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See detailUntersuchung frühzeitiger Reaktionen lymphozytärer Proteine auf γ-Bestrahlung humanen Vollbluts und deren Dosisabhängigkeit – Voraussetzung für die Entwicklung eines individuellen strahlenbiologischen Dosimeters
Turtoi, Andrei ULg

Book published by Forschungszentrum Jülich (2008)

The present thesis is concerned with the issues involved in obtaining reliable experimental data permitting a retrospective assessment of radiation-induced doses at the time of application or ... [more ▼]

The present thesis is concerned with the issues involved in obtaining reliable experimental data permitting a retrospective assessment of radiation-induced doses at the time of application or contamination. In order to provide prompt medical treatment of those injured in accidents with ionizing radiation, biological procedures that can be implemented swiftly and at an early stage are required both to determine the radiation dose originally received as well as to assess the course of the dose-dependent biological reactions on the basis of individual sensitivity to radiation. To this end, in the present thesis the lymphocyte proteins (phosphoproteins and total proteins) in blood taken from test subjects who had been exposed to γ-radiation (applied dose: 0-4 Gy) were analysed just 15 minutes after completing irradiation by means of 2D gel electrophoresis. Only those early-response proteins (ERPROs) that displayed a significant radiation-induced change were identified by nano-HPLC-MS/MS. For validation purposes, the dose-dependent gene expression of some of these proteins was determined by RT-qPCR. The following ERPROs displayed pronounced early reactions in the form of changes of concentration in comparison to unirradiated control samples: talin-1, talin-2, β-actin, mutant β-actin, peroxin-1 and also the phosphoproteins annexin-A6, MHC-binding protein-2, zyxin-2, interleukin-17E and phosphoglycerate kinase-1. The majority of the lymphocyte ERPROs represent proteins responsible for changes to the cytoskeleton, proliferation and cell cycle, modulation of immunoreactions as well as protein degradation and energy production. Other cellular processes may not have been determined due to the sensitivity restrictions of the 2D-PAGE and MS methods, but cannot be excluded. Gene expression studies revealed that a combination of methods, comprising RT-qPCR and 2D-PAGE as well as DNA microarray and Western blot, may in future be able to overcome these restrictions. The slopes of the curves from concentration measurements of various early response proteins after doses had been applied in the 0 and 4 Gy range yielded a characteristic arrangement or pattern representative of an individual. In case of contamination, this pattern prepared ex vivo serves as a reference for identifying the originally unknown dose, thus creating the necessary condition for applying an individual radiation biodosimeter. This thus provides for the first time an experimental means of biologically quantifying in retrospect radioactive doses in the 0 and 4 Gy range after a relatively short time. [less ▲]

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See detailInterplay among catecholamine systems: dopamine binds to alpha2-adrenergic receptors in birds and mammals.
Cornil, Charlotte ULg; Ball, Gregory F

in Journal of Comparative Neurology (The) (2008), 511(5), 610-27

Dopaminergic and adrenergic receptors are G-protein-coupled receptors considered to be different based on their pharmacology and signaling pathways. Some receptor subtypes that are members of one family ... [more ▼]

Dopaminergic and adrenergic receptors are G-protein-coupled receptors considered to be different based on their pharmacology and signaling pathways. Some receptor subtypes that are members of one family are actually closer in phylogenetic terms to some subtypes belonging to the other family, suggesting that the pharmacological specificity among these receptors from different families is not perfect. Indeed, evidence is accumulating that one amine can cross-talk with receptors belonging to the other system. However, most of these observations were collected in vitro using artificial cell models transfected with cloned receptors, so that the occurrence of this phenomenon in vivo as well as its distribution in the central nervous system is not known. In this study the pharmacological basis of possible in vivo interactions between dopamine and alpha(2)-adrenergic receptors was investigated in quail, zebra finches, and rats. Binding competitions showed that dopamine displaces the binding of the selective alpha(2)-adrenergic ligand, [(3)H]RX821002, in the brain of the three species with an affinity approximately 10-28-fold lower than that of norepinephrine. Dopamine also displaces with an affinity 3-fold lower than norepinephrine the binding of [(3)H]RX821002 to human alpha(h2A)-adrenergic receptors expressed in Sf9 cells. The anatomical distribution of this interaction was assessed in brain slices of quail and rat based on autoradiographic methods. Both norepinephrine and dopamine significantly displace [(3)H]RX821002 binding in all brain nuclei considered. Together, these data provide evidence for an interaction between the dopaminergic and noradrenergic systems in the vertebrate brain, albeit with species variations. [less ▲]

