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See detailComparative degradation rates of chitinous exoskeletons from deep-sea environments
Ravaux, J.; Zbinden, M.; Voss-Foucart, M. F. et al

in Marine Biology (2003), 143(2), 405-412

Hydrothermal vent environments, particularly those associated with the vestimentiferan Riftia pachyptila, are believed to be among the highest chitin-producing systems. In order to elucidate the chitin ... [more ▼]

Hydrothermal vent environments, particularly those associated with the vestimentiferan Riftia pachyptila, are believed to be among the highest chitin-producing systems. In order to elucidate the chitin cycle in these environments, we estimate the in situ chitin degradation rates of tube-worm exoskeletons. Our in situ experiments show that the tubes of Riftia are highly stable structures. Comparative measurements of the degradation rates of Riftia tubes and crab shells immersed at deep-sea vents show that the tubes would be degraded within 2.5 years, whereas the time for the total degradation of the vent crab (Bythograea thermydron) carapaces would not exceed 36 days. The importance of the microbial participation in this degradation was estimated for Riftia tubes. Based on previous work, we calculated chitin production by a population of Riftia tubes of about 750 g m(-2) year(-1) (763). From our in situ experiments, we estimated a microbial chitinolysis rate of about 500 g m(-2) year(-1) (496) (65% of the chitin produced). Exoskeletons containing beta-chitin appear more stable in natural environments than those containing alpha-chitin and would thus be less available as carbon and nitrogen sources. In contrast, isolated beta-chitin was hydrolysed faster than alpha-chitin during in vitro degradation experiments; for instance, Riftia beta-chitin was degraded about 3- to 4-fold faster than Bythograea alpha-chitin. A stabilization process by disulfide bonds of the proteins-chitin link, rather than the crystalline form of the chitin (alpha/beta), accounts for the resistance of Riftia tubes to enzymatic attacks. [less ▲]

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See detailMineralogical gradients associated with alvinellids at deep-sea hydrothermal vents
Zbinden, M.; Le Bris, N.; Compère, Philippe ULg et al

in Deep-Sea Research Part I-Oceanographic Research Papers (2003), 50(2), 269-280

Alvinella pompejana and Alvinella caudata live in organic tubes on active sulphide chimney walls at deep-sea hydrothermal vents. These polychaete annelids are exposed to extreme thermal and chemical ... [more ▼]

Alvinella pompejana and Alvinella caudata live in organic tubes on active sulphide chimney walls at deep-sea hydrothermal vents. These polychaete annelids are exposed to extreme thermal and chemical gradients and to intense mineral precipitation. This work points out that mineral particles associated with Pompeii worm (A. pompejana and A. caudata) tubes constitute useful markers for evaluating the chemical characteristics of their micro-environment. The minerals associated with these worm tubes were analysed on samples recovered from an experimental alvinellid colony, at different locations in the vent fluid-seawater interface. Inhabited tubes from the most upper and lower parts of the colony were analysed by light and electron microscopies, X-ray microanalysis and X-ray diffraction. A change was observed from a Fe-Zn-S mineral assemblage to a Zn-S assemblage at the millimeter scale from the outer to the inner face of a tube. A similar gradient in proportions of minerals was observed at a decimeter scale from the lower to the upper part of the colony. The marcasitc/pyrite ratio of iron disulphides also displays a steep decrease along the few millimeters adjacent to the external tube surface. The occurrence of these gradients indicates that the microenvironment within the tube differs from that outside the tube, and suggests that the tube wall acts as an efficient barrier to the external environment. (C) 2003 Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailCharacterization of serracin P, a phage-tail-like bacteriocin, and its activity against Erwinia amylovora, the fire blight pathogen
Jabrane, A.; Sabri, Ahmed ULg; Compère, Philippe ULg et al

in Applied and Environmental Microbiology (2002), 68(11), 5704-5710

Serratia plymithicum J7 culture supernatant displayed activity against many pathogenic strains of Erwinia amylovora,the causal agent of the most serious bacterial disease of apple and pear trees, fire ... [more ▼]

Serratia plymithicum J7 culture supernatant displayed activity against many pathogenic strains of Erwinia amylovora,the causal agent of the most serious bacterial disease of apple and pear trees, fire blight, and against Klebsiella pneumoniae, Serratia liquefaciens, Serratia marcescens, and Pseudomonas fluorescens. This activity increased significantly upon induction with mitomycin C. A phage-tail-like bacteriocin, named serracin P, was purified from an induced culture supernatant of S. plymithicum J7. It was found to be the only compound involved in the antibacterial activity against sensitive strains. The N-terminal amino acid sequence analysis of the two major subunits (23 and 43 kDa) of serracin P revealed high homology with the Fels-2 prophage of Salmonella enterica, the coliphages P2 and 168, the CTX prophage of Pseudomonas aeruginosa, and a prophage of Yersinia pestis. This strongly suggests a common ancestry for serracin P and these bacteriophages. [less ▲]

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See detailKarst in granitic rocks, South Cameroon: cave genesis and silica and taranakite speleothems
Willems, Luc ULg; Compère, Philippe ULg; Hatert, Frédéric ULg et al

in Terra Nova (2002), 14(5), 355-362

A cave in granitic rocks was studied in Mezesse, South Cameroon. Coralloid speleothems, draperies and dissolution traces on the cave walls attest to its truly karstic nature. The speleothems consist of ... [more ▼]

