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See detailAmphetamine- and cocaine-induced conditioned place preference and concomitant psychomotor sensitization in mice with genetically inactivated melanin-concentrating hormone MCH(1) receptor.
Tyhon, Amélie ULg; Lakaye, Bernard ULg; Adamantidis, Antoine ULg et al

in European Journal of Pharmacology (2008), 599(1-3), 72-80

The melanin-concentrating hormone MCH(1) receptor has been proposed to exert an inhibitory control on monoaminergic (especially dopaminergic) activity within the mesolimbic system, which underpins drug ... [more ▼]

The melanin-concentrating hormone MCH(1) receptor has been proposed to exert an inhibitory control on monoaminergic (especially dopaminergic) activity within the mesolimbic system, which underpins drug seeking and reward. That hypothesis predicts that an inactivation of these receptors should enhance the sensitivity to drug rewarding effects. To test that prediction, we examined the propensity of mice lacking the melanin-concentrating receptor (MCH(1) KO) and their intact counterparts (WT) to form cocaine- and amphetamine-induced conditioned place preference. The conditioned rewarding effects induced by 0.375, 0.75, 1.5 and 3 mg/kg amphetamine were assessed in two sub-experiments and those induced by 1, 2, 4 and 8 mg/kg cocaine in two other sub-experiments. All mice were tested under saline for place preference 24 h following four every-other-day conditioning trials and an initial pre-conditioning session under saline. Most of the cocaine and amphetamine doses induced place preference, but without any genotype difference being revealed. Also, none of the cocaine doses induced psychomotor sensitization during conditioning, whereas amphetamine generated clear-cut dose-dependent sensitization in both genotypes. Albeit MCH(1) KO mice exhibited higher levels of psychomotor activation, the rates of sensitization were comparable across genotypes at 1.5 and 3 mg/kg amphetamine. Moreover, 0.375 and especially 0.75 mg/kg amphetamine produced a slight but yet significant sensitization in MCH(1) KO but not in their WT counterparts. Despite such an effect, the results cannot be considered as unambiguously supportive of the tested prediction. [less ▲]

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See detailSur la rationalité dans les Idées I de Husserl
Seron, Denis ULg

in Broze, M.; Decharneux, B.; Delcomminette, S. (Eds.) All’eu moi katalexon... "Mais raconte-moi en détail…" (Odyssée, III, 97): Mélanges de philosophie et de philologie offerts à Lambros Couloubaritsis (2008)

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See detailL’avenir du Jardin Botanique National.
Doucet, Jean-Louis ULg

Diverse speeche and writing (2008)

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See detailChronotype-dependent performance modulation according to time of day : a functional neuroimaging approach
Schmidt, Christina; Collette, Fabienne ULg; Sterpenich, Virginie et al

in NeuroImage (2008), 41(Suppl. 1),

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See detailLe droit patrimonial des couples
Nottet, Aurélie ULg; Leleu, Yves-Henri ULg; Dehalleux, Virginie ULg et al

in Chroniques notariales Université de Liège (2008)

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See detailTowards the control of intercellular protein turnover: Mitochondrial Lon protease inhibitors versus proteasome inhibitors
Bayot, A.; Basse, N.; Lee, I. et al

in Biochimie (2008), 90

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See detailConception de barrages mobiles et barrières anti-tempêtes
Rigo, Philippe ULg; INCOM WG26

Book published by AIPCN - Rapport 101-2008 (2008)

State of art dans le domaine du contôle des eaux dans les voies navigables (barrages mobiles et barrières marée tempête). Le rapport complet est disponible via http://www.pianc.org/ ou contacter Ph.rigo ... [more ▼]

State of art dans le domaine du contôle des eaux dans les voies navigables (barrages mobiles et barrières marée tempête). Le rapport complet est disponible via http://www.pianc.org/ ou contacter Ph.rigo@ulg.ac.be [less ▲]

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See detailVector monitoring at Belgian outbreak sites during the bluetongue epidemic of 2006.
De Deken, G.; Madder, M.; Deblauwe, I. et al

in Preventive Veterinary Medicine (2008), 87(1-2), 64-73

In response to the first bluetongue outbreak in Belgium a monitoring programme was started at the end of August 2006 to identify possible vectors transmitting the disease. Black light traps were deployed ... [more ▼]

