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See detailDietary early-life exposure to contaminated eels does not impair spatial cognitive performances in adult offspring mice as assessed in the Y-maze and the Morris water maze
Dridi, ImenI; Leroy, Delphine; Guignard, Cedric et al

in Nutrition Research (in press)

Many environmental contaminants are introduced via the diet and may act as neurotoxins and endocrine disrupters, especially influencing growing organisms in early life. The purpose of this study was to ... [more ▼]

Many environmental contaminants are introduced via the diet and may act as neurotoxins and endocrine disrupters, especially influencing growing organisms in early life. The purpose of this study was to examine whether dietary exposure of dams to fish naturally contaminated with xenobiotics, especially with polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and heavy metals (e.g. mercury and lead), resulted in cognitive function deficits in adult offspring mice. Daily, four groups of dams (n = 10/group) ingested standard diet plus paste with/without eels, during gestation and lactation, from gestational day (GD) six until post natal day (PND) 21 (weaning). Dams orally ingested a standardized amount of eel (0.8 mgkg-1 d-1) containing the six non-dioxin-like (NDL) PCBs (σ6 NDL-PCBs: 28, 52, 101, 138, 153, and 180) at 0, 85, 216, and 400 ngkg-1 d-1. Results showed that early-life exposure to contaminated eels did not (compared to non-exposed controls) impair immediate working memory in the Y-maze in the offspring assessed at PND 38. Furthermore, it did not significantly impact spatial learning and retention memory as measured in the Morris water maze in adult offspring mice (PND 120-123). Our results suggest that perinatal exposure to contaminated eels does not affect spatial cognitive performances, as assessed by the Y-maze and Morris water maze at adult age. Adverse effects of xenobiotics reported earlier might be camouflaged by beneficial eel constituents, such as n-3 fatty acids. However, additional studies are needed to differentiate between potential positive and negative effects following consumption of food items both rich in nutrients and contaminants. © 2014 Elsevier Inc. [less ▲]

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See detailPolitiques du vivant, politiques de la nature : Foucault, Latour et les biopolitiques
Caeymaex, Florence ULg; Pieron, Julien ULg

in Worms, Frédéric; François, Arnaud (Eds.) Le moment du vivant (in press)

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See detailDevelopment of functionalized nanoparticles for vaccine delivery to dendritic cells: a mechanistic approach
Silva, Joana M.; Vandermeulen, Gaëlle; Oliveira, Vanessa G. et al

in Nanomedicine (in press)

Aim: Produce biodegradable nanoparticles to target antigen-presenting cells and evaluate their potential to be used as a vaccine delivery system. Materials & methods: Untargeted PEGylated PLGA-based ... [more ▼]

Aim: Produce biodegradable nanoparticles to target antigen-presenting cells and evaluate their potential to be used as a vaccine delivery system. Materials & methods: Untargeted PEGylated PLGA-based nanoparticles and mannose-grafted nanoparticles were formulated and physicochemically characterized. Immortalized and primary antigen-presenting cells were used to study nanoparticle internalization patterns. The endocytic pathways and intracellular trafficking followed by nanoparticles were also investigated. Results & discussion: Nanoparticles displayed mannose residues available for binding at the nanoparticle surface. Different nanoparticle internalization patterns by immortalized and primary antigen presenting cells were verified. Macropinocytosis, clathrin-mediated endocytosis, caveolin- and lipid raft-dependent endocytosis are involved in nanoparticles internalization. Nanoparticles demonstrate both endo-lysosomal and cytosolic localizations and a tendency to accumulate nearby the endoplasmic reticulum. Conclusion & future perspective: The developed nanoparticles might drive antigens to be presented through MHC class I and II molecules to both CD8+ and CD4+ T cells, favoring a complete and coordinated immune response. [less ▲]

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See detailRethinking Vulnerability Analysis and Governance with Emphasis on a Participatory Approach
Rossignol, Nicolas ULg; Delvenne, Pierre ULg; Turcanu, Catrinel

in Risk Analysis : An Official Publication of the Society for Risk Analysis (in press)

This paper draws on vulnerability analysis as it emerged as a complement to classical risk analysis, and it aims at exploring its ability of nurturing risk and vulnerability governance actions. An ... [more ▼]