A cave in granitic rocks was studied in Mezesse, South Cameroon. Coralloid speleothems, draperies and dissolution traces on the cave walls attest to its truly karstic nature. The speleothems consist of microlayers of opal and taranakite (K,NH4)Al-3(PO4)(3)(OH).9H(2)O. They indicate a significant mobilization of silica, Al and K from granite during the formation of the cave. Identification of silicified bacteria in the speleothems layers suggests a possible role of these micro-organisms in silica deposition. The presence of taranakite and of silicified organic remains within the speleothems lead to a better understanding of the genesis of the cave. [less ▲]

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See detailDoes sulfide detoxication occur in the gills of the hydrothermal vent shrimp, Rimicaris exoculata?
Compère, Philippe ULg; Martinez, Anne-Sophie; Charmantier-Daures, Mireille et al

in Comptes Rendus Biologies (2002), 325

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See detailImmunocytochemistry of lipids : chemical fixatives have dramatic effects on the preservation of tissue lipids
Maneta-Peyret, Lilly; Compère, Philippe ULg; Moreau, Patrick et al

in Histochemical Journal (The) (1999), 31

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See detailStudy of siliceous karst genesis in Eastern Niger. Microscopy and analysis of speleothems
Willems, Luc ULg; Compère, Philippe ULg; Sponholz, Barbara

in Zeitschrift für Geomorphologie (1998), 42(2), 129-142

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See detailSpéléothèmes des karsts siliceux du Niger et du Cameroun
Willems, Luc ULg; Compère, Philippe ULg; Sponholz, Barbara et al

in Géosciences au Cameroun & collection Géocam (1998), 1

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See detailUltrastructure and cytochemistry of the early calcification site and of its mineralizing organic matrix in Paracentrotus lividus (Echinodermata: Echinoidea)
Amaye, Laurent; Compère, Philippe ULg; Dubois, Philippe

in Histochemistry & Cell Biology (1998), 110

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See detailStudy of siliceous karst genesis in eastern Niger : microscopy and X ray microanalysis of speleothems
Willems, Luc; Compère, Philippe ULg; Sponholz, Barbara

in Zeitschrift für Geomorphologie (1998), 42

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See detailCytochemical labelling of chitin
Compère, Philippe ULg

in Giraud-Guille, Maie-Madeleine (Ed.) Chitin in Life Sciences (1997)

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See detailChanges in chitin and glycoconjugates during prrecdysial degradation of the old cuticle of Carcinus maenas (Crustacea, Decapoda) as revealed by lectin probes
Compère, Philippe ULg; Bouchtia, Hicham; Goffinet, Gerhard ULg

in Domard, Alain; Roberts, Georges; Varum, Kjell (Eds.) Advances in chitin sciences, volume II (1997)

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See detailCharacterization of particulate debris in retrieval studies on osseointegrated cementless hydroxyapatite-coated polyethylene cups
Masson, Jean-Bernard; Compère, Philippe ULg; Rodriguez, Alfredo et al

in Transactions of the Annual Meeting of the Orthopaedic Research Society (1997), 22

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See detailLectin labelling of carbohydrates in mineralised exoskeletons
Compère, Philippe ULg

in Proceedings of the 3rd Multinational Congress on Electron Microscopy (1997)

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See detailOn endostyle ultrastructure in two new species of doliolid-like tunicates
Compère, Philippe ULg; Godeaux, Jean ULg

in Marine Biology (1997), 128

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See detail"Exolysosomes", Enzyme-Containing Vesicles in the Ecdysial Space of Molting Crabs
Compère, Philippe ULg; Bouchtia, Hicham; Thiry, Marc ULg et al

in Journal of Structural Biology (1997), 119(3), 247-59

Free vesicle-like bodies (VLBs) present in the ecdysial space of cuticle regions undergoing degradation during preecdysis of the Atlantic shore crab Carcinus maenas have been interpreted either as ... [more ▼]

Free vesicle-like bodies (VLBs) present in the ecdysial space of cuticle regions undergoing degradation during preecdysis of the Atlantic shore crab Carcinus maenas have been interpreted either as infectious organisms or as secretion structures associated with degradation of the old cuticle. Ultrastructural, cytochemical, and immunocytological investigations were performed to test these hypotheses and to see whether VLBs are peculiar to this crab species. Similar VLBs were systematically found in two other preecdysial crabs, Cancer pagurus and Macropipus puber. In Car, maenas, they originate during early premolt inside Golgi buddings and are often gathered into large vacuoles in epidermal cells. The histochemical azo-dye technique and a cerium-based cytochemical method revealed acid phosphatase activity in both the ecdysial space and the VLBs, while Feulgen's method and immunocytological labeling always failed to reveal any DNA or RNA in either the ecdysial space or the VLBs. We conclude that VLBs are not infectious organisms but "extracellular" cuticle-degrading organelles of lysosomal origin and propose to coin them "exolysosomes." [less ▲]

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See detailConfirmation of the presence of chitin in fin cuticles of some blenniidae (Teleostei) by enzymatic and cytochemical methods
Jeuniaux, Charles ULg; Compère, Philippe ULg; Toussaint, Claudine et al

in Domard, Alain; Jeuniaux, Charles; Muzzarelli, Ricardo (Eds.) et al Advances in chitin sciences, volume I (1996)

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