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See detailBehavioral fever in ectothermic vertebrates.
Rakus, Krzysztof; Ronsmans, Maygane; Vanderplasschen, Alain ULg

in Developmental & Comparative Immunology (2017), 66

Fever is an evolutionary conserved defense mechanism which is present in both endothermic and ectothermic vertebrates. Ectotherms in response to infection can increase their body temperature by moving to ... [more ▼]

Fever is an evolutionary conserved defense mechanism which is present in both endothermic and ectothermic vertebrates. Ectotherms in response to infection can increase their body temperature by moving to warmer places. This process is known as behavioral fever. In this review, we summarize the current knowledge on the mechanisms of induction of fever in mammals. We further discuss the evolutionary conserved mechanisms existing between fever of mammals and behavioral fever of ectothermic vertebrates. Finally, the experimental evidences supporting an adaptive value of behavioral fever expressed by ectothermic vertebrates are summarized. [less ▲]

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See detail"Des muets qui veulent parler". Lectures politiques, des Temps Modernes à L'Idiot de la famille
Cormann, Grégory ULg

in Bolmain, Thomas; Cormann, Grégory (Eds.) Politiques de la littérature. Bourdieu, Sartre, Foucault (2017)

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See detailEnergetic and Environmental Performances of a Domestic Hot Water Condensing Boiler Fired by Wood Pellets
Ngendakumana, Philippe ULg; Gabriele, Fabian; Restivo, Yannick et al

in Energy Procedia (2017)

In order to assess the performances of the domestic heating boilers with a CE mark, a wood pellets fired condensing boiler has been purchased and installed in the Laboratory for tests. The objective of ... [more ▼]

In order to assess the performances of the domestic heating boilers with a CE mark, a wood pellets fired condensing boiler has been purchased and installed in the Laboratory for tests. The objective of the study was not only to check the announced performances, but mainly to investigate the influence of the different parameters affecting the functioning of the boiler, the thermal efficiency and the pollutants (NOx and CO) emission being aimed at. Tests have been performed to study the influence of the cycling frequency of the burner functioning, the overall excess air, the return water temperature, and the output power of the boiler. As announced by the manufacturer, the tested boiler fulfils the requirements of the Blue Angel Label, but the recommended value for the excess air (1.2) can be reduced to a value of about 0.4 without excessive emissions of CO. The boiler could perform better if the ON period of the cycle of the burner is increased even better if the OFF period is suppressed. The NOx are mainly formed from the nitrogen content of the pellets and their emissions can only be reduced by a lower nitrogen content of the pellets than the limit stated in the standard. Random peaks observed in the evolution of CO, the boiler being operating in steady state regime, are attributed to the combustion process of pellets which is a non-continuous process by nature. [less ▲]

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See detailIntroduction à l’axe 1 - Evaluation et contexte didactique.
Fagnant, Annick ULg

in Detroz, Pascal; Crahay, Marcel; Fagnant, Annick (Eds.) L’évaluation à la lumière des contextes et des disciplines (2017)

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See detail"On se débrouille". How to be a good judge when the state lets you down
Andreetta, Sophie ULg; Kolloch, Annalena

E-print/Working paper (2017)

Over the last couple of years, Beninese magistrates have gone on multiple strikes. Most of them complain about their substantial workload, low pay, and poor working conditions. They also highlight the ... [more ▼]

Over the last couple of years, Beninese magistrates have gone on multiple strikes. Most of them complain about their substantial workload, low pay, and poor working conditions. They also highlight the discrepancies between the magistrates’ social status and what their families expect from them. While there seems to be a professional malaise within the Beninese bench, judges and prosecutors also insist on the importance of their work and the ethics that goes together with it. This is why we will be looking at the discourses and representations of the social and professional status of Beninese judges. Why do young lawyers choose the path of being a magistrate over other legal careers? How do judges and prosecutors in the Republic of Benin balance professional ethos with practical work routine? [less ▲]

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See detailChemical profiling of the major components in natural waxes to elucidate their role in liquid oil structuring
Doan, Chi Diem; To, Chak Ming; De Vrieze, Mike et al

in Food Chemistry (2017), 214

Elucidating the composition of waxes is of utmost importance to explain their behavior in liquid oil structuring. The chemical components (hydrocarbons – HCs, free fatty acids – FFAs, free fatty alcohols ... [more ▼]