In response to the first bluetongue outbreak in Belgium a monitoring programme was started at the end of August 2006 to identify possible vectors transmitting the disease. Black light traps were deployed at 36 outbreak sites and captured 1959 Culicoides specimens belonging to 16 different species. Eighty four percent of the biting midges captured belonged to the C. obsoletus complex, among them C. obsoletus s.s., C. dewulfi and C. scoticus, three suspected bluetongue vectors. The Veterinary and Agrochemical Research Centre detected viral RNA in pools of individuals belonging to this complex. Culicoides pulicaris, a potential bluetongue vector in Italy, should yet not be excluded as a possible vector in Belgium as this species was frequently found around outbreak sites, notwithstanding this species is not easily captured with the trapping techniques used during this survey. [less ▲]

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See detailHACCP organoleptique: guide pratique
Delacharlerie, Sophie ULg; de Biourge, Sandrine; Chèné, Christine et al

Book published by Les Presses Agronomiques de Gembloux asbl (2008)

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See detailA study of the diatom-dominated microplankton summer assemblages in coastal waters from Terre Adélie to the Mertz Glacier, East Antarctica (139°E–145°E)
Beans, Cristina; Hecq, Jean-Henri ULg; Koubbi, Philippe et al

in Polar Biology (2008), 31(9), 1101-1117

In January 2004 the microplankton community from the coastal waters of Terre Adélie and Georges V Land (139°E - 145°E) was studied. Results showed a diatom-dominated bloom with chlorophyll a levels ... [more ▼]

In January 2004 the microplankton community from the coastal waters of Terre Adélie and Georges V Land (139°E - 145°E) was studied. Results showed a diatom-dominated bloom with chlorophyll a levels averaging 0.64 µg.l-1 at 5m depth (range 0.21 - 1.57 µg.l-1). Three geographic assemblages of diatoms were identified, based on principal diatom taxa abundances. The stratified waters near the Mertz Glacier presented highest phytoplankton biomasses (0.28 - 1.57 µg Chl a.l-1 at 5m) and diatom abundances (6 507 - 70 274 cells.l-1 at 5m), but low diversity, dominated by Fragilariopsis spp. Lower biomasses (0.38 – 0.94 µg Chl a.l-1 at 5m) and abundances (394 – 9 058 cells.l-1 at 5m) were observed in the mixed waters around the Astrolabe Glacier with a diverse diatom community characterised by larger species Corethron pennatum and Rhizosolenia spp. Finally an intermediate zone between them over the shallower shelf waters of the Adélie Bank represented by Chaetoceros criophilus, where biomasses (0.21 - 0.35 µg Chl a.l-1 at 5m) and abundances (1 190 - 5 431 cells.l-1 at 5m) were lowest, coinciding with the presence of abundant herbivorous zooplankton. [less ▲]

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See detailExperimental validation of a kinetic multi-component mechanism in a wide HCCI engine operating range for mixtures of n-heptane, iso-octane and toluene: Influence of EGR parameters
Machrafi, Hatim ULg

in Energy Conversion And Management (2008), 49(11), 2956-2965

The parameters that are present in exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) are believed to provide an important contribution to control the auto-ignition process of the homogeneous charge compression ignition ... [more ▼]

The parameters that are present in exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) are believed to provide an important contribution to control the auto-ignition process of the homogeneous charge compression ignition (HCCI) in an engine. For the investigation of the behaviour of the auto-ignition process, a kinetic multi-component mechanism has been developed in former work, containing 62 reactions and 49 species for mixtures of n-heptane. iso-octane and toluene. This paper presents an experimental validation of this mechanism, comparing the calculated pressure, heat release, ignition delays and CO2 emissions with experimental data performed on a HCCI engine. The validation is performed in a broad range of EGR parameters by varying the dilution by N-2 and CO2 from 0 to 46vol.%, changing the EGR temperature from 30 to 120 degrees C, altering the addition of CO and NO from 0 to 170 ppmv and varying the addition of CH2O from 0 to 1400 ppmv. These validations were performed respecting the HCCI conditions for the inlet temperature and the equivalence ratio. The results showed that the mechanism is validated experimentally in dilution ranges going up to 21-30 vol.%, depending on the species of dilution and over the whole range of the EGR temperature. The mechanism is validated over the whole range of CO and CH2O addition. As for the addition of NO, the mechanism is validated quantitatively up to 50 ppmv and qualitatively up to 170 ppmv. (C) 2008 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailAlternative alphas
Hübner, Georges ULg

