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See detailBiosensor based on optical fibers
Lismont, Marjorie ULg; Vandewalle, Nicolas ULg; Joris, Bernard ULg et al

Poster (2015, May)

Medical diagnosis and biotechnology progresses are strongly dependent on the development of sensing devices, which, ideally, would allow the reliable detection of very low amounts of biological species in ... [more ▼]

Medical diagnosis and biotechnology progresses are strongly dependent on the development of sensing devices, which, ideally, would allow the reliable detection of very low amounts of biological species in various environments. In addition to these requirements, the detection tools would also be easy to use and would rapidly response. Fluorescent based biosensors fulfil most of these characteristics. In our work, the intersection between two crossed optical fibers is used as the basic unit of an original optical biosensor. As illustrated by figure 1, one optical fiber is used to carry probe molecules and excite fluorescence while the second one is devoted to carry the target species and collect the optical signal arising from the species interacting at the node. The advantages of our set-up over traditional optical sensors are no surface functionalization, use of low amounts of biological species, limitation of the denaturation risk, ease to use and low detection threshold. The developed biosensor is validated on two systems. The first one is a fluorescent calcium indicator, Oregon green 488 BAPTA-2, whose optical emission signal is affected by Ca2+ ions concentration. The second one is based on Rh-Con A and FITC-Dextran complex for which the FRET phenomenon is affected by glucose concentration. In both cases, the results are in agreement with the ones obtained in cuvettes attesting the efficiency of the sensing device. We also show a prototype of a multichannel device composed of multiple crossed optical fibers which are used as species and light carriers. [less ▲]

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See detailComplex fluis droplets in leidenfrost state
Dorbolo, Stéphane ULg; Maquet, Laurent ULg; sobac, benjamin et al

in droplet wetting and evaporation (2015)

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See detailThird-party mesenchymal stream cell infusion in kidney transplant recipient: 6-month safety interim analysis
WEEKERS, Laurent ULg; ERPICUM, Pauline ULg; DETRY, Olivier ULg et al

in American Journal of Transplantation (2015, May), 15(suppl 3),

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See detailDynamical Flavor Origin of ZN Symmetries
Aristizabal Sierra, Diego ULg; Vicente, Avelino ULg; Fong, Sheng et al

in Physical Review. D, Particles, Fields, Gravitation, and Cosmology (2015), 91(9),

Discrete Abelian symmetries (ZN) are a common “artifact” of beyond the standard model physics models. They provide different avenues for constructing consistent scenarios for lepton and quark mixing ... [more ▼]

Discrete Abelian symmetries (ZN) are a common “artifact” of beyond the standard model physics models. They provide different avenues for constructing consistent scenarios for lepton and quark mixing patterns, radiative neutrino mass generation as well as dark matter stabilization. We argue that these symmetries can arise from the spontaneous breaking of the Abelian U(1) factors contained in the global flavor symmetry transformations of the gauge-invariant kinetic Lagrangian. This will be the case provided the ultraviolet completion responsible for the Yukawa structure involves scalar fields carrying nontrivial U(1) charges. Guided by minimality criteria, we demonstrate the viability of this approach with two examples: first, we derive the “scotogenic” model Lagrangian, and second, we construct a setup where the spontaneous symmetry-breaking pattern leads to a Z3 symmetry which enables dark matter stability as well as neutrino mass generation at the two-loop order. This generic approach can be used to derive many other models, with residual ZN or ZN1×⋯×ZNk symmetries, establishing an intriguing link between flavor symmetries, neutrino masses and dark matter. [less ▲]

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See detailULTIMATE STRENGTH - Discussion on Committee III.1- ISSC 2012's report
Rigo, Philippe ULg

in Fricke, Wolfgang; Bronsart, Robert (Eds.) PROCEEDINGS OF THE 18TH INTERNATIONAL SHIP AND OFFSHORE STRUCTURES CONGRESS - VOLUME 3 (2015)

Concern for the ductile behavior of ships and o shore structures and their structural components under ultimate conditions. Attention shall be given to the influence of fabrication imperfections and in ... [more ▼]