Elucidating the composition of waxes is of utmost importance to explain their behavior in liquid oil structuring. The chemical components (hydrocarbons – HCs, free fatty acids – FFAs, free fatty alcohols – FALs and wax esters – WEs) of natural waxes were analyzed using HPLC–ELSD and GC–MS followed by evaluation of their oil structuring properties. The gel strength, including the average storage modulus and oscillation yield stress, displayed a negative correlation with FALs and a positive correlation with HCs, FFAs and WEs. The components dictating the gel strength are HCs, FFAs and WEs in a descending order of importance. The consistency of the oleogels increased with the increasing amount of FFAs and HCs and the decreasing amount of WEs and FALs. The presence of more WEs results in a strong but brittle gel with a high initial flow yield stress. We believe these results might be useful in selecting the right waxes to combine in certain fat-based food products. [less ▲]

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See detailWalnut husk fly, Rhagoletis completa (Diptera: Tephritidae), invades Europe: invasion potential and control strategies
Verheggen, François ULg; Verhaeghe, Agnès; Giordanengo, Philippe et al

in Applied Entomology and Zoology (2017), 52(1), 1-7

Rhagoletis completa Cresson (Diptera: Tephritidae) is native to North America and invaded Western Europe in the late 1980s, causing important damage to its principal host, walnut (Juglans spp.). In this ... [more ▼]

Rhagoletis completa Cresson (Diptera: Tephritidae) is native to North America and invaded Western Europe in the late 1980s, causing important damage to its principal host, walnut (Juglans spp.). In this review, we summarize the important elements of R. completa’s biology, phytosanitary status and methods used in Europe for its control, and then present the main conclusions associated with a completed risk analysis performed in 2014 to evaluate the dispersion and establishment potential of R. completa in Europe. The walnut husk fly was initially identified in Switzerland (1988) and Italy (1991), from where it spread to at least seven additional countries: France, Spain, Germany, Austria, Croatia, Slovenia and Hungary. R. completa has not reached the limits of its potential distribution. The main dissemination pathways within Europe include: (1) natural adult dissemination; (2) adult hitchhiker behaviour; and, to a lesser extent, (3) transportation of larvae in fresh fruits. R. completa host plants are widely distributed in Europe, either as isolated wild trees or in orchards, favouring the probability of fly establishment in currently fly-free areas. In addition, the European territories where Juglans species are present share biogeographic similarities. In orchards where R. completa is present and uncontrolled, 100% of walnut trees can be infested, causing losses in walnut yields of up to 80%. The negative effect is low (<10% yield loss) under phytosanitary control, although additional costs must also be considered to support specific monitoring for R. completa. The information presented here underlines a strong need for better walnut husk fly monitoring across European countries, as well as for increasing efforts to develop biological methods to control this emerging pest. [less ▲]

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See detailLe biologique et le social. Bergson, Durkheim et les modernes
Caeymaex, Florence ULg

in Madelrieux, S.; Stiegler, B. (Eds.) Du biologique au politique. James, Dewey, Bergson (2017)

La contribution met en évidence les implications de l'analogie biologique dans l'école sociologique française et la manière dont elle se formule dans la théorie sociale de Bergson, et dans sa conception ... [more ▼]

La contribution met en évidence les implications de l'analogie biologique dans l'école sociologique française et la manière dont elle se formule dans la théorie sociale de Bergson, et dans sa conception de la morale. La naturalisation du social, qui repose sur un usage actif des métaphores et des images biologiques chez Bergson, ouvre une réflexion originale sur la normativité sociale et la puissance transformatrice des sentiments moraux, tant sur le plan éthique que sur le plan politique. [less ▲]

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See detailLes « Annonciades » à Namur : première comparaison architecturale des « Rouges » et des « Célestes » installées au sein d’une même cité
Piront, Julie ULg

in Actes du 9e Congrès de l'Association des Cercles francophones d'Histoire et d'Archéologie de Belgique (2017)

En 1502, les Annonciades sont fondées en France par Jeanne de Valois, épouse répudiée du roi de France, Louis XII. La règle franciscaine dicte le mode de vie de ces religieuses. Elles sont vêtues d’un ... [more ▼]

