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See detailThe year in cardiology 2014: valvular heart disease.
Pierard, Luc ULg; Vahanian, Alec

in European heart journal (2015)

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See detailA Low-Cost Digital Image Correlation Technique for Characterising the Shear Deformation of Fabrics for Draping Studies
Pierce, R. S.; Falzon, B. G.; Thompson, M. C. et al

in Strain (2015)

A novel digital image correlation (DIC) technique has been developed to track changes in textile yarn orientations during shear characterisation experiments, requiring only low-cost digital imaging ... [more ▼]

A novel digital image correlation (DIC) technique has been developed to track changes in textile yarn orientations during shear characterisation experiments, requiring only low-cost digital imaging equipment. Fabric shear angles and effective yarn strains are calculated and visualised using this new DIC technique for bias extension testing of an aerospace grade, carbon-fibre reinforcement material with a plain weave architecture. The DIC results are validated by direct measurement, and the use of a wide bias extension sample is evaluated against a more commonly used narrow sample. Wide samples exhibit a shear angle range 25% greater than narrow samples and peak loads which are 10 times higher. This is primarily due to excessive yarn slippage in the narrow samples; hence, the wide sample configuration is recommended for characterisation of shear properties which are required for accurate modelling of textile draping [less ▲]

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See detailEnquêter sur les non-publics de la culture: quelle posture de recherche pour quel dispositif méthodologique?
Ghebaur, Cosmina ULg

in Questions de Communication (2015)

Mes travaux portent sur les non-publics de la culture et leur fabrication institutionnelle, à savoir leur production par les institutions chargées de mettre en œuvre sur un territoire donné les politiques ... [more ▼]

Mes travaux portent sur les non-publics de la culture et leur fabrication institutionnelle, à savoir leur production par les institutions chargées de mettre en œuvre sur un territoire donné les politiques culturelles les concernant. Pour explorer cette question, je me place dans la perspective initiée en sociologie de l'art par Pascale Ancel et Alain Pessin (2004) et caractérisée par la remise en question de la frontière entre publics et non-publics. On peut, écrit Martine Azam (2004), être " à la fois " public et non-public s'agissant de deux objets culturels différents ou du même objet à des moments différents. L'objectif de cet article est d'expliciter les principaux choix méthodologiques que j'ai été amenée à faire en enquêtant, avec cette posture de recherche, sur une exposition photographique en extérieur organisée dans une ville de la banlieue parisienne. [less ▲]

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See detailMultiscale variability of amphipod assemblages in Posidonia oceanica meadows
Sturaro, Nicolas ULg; Lepoint, Gilles ULg; Vermeulen, Simon et al

in Journal of Sea Research (2015), 95

The study of spatial patterns is of ecological importance in order to understand the causes of the distribution and abundance of organisms, and it also provides valuable basis for management and ... [more ▼]

The study of spatial patterns is of ecological importance in order to understand the causes of the distribution and abundance of organisms, and it also provides valuable basis for management and conservation. Amphipod crustaceans are key organisms in seagrass ecosystems. However, little attention has been paid to the spatial scales at which amphipod assemblages may vary. We examined variability patterns of amphipod populations inhabiting Posidonia oceanica meadows, over spatial scales spanning four orders of magnitude (1 to 1000 metres) and for two consecutive years. This study reports the scales that contributed most to spatial variation of amphipod assemblages and explores the potential processes of the observed patterns, with particular emphasis on habitat features. The number of species, the diversity and the density of some species, exhibited high variation across years. Most species showed the highest spatial variation in density and biomass at small scales (~1 and 10 m). Based on density data, the structure of amphipod assemblages did not differ at any scales investigated. The patchiness that occurred at small scales may have been only weakly related to habitat features. Instead, we postulated that behavioural processes of amphipods were likely good explanatory factors. Although, the small scale spatial variability can be an important feature of amphipod assemblages in P. oceanica meadows, many patterns probably remained undetected as they may occur at scales smaller than those investigated. [less ▲]

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See detailElements of stochastic processes 2014--2015: course material
Arnst, Maarten ULg

Learning material (2015)

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See detailAntidiabetic agents: Potential anti-inflammatory activity beyond glucose control.
Scheen, André ULg; Esser, N.; Paquot, Nicolas ULg

in Diabetes & metabolism (2015)

A growing body of evidence is emerging to show that abdominal obesity, the metabolic syndrome, type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and microvascular diabetic complications are intimately related to ... [more ▼]