This paper draws on vulnerability analysis as it emerged as a complement to classical risk analysis, and it aims at exploring its ability of nurturing risk and vulnerability governance actions. An analysis of the literature on vulnerability analysis allows us to formulate a threefold critique: first, vulnerability analysis has been treated separately in the natural and the technological hazards fields. This separation prevents vulnerability to unleash the full range of its potential, as it constraints appraisals into artificial categories and thus already closes down the outcomes of the analysis. Second, vulnerability analysis focused on assessment tools that are mainly quantitative, whereas qualitative appraisal is a key to assessing vulnerability in a comprehensive way and to informing policy-making. Third, a systematic literature review of case studies reporting on participatory approaches to vulnerability analysis allows us to argue that participation has been important to address the above, but it remains too closed down in its approach and would benefit from embracing a more open, encompassing perspective. Therefore, we suggest rethinking vulnerability analysis as one part of a dynamic process between opening-up and closing-down strategies, in order to support a vulnerability governance framework. [less ▲]

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See detailBeyond corruption. The everyday life of a justice of the peace court in the Democratic Republic of Congo
Rubbers, Benjamin ULg; Gallez, Emilie

in Olivier de Sardan, Jean-Pierre; De Herdt, Tom (Eds.) The games of the rule. The practical norms of real governance in Sub-Saharan Africa (in press)

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See detailBreed-specific hematologic reference intervals in healthy adult Dogue de Bordeaux dogs
Lavoué, Rachel; Geffré, A; Braun, JP et al

in Veterinary Clinical Pathology (in press)

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See detailLes Grecs ont-ils étudié le latin ? Quelques témoignages datant du Haut-Empire
Rochette, Bruno ULg

in Sans, Benoît; Foubert, Frédéric; Vanhalme, Charlotte (Eds.) Hommages à Ghislaine Viré (in press)

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See detailA New Shift-Share Method
Artige, Lionel ULg; Van Neuss, Leif ULg

in Growth and Change (in press)

Shift-share analysis is a decomposition technique widely used in regional studies to quantify an industry-mix effect and a competitive effect on the growth of regional employment (or any other relevant ... [more ▼]

Shift-share analysis is a decomposition technique widely used in regional studies to quantify an industry-mix effect and a competitive effect on the growth of regional employment (or any other relevant variable) relative to the national average. This technique has always been subject to criticism for its lack of theoretical basis. This paper presents a critical assessment of the methods suggested by Dunn (1960) and by Esteban-Marquillas (1972) and proposes a new shift-share method, which separates out the two effects unambiguously. By way of illustration, we provide an application to manufacturing employment in the Belgian provinces between 1995 and 2007. [less ▲]

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See detailMilieuongelijkheden: een onderzoek naar de huisvestingsomstandigheden in Wallonië
Lejeune, Zoé ULg; Xhignesse, Guillaume ULg; Kryvobokov, Marko et al

in Dierckx, Danielle; Coene, Jill; Raeymaeckers, Peter (Eds.) Armoede en Sociale Uitsluiting, Jaarboek 2014 (in press)

This article has two aims. Firstly, to introduce the important environmental inequality scholarship, mostly imported from the USA, in the Belgian context, where few studies have been carried out to date ... [more ▼]

This article has two aims. Firstly, to introduce the important environmental inequality scholarship, mostly imported from the USA, in the Belgian context, where few studies have been carried out to date on this topic. Secondly, to propose an unconventional approach to environmental inequality scholarship by focusing on housing conditions as substantial environmental inequalities. On this latter premise, we based this study on the CEHD housing quality survey carried out in 2012 and 2013 in Wallonia, to test several hypotheses as regards the relationships between housing quality, poverty, and spatial differentiation – discrepancies among population and space. The results confirm most of our research hypotheses, showing important inequalities in terms of housing conditions between wealthy and poor populations, as well as between urban areas, on the one hand, and suburban and rural areas, on the other. Our findings call for new avenues and priorities for housing policies in Wallonia, and for further research on housing quality as environmental inequality: with a focus on a specific target public – single households, and on subjective perception of environmental nuisances in and surrounding home. [less ▲]

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See detailUrban governance adaptation in an old industrial city: Liège (Belgium)
Breuer, Christophe ULg; Halleux, Jean-Marie ULg; Teller, Jacques ULg

in Francese, Dora (Ed.) Napoli Citta Metropolitana (in press)

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See detailLa contribution du CHST à l'inventaire wallon des terrains potentiellement pollués
Defechereux, Olivier ULg; Peters, Arnaud ULg

in Actes du IXème Congrès de l’Association des Cercles francophones d’Histoire et d’Archéologie de Belgique (in press)

