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See detailStéphane Mallarmé (1842-1898)
Durand, Pascal ULg

in Sapiro, Gisèle (Ed.) Dictionnaire international Bourdieu (in press)

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See detailAbelian bordered factors and periodicity
Charlier, Emilie ULg; Harju, Tero; Puzynina, Svetlana et al

in European Journal of Combinatorics (in press)

A finite word u is said to be bordered if u has a proper prefix which is also a suffix of u, and unbordered otherwise. Ehrenfeucht and Silberger proved that an infinite word is purely periodic if and only ... [more ▼]

A finite word u is said to be bordered if u has a proper prefix which is also a suffix of u, and unbordered otherwise. Ehrenfeucht and Silberger proved that an infinite word is purely periodic if and only if it contains only finitely many unbordered factors. We are interested in abelian and weak abelian analogues of this result; namely, we investigate the following question(s): Let w be an infinite word such that all sufficiently long factors are (weakly) abelian bordered; is w (weakly) abelian periodic? In the process we answer a question of Avgustinovich et al. concerning the abelian critical factorization theorem. [less ▲]

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See detailUPLC®-MS/MS, an analytical tool for the accurate and rapid quantification of phytoestrogen metabolites in milk
Daems, Frédéric ULg; Jasselette, Christophe; Romnee, Jean-Michel et al

in Biotechnologie, Agronomie, Société et Environnement = Biotechnology, Agronomy, Society and Environment [=BASE] (in press)

The term ‘phytoestrogen’ is used to define a wide variety of nonsteroidal compounds that occur naturally in many plants. When they are absorbed by cows, these polyphenolic compounds undergo ... [more ▼]

The term ‘phytoestrogen’ is used to define a wide variety of nonsteroidal compounds that occur naturally in many plants. When they are absorbed by cows, these polyphenolic compounds undergo biotransformation by specific bacteria present in the gastrointestinal tract. The resulting metabolites are absorbed in the organism and some are excreted in milk. The impact of these compounds on human health divides opinion. Some scientists believe that they might have adverse health effects. Others believe the opposite, especially with regard to their microbial metabolites, such as equol. Whatever one's view on the subject, scientists need accurate, sensitive and rapid analytical methods in order to continue the research on clarifying the phytoestrogen issue. Cow's milk is an animal product that is common in the human diet, and it is therefore important to evaluate its content of phytoestrogen metabolites. In order to study the human intake of equol via commercial milk, an analytical method was developed and validated following EMA/CVMP/VICH/463202/2009 guidelines. Enzymatic hydrolysis was used to release the equol. It was then extracted using double liquid/liquid extraction and analyzed using UPLC®-MS/MS, with an analysis runtime of only 5 min. This analytical method produced a linear calibration curve with a high correlation coefficient (R2≥0.996) between 5 and 1,000 ng mL−1. Good intra- and inter-day precision (RSDs≤5.3% and ≤5.2%, respectively) and accuracy (bias≤8.6%) were achieved. The recovery rate differed slightly among the different types of milk, ranging between 60.6±1.09% and 82.3±5.21%. Good method repeatability was observed (RSDs<15%). There was neither a matrix effect nor a carry-over effect, and the sample extracts were stable during storage for at least 7 days at −21°C and 5°C. In order to apply the proposed method and obtain an initial estimate of equol concentration in cow’s milk in Belgium, 44 samples of various brands found in several supermarkets and 5 raw milk samples from Walloon farms were analyzed. Equol was found in all the samples analyzed, with a concentration ranging from 10 to 50 ng mL−1 for conventional milk and from 70 to 130 ng mL−1 for organic milk. These results were compared with other European studies and the same trend was observed. The results obtained show the specificity, sensitivity and precision of this method for analyzing oestrogenic metabolite-equol in cow’s milk. This study should be extended to include a greater number of samples and be implemented over a longer period to see if there is a correlation between livestock practice and/or sample origins with the equol content in milk. The addition of other phytoestrogen compounds with this method, using UPLC®-MS/MS technology, could also lead to more reliable monitoring of these compounds in dairy production. [less ▲]

