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See detailIn vitro biphasic dissolution tests and their suitability for establishing in vitro-in vivo correlations: A historical review
Pestieau, Aude ULg; Evrard, Brigitte ULg

in European Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences (2017), 102

For many decades, one of the most critical issues in the pharmaceutical industry has been the poor solubility of some drugs. Indeed, a prerequisite for drug absorption is the presence of dissolved drug at ... [more ▼]

For many decades, one of the most critical issues in the pharmaceutical industry has been the poor solubility of some drugs. Indeed, a prerequisite for drug absorption is the presence of dissolved drug at the absorption site and this can be challenging for compounds with low aqueous solubility such as BCS class II (low solubility, high permeability) and IV (low solubility, low permeability) compounds. If the development of oral delivery formulations of these compounds is frequently challenging to formulation scientists in the pharmaceutical industry, the in vitro evaluation of these new formulations is also a great challenge. One alternative approach to overcome the problems encountered with conventional dissolution methods is the use of biphasic dissolution systems. This review provides an overview of the origin and the evolution over time of the biphasic systems and the growing interest among scientists regarding their suitability for establishing in vitro-in vivo correlations. The evolution of these systems and their applications from the 1960s to the present day, such as in system variants and improvements, analysis of complex formulations, discriminatory power, bio-relevance, precipitation and supersaturation visualization, etc. will be discussed. [less ▲]

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See detailCo-creating service recovery after service failure: The role of brand equity
Hazee, Simon ULg; Van Vaerenbergh, Yves; Armirotto, Vincent

in Journal of Business Research (2017), 74

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See detailThe European Parliament as an actor in the global governance of culture: from voice to influence?
Vlassis, Antonios ULg

in Rioux, Michèle (Ed.) Culture, societies and digital technologies (2017)

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See detailFinite element model reduction for space thermal analysis
Jacques, Lionel ULg; Béchet, Eric ULg; Kerschen, Gaëtan ULg

in Finite Elements in Analysis and Design (2017), 127

To alleviate the computational burden of the nite element method for thermal analyses involving conduction and radiation, this paper proposes an automatic conductive-radiative reduction process based on ... [more ▼]

To alleviate the computational burden of the nite element method for thermal analyses involving conduction and radiation, this paper proposes an automatic conductive-radiative reduction process based on the clustering of a detailed mesh coming from a structural model for instance. The proposed method leads to a signi cant reduction of the number of radiative exchange factors (REFs) to compute and size of the corresponding matrix. It further keeps accurate conduction information by introducing the concept of physically meaningful super nodes. The REFs between the super nodes are computed through Monte Carlo ray-tracing on the partitioned mesh, preserving the versatility of the method. The resulting conductive-radiative reduced model is solved using standard iterative techniques and the detailed mesh temperatures can be recovered from the super nodes temperatures for further thermo-mechanical analysis. The proposed method is applied to a structural component of the Meteosat Third Generation mission and is benchmarked against ESATAN-TMS, the standard thermal analysis software used in the European aerospace industry. [less ▲]

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See detailProcess intensification of the synthesis of glycerol carbonate under microwave irradiation or continuous-flow conditions
Estager, Julien; Pleck, Julie; Gerardy, Romaric ULg et al

Conference (2017, May)

Despite low crude oil prices and the increasing access to shale gas, the establishment of a biobased economy remains a worldwide priority. An integrated biobased economy would not only consider renewable ... [more ▼]

Despite low crude oil prices and the increasing access to shale gas, the establishment of a biobased economy remains a worldwide priority. An integrated biobased economy would not only consider renewable biobased resources to provide industrially relevant chemicals, but would also redefine chemical processing by using greener, safer and more selective process technologies. The last few decades have witnessed the emergence of promising alternative energy sources such as microwave irradiation and alternative process technology such as continuous-flow reactors. Even if biobased chemicals are still marginal on the marklet compared to petrochemicals, many biorefineries are now able to convert biomass into biobased chemical building blocks of good purity on large scales. Amongst these products, glycerol – a side product of the biodiesel industry – is a particularly appealing chemical platform thanks to its high functionality and its wide availability. Various high-value added chemicals can be obtained from glycerol, among which glycerol carbonate retained our attention. Glycerol carbonate is an attractive glycerol derivative that can be used in many applications ranging from low-VOC solvent to polymer synthesis. Many publications describe its synthesis using different catalysts or alternative activation methods such as microwave. Our research effort in process intensification for the industrial valorization of biomass led us to develop an intensified carbonation process of glycerol under microwave irradiation, affording an unprecedented reactivity with short reaction times and high selectivity towards glycerol carbonate. Based on this preliminary study, and using the microwave-to-flow paradigm, continuous-flow processes using mesofluidic reactors have been developed to obtain glycerol carbonate in good yield and high purity. [less ▲]

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See detailSilica or Coal ? Design and Implementation of Dust Prevention in the Collieries in Western Economies, ca. 1930-1980
Geerkens, Eric ULg

in Rosental, Paul-André (Ed.) Silicosis. A World History (2017)