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See detailL'industrie lithique MK du site du Rocher du Vieux Château à Pont-de-Bonne (Modave, B) à travers les collections muséales
Delye, Emmanuel ULg; Noiret, Pierre ULg

in Notae Praehistoricae (2008), 28

We propose a short study of the Michelsberg lithic industry from Pont-de-Bonne, conserved in the main Belgian museums. A statistical analysis has been applied to the lithic data available for the Belgian ... [more ▼]

We propose a short study of the Michelsberg lithic industry from Pont-de-Bonne, conserved in the main Belgian museums. A statistical analysis has been applied to the lithic data available for the Belgian Michelsberg. [less ▲]

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See detaileCole - Projet d'apprentissage et de remédiation en ligne
Jérôme, Françoise ULg; Vreeswijk, Valérie ULg; Georges, François ULg et al

Report (2008)

Recherche-développement consacrée à la conception d'un dispositif en ligne susceptible de soutenir l'autonomisation des apprenants dans le déploiement des compétences "lire" et "écrire" en français.

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See detailDer unmögliche Chronotopos – Die „Stunde Null“ als Mythos der Narration am Beispiel von Günter Grass’ „Im Krebsgang“.
Pontzen, Alexandra ULg

in Preusser, Heinz-Peter; Galli, Matteo (Eds.) Deutsche Gründungsmythen von der Hermannschlacht bis zum Wunder von Bern. (2008)

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See detailLa marche du sujet fibromyalgique et d’un sujet dépressif est-elle différenciable ? Exploration de deux affections « voisines » à partir d’un accéléromètre tri-axial.
Maquet, Didier ULg; Jaspar, J.; Lecart, Marie-Paule ULg et al

in Revue du Rhumatisme (2008), 75

Objectif : Analyser la marche de populations souffrant d’affections présentant certaines similitudes en termes de symptomatologie (fatigue, stress, anxiété, ralentissement psychomoteur, …) et pour ... [more ▼]

Objectif : Analyser la marche de populations souffrant d’affections présentant certaines similitudes en termes de symptomatologie (fatigue, stress, anxiété, ralentissement psychomoteur, …) et pour lesquelles le diagnostic différentiel apparaît parfois malaisé. Patients et méthodes : Cette étude inclut 32 sujets fibromyalgiques (46  10 ans), 20 sujets hospitalisés pour un état dépressif (49  14 ans) et 20 sujets volontaires contrôles (49  16 ans). L’analyse tri-dimensionnelle de la marche est réalisée à partir d'un système ambulatoire d'accélérométrie triaxial (Locometrix® Centaure Metrix, France) et d'une ligne de chronométrage. Le sujet marche à sa vitesse de confort, équipé de l'accéléromètre fixé à l'aide d'une ceinture élastique. L'épreuve, composée de 6 trajets rectilignes de 40 mètres, permet de suivre le profil des paramètres analysés tout au long de la distance totale parcourue (240 mètres). Les paramètres analysés sont : la vitesse de marche, la fréquence de pas, la longueur de pas, la symétrie et la régularité des pas, la puissance mécanique suivant les axes antéro-postérieur, crânio-caudal et médio-latéral, le coût énergétique. Résultats : La marche de la population fibromyalgique présente diverses altérations significatives non seulement en comparaison de la population contrôle mais aussi de la population dépressive. Nous observons chez le fibromyalgique une réduction significative (p < 0,05) de la vitesse de marche, de la longueur de pas, des activités suivant les axes antéro-postérieur et crânio-caudal. En outre, cette population présente une marche moins régulière (p < 0,05) alors que le coût énergétique de la marche est diminué (p < 0,05). Les paramètres de marche enregistrés au sein de la population dépressive apparaissent intermédiaires entre sujets contrôles et fibromyalgiques. Cependant, aucune modification significative ne s’observe entre populations contrôle et dépressive. Des travaux ultérieurs tenteront en outre de mettre en relation l’altération des paramètres de marche avec le degré d’anxiété et de dépression objectivé. Discussion : Bien que l’on évoque régulièrement un ralentissement fonctionnel chez les sujets souffrant de ces 2 affections « voisines », ce travail démontre que la marche d’un sujet dépressif et d’un sujet fibromyalgique semble différenciable. Ce dernier adopte une marche plus lente, moins régulière et visant à une « économie » d’énergie comme l’atteste le coût énergétique et les activités suivant les 3 axes. Conclusion : Cette épreuve pourrait constituer un outil original dans la caractérisation d’une population pathologique et le suivi longitudinal d’un patient. [less ▲]