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See detailLa carte de Vandermaelen et le paysage industriel wallon à la fin de la première industrialisation
Peters, Arnaud ULg; Defechereux, Olivier ULg

in Actes du IXème Congrès de l’Association des Cercles francophones d’Histoire et d’Archéologie de Belgique (in press)

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See detailQuantification des politiques versus démocratisation de l’évaluation : Etude des plans de cohésion sociale en Wallonie
Fallon, Catherine ULg; Feron, Pauline

in Mespoulet, Martine (Ed.) Usages des chiffres dans l’action publique territoriale (in press)

L’usage des chiffres dans l’action publique (ou la « quantification du politique ») mobilise deux registres en tension : premièrement celui de la performance, où « le chiffre est conçu comme un acteur ... [more ▼]

L’usage des chiffres dans l’action publique (ou la « quantification du politique ») mobilise deux registres en tension : premièrement celui de la performance, où « le chiffre est conçu comme un acteur contribuant à encadrer l’action en restreignant les options soumises à délibération et les choix ouverts à la décision collective », et deuxièmement la démocratie, perçue comme « un facteur d’extension du débat public et d’accroissement des sphères d’exercice de la responsabilité politique des citoyens ». Ogien relève le renforcement de cette tension, tout en soulignant l’absence de démocratisation de la mesure elle-même. Afin de remédier à cet écueil, l’auteur propose que les citoyens, rarement pris en considération dans l’élaboration et la définition des termes de la mesure, soient parties prenantes « du système du chiffre qui sert à rendre compte de leur existence et de leur destinée ». Cette contribution analyse les modalités concrètes de cette tension dans le cadre de l’évaluation d’une politique régionale mise en place au niveau local, les plans de cohésion sociale (PCS) en Région wallonne (Belgique), en mobilisant les données recueillies lors de l’évaluation des PCS terminée en mars 2013 . En effet, un enjeu important des PCS était la mise en place d’un processus d’évaluation qui se voulait « participatif» . La participation citoyenne étant une notion centrale de la philosophie PCS, un des objectifs de la Direction interdépartementale de la cohésion sociale (DiCS – administration régionale en charge du programme) était de la promouvoir à travers toutes les étapes de mise en œuvre de cette politique, y compris pour l’évaluation d’impact, inspirée en cela par les propositions méthodologiques du Conseil de l’Europe. Dans un premier temps, le bureau régional de statistique avait développé un indicateur composite « d’accès aux droits sociaux fondamentaux » afin d’objectiver la clé de répartition des ressources entre les territoires locaux. Ce n’est que dans un second temps, en fin de programme, que la DiCS était sommée de produire une « évaluation participative » mesurant l’impact des actions réalisées à travers les PCS sur la cohésion sociale et le bien-être. L’article propose de confronter ces deux démarches d’évaluation : celle qui aboutit à un indicateur quantitatif fondé sur une logique statistique et l’approche participative favorisant l’expression des parties prenantes. [less ▲]

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See detailMulti-Dimensional Vector Assignment Problems
Dokka, Trivikram; Crama, Yves ULg; Spieksma, Frits C.R.

in Discrete Optimization (in press)

We consider a special class of axial multi-dimensional assignment problems called multi- dimensional vector assignment (MVA) problems. An instance of the MVA problem is defined by m disjoint sets, each of ... [more ▼]

We consider a special class of axial multi-dimensional assignment problems called multi- dimensional vector assignment (MVA) problems. An instance of the MVA problem is defined by m disjoint sets, each of which contains the same number n of p-dimensional vectors with nonnegative integral components, and a cost function defined on vectors. The cost of an m-tuple of vectors is defined as the cost of their component-wise maximum. The problem is now to partition the m sets of vectors into n m-tuples so that no two vectors from the same set are in the same m-tuple and so that the sum of the costs of the m-tuples is minimized. The main motivation comes from a yield optimization problem in semi-conductor manufacturing. We consider a particular class of polynomial-time heuristics for MVA, namely the sequential heuristics, and we study their approximation ratio. In particular, we show that when the cost function is monotone and subadditive, sequential heuristics have a finite approximation ratio for every fixed m. Moreover, we establish smaller approximation ratios when the cost function is submodular and, for a specific sequential heuristic, when the cost function is additive. We provide examples to illustrate the tightness of our analysis. Furthermore, we show that the MVA problem is APX-hard even for the case m = 3 and for binary input vectors. Finally, we show that the problem can be solved in polynomial time in the special case of binary vectors with fixed dimension p. [less ▲]

