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See detailEcological characterization of Lophira alata (Ekki), a vulnerable timber tree species, in order to develop silvicultural effective strategies
Biwole, Achille ULg; Doucet, Jean-Louis ULg

Poster (2011, December 02)

Ekki, Lophira alata Banks ex C.F.Gaertn., is an African timber species occurring in tropical rainforests. Of important commercial value, this species is logged for its excellent timber properties and has ... [more ▼]

Ekki, Lophira alata Banks ex C.F.Gaertn., is an African timber species occurring in tropical rainforests. Of important commercial value, this species is logged for its excellent timber properties and has been classified by the IUCN as «vulnerable" species. As for many other tropical tree species, the commercial exploitation of Ekki is confronted to an insufficient knowledge about the species’ ecological profile. With a distribution range limited to the Guinea-Congolian region, Ekki often displays insufficient natural regeneration, but the biotic and abiotic factors explaining this deficiency have been hardly characterized. This lack of knowledge makes it difficult to model the population dynamics on the long term. The reproductive biology of Ekki and the genetic variability of its population remains poorly studied too. To address this situation, a fundamental and applied research is being undertaken in the forest concessions managed by Wijma Cameroun SA., covering over 250,000 hectares of rainforest in Southern Cameroon. This study aims to answer four essential questions: (1) what is the phylogenetic relationship between L. alata and L. lanceolata, (2) how paleoclimate and human disturbances impact its distribution and abundance, (3) how to these populations respond to logging over several rotation periods, (4) does logging promote or inhibit the natural regeneration of the species. Several study devices have thus been installed to collect the data needed to improve the characterization of Ekki’s ecology and to conceive silvicultural strategies. [less ▲]

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See detailVitamin D measurement: Laboratory issues
CAVALIER, Etienne ULg

Conference (2011, December 02)

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See detailEffects of temperature on pacemaker activity induced by mechano-electric feedback in a one-dimensional model of a ring-shaped cardiac fiber
Collet, Arnaud ULg; Desaive, Thomas ULg; Dauby, Pierre ULg

in NCBME (Ed.) 10th Belgian Day on Biomedical Engineering (2011, December 02)

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See detailOpening the door is not sufficient : each child has rights to take part in the everyday life of an ECEC service
Camus, Pascale ULg

Conference (2011, December 01)

Despite the fact that Belgium has ratified the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child in 1992, few children with special needs are taken care of in mainstream services. When they have access to a ... [more ▼]

Despite the fact that Belgium has ratified the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child in 1992, few children with special needs are taken care of in mainstream services. When they have access to a service, everything is focused on their deficiency. Professionals think they have to be trained to give what is considered as the “right” treatment to make the child « catch the others up ». There is an alternative way of thinking that focuses on each child’s competences. Adopting this way of thinking means to consider that what matters is every little thing a child can bring to the group, whatever his characteristics may be, and how he can benefit from daily life with other children and adults. The workshop has been focused on conditions that can help increase quality provisions : Who is welcomed everyday? How does an ECEC service welcome each family? Are there children and families who don’t come to ECEC services? Why don’t they come? Are they sufficiently informed on the inclusive approach of ECEC services, Etc The conference has referred to some testimonies collected by professionals from the French Community of Belgium. [less ▲]

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See detailLa pensée "cycle de vie" au cœur des démarches d'éco-conception des procédés
Léonard, Angélique ULg

Conference (2011, December 01)

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See detailRotation on the oscillation spectrum of solar-like stars
Suárez, J. C.; Goupil, M.-J.; Reese, Daniel ULg et al

in Alecian, G.; Belkacem, K.; Samadi, R. (Eds.) et al SF2A-2011: Proceedings of the Annual meeting of the French Society of Astronomy and Astrophysics (2011, December 01)

One of the main sources of uncertainty in the asteroseismic models of solar-like stars is the poor match between predicted oscillation frequencies and observed ones in the very high frequency domain ... [more ▼]