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See detailUne histoire à plusieurs voix entre le pays soninké (Mali) et la France
Razy, Elodie ULg

in Krauskopff, G. (Ed.) Les faiseurs d’histoires (2008)

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See detailLes lipases sont des hydrolases atypiques : principales caractéristiques et applications
Fickers, Patrick ULg; Destain, Jacqueline ULg; Thonart, Philippe ULg

in Biotechnologie, Agronomie, Société et Environnement = Biotechnology, Agronomy, Society and Environment [=BASE] (2008), 12(2), 119-130

Due to their kinetic and substrate specificities, triacylglycerol acyl-hydrolases or lipases are atypical enzymes. In function of their microenvironment, lipases are able to act as hydrolases in aqueous ... [more ▼]

Due to their kinetic and substrate specificities, triacylglycerol acyl-hydrolases or lipases are atypical enzymes. In function of their microenvironment, lipases are able to act as hydrolases in aqueous solution or as biocatalysts in organic synthesis. As hydrolases, they are responsible of the triglycerids catabolism into fatty acids and glycerol. In many organisms, this reaction plays a major role in the fat and lipid metabolism. In addition, lipases are also able to hydrolyse phospholipids and cholesterol esters. In organic solvent, lipases could catalyse reactions such as esterifications, acidolysis or alcoolysis with enantio-, regio- and chimioselectivity. Lipases form a mixed class of enzyme due to their animal, vegetal or microbial origins. All those properties led to the development of many applications in the food and chemical industries but also in the medical and therapeutic field. [less ▲]

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See detailFitness And Genetic Variation Of Viola Calaminaria, An Endemic Metallophyte: Implications Of Population Structure And History
Bizoux, Jean-Philippe ULg; Daïnou, Kasso ULg; Raspe, O. et al

in Plant Biology (2008), 10(6), 684-693

We investigated variations in genetic diversity and plant fitness in a rare endemic metallophyte of calamine soils, Viola calaminaria, in relation to population size, population connectivity and ... [more ▼]

We investigated variations in genetic diversity and plant fitness in a rare endemic metallophyte of calamine soils, Viola calaminaria, in relation to population size, population connectivity and population history in order to evaluate and discuss potential conservation strategies for the species. Mean population genetic diversity (Hs = 0.25) of V. calaminaria was similar to endemic non-metallophyte taxa. Twenty-one per cent of the genetic variation was partitioned among populations and a low (9%) but significant differentiation was found among geographical regions. Our results did not support the hypothesis that the acquisition of metal tolerance may result in reduced genetic diversity, and suggested that strict metallophytes do not exhibit higher inter-population differentiation resulting from scattered habitats. There were no relationships between population genetic diversity and population size. Significant correlations were found between plant fitness and (i) population size and (ii) connectivity index. Recently-founded populations exhibited the same level of genetic diversity as ancient populations and also possessed higher plant fitness. There was no indication of strong founder effects in recently-established populations. The results suggest that the creation of habitats through human activities could provide new opportunities for conservation of this species. [less ▲]

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See detailConcentration of bovine pregnancy associated glycoprotein in plasma and milk: its application for pregnancy diagnosis in cows
Gajewski, Z.; Melo de Sousa, Noelita ULg; Beckers, Jean-François ULg et al

in Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology : an Official Journal of the Polish Physiological Society (2008), 59(Suppl 9), 55-64

Pregnancy diagnosis is an important part in reproduction management of ruminants. The aim of the study was to use a new method for evaluating the bPAG and cPAG in milk and blood bPAG and compare this ... [more ▼]