A growing body of evidence is emerging to show that abdominal obesity, the metabolic syndrome, type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and microvascular diabetic complications are intimately related to chronic inflammation. These observations pave the way to the development of new pharmacological strategies that aim to reduce silent inflammation. However, besides specific anti-inflammatory agents, glucose-lowering medications may also exert anti-inflammatory effects that could contribute to improved outcomes in diabetic patients. Most studies have used metformin, an AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK) activator, and thiazolidinediones (TZDs), which act as peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor-gamma (PPARgamma) agonists. Both pharmacological classes (considered insulin-sparing agents or insulin sensitizers) appear to have greater anti-inflammatory activity than insulin-secreting agents such as sulphonylureas or glinides. In particular, TZDs have shown the widest range of evidence of lowered tissue (visceral fat and liver) and serum inflammation. In contrast, despite reducing postprandial hyperglycaemia, the effect of alpha-glucosidase inhibitors on inflammatory markers appears rather modest, whereas dipeptidyl peptidase-4 (DPP-4) inhibitors (gliptins) and glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) receptor agonists appear more promising in this respect. These incretin-based therapies exert pleiotropic effects, including reports of anti-inflammatory activity. No human data are available so far regarding sodium-glucose cotransporter type 2 (SGLT2) inhibitors. Although they may have indirect effects due to reduced glucotoxicity, their specific mode of action in the kidneys does not suggest systemic anti-inflammatory activity. Also, in spite of the complex relationship between insulin and atherosclerosis, exogenous insulin may also exert anti-inflammatory effects. Nevertheless, for all these glucose-lowering agents, it is essential to distinguish between anti-inflammatory effects resulting from better glucose control and potential anti-inflammatory effects related to intrinsic actions of the pharmacological class. Finally, it would also be of major clinical interest to define what role the anti-inflammatory effects of these glucose-lowering agents may play in the prevention of macrovascular and microvascular diabetic complications. [less ▲]

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See detailThe course of anaemia in children and adolescents with Crohn's disease included in a prospective registry.
Van Biervliet, Stephanie; Smets, Francoise; Hofmann, Ilse et al

in International journal of colorectal disease (2015), 30(1), 51-6

AIM: The aim of this study is to determine the prevalence and evolution of anaemia in prospectively followed children and adolescents diagnosed with Crohn's disease (CD). METHODS: The BELCRO registry ... [more ▼]

AIM: The aim of this study is to determine the prevalence and evolution of anaemia in prospectively followed children and adolescents diagnosed with Crohn's disease (CD). METHODS: The BELCRO registry (inclusion May 2008-April 2010), describing current clinical treatment practice of children diagnosed with CD, provided data on age, height, body mass index (BMI), paediatric Crohn's disease activity index (PCDAI), therapy and haemoglobin (Hb) at diagnosis 12 and 24 months follow-up. Anaemia was defined as Hb < -2 sd, while severe anaemia was defined as Hb < -4 sd. Patients were classified as child </=13 and adolescent >13 years of age. RESULT: Ninety-six were included, 13 dropped out due to insufficient Hb data (37 females/46 males; median age 13.3 years, range 2.2-17.8 years). At diagnosis, the median Hb sd was -2.66 (-8.4; 1.07) and was correlated with the PCDAI (p = 0.013). At diagnosis, 51/83 (61 %) were anaemic and all had active disease. Hb z-score significantly improved (p < 0.0001) but 26/68 (38 %) remained anaemic at 12 months and 29/76 (38 %) at 24 months of follow-up. The correlation to the PCDAI disappeared. At 24 months, children were more likely to be anaemic. There was no difference in iron dose nor duration of iron supplements between children and adolescents. Iron treatment was more readily given to patients presenting with anaemia. Hb did not differ between patients with (n = 28) or without iron supplements. Half of the patients with persisting anaemia were given iron supplements, of which, only three were given intravenously. CONCLUSION: Anaemia remains an important extra-intestinal manifestation of CD in children. Physicians, lacking optimal treatment strategies, undertreat their patients. [less ▲]