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See detailQue peut la rhétorique pour les études francophones ?, ou comment étudier les enjeux de catégorisation et d’institutionnalisation
Provenzano, François ULg

in Anders Baggesgaard, Mads; Verstraete-Hansen, Lisbeth (Eds.) Le monde en français – les littératures francophones dans un espace mondialisé (in press)

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See detailProjections photographiques et cinéma des premiers temps : La houillère de Gustave Marissiaux et les origines du cinéma minier
Mélon, Marc-Emmanuel ULg

in Intermédialités : Histoire et Théorie des Arts, des Lettres et des Techniques = Intermediality: History and Theory of the Arts, Literature and Technologies (in press)

Les spectacles de projection conçus par Gustave Marissiaux entre 1903 et 1926, en particulier le vaste documentaire intitulé "La houillère" (1905) est ici inscrit dans une histoire sociale des images ... [more ▼]

Les spectacles de projection conçus par Gustave Marissiaux entre 1903 et 1926, en particulier le vaste documentaire intitulé "La houillère" (1905) est ici inscrit dans une histoire sociale des images projetées et mis en rapport avec le cinéma minier des premiers temps [less ▲]

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See detailSomatotrope GHRH/GH/IGF-1 axis at the crossroad between immunosenescence and elder frailty
Bodart, Gwennaëlle ULg; Goffinet, Lindsay; Morrhaye, Gabriel et al

in Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences (in press)

Immunosenescence as complex modifications of immunity with age could be related to the so-called frailty syndrome of elderly leading to an inadequate response to minimal aggression. Functional decline ... [more ▼]

Immunosenescence as complex modifications of immunity with age could be related to the so-called frailty syndrome of elderly leading to an inadequate response to minimal aggression. Functional decline, the loss of ability to perform activities of daily living, is related to the decrease in physiological reserves and frailty and is a frequent outcome of hospitalization in older patients. Links between immunosenescence and frailty were explored and 20 immunological parameters were affected in seniors with functional decline. IGF-1, thymopoeisis and telomere length were part of these markers. A strong relationship between insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1) and thymic ouput was evidenced. IGF-1, mediator of GH, was subsequently shown to induce IL-7 secretion in cultured primary human thymic epithelial cells (TECs). We are also exploring the ‘stress hypothesis’ according which an acute stress is the discriminator revealing a frailty susceptility. GH can counteract the deleterious immunosuppressive effect of stress-induced steroids. Under non-stressing conditions, the immunosenescent system preserves physiological responses, while in stressing conditions, the combination of immunosenescence and a defect in somatotrope axis might lead to functional decline. [less ▲]

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See detailIl Bibbiena ‘moccicone’: l’autoironia e il classicismo come ingredienti del perfetto segretario e cortigiano
Marconato, Claudia ULg

in Être homme de « lettres » : secrétaires et politique culturelle au seizième siècle (in press)

Bernardo Dovizi, one of the most famous secretaries of the early Italian Reinassance, is best known for his literary works and for being the patron of Raffaello rather than for his endeavors in diplomacy ... [more ▼]