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See detailBayesian penalized smoothing approaches in models specified using affine differential equations with unknown error distributions
Jaeger, Jonathan ULg; Lambert, Philippe ULg

in Journal of Applied Statistics (in press)

A full Bayesian approach based on ODE-penalized B-splines and penalized Gaussian mixture is proposed to jointly estimate ODE-parameters, state function and error distribution from the observation of some ... [more ▼]

A full Bayesian approach based on ODE-penalized B-splines and penalized Gaussian mixture is proposed to jointly estimate ODE-parameters, state function and error distribution from the observation of some state functions involved in systems of affine differential equations. Simulations inspired by pharmacokinetic studies show that the proposed method provides comparable results to the method based on the standard ODE-penalized B-spline approach (i.e. with the Gaussian error distribution assumption) and outperforms the standard ODE-penalized B-splines when the distribution is not Gaussian. This methodology is illustrated on the Theophylline dataset. [less ▲]

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See detailLe speedrun : pratique compétitive, ludique ou créative ? Trajectoire d’un détournement de jeu vidéo institué en nouveau game
Barnabé, Fanny ULg

in Culture Numérique (in press)

Ce travail vise à interroger la manière dont les jeux vidéo et les dynamiques de détournement qu’ils suscitent chez les joueurs redéfinissent la traditionnelle opposition entre consommation et création ... [more ▼]

Ce travail vise à interroger la manière dont les jeux vidéo et les dynamiques de détournement qu’ils suscitent chez les joueurs redéfinissent la traditionnelle opposition entre consommation et création. Dans ce but, nous étudierons un usage spécifique du médium vidéoludique qui s’est institué en véritable pratique créative sur internet : le speedrun (et son dérivé, le tool-assisted speedrun). L’analyse se déroulera en deux temps : une première partie envisagera les déplacements concrets qu’opère le speedrun dans les notions liées au pôle de la réception (qu’est-ce qu’être un joueur ou un spectateur au sein de ce domaine ?) ; la seconde étudiera la façon dont cette pratique participe à redéfinir le pôle de la production (que deviennent les notions d’auteur, d’œuvre et de création dans le cadre de cette activité ?). [less ▲]

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See detailThe effects of vitamin D on skeletal muscle strength, muscle mass and muscle power: a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials.
Beaudart, Charlotte ULg; Buckinx, Fanny ULg; Rabenda, Véronique ULg et al

in The Journal of clinical endocrinology and metabolism (in press)

Context There is growing evidence that vitamin D plays a role on several tissues including skeletal muscle. Objective To summarize with a meta-analyse the effects of vitamin D supplementation on muscle ... [more ▼]

Context There is growing evidence that vitamin D plays a role on several tissues including skeletal muscle. Objective To summarize with a meta-analyse the effects of vitamin D supplementation on muscle function. Data sources A systematic research of randomized controlled trials, performed between 1966 and January 2014 has been conducted on Medline, Cochrane Database of Systematics Reviews, Cochrane Central Register of Controlled and completed by a manual review of the literature and congressional abstracts. Study selection All forms and doses of vitamin D supplementation, with or without calcium supplementation, compared with placebo or control were included. Out of the 225 potentially relevant articles, 30 randomized controlled trials involving 5615 individuals (mean age: 61.1 years) met the inclusion criteria. Data extraction Data were extracted by two independent reviewers. Data synthesis Results revealed a small but significant positive effect of vitamin D supplementation on global muscle strength with a standardized mean difference (SMD) of 0.17 (p=0.02). No significant effect was found on muscle mass (SMD 0.058; p=0.52) or muscle power (SMD 0.057; p=0.657). Results on muscle strength were significantly more important with people who presented a 25-hydroxyvitamin D level <30 nmol/L. Supplementation seems also more effective on people aged 65 years or older compared to younger subjects (SMD 0.25; 95% CI 0.01 to 0.48 versus SMD 0.03; 95% CI -0.08 to 0.14). Conclusions Vitamin D supplementation has a small positive impact on muscle strength but additional studies are needed to define optimal treatment modalities, including dose, mode of administration and duration. [less ▲]

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See detailDevelopment of novel SOlid Materials for high power Li polymer BATteries (SOMABAT). Recyclability of components.
Zubizarreta, Leire; Gil-Agusti, Mayte; Garcia. et al

in Lecture notes on Mobility (in press)

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