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See detailDevelopment of the lemann index to assess digestive tract damage in patients with Crohn's disease.
Pariente, Benjamin; Mary, Jean-Yves; Danese, Silvio et al

in Gastroenterology (2015), 148(1), 52-633

BACKGROUND & AIMS: There is a need for a scoring system that provides a comprehensive assessment of structural bowel damage, including stricturing lesions, penetrating lesions, and surgical resection, for ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND & AIMS: There is a need for a scoring system that provides a comprehensive assessment of structural bowel damage, including stricturing lesions, penetrating lesions, and surgical resection, for measuring disease progression. We developed the Lemann Index and assessed its ability to measure cumulative structural bowel damage in patients with Crohn's disease (CD). METHODS: We performed a prospective, multicenter, international, cross-sectional study of patients with CD evaluated at 24 centers in 15 countries. Inclusions were stratified based on CD location and duration. All patients underwent clinical examination and abdominal magnetic resonance imaging analyses. Upper endoscopy, colonoscopy, and pelvic magnetic resonance imaging analyses were performed according to suspected disease locations. The digestive tract was divided into 4 organs and subsequently into segments. For each segment, investigators collected information on previous operations, predefined strictures, and/or penetrating lesions of maximal severity (grades 1-3), and then provided damage evaluations ranging from 0.0 (no lesion) to 10.0 (complete resection). Overall level of organ damage was calculated from the average of segmental damage. Investigators provided a global damage evaluation (from 0.0 to 10.0) using calculated organ damage evaluations. Predicted organ indexes and Lemann Index were constructed using a multiple linear mixed model, showing the best fit with investigator organ and global damage evaluations, respectively. An internal cross-validation was performed using bootstrap methods. RESULTS: Data from 138 patients (24, 115, 92, and 59 with upper tract, small bowel, colon/rectum, and anus CD location, respectively) were analyzed. According to validation, the unbiased correlation coefficients between predicted indexes and investigator damage evaluations were 0.85, 0.98, 0.90, 0.82 for upper tract, small bowel, colon/rectum, anus, respectively, and 0.84 overall. CONCLUSIONS: In a cross-sectional study, we assessed the ability of the Lemann Index to measure cumulative structural bowel damage in patients with CD. Provided further successful validation and good sensitivity to change, the index should be used to evaluate progression of CD and efficacy of treatment. [less ▲]

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See detailA Typology of Customer-Perceived Bad News in Service Encounters
Delcourt, Cécile ULg; Gremler, Dwayne; van Riel, Allard et al

in The 14th International Research Symposium on Service Excellence in Management (2015)

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See detailAnalytical Procedure Validation and the Quality by Design Paradigm
Rozet, Eric ULg; Lebrun, Pierre ULg; Michiels, Jean-François et al

in Journal of Biopharmaceutical Statistics (2015), 25

Since the adoption of the ICH Q8 document concerning the development of pharmaceutical processes following a quality by design (QbD) approach, there have been many discussions on the opportunity for ... [more ▼]

Since the adoption of the ICH Q8 document concerning the development of pharmaceutical processes following a quality by design (QbD) approach, there have been many discussions on the opportunity for analytical procedure developments to follow a similar approach. While development and optimization of analytical procedure following QbD principles have been largely discussed and described, the place of analytical procedure validation in this framework has not been clarified. This article aims at showing that analytical procedure validation is fully integrated into the QbD paradigm and is an essential step in developing analytical procedures that are effectively fit for purpose. Adequate statistical methodologies have also their role to play: such as design of experiments, statistical modelling, and probabilistic statements. The outcome of analytical procedure validation is also an analytical procedure design space, and from it, control strategy can be set. [less ▲]

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See detailInfluence of viscosity on Liquid Flow Inside Structured Packings
Bradttmöller, Christian; Janzen, Anna; Crine, Michel ULg et al

in Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research (2015), 54

In this study, X-ray computer tomography and light-induced fluorescence were applied to investigate the morphology of liquid flow inside structured packings. Fluid dynamic parameters such as liquid holdup ... [more ▼]

In this study, X-ray computer tomography and light-induced fluorescence were applied to investigate the morphology of liquid flow inside structured packings. Fluid dynamic parameters such as liquid holdup and wetted surface were determined to study the effect of the variation of viscosity and liquid load. Flow patterns inside the packing were identified and categorized. Liquid film thickness and its distribution were analyzed on single sheets. For both methods, the measured holdup values are in good agreement, despite differences in the techniques of measurement. For the flow patterns and their relative contribution, as well as mean liquid film thickness, a strong dependency on the varied parameters was found. Furthermore, the density function of film thickness distribution changed characteristically with liquid load and viscosity. The complementary use of tomography and optical assessment allowed an improved insight into flow phenomena and the observed interdependency of physical, geometric, and operational parameters. [less ▲]

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See detailA quality by design approach for longitudinal quality attributes
Lebrun, Pierre ULg; Giacoletti, Katherine; Scherder, Tara et al

in Journal of Biopharmaceutical Statistics (2015), 25

The concept of quality by design (QbD) as published in ICH-Q8 is currently one of the most recurrent topics in the pharmaceutical literature. This guideline recommends the use of information and prior ... [more ▼]