One of the main sources of uncertainty in the asteroseismic models of solar-like stars is the poor match between predicted oscillation frequencies and observed ones in the very high frequency domain. Today, such deviation is usually corrected by fitting the affected frequencies with polynomials which are then physically explained by possible effects of turbulence, diffusion, etc., i.e., the so-called ``surface effects". In this work, we show that the effect of the stellar deformation due to rotation is of the same order or even larger than the aforementioned surface effects. Moreover, we show that rotation effects, even for the low velocities generally observed in solar-like stars, becomes important for the asteroseismic analysis and cannot be neglected when modeling such stars. [less ▲]

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See detailThérapie du mésothéliome pleural : compréhension des mécanismes de résistance à la chimiothérapie
Costa, Chrisostome ULg; Vandermeers, Fabian ULg; Reddy, NS Sathyanarayana ULg et al

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Thérapie du mésothéliome pleural : compréhension des mécanismes de résistance à la chimiothérapie. Chrisostome Costa 1, Fabian Vandermeers 2, Sathyanarayana Reddy 2, Céline Mascaux 3, Pascale Hubert 2 ... [more ▼]

Thérapie du mésothéliome pleural : compréhension des mécanismes de résistance à la chimiothérapie. Chrisostome Costa 1, Fabian Vandermeers 2, Sathyanarayana Reddy 2, Céline Mascaux 3, Pascale Hubert 2, Philippe Delvenne 2, Luc Willems 1,2 1 Laboratoire de biologie cellulaire et moléculaire, ULg, Gemboux Agro Bio-Tech, 13 av. Maréchal Juin, 5030 Gembloux ; Tél. : 32-(0)-81-622157 ; Fax : 32-(0)-81-6138 88 ; Courriel: ccosta@doct.ulg.ac.be 2 GIGA, ULg, Liège 3 Institut Bordet, ULB, Bruxelles - Introduction : Le mésothéliome pleural malin (MPM) est un cancer de la plèvre causé principalement par l’inhalation de fibres d’amiante. Nous avons montré précédemment que les inhibiteurs d’histones deacetylases (tel que le valproate, VPA) augmentent significativement l’efficacité des composés utilisés en chimiothérapie (pemetrexed et cisplatin) et prolonge la survie des patients atteints de MPM. Malheureusement, une proportion importante des patients développe une résistance au traitement de seconde ligne avec la doxorubicine et le VPA. - But du projet : L’objectif du travail est de disséquer les mécanismes qui régissent la réponse au traitement de seconde ligne du MPM. - Méthodes et résultats : Nous avons tout d’abord comparé deux types de lignées cellulaires présentant soit une sensibilité (cellules M14K) soit une résistance (cellules H28) au traitement combiné VPA+doxorubicine. En utilisant des microdamiers (Agilent), nous avons analysé le profil d’expression génique de cellules M14K et H28 traitées avec le VPA et la doxorubicine. Après quantification des fluorescences, une analyse statistique (Genespring GX) et une modélisation bioinformatique (Ingenuity) ont permis d’identifier les gènes candidats les plus relevants. En fonction de la p-value et du fold change, un nombre limité de gènes ont été sélectionnés et validés par la technique de qRT-PCR. Parmi ceux-ci, nous avons identifié le gène TGFA dont l’expression corrèle avec la résistance au traitement. En effet, nous avons observé que le niveau d’expression basale du gène TGFA est beaucoup plus important dans la lignée résistante H28 que dans la lignée sensible M14K. Dans le but de valider son implication dans la réponse à la thérapie, nous avons diminué (par interférence ARN) ou augmenté (par transfection d’un vecteur d’expression) l’expression de TGFA respectivement dans les lignées H28 ou M14K. Nous avons ensuite déterminé les taux d’apoptose en évaluant la fragmentation de l’ADN en présence de doxorubicine et de VPA. Les résultats montrent que la diminution de l’expression de TGFA permet une augmentation sensible de l’apoptose induite par le traitement combiné doxorubicine et VPA dans la lignée résistante H28 (de 9% à 36%). A l’inverse, la surexpression de TGFA est associée avec une diminution d’apoptose dans la lignée sensible M14K (de 28% à 18%). Ces observations ont été confirmées par une analyse de l’activité des caspases 3 et 7. En accord avec la propriété de la protéine TGFAd’induire la prolifération cellulaire via le récepteur à l’EGF, des inhibiteurs de l’activité tyrosine kinase (l’Iressa et le Tarceva) augmentent l’apoptose induite par la doxorubicine et le VPA dans la lignée résistante H28 (de 16% à 40%). L’efficacité du traitement combiné VPA+doxorubicine+Iressa/Tarceva est actuellement évaluée en modèle murin (souris SCID). - Conclusions : Nous avons identifié un gène, le TGFA, dont l’expression corrèle avec la résistance à l’apoptose induite par la doxorubicine et le VPA. L’utilisation d’inhibiteurs du récepteur EGF pourrait donc améliorer le traitement de seconde ligne du MPM. [less ▲]

