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See detailInhibition of PDH Kinase as a new therapeutic target for Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD)
Arslan, Deniz ULg; Pirotte, Bernard ULg; De Tullio, Pascal ULg et al

Poster (2014, June)

Metabolomics is one of the most recent technologies in the world of Omics sciences. It aims at studying metabolome, which is composed of small molecular weight organic molecules (called metabolites) of a ... [more ▼]

Metabolomics is one of the most recent technologies in the world of Omics sciences. It aims at studying metabolome, which is composed of small molecular weight organic molecules (called metabolites) of a cell, an organism or a biological system. This approach gives rise to a growing number of applications in many areas, such as biomarkers discovery, clinical studies, drug efficacy and toxicity evaluation, diagnostic tools, quality control. One of the most interesting features of metabolomics is its capability to extract biochemical information reflecting biological events and then to be a powerful tool in the knowledge of the aetiology of some pathologies. Indeed, it is clear that every disease could alter more or less drastically the metabolic profile of the patients. Then a metabolomics approach could highlight the biochemical pathways affected and could allow the identification of new putative therapeutic strategies or targets that could be useful in a new drug discovery strategy. As proteomics, metabolomics approach represents a new and powerful tool for Medicinal Chemistry. Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD) is a leading cause of vision loss in the western world among people aged 50 or older. 90% of all vision loss due to AMD results from the exudative form, which is characterized by choroidal neovascularization (CNV). Age-related changes that induce pathologic CNV are incompletely understood. A successful application of anti-VEGF approaches in the clinic is obviously a turning point in AMD treatment. Nevertheless, despite such important advances, critical issues remain to be addressed. To better understand the aetiology of this pathology, we used and improved a murine model of laser-induced choroidal neovascularization and applied a 1H NMR metabolomics study. This approach leads to the emergence of different putative biomarkers and to the validation of the CNV model for an experimental study of AMD. Among these “biomarkers”, lactate appears to be clearly involved in the development of AMD. The modulation of their plasma concentration by treatment of the animals with synthetic compounds and more specifically Pyruvate DesHydrogenase Kinase inhibitors (PDHK) significantly decrease the impact of laser induced CNV. Starting from these results, the development of new PDHK inhibitors could open the way to innovative treatment opportunities in AMD disease. [less ▲]

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See detailSocial Security and Economic Integration
Artige, Lionel ULg; Dedry, Antoine ULg; Pestieau, Pierre ULg

in Economics Letters (2014), 123(June), 318-322

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See detailThe Call for project proposals « Let’s live my village »: between free interpretations and compulsory readings regarding innovation and convivial village ambiance in Wallonia.
Schmitz, Serge ULg

in Les campagnes: espaces d'innovation dans un monde urbain (2014, June)

The paper scrutinizes 186 rural development projects selected on the short list of the first and second “Lets’ live my village!” calls. It examines trends concerning rural community life and the identity ... [more ▼]

The paper scrutinizes 186 rural development projects selected on the short list of the first and second “Lets’ live my village!” calls. It examines trends concerning rural community life and the identity of the leaders/brokers. It pays attention to the way that associations define rurality. Question 14 of the application form « Does your association act in rural areas? Explain” is the main source of information for content analysis and contingency tables [less ▲]

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See detailPhysical controls on the storage of methane in landfast sea ice
Zhou, Jiayun ULg; Tison, J.-L.; Carnat, G. et al

in The Cryosphere (2014), 8(3), 1019-1029

We report on methane (CH4) dynamics in landfast sea ice, brine and under-ice seawater at Barrow in 2009. The CH4 concentrations in under-ice water ranged between 25.9 and 116.4 nmol L-1sw, indicating a ... [more ▼]

We report on methane (CH4) dynamics in landfast sea ice, brine and under-ice seawater at Barrow in 2009. The CH4 concentrations in under-ice water ranged between 25.9 and 116.4 nmol L-1sw, indicating a supersaturation of 700 to 3100 % relative to the atmosphere. In comparison, the CH4 concentrations in sea ice, ranged between 3.4 and 17.2 nmol L-1ice, and the deduced CH4 concentrations in brine, between 13.2 and 677.7 nmol L-1brine. We investigated on the processes explaining the difference in CH4 concentrations between sea ice, brine and the under-ice water, and suggest that biological controls on the storage of CH4 in ice was minor in comparison to the physical controls. Two physical processes regulated the storage of CH4 in our landfast ice samples: bubble formation within the ice and sea ice permeability. Gas bubble formation from solubility changes had favoured the accumulation of CH4 in the ice at the beginning of ice growth. CH4 retention in sea ice was then twice as efficient as that of salt; this also explains the overall higher CH4 concentrations in brine than in the under-ice water. As sea ice thickened, gas bubble formation became less efficient, CH4 was then mainly trapped in the dissolved state. The increase of sea ice permeability during ice melt marked the end of CH4 storage. [less ▲]