in Gregoriou, Greg (Ed.) Encyclopedia of Alternative Investments (2008)

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See detailEmission of alarm pheromone in aphids: A non-contagious phenomenon
Verheggen, François ULg; Mescher, M. C.; Haubruge, Eric ULg et al

in Journal of Chemical Ecology (2008), 34(9), 1146-1148

In response to attack by natural enemies, most aphid species release an alarm pheromone that causes nearby conspecifics to cease feeding and disperse. The primary component of the alarm pheromone of most ... [more ▼]

In response to attack by natural enemies, most aphid species release an alarm pheromone that causes nearby conspecifics to cease feeding and disperse. The primary component of the alarm pheromone of most species studied is (E)-beta-farnesene. We recently demonstrated that the production and accumulation of (E)-beta-farnesene during development by juvenile aphids is stimulated by exposure to odor cues, most likely by (E)-beta-farnesene emitted by other colony members. Here, we tested whether the release of (E)-beta-farnesene can be triggered by exposure to the alarm pheromone of other individuals, thereby amplifying the signal. Such contagious emission might be adaptive under some conditions because the amount of (E)-beta-farnesene released by a single aphid may not be sufficient to alert an appropriate number of individuals of the colony to the presence of a potential threat. By using a push-pull headspace collection system, we quantified (E)-beta-farnesene released from Acyrthosiphon pisum aphids exposed to conspecific alarm signals. Typical avoidance behavior was observed following exposure to (E)-beta-farnesene (i.e., aphids ceased feeding and dropped from host-plant); however, no increase in alarm pheromone amount was detected, suggesting that contagious release of (E)-beta-farnesene does not occur. [less ▲]

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See detailDiscrimination of parasitized aphids by a hoverfly predator: effects on larval performance, foraging, and oviposition behavior
Almohamad, Raki; Verheggen, François ULg; Francis, Frédéric ULg et al

in Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata (2008), 128(1), 73-80

The choice of oviposition site by female aphidophagous predators is crucial for offspring performance, especially in hoverflies whose newly hatched larvae are unable to move over large distance. Predator ... [more ▼]

The choice of oviposition site by female aphidophagous predators is crucial for offspring performance, especially in hoverflies whose newly hatched larvae are unable to move over large distance. Predator and parasitoid interactions within the aphidophagous guild are likely to be very important in influencing the choices made by predatory hoverfly females. In the present study, the foraging and oviposition behavior of the aphidophagous hoverfly Episyrphus balteatus DeGeer (Diptera: Syrphidae) was investigated with respect to the parasitized state of its aphid prey, Acyrthosiphon pisum Harris (Homoptera: Aphididae), that were parasitized by Aphidius ervi Haliday (Hymenoptera: Aphidiidae). We also recorded the number of eggs laid by hoverfly females when subjected to parasitized aphids. Furthermore, we studied the influence of being fed with parasitized aphids on hoverfly larval performance. Hoverfly females did not exhibit any preference for plants infested with unparasitized or aphids parasitized for 7 days. On the other hand, plants infested with mummies or exuvia were less attractive for E. balteatus. These results were correlated with (i) the number of eggs laid by E. balteatus females and (ii) larval performance. Thus, our results demonstrate that E. balteatus behavior is affected by parasitoid presence through their exploitation of aphid colonies. Indeed, hoverfly predators select their prey according to the developmental state of the parasitoid larvae. [less ▲]

