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See detailEtude des mécanismes cellulaires et moléculaires à l'origine du phénomène des DOMS (Delayed-Onset Muscle Soreness) consécutif à l'exercice excentrique.
Hody, Stéphanie ULg

Doctoral thesis (2012)

Tous, nous avons déjà ressenti diverses sensations de courbatures après avoir réalisé un exercice musculaire intense et/ou inhabituel. Ces douleurs musculaires d’apparition retardée et d’intensité ... [more ▼]

Tous, nous avons déjà ressenti diverses sensations de courbatures après avoir réalisé un exercice musculaire intense et/ou inhabituel. Ces douleurs musculaires d’apparition retardée et d’intensité variable sont désignées scientifiquement par l’acronyme « DOMS » pour « Delayed-Onset Muscle Soreness ». Le rôle particulier du mode de contraction excentrique dans la survenue des DOMS est largement accepté. Rappelons que l’exercice excentrique est caractérisé par l’association paradoxale des phénomènes opposés d’allongement musculo-tendineux et de développement tensionnel. Dès lors, les contraintes mécaniques accompagnant les contractions excentriques peuvent entraîner diverses altérations de l’ultrastructure musculaire qui se manifestent par une série de symptômes cliniques rendant les DOMS invalidants sur le plan fonctionnel. Or, le caractère discriminant de l’évaluation excentrique et l’efficacité rééducative de l’exercice excentrique dans plusieurs types de pathologies de l’appareil locomoteur ont formellement été démontrées. Dans ces conditions et bien qu’elles disparaissent spontanément après quelques jours de récupération, les DOMS retardent fréquemment la mise en route de programmes de réadaptation ou d’entraînement sportif. Actuellement, à l’analyse de la littérature, on ne peut que constater l’absence de solution thérapeutique susceptible d’atténuer significativement l’intensité des DOMS et de leurs conséquences fonctionnelles associées. Paradoxalement, l’exercice excentrique lui-même, lorsqu’il est proposé en conditions sous-maximales progressivement intensifiées, semble constituer la seule prévention réellement efficace, capable de prévenir l’apparition des DOMS. Malgré la littérature abondante consacrée à la description du phénomène des DOMS, aucune théorie unifiée n’est actuellement disponible pour expliquer la survenue différée des sensations douloureuses et les signes associés. L’efficacité d’un entraînement spécifique dans la prévention des DOMS a été confirmée par de nombreux travaux mais la nature de cet effet protecteur reste sujette à conjectures. Ce travail vise à une meilleure connaissance des mécanismes cellulaires et moléculaires impliqués dans le phénomène des DOMS survenant après la réalisation d’un exercice excentrique. Au cours de ce travail, nous avons donc tenté de contribuer à répondre aux questions suivantes : (1) Quels sont les corrélats biochimiques correspondants à l’apparition des DOMS suite à l’exécution d’exercices excentriques ? (2) Quels sont les mécanismes responsables de la variabilité interindividuelle des réponses à l’exercice excentrique ? (3) Quelles sont les adaptations induites par l’entraînement excentrique permettant de prévenir l’apparition des DOMS ? L’originalité de notre travail réside dans la mise au point d’un protocole expérimental chez l’humain associant la provocation de DOMS au moyen d’un dynamomètre isocinétique, le prélèvement de tissus musculaires humains par biopsie à l’aiguille et l’analyse protéomique comparative de ceux-ci par la méthode du 2D-DIGE. Nos travaux suggèrent qu’une plus grande sensibilité aux microlésions induites par l’exercice excentrique s’expliquerait par une prédominance de fibres rapides de type glycolytique et qu’un entraînement excentrique visant à prévenir les DOMS induirait une transition des fibres rapides de type glycolytique vers des fibres plus oxydatives. Le modèle humain, utilisé dans ce travail, nous a également permis de définir des indices de fatigue permettant de prédire l’ampleur de la réponse de la CK et de suggérer l’existence d’un effet protecteur controlatéral. Toutefois, les limites de l’expérimentation humaine ne nous permettent pas d’envisager une « manipulation » du système expérimental. Si on veut dépasser le stade expérimental d’observation encore possible chez l’humain et aborder le stade de stimulation et/ou d’invalidation par exemple, le recours à un modèle animal s’impose de lui-même. [less ▲]

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See detailIsolation and identification of antioxidant phytochemicals from Cuban species of the genera Erythroxylum P. Browne and Pluchea Cass
Perera Cordova, Wilmer ULg

Doctoral thesis (2012)

Phytochemicals showing antioxidant properties are largely recognized as beneficial to human health and disease prevention. Cuba is well known for having a rich flora with a high percentage of endemic ... [more ▼]