En 1502, les Annonciades sont fondées en France par Jeanne de Valois, épouse répudiée du roi de France, Louis XII. La règle franciscaine dicte le mode de vie de ces religieuses. Elles sont vêtues d’un scapulaire rouge enfilé sur une robe grise, avec une voile noir. Un couvent de ces Annonciades de France, dites « rouges », est fondé à Namur en 1623. Cent ans plus tard, l’ordre des Annonciades célestes apparaît en 1602 en Italie, créé par Vittoria Fornari, dame de la petite noblesse génoise. Puisant ses préceptes dans la règle de saint Augustin, il est alors connu sous le nom de « l’ordine della Santissima Annunziata » (en français, « l’ordre de la Très Sainte Annonciade »). Ces religieuses sont identifiables par la couleur de leur costume : un scapulaire et un manteau « bleu céleste », portés sur une robe blanche et un voile noir. L’ordre gagne rapidement la France puis la Belgique. Un couvent est établi à Namur en 1631. Ces deux communautés revendiquaient donc le nom d’« Annonciades » et se côtoyèrent parfois dans une même ville. Ce fut le cas à Namur où elles s’établirent toutes les deux en moins d’une décennie. Ces circonstances offrent des dénominateurs communs pour permettre une comparaison architecturale inédite de ces deux établissements. Si le couvent des Annonciades célestes demeure partiellement conservé, celui des Annonciades rouges a disparu. Néanmoins, les sources archivistiques et iconographiques permettront de documenter l’analyse du plan de ces deux édifices ainsi que des matériaux de construction. Si le lieu d’implantation de ces bâtiments influencera probablement les techniques de construction, les différences entre les deux règles surgiront peut-être dans le plan de l’édifice. [less ▲]

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See detailRegeneration after fire in campo rupestre: Short- and long-term vegetation dynamics
Le Stradic, Soizig ULg; Hernandez, P.; Fernandes, G. W. et al

in Flora: Morphology, Distribution, Functional Ecology of Plants (2017)

The Cerrado (Brazilian savanna) is the second largest biome in Brazil, covering 22% of the country, and campo rupestre is one of the most biodiverse ecosystem. Campo rupestre are extremely old mountaintop ... [more ▼]

The Cerrado (Brazilian savanna) is the second largest biome in Brazil, covering 22% of the country, and campo rupestre is one of the most biodiverse ecosystem. Campo rupestre are extremely old mountaintop tropical ecosystems, composed of a mosaic of herbaceous, shrubland and savanna vegetation, generally located above 900. m above sea level characterized by shallow, acidic and nutrient-poor soils. In the context of increased land-use changes, effective conservation and management projects appear necessary to guarantee the conservation of these ecosystems. Although fire is a natural disturbance in campo rupestre, the effects of fire on vegetation dynamics remain poorly understood. Our objective was to assess the effects of fire on vegetation recovery and plant composition on both the short- and long-term in the main herbaceous vegetation types: the sandy and stony grasslands. We monitored plant community composition before and after a wildfire in order to assess the short-term vegetation recovery. Diachronic analyses of grasslands burnt at various dates were used to understand the effects of fire on the long-term vegetation dynamics. Our results highlighted a rapid recovery of campo rupestre vegetation after wildfires, suggesting a high adaptation to fire of plant communities. We did not find a significant variation in species richness of sandy grasslands according to time after fire, whereas higher species richness was observed in the recently burnt stony grasslands. No change in plant composition of campo rupestre in response to fire was highlighted, probably due to the high heterogeneity of this ecosystem. After fire, biomass gradually increased over time in both vegetation types. High biomass accumulation could lead to stronger fires. Further studies are necessary to understand the relationship between biomass accumulation and fire intensity in campo rupestre in order to set up adapted fire management strategies to conserve campo rupestre biodiversity. © 2017 Elsevier GmbH. [less ▲]

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See detailWidespread activity of multiple lineages of Usutu virus, western Europe, 2016.
Cadar, Daniel; Luhken, Renke; van der Jeugd, Henk et al

in Euro surveillance : bulletin Europeen sur les maladies transmissibles = European communicable disease bulletin (2017), 22(4),

In the summer of 2016, Belgium, France, Germany and the Netherlands reported widespread Usutu virus (USUV) activity based on live and dead bird surveillance. The causative USUV strains represented four ... [more ▼]