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See detailModeling the strain localization around an underground gallery with a hydro-mechanical double scale model; effect of anisotropy
van den Eijnden, AP; Bésuelle, Pierre; Collin, Frédéric ULg et al

in Computers and Geotechnics (2017), 85

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See detailDiscovery and characterization of EIIB, a new α-conotoxin from Conus ermineus venom by nAChRs affinity capture monitored by MALDI-TOF/TOF mass spectrometry
Echterbille, Julien; Gilles, Nicolas; Araoz, Romulo et al

in Toxicon (2017), 130

Animal toxins are peptides that often bind with remarkable affinity and selectivity to membrane receptors such as nicotinic acetylcholine receptors (nAChRs). The latter are, for example, targeted by α ... [more ▼]

Animal toxins are peptides that often bind with remarkable affinity and selectivity to membrane receptors such as nicotinic acetylcholine receptors (nAChRs). The latter are, for example, targeted by α-conotoxins, a family of peptide toxins produced by venomous cone snails. nAChRs are implicated in numerous physiological processes explaining why the design of new pharmacological tools and the discovery of potential innovative drugs targeting these receptor channels appear so important. This work describes a methodology developed to discover new ligands of nAChRs from complex mixtures of peptides. The methodology was set up by the incubation of Torpedo marmorata electrocyte membranes rich in nAChRs with BSA tryptic digests (>100 peptides) doped by small amounts of known nAChRs ligands (α-conotoxins). Peptides that bind to the receptors were purified and analyzed by MALDI-TOF/TOF mass spectrometry which revealed an enrichment of α-conotoxins in membrane-containing fractions. This result exhibits the binding of α-conotoxins to nAChRs. Negative controls were performed to demonstrate the specificity of the binding. The usefulness and the power of the methodology were also investigated for a discovery issue. The workflow was then applied to the screening of Conus ermineus crude venom, aiming at characterizing new nAChRs ligands from this venom, which has not been extensively investigated to date. The methodology validated our experiments by allowing us to bind two α-conotoxins (α-EI and α-EIIA) which have already been described as nAChRs ligands. Moreover, a new conotoxin, never described to date, was also captured, identified and sequenced from this venom. Classical pharmacology tests by radioligand binding using a synthetic homologue of the toxin confirm the activity of the new peptide, called α-EIIB. The Ki value of this peptide for Torpedo nicotinic receptors was measured at 2.2 ± 0.7 nM. [less ▲]

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See detailEvaluation of the implementation of integrated care for people with chronic conditions
Van Durme, Thérèse; Anthierens, Sibyl; Van Hecke, Ann et al

Conference (2017, May)

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See detailDiversity in sequences, post-translational modifications and expected pharmacological activities of toxins from four Conus species revealed by the combination of cutting-edge proteomics, transcriptomics and bioinformatics
Degueldre, Michel; Verdenaud, Marion; Garikoitz, Legarda et al

in Toxicon (2017), 130

Venomous animals have developed a huge arsenal of reticulated peptides for defense and predation. Based on various scaffolds, they represent a colossal pharmacological diversity, making them top ... [more ▼]

Venomous animals have developed a huge arsenal of reticulated peptides for defense and predation. Based on various scaffolds, they represent a colossal pharmacological diversity, making them top candidates for the development of innovative drugs. Instead of relying on the classical, low-throughput bioassay-guided approach to identify innovative bioactive peptides, this work exploits a recent paradigm to access to venom diversity. This strategy bypasses the classical approach by combining high-throughput transcriptomics, proteomics and bioinformatics cutting-edge technologies to generate reliable peptide sequences. The strategy employed to generate hundreds of reliable sequences from Conus venoms is deeply described. The study led to the discovery of (i) conotoxins that belong to known pharmacological families targeting various GPCRs or ion-gated channels, and (ii) new families of conotoxins, never described to date. It also focusses on the diversity of genes, sequences, folds, and PTM's provided by such species. [less ▲]

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See detailFor a BRICS Agenda for Culture and the Creative Economy
Vlassis, Antonios ULg; Richieri-Hanania, Lilian

in Neuwirth, Rostam; Halis, Denis (Eds.) A BRICS-Lawyers' Guide to Global Cooperation (2017)

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See detailIsotopic half-life and enrichment factor in two species of European freshwater fish larvae: an experimental approach
Latli, Adrien; Sturaro, Nicolas ULg; Dujardin, Nelson et al

in Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry (2017), 31(8), 685-692

RATIONALE: Stable isotope ratios of carbon and nitrogen are valuable tools for field ecologists to use to analyse animal diets. However, the application of these tools requires knowledge of the tissue ... [more ▼]