Bernardo Dovizi, one of the most famous secretaries of the early Italian Reinassance, is best known for his literary works and for being the patron of Raffaello rather than for his endeavors in diplomacy. By deciding to follow the interests of Giovanni de’ Medici, Dovizi made some poor political decisions in his career but, in spite of this, he cunningly managed to get his patron become the Pope. The "Calandra" is a work that depicts well the author’s ideas, in between parody and classicism. From his works, Epistolario and Ricordi, it appears that the main strength of Dovizi is his irony, through which he manages to become almost an accomplice with his patron. Alongside with the iconological choice of the frescoes of his Stufetta and Loggia in the Vatican, he assumes the posture of the secretary-jester, as it was portrayed by Baldassarre Castiglione in "The Book of the Courtier": the satyr that washes into the room, used as bathroom, corresponds to the most famous pose of the patron who insists on these burlesque and mocking characteristics, although relating to Ovid and Plato. Bibbiena seems to be aware of how much the man that exceeds in praise himself appears unbearable, therefore, in his relations with members of the ruling class, he often assumes a playful attitude. In the Rome of Leo X, because of the Socratic 'serio ludere', such attitude was accepted and admired. The best instruments of Bibbiena are the pleasantness and a careful selection of humanistic ideals. Such ideals were those that suited better the environment in which he, the courtier, had to operate, and were used in his works. [less ▲]

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See detailProblemi filologici per l'edizione di un epistolario cinquecentesco: il codice G 387 (277) della Biblioteca Bertoliana di Vicenza
Marconato, Claudia ULg

in CONVEGNO DELLA SFLI – SOCIETÀ DEI FILOLOGI DELLA LETTERATURA ITALIANA (in press)

Il manoscritto G 387 (277) della Biblioteca Bertoliana di Vicenza solleva alcune questioni relative alla filologia dei carteggi e alla cosiddetta 'filologia materiale: il codice contiene infatti un ... [more ▼]

Il manoscritto G 387 (277) della Biblioteca Bertoliana di Vicenza solleva alcune questioni relative alla filologia dei carteggi e alla cosiddetta 'filologia materiale: il codice contiene infatti un epistolario, intitolato «Libri tre delle lettere di M. Sebastiano Erizzo», oltre ad alcuni discorsi dello stesso autore, un erudito antiquario veneziano che negli ultimi anni ha riscosso un significativo interesse da parte di studiosi di diversa provenienza disciplinare. Sebastiano Erizzo è infatti l’artefice di una svariata serie di volumi a stampa: noto soprattutto per il suo trattato sulle medaglie degli antichi, fu un raffinato traduttore dal greco e un appassionato filosofo e si cimentò anche nella novellistica (»Le sei giornate»). Il codice nel quale sono conservate le lettere erizziane induce in particolare a interrogarsi sulla sua genesi: l’architettura sapiente con la quale sono state divise e disposte le missive, le nove mani che si alternano e la fascicolazione disordinata del manoscritto, unite alla volontà di stampa espressa in due lettere permettono di ipotizzare che esso fosse un libro pronto per la pubblicazione. La valutazione di una molteplicità di fattori contestuali dati dal testimone unico, specie in riferimento alla produzione, alla copia ed eventualmente alla fruizione del testo d’autore, ci permette di riproporre la costellazione di snodi critici che s’intrecciano e che ci spingono a discutere nuovamente i parametri dell’edizione critica del testo, strettamente connessi con il genere e lo stile del documento epistolare, ma anche pertinenti ad un uso tutto erizziano di fenomeni quali la paragrafatura, la punteggiatura, la segmentazione 'tipografica' del testo, che sollevano problemi di ordine pratico e teorico di notevole portata. [less ▲]

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See detailDeveloping biodiversity indicators on a stakeholders' opinions basis: the gypsum industry Key Performance Indicators framework.
Pitz, Carline ULg; Mahy, Grégory ULg; Vermeulen, Cédric ULg et al

in Environmental Science and Pollution Research (in press)

Aims: To establish a common Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) framework for reporting about the gypsum industry biodiversity at the European level. Methods: In order to integrate different opinions and to ... [more ▼]