Concern for the ductile behavior of ships and o shore structures and their structural components under ultimate conditions. Attention shall be given to the influence of fabrication imperfections and in-service damage and degradation on reserve strength. Uncertainties in strength models for design shall be highlighted. [less ▲]

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See detailTHE EFFECTS OF TRICLOSAN ON HEARING DEVELOPMENT OF CYPRINODON VARIEGATUS LARVAE
Schnitzler, Joseph ULg; Benichou, Farida; Pinte et al

Conference (2015, May)

The aquatic environment represents the final sink for many chemicals, including bactericidal agents. Among them Triclosan (TCS) has been shown to affect the thyroid system of teleost. Larval stages are ... [more ▼]

The aquatic environment represents the final sink for many chemicals, including bactericidal agents. Among them Triclosan (TCS) has been shown to affect the thyroid system of teleost. Larval stages are particularly vulnerable to deleterious effects of endocrine disrupters because of potential impairment of fish development and behaviour. Thyroid hormones are critical to the development of the brain and auditory system. Thus, TCS could affect the development of the brain and hearing. The aims of this study were: to investigate hearing development in sheepshead minnows (Cyprinodon variegatus) using the ABR technique (Auditory Brainstem Response) and to investigate the effects of triclosan on hearing development. Exposure to TCS was conducted from fertilization of eggs on at concentrations likely to be found in the environment: 20, 50 and 100 μgl-1. We characterized previously the ontogenic variation of thyroid hormones in embryos and larvae of sheepshead minnows. We observed an increase of thyroid hormones level around the 12th and the 15th day post hatching (dph), that may be associated with the transition from larval to juvenile stage during the development of this species. We concluded, that this period could be defined as a critical exposure window to pollutants. We determined hearing thresholds for sheepshead minnows of different ages. Due to the small size of larvae, first measurements were only possible at 30 dph. Audiograms showed that the hearing ability is not yet completely established at 30 dph compared to adults. So we pursued our experiments in older larvae of 40, 60, 70, and 80 dph when sexual maturity is attained. First results indicate that the hearing ability considerably improves between 50 and 60 dph. The effects of TCS in this development have yet to be determined but will be fully discussed. This study proposes an interesting new endpoint in thyroid disruption research. [less ▲]

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See detailRegiospecific radiolabeling of Nanofitin on Ni Magnetic Beads with 18F-FBEM and in vivo PET studies
Dammicco, Sylvestre ULg; Lemaire, Christian ULg; Cinier, Mathieu et al

Poster (2015, May)

Nanofitins(NFs) are a small, single chain and cysteine-free protein able to selectively bind a defined biological target. They derive from Sac7d bacterial protein family and are highly stable over a wide ... [more ▼]

Nanofitins(NFs) are a small, single chain and cysteine-free protein able to selectively bind a defined biological target. They derive from Sac7d bacterial protein family and are highly stable over a wide range of pH (0-13) and temperature (Tm ~80°C). Their extreme stability, low cost and high tolerability for chemical coupling make NFs an interesting alternative to antibodies. The aim of this study was to develop the first synthesis of a radiolabeled NF since no in vivo biodistribution kinetic studies have been published. [less ▲]

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See detailLong-wave infrared digital holographic interferometry for deformation measurement of the segmented detector array of the space EUCLID mission
Vandenrijt, Jean-François ULg; Thizy, Cédric ULg; Beaumont, Florent et al

in Digital Holography and Three-Dimensional Imaging (2015, May)

Digital holographic interferometry in LWIR is used for following the deformation and relative movement of an assembly of detectors to be used in space. The setup is incorporated in a vacuum chamber for ... [more ▼]

Digital holographic interferometry in LWIR is used for following the deformation and relative movement of an assembly of detectors to be used in space. The setup is incorporated in a vacuum chamber for cryogenic testing. [less ▲]

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See detailLe coût de l'énergie verte en Wallonie 2003-2012.
Boccard, Nicolas; Gautier, Axel ULg

E-print/Working paper (2015)

In 2003, the Walloon region has installed a tradable green certificate mechanism to support the production of ‘green’ electricity. In this paper, we estimate that the total cost of the mechanism amounts ... [more ▼]