Pregnancy diagnosis is an important part in reproduction management of ruminants. The aim of the study was to use a new method for evaluating the bPAG and cPAG in milk and blood bPAG and compare this results with the other method for pregnancy diagnosis in the cows. The study was carried out in 220 Holstein Frisian cows. Heparinised blood samples were taken from the jugular vein and stored at -20 degrees C until PAG assay by RIA. For bPAG and cPAG, RIA test, milk samples were homogenized. Pure bPAG was used as a standard tracer described by Zoli et al. (1992). The cows were diagnosed as pregnant by means of USG (Aloka SSD 210) and by rectal palpation. bPAG and cPAG concentration in milk increased after 28 day of pregnancy and showed the rapid increase near the parturition. The same results of bPAG concentration we obtained in the blood samples. The decline of bPAG concentration was faster in the milk than in the blood. The data showed that the RIA method is precise enough to measure PAG concentrations in the maternal blood and milk of cows. The data indicate that milk samples can be used for pregnancy diagnosis in cows. The sensitivity and specificity of RIA measurement of PAG are very high. [less ▲]

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See detailCharacterization of the complete porcine MSTN gene and expression levels in pig breeds differing in muscularity.
Stinckens, A.; Luyten, T.; Bijttebier, J. et al

in Animal Genetics (2008), 39(6), 586-96

Myostatin (MSTN), a transforming growth factor beta superfamily member, is an essential factor for the growth and development of muscle mass. The protein functions as a negative regulator of muscle growth ... [more ▼]

Myostatin (MSTN), a transforming growth factor beta superfamily member, is an essential factor for the growth and development of muscle mass. The protein functions as a negative regulator of muscle growth and is related to the so-called double-muscling phenotype in cattle, where a series of mutations renders the gene inactive. One particular breed of pigs, the Belgian Pietrain, also shows a heavily muscled phenotype. The similarity of muscular phenotypes between the double-muscled cattle and Pietrain pigs indicated that MSTN may be a candidate gene for muscular hypertrophy in pigs. In this study, we sequenced and analysed the complete MSTN gene from 45 pigs of five different breeds, including the heavily muscled Pietrain breed at one extreme and the Meishan and Wild boar breeds at the other extreme. In total, 7626 bp of the porcine MSTN gene were sequenced, including the 5' and 3' UTR. Fifteen polymorphic loci were found, three of which were located in the promoter region, five in intron 1 and seven in intron 2. Most mutations were found when comparing the obtained MSTN sequence with porcine MSTN sequences already published. However, one polymorphism located at position 447 of the porcine MSTN promoter had a very high allele frequency in the Pietrain pig breed and disrupted a putative myocyte enhancer factor 3 binding site. Real-time PCR using Sybr Green showed that this mutation was associated with expression levels of the MSTN gene in m. longissimus dorsi at an age of 4 weeks. [less ▲]

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See detailLong-term evolution of the North Anatolian fault (Turkey)
Hubert, Aurelia ULg; Van Der Woerd, J.; King, G. et al

in Geological Society of London (Special publication : Geodynamics of Collision and Collapse at the Africa-Arabia-Eurasia Subduction Zone, Editor R. Govers) (2008)

The deformation and 40Ar-39Ar dating of recent volcanism that remarkably sits across the North Anatolian Fault eastern termination in Turkey, together with previous studies, put strong constraints on the ... [more ▼]

The deformation and 40Ar-39Ar dating of recent volcanism that remarkably sits across the North Anatolian Fault eastern termination in Turkey, together with previous studies, put strong constraints on the long- term evolution of the fault. We argue that after a first phase of 10 Ma, characterized by a slip rate of about 3 mm/yr, and during which most of the trace was established, the slip rate jumped to about 20 mm/yr on average over the last 2.5 Ma, without substantial increase of the fault length. The transition correlates with a change in the geometry at the junction with the East Anatolian Fault that makes the extrusion process more efficient. [less ▲]

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See detailEukaryotic complex I: functional diversity and experimental systems to unravel the assembly process
Remacle, Claire ULg; Barbieri, Rosario; Cardol, Pierre ULg et al

in Molecular Genetics & Genomics (2008), 280

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See detailVariable selection for dynamic treatment regimes: a reinforcement learning approach
Fonteneau, Raphaël ULg; Wehenkel, Louis ULg; Ernst, Damien ULg

Conference (2008)

Dynamic treatment regimes (DTRs) can be inferred from data collected through some randomized clinical trials by using reinforcement learning algorithms. During these clinical trials, a large set of ... [more ▼]

