to dendritic cells: a mechanistic approach
Silva, Joana M.; Vandermeulen, Gaëlle; Oliveira, Vanessa G. et al

in Nanomedicine (in press)

Aim: Produce biodegradable nanoparticles to target antigen-presenting cells and evaluate their potential to be used as a vaccine delivery system. Materials & methods: Untargeted PEGylated PLGA-based ... [more ▼]

Aim: Produce biodegradable nanoparticles to target antigen-presenting cells and evaluate their potential to be used as a vaccine delivery system. Materials & methods: Untargeted PEGylated PLGA-based nanoparticles and mannose-grafted nanoparticles were formulated and physicochemically characterized. Immortalized and primary antigen-presenting cells were used to study nanoparticle internalization patterns. The endocytic pathways and intracellular trafficking followed by nanoparticles were also investigated. Results & discussion: Nanoparticles displayed mannose residues available for binding at the nanoparticle surface. Different nanoparticle internalization patterns by immortalized and primary antigen presenting cells were verified. Macropinocytosis, clathrin-mediated endocytosis, caveolin- and lipid raft-dependent endocytosis are involved in nanoparticles internalization. Nanoparticles demonstrate both endo-lysosomal and cytosolic localizations and a tendency to accumulate nearby the endoplasmic reticulum. Conclusion & future perspective: The developed nanoparticles might drive antigens to be presented through MHC class I and II molecules to both CD8+ and CD4+ T cells, favoring a complete and coordinated immune response. [less ▲]

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See detailRethinking Vulnerability Analysis and Governance with Emphasis on a Participatory Approach
Rossignol, Nicolas ULg; Delvenne, Pierre ULg; Turcanu, Catrinel

in Risk Analysis : An Official Publication of the Society for Risk Analysis (in press)

This paper draws on vulnerability analysis as it emerged as a complement to classical risk analysis, and it aims at exploring its ability of nurturing risk and vulnerability governance actions. An ... [more ▼]

This paper draws on vulnerability analysis as it emerged as a complement to classical risk analysis, and it aims at exploring its ability of nurturing risk and vulnerability governance actions. An analysis of the literature on vulnerability analysis allows us to formulate a threefold critique: first, vulnerability analysis has been treated separately in the natural and the technological hazards fields. This separation prevents vulnerability to unleash the full range of its potential, as it constraints appraisals into artificial categories and thus already closes down the outcomes of the analysis. Second, vulnerability analysis focused on assessment tools that are mainly quantitative, whereas qualitative appraisal is a key to assessing vulnerability in a comprehensive way and to informing policy-making. Third, a systematic literature review of case studies reporting on participatory approaches to vulnerability analysis allows us to argue that participation has been important to address the above, but it remains too closed down in its approach and would benefit from embracing a more open, encompassing perspective. Therefore, we suggest rethinking vulnerability analysis as one part of a dynamic process between opening-up and closing-down strategies, in order to support a vulnerability governance framework. [less ▲]

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See detailBeyond corruption. The everyday life of a justice of the peace court in the Democratic Republic of Congo
Rubbers, Benjamin ULg; Gallez, Emilie

in Olivier de Sardan, Jean-Pierre; De Herdt, Tom (Eds.) The games of the rule. The practical norms of real governance in Sub-Saharan Africa (in press)

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See detailBreed-specific hematologic reference intervals in healthy adult Dogue de Bordeaux dogs
Lavoué, Rachel; Geffré, A; Braun, JP et al

in Veterinary Clinical Pathology (in press)

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See detailLes Grecs ont-ils étudié le latin ? Quelques témoignages datant du Haut-Empire
Rochette, Bruno ULg

in Sans, Benoît; Foubert, Frédéric; Vanhalme, Charlotte (Eds.) Hommages à Ghislaine Viré (in press)

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See detailA New Shift-Share Method
Artige, Lionel ULg; Van Neuss, Leif ULg

in Growth and Change (in press)

Shift-share analysis is a decomposition technique widely used in regional studies to quantify an industry-mix effect and a competitive effect on the growth of regional employment (or any other relevant ... [more ▼]

Shift-share analysis is a decomposition technique widely used in regional studies to quantify an industry-mix effect and a competitive effect on the growth of regional employment (or any other relevant variable) relative to the national average. This technique has always been subject to criticism for its lack of theoretical basis. This paper presents a critical assessment of the methods suggested by Dunn (1960) and by Esteban-Marquillas (1972) and proposes a new shift-share method, which separates out the two effects unambiguously. By way of illustration, we provide an application to manufacturing employment in the Belgian provinces between 1995 and 2007. [less ▲]

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