Aims: To establish a common Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) framework for reporting about the gypsum industry biodiversity at the European level. Methods: In order to integrate different opinions and to reach a consensus framework, an original participatory process approach has been developed among different stakeholder groups: Eurogypsum, European and regional authorities, universities scientists, consulting offices, European and regional associations for the conservation of nature and the extractive industry. The strategy is developed around four main steps: (i) building of a maximum set of indicators to be submitted to stakeholders based on the literature (Focus Group method); (ii) evaluating the consensus about indicators through a policy Delphi survey aiming at the prioritization of indicator classes using the Analytic Hierarchy Process method (AHP) and of individual indicators; (iii) testing acceptability and feasibility through analysis of Environmental Impact Assessments (EIAs) and visits to three European quarries; (iv) Eurogypsum final decision and communication. Results: The resulting framework contains a set of 11 indicators considered the most suitable for all the stakeholders. Conclusions: Our KPIs respond to European legislation and strategies for biodiversity. The framework aims at improving sustainability in quarries and at helping to manage biodiversity as well as to allow the creation of coherent reporting systems. The final goal is to allow for the definition of the actual biodiversity status of gypsum quarries and allow for enhancing it. The framework is adaptable to the local context of each gypsum quarry. [less ▲]

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See detailPrime incursioni nell'epistolario di Sebastiano Erizzo
Marconato, Claudia ULg

in Prime incursioni nell'epistolario di Sebastiano Erizzo (in press)

Ad una prima lettura l’epistolario di Sebastiano Erizzo si distingue per la centralità di alcune tematiche che stanno a cuore all’autore, cioè la letteratura, la numismatica e la filosofia, tutte ... [more ▼]

Ad una prima lettura l’epistolario di Sebastiano Erizzo si distingue per la centralità di alcune tematiche che stanno a cuore all’autore, cioè la letteratura, la numismatica e la filosofia, tutte discipline riconducibili all’amore per l’antichità, per la storia romana e per il pensiero greco, e passioni che l’antiquario veneziano coltivò per tutta la sua vita. Questo saggio ha l’intento di delineare alcuni snodi tematici che l’epistolario mette in luce e si soffermerà su un ambito prettamente letterario che investe gran parte della produzione erizziana, vale a dire il discorso sul genere e sull’ultima sezione dell’opera, contenente le Amorose. [less ▲]

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See detailThermal Treatments of AlSi10Mg Processed by Laser Beam Melting
Mertens, Anne ULg; Dedry, Olivier ULg; Reuter, David et al

in Bourell, Dave (Ed.) Proceedings of the 26th International Solid Freeform Fabrication Symposium (in press)

Recent studies have shown that AlSi10Mg processed by Laser Beam Melting (LBM) exhibits a much finer microstructure when compared to its cast counterpart as a consequence of the much faster cooling rates ... [more ▼]

Recent studies have shown that AlSi10Mg processed by Laser Beam Melting (LBM) exhibits a much finer microstructure when compared to its cast counterpart as a consequence of the much faster cooling rates imposed in the LBM process. Such microstructural refinement causes a significant increase in strength and hardness, to such an extent that as-fabricated LBM AlSi10Mg was reported to present hardness value of 127 ± 3 Hv0.5, similar to the hardness of high pressure die cast AlSi10Mg in the aged condition (i.e. 130-133 Hv). Yet, little attention has been given so far to the influence of thermal treatments on the microstructure and mechanical behavior of LBM AlSi10Mg. The present work hence aims to investigate the effect of two different types of heat treatments – i.e. (i) stress relief and (ii) solutionizing and ageing − on the microstructure, hardness and tensile properties of LBM AlSi10Mg. [less ▲]

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See detailPratiques de GRH et paradoxes de la position du gestionnaire en RDC
Cornet, Annie ULg; Musewa M'Bayo, Maurice; sem, pascal

in Dupriez, Pierre; Vanderlinden, Blandine (Eds.) Au cœur de la dimension culturelle du Management (in press)

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See detailLes actes notariés : des sources négligées dans l'étude des conflits quotidiens des populations du XVIIIe siècle à Liège
Drécourt, Aurore ULg

in Annales de l'Est (in press)

Insults, gossip, and slander are the origin of many conflicts during the Ancien Régime. They are used to hurt someone’s honour or reputation, which are essential values to keeping good relationships in ... [more ▼]