Dynamic treatment regimes (DTRs) can be inferred from data collected through some randomized clinical trials by using reinforcement learning algorithms. During these clinical trials, a large set of clinical indicators are usually monitored. However, it is often more convenient for clinicians to have DTRs which are only defined on a small set of indicators rather than on the original full set. To address this problem, we analyse the approximation architecture of the state-action value functions computed by the fitted Q iteration algorithm - a RL algorithm - using tree-based regressors in order to identify a small subset of relevant ones. The RL algorithm is then rerun by considering only as state variables these most relevant indicators to have DTRs defined on a small set of indicators. The approach is validated on benchmark problems inspired from the classical ‘car on the hill’ problem and the results obtained are positive. [less ▲]

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See detailActualités littéraires en Belgique francophone
Saint-Amand, Denis ULg; Habrand, Tanguy ULg

in Nouvelles Etudes Francophones (2008), 23(Printemps),

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See detailRestauration des potentialités de sols dégradés à l’aide du zaï et du compost dans le Yatenga (Burkina Faso)
Sawadogo, H.; Bock, Laurent ULg; Lacroix, D. et al

in Biotechnologie, Agronomie, Société et Environnement = Biotechnology, Agronomy, Society and Environment [=BASE] (2008), 12(3),

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See detailAn integrated mathematical modelling framework for the study of bone fracture healing
Geris, Liesbet ULg; Vander Sloten, Jos; Van Oosterwyck, Hans

in Journal of Biomechanics (2008), 41

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See detailIron microbial mats in Modern and Phanerozoic environments
Baele, J. M.; Boulvain, Frédéric ULg; De Jong, J. et al

in Instruments, Methods and Missions for Astrobioçlogy- Proc. of SPIE (2008), 7097

The recognition of iron microbial mats in terrestrial environments is of great relevance for the search for extraterrestrial life, especially on mars where significant iron minerals were identified in the ... [more ▼]

The recognition of iron microbial mats in terrestrial environments is of great relevance for the search for extraterrestrial life, especially on mars where significant iron minerals were identified in the subsurface. Most researches focused on very ancient microbial mats (e.g. BIFs) since they formed on Earth at a time where similar conditions are supposed to have prevailed on Mars too. However, environmental proxies are often difficult to use for these deposits on Earth which, in addition, may be heavily transformed due to diagenesis or even metamorphism. Here we present modern and phanerozoic iron microbial mats occurrences illustrating the wide variety of environments in which they form, including many marine settings, ponds, creeks, caves, volcanoes, etc. Contrarily to their Precambrian counterparts, Modern and Phanerozoic deposits are usually less affected by diagenesis and the environmental conditions likely to be better constrained. Therefore, their investigation may help for the search for morphological and geochemical biosignatures (e.g. iron isotopes) in ancient iron microbial occurrences on Earth but also on other Planets. In particular, many of the case studies presented here show that microstromatolithe-like morphologies may be valuable targets for screening potential biosignatures in various rock types. [less ▲]

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See detailOn the evolution and expression of Chlamydomonas reinhardtii nucleus-encoded transfer RNA genes
Cognat, Valerie; Deragon, Jean*-Marc; Vinogradova, Elizaveta et al

in Genetics (2008), 179(1), 113-123

In Chlamydomonas reinhardtii, 259 tRNA genes were identified and classified into 49 tRNA isoaccepting families. By constructing phylogenetic trees, we determined the evolutionary history for each tRNA ... [more ▼]

In Chlamydomonas reinhardtii, 259 tRNA genes were identified and classified into 49 tRNA isoaccepting families. By constructing phylogenetic trees, we determined the evolutionary history for each tRNA gene family. The majority of the IRNA sequences are more closely related to their plant counterparts than to animals ones. Northern experiments also permitted LIS to show that at least one member of each IRNA isoacceptor family is transcribed and correctly processed in vivo. A short stretch of T residues known to be a signal for termination of polymerase III transcription was found downstream of most IRNA genes. It allowed us to propose that the vast majority of the IRNA genes are expressed and to confirm that numerous IRNA genes separated by short spacers are indeed cotranscribed. Interestingly, in silico analyses and hybridization experiments show that the cellular IRNA abundance is correlated with the number of tRTNA genes and is adjusted to the codon usage to optimize translation efficiency. Finally, we studied the origin of SINEs, short interspersed elements related to tRNAs, whose presence in Chlamydomonas is exceptional. Phylogenetic analysis strongly suggests that tRNA(Asp)-related SINEs originate front a prokaryotic-type IRNA either horizontally transferred from a bacterium or originally present in mitochondria or chloroplasts. [less ▲]

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