In 2003, the Walloon region has installed a tradable green certificate mechanism to support the production of ‘green’ electricity. In this paper, we estimate that the total cost of the mechanism amounts to 1,871 billion € for the period 2003-2012, corresponding to a support of 107 €/MWh produced, with important differences between production technologies, the solar photovoltaic receiving up to 588 €/MWh. International comparisons indicate that the Walloon mechanism is particularly generous. We also show that the induced carbon savings are extremely costly with an implicit price of avoided CO2 of 425 € per ton. [less ▲]

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See detailDerjaguin-Broekhoff-de Boer analysis of adsorption in very disordered mesopores using probabilistic models
Gommes, Cédric ULg

Poster (2015, May)

Our current ability to produce mesoporous materials with ordered morphology has raised fascinating questions about the impact of geometrical disorder on adsorption and desorption states [1]. Many recent ... [more ▼]

Our current ability to produce mesoporous materials with ordered morphology has raised fascinating questions about the impact of geometrical disorder on adsorption and desorption states [1]. Many recent works have investigated the role of mild elements of disorder, such as local constriction or corrugation superimposed to otherwise geometrically ideal cylindrical pores [2,3]. These works have notably shown that elements of disorder may act as nucleation sites and destabilize vapor-like metastable states. The relevance of these perturbation-like results to fundamentally disordered materials, such as gels, is unclear. In particular, do vapor-like metastable states exist at all in this type of very disordered material? In the present communication, we address this question using probabilistic models to investigate the role of disorder. We generalize the classical Gaussian field models of porous materials [4] and use them to analyze adsorption and desorption in the Derjaguin-Broekhof-de Boer approximation. Our approach differs from earlier contributions in that both the adsorbent and the adsorbate are described in terms of probabilities [5]. This enables us to analyze the adsorbate configuration in very disordered solids using a low-dimensional yet realistic configuration space. We notably show that vapor-like metastable states are unlikely in gel-like disordered materials. [1] D.Wallacher, N. Künzner, D. Kovalev, N. Knorr, K. Knorr, Capillary condensation in linear mesopores of different shape, Phys. Rev. Lett. 92 (2004) 195704; [2] B. Coasne, A. Galarneau, F. Di Renzo, R.M.J. Pellenq, Effect of morphological defects on gas adsorption in nanoporous silicas, J. Phys. Chem. C 111 (2007) 15759; [3] C.J. Gommes, Adsorption, capillary bridge formation, and cavitation in SBA-15 corrugated mesopores: A Derjaguin-Broekhoff-de Boer analysis, Langmuir 28 (2012) 5101-5115; [4] R.J. Pellenq, P. levitz, Capillary condensation in a disordered mesoporous medium: A grand canonical Monte Carlo study, Molecular Physics 100 (2002) 2059;[5] C.J. Gommes, A.P. Roberts, in preparation. [less ▲]

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See detailGene expression of cytokines, growth factors and apoptosis regulators in a neonatal model of pulmonary stenosis.
Liersch, Peter N.; Schwarz, Andreas; Sachweh, Joerg et al

in Future cardiology (2015), 11(3), 297-307

ABSTRACT Background: Right ventricular remodeling due to pulmonary stenosis increases morbidity in children. Its pathophysiology needs to be clarified. METHODS: Six newborn lambs underwent pulmonary ... [more ▼]

ABSTRACT Background: Right ventricular remodeling due to pulmonary stenosis increases morbidity in children. Its pathophysiology needs to be clarified. METHODS: Six newborn lambs underwent pulmonary arterial banding, seven sham operation. mRNA encoding for cytokines, growth factors and regulators of apoptosis was sequentially measured in myocardium and blood before and up to 12 weeks postoperatively. RESULTS: Experimental animals showed hypertrophy and fibrosis of the right ventricular myocardium, myocardial over-expression of CT-1-mRNA and higher blood concentrations of mRNA encoding for VEGF, TGF-beta, Bak and BcL-xL than controls, respectively. CONCLUSION: Neonatal pulmonary stenosis leads to myocardial hypertrophy that is associated with CT-1 gene expression and with activation of growth- and apoptosis pathways in blood cells. [less ▲]

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See detailNanometer-scale wetting transitions in mesopores: a SAXS analysis
Gommes, Cédric ULg