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See detailLa disposition générale anti-abus de l'article 344, § 1er, CIR/92
Bourgeois, Marc ULg

Conference (2011, December 01)

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See detailL'astronomie dans le monde
Manfroid, Jean ULg

in Ciel (Le) (2011), 73

Rosetta et Lutétia; Eau et disque proto-planétaire; Nouveaux amas; Galaxies primitives; Trou noir supermassif; Réionisation et premières étoiles; FERMI; ALMA

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See detailCoRoT's view on variable B8/9 stars: spots versus pulsations. Evidence for differential rotation in HD 174648
Degroote, P.; Acke, B.; Samadi, R. et al

in Astronomy and Astrophysics (2011), 536

Context. There exist few variability studies of stars in the region in the Hertzsprung-Russell diagram between the A and B-star pulsational instability strips. With the aid of the high precision ... [more ▼]

Context. There exist few variability studies of stars in the region in the Hertzsprung-Russell diagram between the A and B-star pulsational instability strips. With the aid of the high precision continuous measurements of the CoRoT space satellite, low amplitudes are more easily detected, making a study of this neglected region worthwhile. <BR /> Aims: We collected a small sample of B stars observed by CoRoT to determine the origin of the different types of variability observed. <BR /> Methods: We combine literature photometry and spectroscopy to measure the fundamental parameters of the stars in the sample, and compare asteroseismic modelling of the light curves with (differentially rotating) spotted star models. <BR /> Results: We found strong evidence for the existence of spots and differential rotation in HD 174648, and formulated hypotheses for their origin. We show that the distinction between pulsations and rotational modulation is difficult to make solely based on the light curve, especially in slowly rotating stars. The CoRoT space mission was developed and is operated by the French space agency CNES, with participation of ESA's RSSD and Science Programmes, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Germany, and Spain.Based on observations made with the ESO telescopes at La Silla Observatory under the ESO Large Programme LP182.D-0356.Based on observations made with the Mercator Telescope, operated on the island of La Palma by the Flemish Community, at the Spanish Observatorio del Roque de los Muchachos of the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias.Appendix A is available in electronic form at <A href="http://www.aanda.org">http://www.aanda.org</A> [less ▲]

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See detailGenetics of familial pituitary tumors
Beckers, Albert ULg

Scientific conference (2011, December 01)

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See detailSaturn's aurora as viewed by Cassini VIMS
Melin, H.; Stallard, T.; Badman, S. V. et al

Conference (2011, December 01)

The stunning views of the kronian aurora captured by the Visual and Infrared Imaging Spectrograph (VIMS) onboard the Cassini spacecraft continues to provide crucial observations of the fervent interaction ... [more ▼]