The concept of quality by design (QbD) as published in ICH-Q8 is currently one of the most recurrent topics in the pharmaceutical literature. This guideline recommends the use of information and prior knowledge gathered during pharmaceutical development studies to provide a scientific rationale for the manufacturing process of a product and provide guarantee of future quality. This poses several challenges from a statistical standpoint and requires a shift in paradigm from traditional statistical practices. First, to provide “assurance of quality” of future lots implies the need to make predictions regarding the quality given past evidence and data. Second, the quality attributes described in the Q8 guidelines are not always a set of unique, independent measurements. In many cases, these criteria are com- plicated longitudinal data with successive acceptance criteria over a defined period of time. A common example is a dissolution profile for a modified or extended-release solid dosage form that must fall within acceptance limits at several time points. A Bayesian approach for longitudinal data obtained in various conditions of a design of experiment is provided to elegantly address the ICH-Q8 recommendation to provide assurance of quality and derive a scientifically sound design space. [less ▲]

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See detailPour enchanter vos clients ? Enchantez et engagez d’abord vos collaborateurs !
Delcourt, Cécile ULg

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See detailLe genre Guibourtia Benn., un taxon à haute valeur commerciale et sociétale (synthèse bibliographique)
Tosso, Dji-ndé Félicien ULg; Daïnou, Kasso ULg; Hardy, J. Olivier et al

in Biotechnologie, Agronomie, Société et Environnement = Biotechnology, Agronomy, Society and Environment [=BASE] (2015), 19(1),

Known as a genus of great socio-cultural and economical importance, Guibourtia Benn. includes morphologically very similar multipurpose sister species, found in various habitats with different climate and ... [more ▼]

Known as a genus of great socio-cultural and economical importance, Guibourtia Benn. includes morphologically very similar multipurpose sister species, found in various habitats with different climate and soil conditions. In many places, Guibourtia is subject to local overexploitation by forest companies and local communities. As the population density of Guibourtia species is generally very low, it may be necessary to conduct scientific investigations that will provide valuable information for the management of the populations concerned. This paper is based on an extensive literature review and summarizes the available information on the genus Guibourtia, in terms of botany, ecology, genetics, forestry and ethnobotany. Our review provided evidence that, to date, ecological and silvicultural knowledge regarding Guibourtia species is lacking and that it is very difficult to morphologically differentiate very similar sister species. In addition, we provide a new determination key for the genus Guibourtia. Based on the available information, it is difficult to assess the conservation status of these taxa. Further investigations are needed to suggest appropriate management strategies for Guibourtia. Moreover, species diversity within this genus and its distribution in various tropical biomes make it an excellent biological model for understanding the historical, biological and environmental mechanisms that explain the diversity of tropical moist forests. [less ▲]

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See detailExtracellular peptidase hunting for improvement of protein production in plant cells and roots
Lallemand, Jérôme ULg; Bouché, Frédéric ULg; Desiron, Carole et al

in Frontiers in Plant Science (2015), 6(37),

Plant-based recombinant protein production systems have gained an extensive interest over the past few years, because of their reduced cost and relative safety. Although the first products are now ... [more ▼]

Plant-based recombinant protein production systems have gained an extensive interest over the past few years, because of their reduced cost and relative safety. Although the first products are now reaching the market, progress are still needed to improve plant hosts and strategies for biopharming. Targeting recombinant proteins toward the extracellular space offers several advantages in terms of protein folding and purification, but degradation events are observed, due to endogenous peptidases. This paper focuses on the analysis of extracellular proteolytic activities in two production systems: cell cultures and root-secretion (rhizosecretion), in Arabidopsis thaliana and Nicotiana tabacum. Proteolytic activities of extracellular proteomes (secretomes) were evaluated in vitro against two substrate proteins: bovine serum albumin (BSA) and human serum immunoglobulins G (hIgGs). Both targets were found to be degraded by the secretomes, BSA being more prone to proteolysis than hIgGs. The analysis of the proteolysis pH-dependence showed that target degradation was mainly dependent upon the production system: rhizosecretomes contained more peptidase activity than extracellular medium of cell suspensions, whereas variations due to plant species were smaller. Using class-specific peptidase inhibitors, serine and metallopeptidases were found to be responsible for degradation of both substrates. An in-depth in silico analysis of genomic and transcriptomic data from Arabidopsis was then performed and led to the identification of a limited number of serine and metallo-peptidases that are consistently expressed in both production systems. These peptidases should be prime candidates for further improvement of plant hosts by targeted silencing. [less ▲]