RATIONALE: Stable isotope ratios of carbon and nitrogen are valuable tools for field ecologists to use to analyse animal diets. However, the application of these tools requires knowledge of the tissue enrichment factor (TEF) and half-life (HL). We experimentally compared TEF and HL in two freshwater fish larvae. We hypothesised that chub had a better growth/tissue replacement ratio than roach, due to the use of a food closer to their natural diet. METHODS: We determined the isotopic HL, the TEF and the contribution of growth or metabolic tissue replacement to dynamic isotopic incorporation. After yolk sac resorption, larvae were fed for 5 weeks with prey similar to their natural diet (Artemia nauplii) up to the isotopic equilibrium followed by Chironomid larvae. Stable isotope measurements were carried out using a continuous flow isotope ratio mass spectrometer coupled to an elemental analyser. RESULTS: Changes in isotopic composition strongly followed the predictions of exponential growth and time-dependent models. The isotopic HL varied between 8.2 and 12.6 days and the TEF of nitrogen and carbon ranged from 1.7 to 2.1‰ and from –0.9 to 1.2 ‰, respectively. The incorporation of dietary 13C was due more to the production of new tissue (between 56 and 79%) than to the metabolic process. Chub allocated more energy to growth than roach and the Chironomidae diet contributed more to the consumers’ growth than the Artemia diet. CONCLUSIONS: Metabolic rates seemed lower for chub than for roach, especially when they were fed with Chironomidae. A Chironomidae-based diet would be more profitable to chub, and the high associated growth rate could increase the development of the fish larvae. The HL and TEF were in the range of those reported in the literature. These results will be helpful for field-based studies, because they can help to increase the accuracy of models. [less ▲]

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See detailStreamlining NCA independence in reforming Regulation 1/2003: time to take incongruent accountability realities (more) seriously?
Van Cleynenbreugel, Pieter ULg

Scientific conference (2017, April 28)

This presentation analyses argues that the Commission’s reform suggestions aimed at streamlining NCAs into independent administrative agencies appear to neglect this variety of accountability mechanisms ... [more ▼]

This presentation analyses argues that the Commission’s reform suggestions aimed at streamlining NCAs into independent administrative agencies appear to neglect this variety of accountability mechanisms underlying current NCA institutional organisation and functioning. Given that those mechanisms each harbour incongruent expectations regarding the organisation and functioning of independent NCAs, failure to acknowledge such incongruence may in practice lead to less effective competition law enforcement. Its purpose is therefore to uncover the different NCA independence perspectives underlying those accountability mechanisms and to look for legally sound ways to make them converge when designing or upgrading NCA independence in the context of the Regulation 1/2003 reform. [less ▲]

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See detailStudy of the evolution of the osteoarthritis pathology and the mechanical properties of cartilage in a spontaneous osteoarthritis model in the Dunkin-Hartley guinea pigs.
Legrand, Catherine ULg; Centonze, Prescilia ULg; Comblain, Fanny ULg et al

Poster (2017, April 27)

In animal models, the severity of cartilage damage is assessed by histological scores evaluating the structure, the proteoglycan content, the integrity of the tidemark, the cellularity, and osteophytes ... [more ▼]

In animal models, the severity of cartilage damage is assessed by histological scores evaluating the structure, the proteoglycan content, the integrity of the tidemark, the cellularity, and osteophytes. In parallel to these histological analyzes, we studied the mechanical properties of cartilage at different stages of disease progression in the Dunkin-Hartley guinea pigs. We also correlated the severity of histological lesions with the mechanical properties of cartilage. [less ▲]

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See detailPraxis, besoins et impératifs affectifs : Réflexions sur la normativité de la conscience émue.
Recchia, Fabio ULg

Conference (2017, April 26)

L'objectif de cette communication consiste à dégager les caractéristiques normatives de la conscience émue. Nous mobiliserons pour ce faire la thématique des "impératifs affectifs", qui est abondamment ... [more ▼]

L'objectif de cette communication consiste à dégager les caractéristiques normatives de la conscience émue. Nous mobiliserons pour ce faire la thématique des "impératifs affectifs", qui est abondamment discutée par Sartre dans "Les Racines de l'éthique". Sur cette base, nous développerons une réflexion en trois temps. 1° Nous situerons tout d'abord les "Racines de l'éthique" dans la continuité des réflexions de "l'Esquisse d'une théorie des émotions". 2° Nous montrerons ensuite que l'analyse des impératifs affectifs enveloppe une critique du positivisme, qui est une approche massivement adoptée par nombre de philosophie des émotions. 3° Enfin, nous approfondirons la description sartrienne des impératifs affectifs à partir de "L'Émile" de Jean-Jacques Rousseau. L'association de l'un et l'autre texte nous permettra en effet de commenter la "seconde forme d'émotion" qui est très allusivement décrite par les dernières pages de l'Esquisse d'une théorie des émotions. Plus largement, ce détour par la philosophie politique des modernes permettra d'établir un dialogue entre la phénoménologie sartrienne de l'affectivité et l'approche de la normativité qui est proposée par la philosophie française des sciences sociales. [less ▲]

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