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See detailCHARACTERIZATION OF PROTEINURIA IN DOGUE DE BORDEAUX DOGS USING ELECTROPHORESIS AND URINARY BIOMARKERS
Lavoué, Rachel; Smets, P.; Trumel, Cathy et al

in Proceedings of the 2014 ACVIM Forum (2014, June)

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See detailIs Contact Between Conspecifics Involved in the Cohesion of Harmonia axyridis (Pallas) (Coleoptera: Coccinellidae) Aggregations?
Durieux, Delphine ULg; Fassotte, Bérénice ULg; Fischer, Christophe ULg et al

in Journal of Insect Behavior (2014), 27(1), 1-13

The multicolored Asian ladybeetle, Harmonia axyridis (Pallas), exhibits a gregarious behavior during unfavorable winter conditions. Although this behavior is currently described as a phenomenon occurring ... [more ▼]

The multicolored Asian ladybeetle, Harmonia axyridis (Pallas), exhibits a gregarious behavior during unfavorable winter conditions. Although this behavior is currently described as a phenomenon occurring only during winter, aggregations can also be observed outside overwintering conditions. However, the substrate markings previously highlighted as being involved in the wintry aggregation of this exotic species do not seem to be used by non-overwintering individuals to aggregate. This fact suggests then that other cues are responsible for the induction of this behavior. In this work, we have tested the hypothesis that direct contact between non-overwintering individuals stimulates the establishment of clusters. Binary choice experiments highlighted the involvement of elytral cuticular compounds in this phenomenon. Chromatographic analyses showed that the active extracts contained mainly hydrocarbons, including saturated, mono-unsaturated, and di-unsaturated homologues. Physical contact also seems to be involved in the non-overwintering aggregative behavior of H. axyridis, but to a lesser extent than these natural compounds. These findings could eventually be used to develop new control methods of these pest populations and so, reduce the adverse impacts it causes on biodiversity. [less ▲]

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See detailLaTeX, un peu, beaucoup (4. Les "équations" et leurs styles)
Dupont, Pascal ULg

in Losanges (2014)

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See detailGCxGC-HRTOFMS a Powerful Tool in Separation Science
Focant, Jean-François ULg

Scientific conference (2014, June)

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See detailUsing intensive multiyear fish-pass monitoring to analyse seasonal upstream movement patterns of patrimonial holobiotic potomadromous fish species in a medium size river
Benitez, Jean-Philippe ULg; Nzau Matondo, Billy ULg; Dierckx, Arnaud ULg et al

in Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on Ecohydraulics (2014, June)

Belgian rivers are fragmented by numerous obstacles which considerably limit the free access of fish to functional habitats. Fish-passes are major tools used to increase stream continuity and improve ... [more ▼]

Belgian rivers are fragmented by numerous obstacles which considerably limit the free access of fish to functional habitats. Fish-passes are major tools used to increase stream continuity and improve connectivity in the upstream direction. Using two modern multispecies fish-passes, this study aims to investigate multiyear abundance of holobiotic potamodromous fish and their seasonal movement patterns in relation with environmental factors. The fish passes were monitored continuously during 5 and 7 years and are located in two Belgian streams: the (19.3m³.s-1) and the Berwinne (1.9m³.s-1). Results revealed the presence of 20 different fish species, 14 species in the Berwinne and 19 species in the occurrence, salmonids and cyprinids species were predominant. A great interspecific and intraspecific variability in capture periodicity and in terms of stimulation by combination of factor environmental was observed. This study highlights the complexity and the omnipresence of holobiotic potamodromous fish movements at different life stages, in medium size river and brings new information on fish passes efficiency and use by these poorly known species. [less ▲]

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See detailSimple connectome inference from partial correlation statistics in calcium imaging
Sutera, Antonio ULg; Joly, Arnaud ULg; François-Lavet, Vincent ULg et al

in Proceedings of Connectomics 2014 (ECML 2014) (2014, June)

In this work, we propose a simple yet effective solution to the problem of connectome inference in calcium imaging data. The proposed algorithm consists of two steps. First, processing the raw signals to ... [more ▼]

In this work, we propose a simple yet effective solution to the problem of connectome inference in calcium imaging data. The proposed algorithm consists of two steps. First, processing the raw signals to detect neural peak activities. Second, inferring the degree of association between neurons from partial correlation statistics. This paper summarises the methodology that led us to win the Connectomics Challenge, proposes a simplified version of our method, and finally compares our results with respect to other inference methods. [less ▲]

