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See detailAb-initio Study of Ferecrystals
Dewandre, Antoine ULg; Verstraete, Matthieu ULg

Poster (2014, September)

Ferecrystals are a new family of compounds first synthesized in 2007 by the group of D. Johnson at the University of Oregon. These materials consist of inter-growths of dichalcogenide and chalcogenide ... [more ▼]

Ferecrystals are a new family of compounds first synthesized in 2007 by the group of D. Johnson at the University of Oregon. These materials consist of inter-growths of dichalcogenide and chalcogenide layers, and can be written as [(M X)_{1+δ} ]_m [T X_2 ]_n where M = Sn, Pb, Sb, Ni and some rare earths; T = Ti, V, Cr, Nb and Ta; X= S and Se. The integers m and n denote the numbers of consecutive formula unit layers in the different components of the inter-growth. The δ parameter reflects the difference of the in-plane cell constants between components of the inter-growth. This family of nanostructured materials shows promising properties for thermoelectric devices. The compounds studied here are [(SnSe)_1.29 ]_{234} [M oSe_2 ]_1 . We performed structural characterisation and examined the transfer of charge at the interface between the two materials. We show that there is a depletion of charge at the interface between the two compo- nents of the heterostructures and that structural distortions of the SnSe layers in the supercell are similar to those observed in slab calculations. [less ▲]

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See detailDephosphorylated-uncarboxylated Matrix Gla protein concentration is predictive of vitamin K status and is correlated with vascular calcification in a cohort of hemodialysis patients.
DELANAYE, Pierre ULg; KRZESINSKI, Jean-Marie ULg; Warling, X et al

in BMC Nephrology (2014), 15

Background: Matrix Gla protein (MGP) is known to act as a potent local inhibitor of vascular calcifications. However, in order to be active, MGP must be phosphorylated and carboxylated, with this last ... [more ▼]

Background: Matrix Gla protein (MGP) is known to act as a potent local inhibitor of vascular calcifications. However, in order to be active, MGP must be phosphorylated and carboxylated, with this last process being dependent on vitamin K. The present study focused on the inactive form of MGP (dephosphorylated and uncarboxylated: dp-ucMGP) in a population of hemodialyzed (HD) patients. Results found in subjects being treated or not with vitamin K antagonist (VKA) were compared and the relationship between dp-ucMGP levels and the vascular calcification score were assessed. Methods: One hundred sixty prevalent HD patients were enrolled into this observational cohort study, including 23 who were receiving VKA treatment. The calcification score was determined (using the Kauppila method) and dp-ucMGP levels were measured using the automated iSYS method. Results: dp-ucMGP levels were much higher in patients being treated with VKA and little overlap was found with those not being treated (5604 [3758; 7836] vs. 1939 [1419; 2841] pmol/L, p <0.0001). In multivariate analysis, treatment with VKA was the most important variable explaining variation in dp-ucMGP levels even when adjusting for all other significant variables. In the 137 untreated patients, dp-ucMGP levels were significantly (p < 0.05) associated both in the uni- and multivariate analysis with age, body mass index, plasma levels of albumin, C-reactive protein, and FGF-23, and the vascular calcification score. Conclusion: We confirmed that the concentration of dp-ucMGP was higher in HD patients being treated with VKA. We observed a significant correlation between dp-ucMGP concentration and the calcification score. Our data support the theoretical role of MGP in the development of vascular calcifications. We confirmed the potential role of the inactive form of MGP in assessing the vitamin K status of the HD patients. [less ▲]

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See detailInter-method variability in bone alkaline phosphatase measurement : clinical impact on the management of dialysis patients
CAVALIER, Etienne ULg; Souberbielle, Jean-Claude; GADISSEUR, Romy ULg et al

in Clinical Biochemistry (2014), 47(13-14), 1227-30

BACKGROUND: Bone-specific alkaline phosphatase (BAP) is now recommended to assess bone turnover in hemodialysis (HD) patients. However, little is known about potential variability between methods ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: Bone-specific alkaline phosphatase (BAP) is now recommended to assess bone turnover in hemodialysis (HD) patients. However, little is known about potential variability between methods available to measure BAP. METHODS: We measured BAP in 76 HD patients with six different assays (Beckman-Coulter Ostase IRMA, Beckman-Coulter Ostase Access, IDS iSYS Ostase, IDS Ostase enzyme immunoassay, DiaSorin Liaison Ostase and Quidel MicroVue BAP). RESULTS: We observed a high correlation between all the assays ranging from 0.9948 (IDS iSYS vs. IDS EIA) to 0.9215 (DiaSorin Liaison vs. Quidel MicroVue). However, using the regression equations, the equivalent concentration of a Beckman-Coulter Access value of 10μg/L can range from 7.7 to 14.4μg/L and of 20μg/L can range from 16.9 to 27.9μg/L with other assays. According to Beckman-Coulter Access, 13%, 50% and 37% of the patients presented BAP values ≤10, between 10 and 20 and ≥20μg/L, respectively. Discrepancies are observed when other assays are used (concordance from 10 to 100%). CONCLUSIONS: Analytical problems leading to inter-method variation should be overcome to improve the usefulness of this marker in clinical practice. According to correlation results, recalibration of BAP assays is necessary but should not be a major issue. [less ▲]