Insults, gossip, and slander are the origin of many conflicts during the Ancien Régime. They are used to hurt someone’s honour or reputation, which are essential values to keeping good relationships in society. People need to defend their honour when they are injured. They can seek reparations by taking legal action or opting for infrajudicial practices, such as contacting a notary. This possibility has attracted too little attention from historians whereas notarial records are a massive source of information related to conflicts affecting people's daily lives. Indeed, during the eighteenth century, inhabitants of Liège contacted a notary in order to find an agreement, clear their name of an insult, or to write their version of an aggression. [less ▲]

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See detailSemiochemicals of Rhagoletis Fruit Flies: Potential for Integrated Pest Management
Sarles, Landry ULg; Verhaeghe, Agnès; Francis, Frédéric ULg et al

in Crop Protection (in press)

Worldwide economic losses associated with Rhagoletis fruit flies (Diptera: Tephritidae) require an effective means of control. Most conventional insecticides used to control fruit flies have been banned ... [more ▼]

Worldwide economic losses associated with Rhagoletis fruit flies (Diptera: Tephritidae) require an effective means of control. Most conventional insecticides used to control fruit flies have been banned, and fruit producers are seeking new economical fruit fly control options. Bait stations can be a suitable alternative, provided they are affordable, effective and pest-specific. Semiochemicals are important for fruit flies to locate their host fruit and to reproduce. They could therefore be good candidates to improve existing bait stations. In this literature review, we summarize the available data on Rhagoletis semiochemicals, including the pheromones and allelochemicals used for host location. Then, we present some field applications of semiochemicals that have been successful at Rhagoletis fly control and discuss potential semiochemical-based control strategies. [less ▲]

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See detailTemporal variability of urinary concentrations of phthalate metabolites, parabens and benzophenone-3 in a belgian adult population
DEWALQUE, Lucas ULg; PIRARD, Catherine ULg; Vandepaer, Sarah et al

in Environmental Research (in press), 142

In the present study, we investigated the temporal within-person variability of the exposure biomarker for phthalates, parabens and benzophenone-3 (BP3) in 32 Belgian adults, each providing 11 urine spots ... [more ▼]

In the present study, we investigated the temporal within-person variability of the exposure biomarker for phthalates, parabens and benzophenone-3 (BP3) in 32 Belgian adults, each providing 11 urine spots during 4 months. We calculated the intraclass coefficient correlation (ICC), the sensitivity and the specificity to assess the temporal reproducibility and to investigate the predictive ability of the spot measurements for these classes of chemicals. Additionally, we explored the temporal variability of the estimation of the cumulative risk of exposure to phthalates (hazard index; HI). We observed fair ICC ranging from 0.55 to 0.68 for parabens, monoethyl phthalate (MEP), mono-iso-butyl phthalate (MiBP) and BP3, but lower ICC, from 0.20 to 0.49, for monobenzyl phthalate (MBzP), mono-n-butyl phthalate (MnBP), mono-2-ethylhexyl phthalate (MEHP), mono-2-ethyl-5-oxo-hexyl phthalate (5-oxo-MEHP) and mono-2-ethyl-5-hydroxy-hexyl phthalate (5-OH-MEHP). The ICC estimated for HI (0.49) reflected a moderate reproducibility. The measurements in spot samples were moderate to good predictor of the 4-month level of exposure for parabens, MEP, MnBP, MiBP, BP3 and HI (sensitivity ranging from 0.67 to 0.77), but lower predictor for MEHP, 5-oxo-MEHP, 5-OH-MEHP and MBzP (sensitivity ranging from 0.58 to 0.63). The sensitivity could be increased when several spot urinary levels were averaged to predict the long-term level of exposure. Globally, our results indicate that a single spot measurement seems to correctly represent the long-term exposure for parabens, BP3, MEP, MiBP and HI. Additional spot samples seemed to be needed for the proper exposure assessment of the other target compounds. [less ▲]

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