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See detailNetworks for improving care in patients with acute coronary syndrome: A framework.
Radke, Peter W.; Halvorsen, Sigrun; Jukema, J. Wouter et al

in Acute cardiac care (2014), 16(2), 41-8

In recent years, it has become evident that the level of guideline adherence in patients presenting with acute coronary syndrome (ACS) is highly correlated with patient outcomes. Unfortunately, guideline ... [more ▼]

In recent years, it has become evident that the level of guideline adherence in patients presenting with acute coronary syndrome (ACS) is highly correlated with patient outcomes. Unfortunately, guideline adherence is low in some geographic areas and especially in those patients at high-risk. Regional networks including ambulance systems and hospitals with catheterization laboratories are able to increase guideline adherence and patient outcomes by streamlining the critical pre- and intra-hospital processes as well as improving timely access to invasive procedures and recommended medication. Successful organization of an ACS network requires engagement of multiple stakeholders to create effective solutions for the specific local setting. There is no 'one-size-fits all' strategy to set-up and successfully run an ACS network. We present a framework for how to set up and organize an effective ACS network, delivering guideline-based care to improve patient outcomes. [less ▲]

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See detailRevascularisation versus medical treatment in patients with stable coronary artery disease: network meta-analysis.
Windecker, Stephan; Stortecky, Stefan; Stefanini, Giulio G. et al

in BMJ (Clinical research ed.) (2014), 348

OBJECTIVE: To investigate whether revascularisation improves prognosis compared with medical treatment among patients with stable coronary artery disease. DESIGN: Bayesian network meta-analyses to combine ... [more ▼]

OBJECTIVE: To investigate whether revascularisation improves prognosis compared with medical treatment among patients with stable coronary artery disease. DESIGN: Bayesian network meta-analyses to combine direct within trial comparisons between treatments with indirect evidence from other trials while maintaining randomisation. ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA FOR SELECTING STUDIES: A strategy of initial medical treatment compared with revascularisation by coronary artery bypass grafting or Food and Drug Administration approved techniques for percutaneous revascularization: balloon angioplasty, bare metal stent, early generation paclitaxel eluting stent, sirolimus eluting stent, and zotarolimus eluting (Endeavor) stent, and new generation everolimus eluting stent, and zotarolimus eluting (Resolute) stent among patients with stable coronary artery disease. DATA SOURCES: Medline and Embase from 1980 to 2013 for randomised trials comparing medical treatment with revascularisation. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURE: All cause mortality. RESULTS: 100 trials in 93,553 patients with 262,090 patient years of follow-up were included. Coronary artery bypass grafting was associated with a survival benefit (rate ratio 0.80, 95% credibility interval 0.70 to 0.91) compared with medical treatment. New generation drug eluting stents (everolimus: 0.75, 0.59 to 0.96; zotarolimus (Resolute): 0.65, 0.42 to 1.00) but not balloon angioplasty (0.85, 0.68 to 1.04), bare metal stents (0.92, 0.79 to 1.05), or early generation drug eluting stents (paclitaxel: 0.92, 0.75 to 1.12; sirolimus: 0.91, 0.75 to 1.10; zotarolimus (Endeavor): 0.88, 0.69 to 1.10) were associated with improved survival compared with medical treatment. Coronary artery bypass grafting reduced the risk of myocardial infarction compared with medical treatment (0.79, 0.63 to 0.99), and everolimus eluting stents showed a trend towards a reduced risk of myocardial infarction (0.75, 0.55 to 1.01). The risk of subsequent revascularisation was noticeably reduced by coronary artery bypass grafting (0.16, 0.13 to 0.20) followed by new generation drug eluting stents (zotarolimus (Resolute): 0.26, 0.17 to 0.40; everolimus: 0.27, 0.21 to 0.35), early generation drug eluting stents (zotarolimus (Endeavor): 0.37, 0.28 to 0.50; sirolimus: 0.29, 0.24 to 0.36; paclitaxel: 0.44, 0.35 to 0.54), and bare metal stents (0.69, 0.59 to 0.81) compared with medical treatment. CONCLUSION: Among patients with stable coronary artery disease, coronary artery bypass grafting reduces the risk of death, myocardial infarction, and subsequent revascularisation compared with medical treatment. All stent based coronary revascularisation technologies reduce the need for revascularisation to a variable degree. Our results provide evidence for improved survival with new generation drug eluting stents but no other percutaneous revascularisation technology compared with medical treatment. [less ▲]

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See detailL’effet d’un dispositif public d’accompagnement et de formation belge sur les trajectoires professionnelles des demandeurs d’emploi
Gérard, Julie ULg

Conference (2014, June)

: Suite aux récents bouleversements économiques et sociaux touchant les pays de l’Union Européenne, de nombreux partenariats entre services publics d’emploi et agences d’emploi privées se sont développés ... [more ▼]