In the summer of 2016, Belgium, France, Germany and the Netherlands reported widespread Usutu virus (USUV) activity based on live and dead bird surveillance. The causative USUV strains represented four lineages, of which two putative novel lineages were most likely recently introduced into Germany and spread to other western European countries. The spatial extent of the outbreak area corresponded with R0 values > 1. The occurrence of the outbreak, the largest USUV epizootic registered so far in Europe, allowed us to gain insight in how a recently introduced arbovirus with potential public health implications can spread and become a resident pathogen in a naive environment. Understanding the ecological and epidemiological factors that drive the emergence or re-emergence of USUV is critical to develop and implement timely surveillance strategies for adequate preventive and control measures. Public health authorities, blood transfusion services and clinicians in countries where USUV was detected should be aware of the risk of possible USUV infection in humans, including in patients with unexplained encephalitis or other neurological impairments, especially during late summer when mosquito densities peak. [less ▲]

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See detailOrganic Farming and Small-Scale Farmers: Main Opportunities and Challenges
Jouzi, Zeynab; Azadi, Hossein ULg; Taheri, Fatemeh et al

in Ecological Economics (2017), 132(February 2017), 144-154

Producing enough food to meet the needs of a growing population has always been the greatest concern of food policy-makers around the world. Given the increasing attention to organic farming (OF), we ... [more ▼]

Producing enough food to meet the needs of a growing population has always been the greatest concern of food policy-makers around the world. Given the increasing attention to organic farming (OF), we conducted this study to investigate the main opportunities and challenges of the food production system of small-scale farmers in developing countries with an emphasis on their livelihoods. The study showed that the most significant advantages of OF are environmental protection and a higher resilience to environmental changes, increasing farmers' income and reducing external input cost, enhancing social capacity and increasing employment opportunities. A s well as enhancing food security primarily by increasing the food purchasing power of local people. However, the main challenges of this food production system include lower yields in comparison to conventional systems, difficulties with soil nutrient management, certification and market barriers, and the educational and research needs of small-holders. The paper concludes that even though OF might present some significant challenges to small-scale farmers, it could/should still be considered as a part of the solution and means of improving their livelihoods. [less ▲]

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See detailProcédure pénale
Michiels, Olivier ULg

Learning material (2017)

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See detailUne architecture de frontières : les monastères des annonciades célestes dans les Trois-Evêchés (17e-18e siècles)
Piront, Julie ULg

in Bourdieu, Catherine (Ed.) Vie religieuse féminine dans les Trois-Evêchés : vocations, missions et cadres d'existence (2017)

Les Trois-Evêchés ont été un terrain fertile pour les congrégations féminines aux 16e-18e siècles puisqu'ils ont vu la naissance de projets religieux conjuguée à une installation massive de « nouveaux ... [more ▼]

Les Trois-Evêchés ont été un terrain fertile pour les congrégations féminines aux 16e-18e siècles puisqu'ils ont vu la naissance de projets religieux conjuguée à une installation massive de « nouveaux ordres » nés ou réformés dans le sillage du concile de Trente. Fondées en Italie au début du 17e siècle, les annonciades célestes se sont implantées majoritairement sur la « dorsale catholique ». Au cœur de ce territoire de frontières, les Trois-Évêchés occupent une position géographique, politique et religieuse incontournable. Dans le cadre de cette journée d’études, il s’agira d’interroger les spécificités éventuelles des cinq monastères que les annonciades célestes firent édifier dans les Trois-Évêchés en les comparant à l’ensemble de la production architecturale de l’ordre en Europe aux 17e et 18e siècles. En allant plus loin, nous verrons comment les représentations mentales de ces édifices ont participé à la genèse de l’identité de l’ordre, notamment grâce aux sources écrites et iconographiques qui en témoignent. [less ▲]

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See detailMembrane Interactions of Natural Cyclic Lipodepsipeptides of the Viscosin Group
Geudens, Niels; Nasir, Mehmet Nail ULg; Crowet, Jean-Marc ULg et al

in Biochimica et Biophysica Acta - Biomembranes (2017), 1859(3), 331-339

Many Pseudomonas spp. produce cyclic lipodepsipeptides (CLPs), which, besides their role in biological functions such as motility, biofilm formation and interspecies interactions, are antimicrobial. It ... [more ▼]