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See detailBatch enzymatic interesterification of fat blends using microwave
Danthine, Sabine ULg; Simon, C.; Richel, Aurore ULg et al

Poster (2014, September)

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See detailEffect of AMF enrichment with 13C-­‐triacylglycerol tracers on its thermal and structural behavior
Danthine, Sabine ULg; Vors, C.; Michalski, M-C

Poster (2014, September)

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See detailEvaluation of Temocillin for treatment of nosocomial infections
LAYIOS, Nathalie ULg; CIUTEA, Mirela ULg; LONGUEVILLE, Manon et al

Poster (2014, September)

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See detailBrentano, la théorie des catégories et la définition de la substance
Boccaccini, Federico ULg

Scientific conference (2014, September)

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See detailRac1 GTPase silencing counteracts microgravity-induced effects on osteoblastic cells.
Guignandon, Alain; Fauré, Céline; Neutelings, Thibault et al

in FASEB Journal (2014), 28(9), 4077-4087

Bone cells exposed to real microgravity display alterations of their cytoskeleton and focal adhesions, two major mechanosensitive structures. These structures are controlled by small GTPases of the Ras ... [more ▼]

Bone cells exposed to real microgravity display alterations of their cytoskeleton and focal adhesions, two major mechanosensitive structures. These structures are controlled by small GTPases of the Ras homology (Rho) family. We investigated the effects of RhoA, Rac1, and Cdc42 modulation of osteoblastic cells under microgravity conditions. Human MG-63 osteoblast-like cells silenced for RhoGTPases were cultured in the automated Biobox bioreactor (European Space Agency) aboard the Foton M3 satellite and compared to replicate ground-based controls. The cells were fixed after 69 h of microgravity exposure for postflight analysis of focal contacts, F-actin polymerization, vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) expression, and matrix targeting. We found that RhoA silencing did not affect sensitivity to microgravity but that Rac1 and, to a lesser extent, Cdc42 abrogation was particularly efficient in counteracting the spaceflight-related reduction of the number of focal contacts [-50% in silenced, scrambled (SiScr) controls vs. -15% for SiRac1], the number of F-actin fibers (-60% in SiScr controls vs. -10% for SiRac1), and the depletion of matrix-bound VEGF (-40% in SiScr controls vs. -8% for SiRac1). Collectively, these data point out the role of the VEGF/Rho GTPase axis in mechanosensing and validate Rac1-mediated signaling pathways as potential targets for counteracting microgravity effects [less ▲]

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See detailOn the Elasto-viscoplastic behavior of the Ti5553 alloy
ben bettaieb, Mohamed; Van Hoof, Thibaut; Pardoen, thomas et al

in Materials Science & Engineering : A (2014), 617

The elastoviscoplastic behavior of the Ti533 alloy is characterized and compared to the classical Ti-6A14V alloy. The true stress-strain curves are determined based on tensile tests performes under ... [more ▼]

The elastoviscoplastic behavior of the Ti533 alloy is characterized and compared to the classical Ti-6A14V alloy. The true stress-strain curves are determined based on tensile tests performes under different strain rates at room temperature and at 150°C, from which the elastic constants and the parameters of a Norton-Hoff viscoplastic model are identified. The strength of the Ti5553 alloy is 20-40% higherthan the strength of the Ti-6A1-4V alloy. The Ti5553 alloy constitutes thus a promising candidate for advanced structural applications. In view of modeling structural applications of forming operations, the elastic and plastic initial anisotropy of the two alloys is investigated by combining compression on cylinders with elliptical sections, uniaxial tensile tests in different material directions , plane strain and shear tests. The initial anisotropy of the different alloys is very weak which justifies the modeling of the mechanical behavior with isotropic yield surface. The identified elastoviscoplastic model is validated by comparing experimental results with FE predictions both on cylindrical specimens subjected to tensile tests and on flat specimens subjected to plane strain conditions. [less ▲]

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See detailEstimating the out-of-sample predictive ability of trading rules: a robust bootstrap approach
Hambuckers, julien ULg; Heuchenne, Cédric ULg

E-print/Working paper (2014)

In this paper, we estimate the out-of-sample predictive ability of a set of trading rules. Usually, this ability is estimated using a rolling-window sample-splitting scheme, true out-of-sample data being ... [more ▼]

In this paper, we estimate the out-of-sample predictive ability of a set of trading rules. Usually, this ability is estimated using a rolling-window sample-splitting scheme, true out-of-sample data being rarely available. We argue that this method makes a poor use of the available information and creates data mining possibilities. Instead, we introduce an alternative bootstrap approach, based on the .632 bootstrap principle. This method enables to build in-sample and out-of-sample bootstrap data sets that do not overlap and exhibit the same time dependencies. We illustrate our methodology on IBM and Microsoft daily stock prices, where we compare 11 trading rules specifications. For the data sets considered, two different filter rule specifications have the highest out-of-sample mean excess returns. However, all tested rules cannot beat a simple buy-and-hold strategy when trading at a daily frequency. [less ▲]