Conference (2015, May)

The equilibrium and metastable configurations of confined binary liquids has been a topic of research since the early work of Liu et al. in the nineties [1]. In particular, it has been proposed ... [more ▼]

The equilibrium and metastable configurations of confined binary liquids has been a topic of research since the early work of Liu et al. in the nineties [1]. In particular, it has been proposed theoretically that liquids may coexist inside nanopores in the form of layers covering uniformly the solid surface, of plugs filling locally the pore space, or of capsules floating in the middle of the pores. In the present contribution, we report in situ synchrotron small-angle scattering (SAXS) experiments on hexane/nitrobenzene solutions confined in mesoporous carbon xerogels [2]. The SAXS shows that these systems exhibit reversible temperature-induced transitions between the layer and the plug configurations. The scattering data is analyzed using a so-called plurigaussian model, which enables us to reconstruct the configurations of the confined liquids, and quantitatively analyze the wetting transitions at the nanometer-scale in terms of changing interface areas, contact angles, and triple-line lengths. [less ▲]

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See detailUse of 454 pyrosequencing protocol for the assessment of cyanobacterial diversity
Stelmach Pessi, Igor ULg; De Carvalho, Pedro; Laughinghouse, Haywood Dail et al

Poster (2015, May)

A pilot run was carried out on Antarctic microbial mat samples in order to test different protocols for 454 pyrosequencing and bioinformatic analyses. An artificial community was assembled using22 ... [more ▼]

A pilot run was carried out on Antarctic microbial mat samples in order to test different protocols for 454 pyrosequencing and bioinformatic analyses. An artificial community was assembled using22 cyanobacterial strains in two different abundance distributions. Bioinformatic analyses were carried out on the artificial communities using variations of the mothur and UPARSE pipelines. Moreover, different DNA extraction methods, technical replicates and biases arising from direct barcoded primer amplification were assessed using five microbial mat and soil crust samples. A great variation in richness estimates was observed using different bioinformatic pipelines, with UPARSE generating the most consistent results. On the other hand, community structures observed using different DNA extraction protocols were statistically similar. The same was observed for the technical replicates. Moreover, the use of barcoded primers did not influence the observed community structure. [less ▲]

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See detailAura
Durand, Pascal ULg

E-print/Working paper (2015)

Entrée du Lexique Socius sur le concept d'Aura chez Walter Benjamin

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See detailThe effects of perinatal exposure to polychlorinated biphenyls on hippocampal neurogenesis
Pinson, Anneline ULg; Parent, Anne-Simone ULg; chatzi, christina et al

Poster (2015, May)

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See detailEnergie et alimentation: vers une réappropriation citoyenne?
Bauwens, Thomas ULg; Marcq, Pascal

Article for general public (2015)

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See detailModes de rémunération des médecins généralistes : quelles conséquences ?
Saint-Lary, Olivier; Franc, Carine; Raginel, Thibaud et al

in Exercer (2015), 119

Introduction. The health reform law crystallizes the tensions between the different health system players. Besides the specific issue of third-party payment, which will be addressed in an upcoming article ... [more ▼]

Introduction. The health reform law crystallizes the tensions between the different health system players. Besides the specific issue of third-party payment, which will be addressed in an upcoming article, some professional organizations wish to strengthen fee for servicies while others call for more mixed forms of remuneration. Many economic analyses were conducted to study the benefits and limits of each mode of physician compensation. This article offers a synthesis of the literature about these modes: fee for service, capitation, payment performance and wage labor. Method. Collaborative literature analysis between doctors and health economist. The databases searched were MEDLINE, the Cochrane Library and CAIRN. Results. Each mode has specific benefits and limits for the financer, the physicians and the patients. Fee for services increases physician productivity but may increases health spending. Capitation and salary decrease care supply but might help to control health spending and to develop preventive activities. The effectiveness of pay for performance is now being questioned. The current trend is to promote mixed forms of remuneration, hoping to combine the advantages and limit the share of defects of each modality. The complexity of such systems makes it difficult to compare from one country to another. Discussion. The choice of a mode by the financer must take into account both the possible combinations of different payment methods and the developments or societal aspirations to meet population health needs. [less ▲]

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