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See detailLutter contre l'éjaculation précoce
Kempeneers, Philippe ULg; Bauwens, Sabrina; ANDRIANNE, Robert ULg

Book published by De Boeck-Solal (2015)

Aujourd’hui, environ un homme sur cinq se plaint d’éjaculer trop rapidement. Face à ce constat, les auteurs ont rédigé un guide pratique, le premier publié en langue française dont l’efficacité à été ... [more ▼]

Aujourd’hui, environ un homme sur cinq se plaint d’éjaculer trop rapidement. Face à ce constat, les auteurs ont rédigé un guide pratique, le premier publié en langue française dont l’efficacité à été démontrée par des études cliniques. Cet ouvrage peut être assimilé à un véritable traitement car il offre à tous les hommes et à tous les couples confrontés à ce problème, des information et des conseils afin de tenter d’y remédier. Ce guide intéressera également les intervenants en santé soucieux d’accompagner leurs patients ou clients confrontés à une éjaculation précoce (médecins, psychologues, sexologues …). Ils y trouveront un modèle et des lignes directrices thérapeutiques aisément applicables en première intention. [less ▲]

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See detailTowards a full integration of optimization and validation phases: An Analytical-Quality-by-Design approach
Hubert, Cédric ULg; Houari, Sabah ULg; Rozet, Eric ULg et al

in Journal of Chromatography. A (2015)

When using an analytical method, defining an Analytical Target Profile (ATP) focused on quantitative performance represents a key input, and this will drive the method development process. In this context ... [more ▼]

When using an analytical method, defining an Analytical Target Profile (ATP) focused on quantitative performance represents a key input, and this will drive the method development process. In this context, two case studies were selected in order to demonstrate the potential of a Quality-by-Design (QbD) strategy when applied to two specific phases of the method lifecycle: the pre-validation study and the validation step. The first case study focused on the improvement of a Liquid Chromatography (LC) coupled to Mass Spectrometry (MS) stability-indicating method by the means of the QbD concept. The Design of Experiments (DoE) conducted during the optimization step (i.e. determination of the qualitative Design Space (DS)) was performed a posteriori. Additional experiments were performed in order to simultaneously conduct the pre-validation study to assist in defining the DoE to be conducted during the formal validation step. This predicted protocol was compared to the one used during the formal validation. A second case study based on the LC/MS-MS determination of glucosamine and galactosamine in human plasma was considered in order to illustrate an innovative strategy allowing the QbD methodology to be incorporated during the validation phase. An operational space, defined by the qualitative DS, was considered during the validation process rather than a specific set of working conditions as conventionally performed. Results of all the validation parameters conventionally studied were compared to those obtained with this innovative approach for glucosamine and galactosamine. Using this strategy, qualitative and quantitative information were obtained. Consequently, an analyst using this approach would be able to select with great confidence several working conditions within the operational space rather than a given condition for the routine use of the method. This innovative strategy combines both a learning process and a thorough assessment of the risk involved. [less ▲]

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See detailFunctional adaptations of the bacterial chaperone trigger factor to extreme environmental temperatures
Godin-Roulling, Amandine ULg; Schmidpeter, P.A.M.; Schmid, F.X. et al

in Environmental Microbiology (2015)

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See detail¿Quién mató a Rosario Tijeras? Narco y culpa.
Vanden Berghe, Kristine ULg

in Bulletin of Spanish Studies (2015), 92(2), 2-19

The novel Rosario Tijeras (Jorge Franco Ramos, 1999) is interpreted here from the perspective of the literary genre of the whodunnit. More particularly, the analysis investigates who is responsible for ... [more ▼]

The novel Rosario Tijeras (Jorge Franco Ramos, 1999) is interpreted here from the perspective of the literary genre of the whodunnit. More particularly, the analysis investigates who is responsible for the murder of the female assassin. Taking into account the serious psychological instability of the narrator and the violations of the maxims of communicative cooperation, it is argued that he is an unreliable narrator. Such a reading of the novel as a detective story told by an unreliable narrator reveals a number of clues as to who murdered Rosario Tijeras. It also paves the way towards a new interpretation of the novel: this article argues that there is a parallelism between Franco Ramos’ novel and La virgen de los Sicarios (1994) by Fernando Vallejo: in both novels the issues of violence and guilt in societies dominated by drug trafficking are treated in a similar way. [less ▲]

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