The stunning views of the kronian aurora captured by the Visual and Infrared Imaging Spectrograph (VIMS) onboard the Cassini spacecraft continues to provide crucial observations of the fervent interaction between the upper atmosphere and the magnetosphere of Saturn. Here, we present recent findings of VIMS auroral research, which includes both statistical studies and case studies of auroral events and morphology. In addition to stand-alone observations, there is a small subset of VIMS observations during which UVIS was also acquiring data. These observations enable the comparison between observations of H, H2 in the ultraviolet and H3+ in the infrared that are both spatially overlapping and temporally simultaneous. Whilst emission tends to coincide for these three species on the main oval, there are significant differences both pole-ward and equator-ward, such that observations of H and H2 is generally a poor proxy for emissions of H3+. VIMS is sensitive to infrared thermal emission from the H3+ molecule, which is formed very efficiently via the ionisation of H2. Therefore, the morphology of H3+ emission becomes a tracer of energy injected into the upper atmosphere - the most striking of which is auroral particle precipitation. [less ▲]

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See detailThe Solar Sail Materials (SSM) project – Status of activities
Della Vedova, Florio; Henrion, Didier; Leipold, Manfred et al

in Advances in Space Research (2011), 48(11), 1922-1926

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See detailAuroral counterpart of magnetic field dipolarizations in Saturn's tail
Jackman, C. M.; Achilleos, N.; Bunce, E. J. et al

in American Geophysical Union, Fall Meeting 2011, abstract #SM14A-07 (2011, December 01)

Following magnetic reconnection in a planetary magnetotail, newly closed field lines can be rapidly accelerated back towards the planet, becoming "dipolarized" in the process. At Saturn, dipolarizations ... [more ▼]

Following magnetic reconnection in a planetary magnetotail, newly closed field lines can be rapidly accelerated back towards the planet, becoming "dipolarized" in the process. At Saturn, dipolarizations can be initially identified from the magnetometer data by looking for a southward turning of the magnetic field, indicating the transition from a radially stretched configuration to a more dipolar field topology. The highly stretched geometry of the kronian magnetotail lobes gives rise to a tail current which flows eastward (dusk to dawn) in the near equatorial plane across the centre of the tail. During reconnection and associated dipolarization of the field, the inner edge of this tail current can be diverted through the ionosphere, in a situation analogous to the substorm current wedge picture at Earth [McPherron et al. 1973]. We present a picture of the current circuit arising from this tail reconfiguration, and outline the equations which govern the field-current relationship. We show a number of examples of dipolarizations as identified in the Cassini magnetometer data and use this formalism to calculate limits for the ionospheric current density that would arise for these examples. In addition to the magnetometer data, we also present data from the Cassini VIMS and UVIS instruments which have observed small 'spots' of auroral emission lying near the main oval - features thought to be associated with dipolarizations in the tail. We compare the auroral intensities as predicted from our calculation with the observed spot sizes and intensities. [less ▲]

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See detailCassini UVIS Observations of Titan Ultraviolet Airglow Spectra with Laboratory Modeling from Electron- and Proton-Excited N2 Emission Studies
Ajello, J. M.; West, R. A.; Malone, C. P. et al

Conference (2011, December 01)

Joseph M. Ajello, Robert A. West, Rao S. Mangina Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA 91109 Charles P. Malone Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of ... [more ▼]