Phytochemicals showing antioxidant properties are largely recognized as beneficial to human health and disease prevention. Cuba is well known for having a rich flora with a high percentage of endemic species; it is considered as an interesting source of plant species for searching bioactive metabolites. Polar and non-polar extracts were prepared by fractionation from macerations in ethanol: H2O (7:3 v/v) from several Cuban plant species. The antioxidant capacity and the concentration in phenolic compounds were assayed in these extracts. The native species Pluchea carolinensis (Jacq.) G. Don., Pluchea odorata (L.) Cass. and Pluchea rosea Godfrey were identified as the most promising sources of antioxidants. The n-butanol extracts obtained by reflux from endemic Erythroxylum alaternifolium A. Rich. var. alaternifolium, var. parvifolium and suborbiculare also displayed high antioxidant capacity and high levels in phenolic compounds. The antioxidant capacity and the phenolic content of hydroalcoholic macerations from leaves, inflorescences, stems and roots of species of the genus Pluchea were also compared. Leaf extracts followed by inflorescence extracts showed the highest values of antioxidant capacity. The species P. carolinensis was used as a model to evaluate the antioxidant capacity in two locations and two phenological stages and also for monitoring the antioxidant capacity over some months. Natural adult specimens presented a higher phenolic content, as well as higher antioxidant capacity than young and cultivated specimens. Maximal antioxidant capacity and concentrations in phenolics were recorded in January, September and December; over the blooming stage (March), the antioxidant capacity was minimal. Two different solvents of extraction and two methods were also screened for extracting the maximal concentrations in antioxidants. Hydroalcoholic extractions showed higher antioxidant capacity than ethanolic ones. However, no difference in antioxidant capacity were measured between the two methods of extraction. The antioxidant capacity of P. carolinensis was also measured in leaves of plantlets micro-propagated on three different in vitro culture media and it was compared with leaves of young specimens grown ex-vitro. The inclusion of a cytokinin in culture media increased the antioxidant capacity of the leaf extracts of plantlets grown in vitro. However, the antioxidant capacity of plantlets grown in vitro was lower than that of young specimens grown ex-vitro. Additionally, several phenolic compounds were isolated from the species studied. Two flavonol glycosides were isolated from n-butanol leaf extract of Erythroxylum alaternifolium var. alaternifolium. Moreover, 22 phenolic compounds (including 9 phenolic acids and 13 flavonoids) were also identified from leaf, inflorescence and stem extracts of the three Pluchea species. All of them are reported for the first time in Cuban Pluchea species. In addition, rosmarinic acid, ferulic acid, quercetagetin, herbacetin, quercitrin, eupalitin and 3-methyl-quercetagetin were described for the first time in the genus Pluchea. The antioxidant capacity of each of these compounds was evaluated. The results suggested that most of these phytochemicals have an important contribution to the antioxidant capacity found in plant extracts. [less ▲]

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See detailChangement climatique: Etat des lieux 2012
Ozer, Pierre ULg

Scientific conference (2012, January 30)

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See detailAnalyse de la position en 3 dimensions : intérêts pour la posturologie
Schwartz, Cédric ULg

Conference (2012, January 29)

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See detailThe Emotional Side of Paternalism: Do People Share What They Feel?
Silvestre, Aude ULg; Dardenne, Benoît ULg

Poster (2012, January 28)

We were interested in the kind of emotions felt and socially shared after experiencing paternalism (when A acts toward B with a fatherlike attitude) or blatant hostility. Participants had to read either a ... [more ▼]

We were interested in the kind of emotions felt and socially shared after experiencing paternalism (when A acts toward B with a fatherlike attitude) or blatant hostility. Participants had to read either a paternalist, hostile or factual version of the welcome speech of their new boss. They then were asked to write a text about how this day was going (social sharing measure). The results revealed that being the target of paternalism or hostility is an emotional episode which leads to social sharing of emotion. Hostility is a clearly negative episode, leading to negative social sharing. Paternalism is more ambiguous. Participants felt positive emotions (except for distrust) but they shared both positive and negative ones. Paternalism can be perceived as positive but seems to lead to negative outcomes. Our further step would be to test its negative effects on performance (reading span test). [less ▲]

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See detailLes mentions autographes dans les missives du duc de Bourgogne Philippe le Bon
Dumont, Jonathan ULg; Marchandisse, Alain ULg

in Dumézil, Bruno; Vissière, Laurent (Eds.) Epistolaire politique II : « Authentiques et autographes (IVe–XVIe siècles) » (2012, January 27)

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See detailMachine learning techniques for atmospheric pollutant monitoring
Sainlez, Matthieu ULg; Heyen, Georges ULg

Poster (2012, January 27)

Machine learning techniques are compared to predict nitrogen oxide (NOx) pollutant emission from the recovery boiler of a Kraft pulp mill. Starting from a large database of raw process data related to a ... [more ▼]

Machine learning techniques are compared to predict nitrogen oxide (NOx) pollutant emission from the recovery boiler of a Kraft pulp mill. Starting from a large database of raw process data related to a Kraft recovery boiler, we consider a regression problem in which we are trying to predict the value of a continuous variable. Generalization is done on the worst case configuration possible to make sure the model is adequate: the training period concerns stationary operations while test periods mainly focus on NOx emissions during transient operations. [less ▲]

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See detailMultifunctional poly( ε-caprolactone)-forming networks by Diels–Alder cycloaddition: effect of the adduct on the shape-memory properties
Defize, Thomas ULg; Riva, Raphaël ULg; Jérôme, Christine ULg et al

in Macromolecular Chemistry and Physics (2012), 213(2), 187-197

Star-shaped poly(e-caprolactone)s are functionalized by various dienes (furan and anthracene) and a dienophile (maleimide), and the kinetics of network formation by melt-blending is compared for both ... [more ▼]

Star-shaped poly(e-caprolactone)s are functionalized by various dienes (furan and anthracene) and a dienophile (maleimide), and the kinetics of network formation by melt-blending is compared for both Diels–Alder adducts. When curing at 60 °C, the anthracene–maleimide network forms more rapidly and gives rise to a more crosslinked material than with the furan–maleimide adduct. Shape-memory properties of the networks are compared in terms of Diels–Alder adduct stability. Both materials exhibit excellent fixity and recovery ratios, but the relatively low retro Diels–Alder temperature of the furan–maleimide adduct perturbs the mechanical stability of the network during cyclic tensile testing between 0 and 60 °C, whereas the anthracene–maleimide adduct is shown to be stable up to 150 °C. [less ▲]

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See detailHistorical Introduction to the Belgian Legal System
Gerkens, Jean-François ULg

Scientific conference (2012, January 27)

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See detailLe care dans l’accompagnement professionnel de curriculum
Pirard, Florence ULg

Scientific conference (2012, January 27)

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