Many Pseudomonas spp. produce cyclic lipodepsipeptides (CLPs), which, besides their role in biological functions such as motility, biofilm formation and interspecies interactions, are antimicrobial. It has been established that interaction with the cellular membrane is central to the mode of action of CLPs. In this work, we focus on the CLPs of the so-called viscosin group, aiming to assess the impact of the main structural variations observed within this group on both the antimicrobial activity and the interaction with model membranes. The antimicrobial activity of viscosin, viscosinamide A, WLIP and pseudodesmin A were all tested on a broad panel of mainly Gram-positive bacteria. Their capacity to permeabilize or fuse PG/PE/cardiolipin model membrane vesicles is assessed using fluorescent probes. We find that the Glu2/Gln2 structural variation within the viscosin group is the main factor that influences both the membrane permeabilization properties and the minimum inhibitory concentration of bacterial growth, while the configuration of the Leu5 residue has no apparent effect. The CLPmembrane interactions were further evaluated using CD and FT-IR spectroscopy on model membranes consisting of PG/PE/cardiolipin or POPC with or without cholesterol. In contrast to previous studies, we observe no conformational change upon membrane insertion. The CLPs interact both with the polar heads and aliphatic tails of model membrane systems, altering bilayer fluidity, while cholesterol reduces CLP insertion depth [less ▲]

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See detailTwo new species in the Micarea prasina group from Western Europe
van den Boom, Pieter P. G.; Brand, A. Maarten; Coppins, Brian J. et al

in Lichenologist (2017), 49(1), 13-25

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See detailShip collision analysis on Offshore Wind Turbine monopile foundations
Bela, Andreea ULg; Le Sourne, Hervé; Buldgen, Loïc ULg et al

in Marine Structures (2017), 51

An offshore wind farm covers a large maritime area and the site can be located close to traffic lanes of commercial and passenger ships, which may lead to possible collision events. The work presented in ... [more ▼]

An offshore wind farm covers a large maritime area and the site can be located close to traffic lanes of commercial and passenger ships, which may lead to possible collision events. The work presented in this paper aimed to understand both the crushing behavior and the nacelle dynamics of a predefined monopile offshore wind turbine when impacted by a ship. Another objective was to deeply investigate the influence of various parameters like ship impact velocity and location, wind direction, soil stiffness and deformability of the striking ship. First, nonlinear numerical simulations of ship - Offshore Wind Turbine (OWT) collisions have been carried out with a rigid striking ship for a better understanding of the OWT’s structural behaviour during collision. Different configurations for the wind turbine’s structure have been used in order to highlight the modifications in behaviour induced by changing the soil conditions or the loading scenario. The resulting resistant force and internal energies have been compared as well as the tower top (nacelle) displacements and accelerations. Then, another series of simulations have been performed with a deformable ship in order to investigate the influence of the deformability of the striking ship on the OWT’s behaviour. It is worth noting that all these numerical results will further serve to fix the hypotheses for the development of a simplified tool based on analytical formulations. [less ▲]

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See detailCXCL12 mediates glioblastoma resistance to radiotherapy in the subventricular zone.
Goffart, Nicolas ULg; Lombard, Arnaud; Lallemand, François ULg et al

in Neuro-Oncology (2017), 19(1), 66-77

BACKGROUND: Patients with glioblastoma (GBM) have an overall median survival of 15 months despite multimodal therapy. These catastrophic survival rates are to be correlated to systematic relapses that ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: Patients with glioblastoma (GBM) have an overall median survival of 15 months despite multimodal therapy. These catastrophic survival rates are to be correlated to systematic relapses that might arise from remaining glioblastoma stem cells (GSCs) left behind after surgery. In this line, it has recently been demonstrated that GSCs are able to escape the tumor mass and preferentially colonize the adult subventricular zone (SVZ). At a distance from the initial tumor site, these GSCs might therefore represent a high-quality model of clinical resilience to therapy and cancer relapses as they specifically retain tumor-initiating abilities. METHOD: While relying on recent findings that have validated the existence of GSCs in the human SVZ, we questioned the role of the SVZ niche as a potential GSC reservoir involved in therapeutic failure. RESULTS: Our results demonstrate that (i) GSCs located in the SVZ are specifically resistant to radiation in vivo, (ii) these cells display enhanced mesenchymal roots that are known to be associated with cancer radioresistance, (iii) these mesenchymal traits are specifically upregulated by CXCL12 (stromal cell-derived factor-1) both in vitro and in the SVZ environment, (iv) the amount of SVZ-released CXCL12 mediates GBM resistance to radiation in vitro, and (v) interferes with the CXCL12/CXCR4 signalling system, allowing weakening of the tumor mesenchymal roots and radiosensitizing SVZ-nested GBM cells. CONCLUSION: Together, these data provide evidence on how the adult SVZ environment, through the release of CXCL12, supports GBM therapeutic failure and potential tumor relapse. [less ▲]

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