Joseph M. Ajello, Robert A. West, Rao S. Mangina Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA 91109 Charles P. Malone Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA 91109 & Department of Physics, California State University, Fullerton, CA 92834 Michael H. Stevens Space Science Division, Naval Research Laboratory, Washington, DC 20375 Jacques Gustin Laboratoire de Physique Atmosphérique et Planétaire, Université de Liège, Liège, Belgium A. Ian F. Stewart, Larry W. Esposito, William E. McClintock, Gregory M. Holsclaw Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO 80303 E. Todd Bradley Department of Physics, University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL 32816 The Cassini Ultraviolet Imaging Spectrograph (UVIS) observed photon emissions of Titan's day and night limb-airglow and disk-airglow on multiple occasions, including three eclipse observations from 2009 through 2010. The 77 airglow observations analyzed in this paper show EUV (600-1150 Å) and FUV (1150-1900 Å) atomic multiplet lines and band emissions (lifetimes less than ~100 μs), including the Lyman-Birge-Hopfield (LBH) band system, arising from photoelectron induced fluorescence and solar photo-fragmentation of molecular nitrogen (N2). The altitude of peak UV emission on the limb of Titan during daylight occurred inside the thermosphere/ionosphere (near 1000 km altitude). However, at night on the limb, the same emission features, but much weaker in intensity, arise in the lower atmosphere below 1000 km (lower thermosphere, mesosphere, haze layer) extending downwards to near the surface at ~300 km, possibly resulting from proton- and/or heavier ion-induced emissions as well as secondary-electron-induced emissions. The eclipse observations are unique. UV emissions were observed during only one of the three eclipse events, and no Vegard-Kaplan (VK) or LBH emissions were seen. Through regression analysis using laboratory spectra, we have analyzed the intensity and identified each spectral feature from the limb or disk emission spectrum. The strongest dipole-allowed transitions of N2 occur in the EUV. The electronic transitions proceed from the X 1Σg+ ground-state to about seven closely spaced (~12-15 eV) Rydberg-valence (RV) states, which are the source of the molecular emissions in the EUV observed by spacecraft and have recently been studied in our laboratory at medium-to-high spectral resolution (delta-λ = 0.1 Å FWHM). Three of these RV states (b 1Πu, b' 1Σu+, and c4' 1Σu+) are highly-perturbed, weakly-to-strongly predissociated, and have significant emission cross sections, which will be summarized in this paper. We will also discuss our recently published proton and electron impact emission cross sections for the LBH (a 1Πg - X 1Σg+) band system of N2, and their significance to the modeling of the day and night FUV spectra of the atmospheres of Earth and Titan. [less ▲]

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See detailEtude de l’écoulement au sein d’un bioréacteur parallélépipédique à usage unique à agitation pendulo-elliptique
Collignon, Marie-Laure ULg; Droissart, Laurent; Delafosse, Angélique ULg et al

in Récents Progrès en Génie des procédés - A la croisée des sciences et des cultures, pour relever les défis industriels du XXIème siècle (2011, December 01)

Les bioréacteurs à usage unique sont de plus en plus envisagés dans l’industrie pharmaceutique en remplacement de leurs homologues en acier car ils permettent d’éliminer les étapes de lavage et de ... [more ▼]

Les bioréacteurs à usage unique sont de plus en plus envisagés dans l’industrie pharmaceutique en remplacement de leurs homologues en acier car ils permettent d’éliminer les étapes de lavage et de stérilisation tout en réduisant le risque de contamination croisée. Afin de s’insérer dans ce marché en expansion, les firmes ATMI LifeSciences, Pierre Guerrin et Artelis ont développé un bioréacteur à usage unique « Nucleo » composé d’une poche parallélépipédique en plastique souple mélangée par une pale réalisant un mouvement pendulo-elliptique. Différentes études ont démontré les bonnes performances de ce dispositif en termes d’homogénéisation et de maintien en suspension d’une phase solide ainsi que des productivités intéressantes lors de la réalisation de cultures de cellules animales. L’objectif de la présente étude est de caractériser l’écoulement du liquide au sein du bioréacteur grâce à des mesures réalisées par stéréo PIV. L’analyse des profils de vitesse a montré, qu’aux vitesses de rotation étudiées, l’écoulement au sein de la cuve est turbulent. Il apparaît que dans ces conditions, l’écoulement est complètement tridimensionnel et forme une spirale toroïdale plus ou moins déformée autour de l’axe central de la cuve. Il présente une certaine symétrie par rapport à cet axe central. Bien que la cuve soit parallélépipédique, aucune zone morte n’est observée dans les coins de celle-ci. [less ▲]

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See detailRole of western lowland gorilla (Gorilla gorilla gorilla) to dispersal and regeneration of commercial trees in South-East Cameroon
Petre, Charles-Albert ULg; Tagg, Nikki; Beudels-Jamar, Roseline et al

Poster (2011, December 01)

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