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See detailβ 5 tubulin and 15-protofilament microtubules appeared in supporting cells of the Corti’s organ during development in rodents
Renauld, Justine ULg; Thelen, Nicolas ULg; Johnen, Nicolas et al

Conference (2014, August 31)

A feature of the organ of Corti’s supporting cells is the presence of an abundant cytoskeleton which is mainly composed of microtubules. These supporting cells have also been shown to contain a minor ... [more ▼]

A feature of the organ of Corti’s supporting cells is the presence of an abundant cytoskeleton which is mainly composed of microtubules. These supporting cells have also been shown to contain a minor mammalian tubulin, the β5-tubulin [1], recently related as a biomarker for cancer outcome [2] and cell proliferation [3]. It was shown that a β-tubulin isoform can specified the microtubule architecture, such as the expression of the Moth β2 in the Drosophila testes imposed the 16 protofilaments (16pf) structure on the corresponding subset of Drosophila microtubules, which normally contain 13pf [4]. Moreover, supporting cell microtubules are formed by 15pf instead of the canonical 13, a unique fact among vertebrates [5]. Such a protofilament configuration has been observed in C. elegans’ neurons which are responsible for the mechanosensory sense of touch [6]. It was also shown that these 15pf microtubules were essential to the proper functioning of these mechanosensory neurons [6]. To determine the role of this particular tubulin in the auditory organ and its possible involvement in the formation of the unusual 15pf microtubules of supporting cells, we studied the spatiotemporal localization of β5-tubulin during development in rats from embryonic day 18 until P25 (25th postnatal day). We also analyzed the localization of β5-tubulin mRNA expression in the Corti’s organ. Then we examined the fine structure of microtubules at the electron microscope level. For these experiments, we used an early postnatal stage and a late postnatal stage. Our results showed that β5-tubulin, contrary to other β-tubulins, had a unique distribution in the cochlea. This β-tubulin appeared at a postnatal stage, before the opening of the Corti’s tunnel and being restricted to supporting cells, especially in pillar and Deiters cells,. The same localization of β5-tubulin mRNA was observed by in Situ Hybridization. Electron microscopy indicated further that Pillar and Deiters cells were composed by 15-protofilament microtubules at the late postnatal stage (P25). In conclusion, all these data strongly suggest that there is a relationship between the presence of β5-tubulin and 15-protofilament microtubules in the supporting cells of the auditory organ. Further studies are now needed to elucidate their role. [less ▲]

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See detailAmélioration des moyens d'existence durables. Une voie pour la durabilité des exploitations agricoles familiales de coton au Bénin
Assogba, Claude Gervais; Tossou, C. R.; Lebailly, Philippe ULg et al

Conference (2014, August 30)

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See detailThe effects of a Global Agricultural Policy on the smallholder farmers in ending hunger
Paveliuc-Olariu, Codrin; Burny, Philippe ULg

Conference (2014, August 30)

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See detailL'agriculture de subsistance et de semi-subsistance en Roumanie
Dona, Ion; Burny, Philippe ULg

Conference (2014, August 30)

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See detailAspects économiques de la filière du vermicelle de tolomane au Vietnam
Le Thi Long, Vy; Vu Dinh, Ton; Lebailly, Philippe ULg et al

Conference (2014, August 30)

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See detailProblématique foncière chez les exploitants agricoles de la Province de Kirundo au nord du Burundi
Minani, Bonaventure; Rurema, Déo-Guide; Burny, Philippe ULg et al

Conference (2014, August 30)

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See detailAccelerating Random Forests in Scikit-Learn
Louppe, Gilles ULg

Conference (2014, August 29)

Random Forests are without contest one of the most robust, accurate and versatile tools for solving machine learning tasks. Implementing this algorithm properly and efficiently remains however a ... [more ▼]

Random Forests are without contest one of the most robust, accurate and versatile tools for solving machine learning tasks. Implementing this algorithm properly and efficiently remains however a challenging task involving issues that are easily overlooked if not considered with care. In this talk, we present the Random Forests implementation developed within the Scikit-Learn machine learning library. In particular, we describe the iterative team efforts that led us to gradually improve our codebase and eventually make Scikit-Learn's Random Forests one of the most efficient implementations in the scientific ecosystem, across all libraries and programming languages. Algorithmic and technical optimizations that have made this possible include: - An efficient formulation of the decision tree algorithm, tailored for Random Forests; - Cythonization of the tree induction algorithm; - CPU cache optimizations, through low-level organization of data into contiguous memory blocks; - Efficient multi-threading through GIL-free routines; - A dedicated sorting procedure, taking into account the properties of data; - Shared pre-computations whenever critical. Overall, we believe that lessons learned from this case study extend to a broad range of scientific applications and may be of interest to anybody doing data analysis in Python. [less ▲]

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