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See detailVers un renouveau des études régionales et fédérales ? Un panorama d’approches politologiques contemporaines
Dandoy, Régis; Van Wynsberghe, Caroline; Perrin, Nathalie ULg

in Fédéralisme - Régionalisme (2008), 8(2),

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See detailVerb-late word order in Old Swedish subordinate clauses : Loan, Ausbau phenomenon, or both?
Zeevaert, Ludger ULg; Höder, Steffen

in Siemund, Peter; Kintana, Noemi (Eds.) Contact languages and language contact (2008)

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See detailThermo-plasticity of fine-grained soils at various saturation states: Application to nuclear waste disposal
François, Bertrand ULg

Doctoral thesis (2008)

Soil is a particulate material that may undergo irreversible strain as the relative positions of the constituent particles change. That irreversible behaviour may be induced not only by an external stress ... [more ▼]

Soil is a particulate material that may undergo irreversible strain as the relative positions of the constituent particles change. That irreversible behaviour may be induced not only by an external stress variation but also by temperature or suction changes. The geomaterials that will be involved in the confinement of radioactive waste in deep geological formations will be submitted to strong thermal, hydraulic, and mechanical modifications. Those modifications may produce a significant change of the characteristics of the confinement barrier. A safety assessment of such facilities must be performed that considers the potential thermo-plasticity effects in the confining soil. Following the need for understanding and quantifying such effects, a constitutive model that deals with the thermo-mechanical modelling of unsaturated soils is proposed. In light of elastoplasticity, this model is based on the relevant temperature and suction effects on the mechanical behaviour of fine-grained soils, as observed in experiments. In addition, an experimental program has been undertaken in order to corroborate and to extend the existing results. Finally, the developed constitutive model has been properly implemented in a finite element code in order to study the behaviour of the soils that confine the nuclear waste. Therefore, this work addresses the issue from three different directions: a constitutive, experimental, and numerical point of view. (i) Constitutive study. The elaboration of a thermo-plastic constitutive model for unsaturated soils is done in a systematic manner. Starting from a hardening plasticity model for isothermal and saturated conditions, the constitutive relations are progressively extended to non-isothermal conditions and then to unsaturated states. For the more advanced model, a generalized effective stress framework is adopted, which includes a number of intrinsic thermo-hydro-mechanical connections, to represent the stress state in the soil. Two coupled constitutive aspects are used to fully describe the soil behaviour. The mechanical constitutive part is built on concepts of bounding surface theory and multi-mechanism plasticity, while water retention characteristics are described using elasto-plasticity to reproduce the hysteretic response and the effect of temperature and dry density on the soil's water retention properties. The theoretical formulation is supported by comparisons with experimental results. (ii) Experimental study. Aiming at a better understanding of the non-isothermal mechanical behaviour of unsaturated soils, a series of oedometric compression tests under controlled temperatures and suction conditions has been carried out on a silty material. The characteristics and the calibrations of the experimental apparatus are presented. The main results are interpreted in light of the proposed constitutive framework. The compressibility of the soil tested appears not to be affected by the temperature, but it decreases with a suction increase. As far as the preconsolidation stress is concerned, the results show a decrease of the yield limit with increasing temperature, while a suction increase tends to enhance this limit. Finally, an analytical expression is proposed to describe the evolution of the preconsolidation stress with respect to temperature and suction. (iii) Numerical study. In the issue of nuclear waste disposal, the quantification of the temporal and spatial distributions of the thermo-hydro-mechanical phenomena that occur in the confining soils requires that numerical simulations be carried out under imposed boundary conditions. To this end, the last part of this work presents finite element modelling results of several in-situ or laboratory simulation tests through using the developed constitutive model that was implemented in an advanced finite element code. The parameters of the different materials involved in the simulated experiments are determined by means of an extensive literature analysis on their thermal, hydraulic, and mechanical characteristics. The simulation results are interpreted in light of the elasto-thermoplasticity of saturated and unsaturated soils, which emphasizes the significant role of thermo-plastic processes in the global thermo-hydromechanical response of the confining materials. In that sense, this work supplies, in a systematic and progressive manner, constitutive explanations that may help to provide a better understanding of what the effects of thermo-plasticity in soils involved in the confinement of nuclear waste are. [less ▲]

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