: Suite aux récents bouleversements économiques et sociaux touchant les pays de l’Union Européenne, de nombreux partenariats entre services publics d’emploi et agences d’emploi privées se sont développés et complexifiés, suivant une logique de gestion mixte du marché de l’emploi. Cette communication porte sur l’étude d’un partenariat public-privé entre un service public régional belge et un organisme de formation. À partir des apports conceptuels et théoriques de la sociologie de l’action publique et de la littérature propre aux agences d’emploi privées et aux partenariats public-privé, nous analyserons la capacité d’un dispositif public à assurer la remise à l’emploi de son public-cible. Pour ce faire, nous étudierons son rôle et ses effets sur les trajectoires professionnelles des demandeurs d’emploi y recourant. [less ▲]

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See detailAnalyse du métier de facilitateur et de son rôle dans la diffusion de normes d’emploi : le cas d’un bureau de chômage belge
Orianne, Jean-François ULg; Beuker, Laura ULg

Conference (2014, June)

En 2004, suite aux injonctions européennes en matière d’activation impulsées par les lignes directrices de 2003-2005, la Belgique met en place le PAC (ou Plan d’Accompagnement des chômeurs). Cette ... [more ▼]

En 2004, suite aux injonctions européennes en matière d’activation impulsées par les lignes directrices de 2003-2005, la Belgique met en place le PAC (ou Plan d’Accompagnement des chômeurs). Cette importante réforme prévoit – notamment – la mise en place de la procédure d’activation du comportement de recherche d’emploi par l’Office National de l’Emploi (Ou l’ONEm). Désormais, des agents sont spécifiquement dédiés à l’évaluation des efforts menés par les demandeurs d’emploi (ou DE) pour s’insérer sur le marché du travail : ce sont les facilitateurs. Si la procédure d’évaluation est officiellement définie, la décision, quant à elle, est bel et bien fonction de l’agent, qui doit interpréter le cadre réglementaire général à l’aune de la situation singulière du demandeur d’emploi. À l’aide d’une étude de cas réalisée au sein d’un bureau de chômage situé en Belgique francophone, nous allons tenter d’ouvrir la « boîte noire » du jugement des facilitateurs. À partir d’une approche qualitative cumulant des entretiens semi-directifs et de l’observation d’interactions entre facilitateurs et demandeurs d’emploi, nous montrerons que la décision des facilitateurs n’est ni arbitraire, ni déterminée. Elle est, au contraire, le fruit de la mobilisation d’une multitude d’appuis conventionnels dans l’action (Dodier, 1993). En outre, dans la lignée des travaux de Benarrosh (2000 ; 2006 ; 2012) nous démontrerons que ces agents sont des « pourvoyeurs » de normes institutionnelles précises à destination des demandeurs d’emploi. [less ▲]

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See detailL’effet des dispositifs d’intermédiation sur les trajectoires professionnelles des travailleurs. Le cas d’un bureau de recrutement, recherche et sélection de personnel.
Gérard, Julie ULg

Conference (2014, June)

Au cours de ces dernières années, le souci d’allier flexibilité et sécurité au travail a conduit à l’essor considérable des métiers de l’intermédiation (Orianne et Maroy, 2008). En particulier dans le ... [more ▼]

Au cours de ces dernières années, le souci d’allier flexibilité et sécurité au travail a conduit à l’essor considérable des métiers de l’intermédiation (Orianne et Maroy, 2008). En particulier dans le domaine de l’accompagnement et du développement de carrière, divers dispositifs privés d’aide et de suivi ont vu le jour afin de contribuer à l’amélioration des conditions de travail et d’assister les travailleurs dans leurs transitions professionnelles. Par leur action, ces nouveaux dispositifs n’hésitent pas à complexifier les temporalités sociales en créant de nouvelles opportunités d’emploi et en redéfinissant les rythmes de carrière. À l’aide d’une étude de cas dans le secteur du recrutement belge, nous analyserons la capacité d’un processus de mise en emploi à remplir de tels objectifs dans un contexte de gestion mixte du marché du travail. Approchée d’une manière qualitative (entretiens semi-directifs et observations), nous étudierons l’apport de cette agence de placement au travers d’un cadre théorique qui intègre les concepts de dispositif (Foucault, 1977 ; Peeters et Charlier, 1999 ; Raffnsoe, 2008) et de réseaux sociaux (Grossetti 2005, 2008 et 2011). Nous montrerons qu’un plus de régir l’offre et la demande de travail, ce dispositif d’intermédiation, par son système de cooptation et son accompagnement de carrière, assure la fluidification du marché et sécurise la dynamique des transitions professionnelles. [less ▲]

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See detailAfrique: le péril des migrations climatiques
Ozer, Pierre ULg; Gemenne, François ULg

Article for general public (2014)

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See detailNouakchott: les pieds dans l'eau
Ozer, Pierre ULg

Article for general public (2014)

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