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See detailCharacterization of tillage effects on the spatial variation of soil properties using ground-penetrating radar and electromagnetic induction
Jonard, François; Mahmoudzadeh, Mohammad; Roisin, Christian et al

in Geoderma (2013), 207

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See detailCharacterization of Toxins within Crude Venoms by Combined Use of Fourier Transform Mass Spectrometry and Cloning
Quinton, Loïc ULg; Le Caër, Jean-Pierre; Phan, Gilles et al

in Analytical Chemistry (2005), 77(20), 6630-6639

The standard analytical procedure for screening the proteomic profile of a venom often relies on an appropriate combination of sample extraction, electrophoresis, reversed- phase high-performance liquid ... [more ▼]

The standard analytical procedure for screening the proteomic profile of a venom often relies on an appropriate combination of sample extraction, electrophoresis, reversed- phase high-performance liquid chromatography, mass spectrometry, and Edman degradation. We present in this study a new approach for venom screening based on Fourier transform mass spectrometry (FTMS) analysis directly on the crude venom. The venom chosen is a unique sample from Atractaspis irregularis, a species never studied at the molecular level previously. This snake belongs to the Atractaspidae family that is known to produce highly toxic venoms containing endothelin-like peptides called sarafotoxins (SRTXs). Nanoelectrospray- FTMS spectrum of the crude venom allowed the identification of 60 distinct compounds with molecular masses from 600 to 14 000 Da, which would have been impossible without the resolution of this kind of instrument. De novo sequencing within the entire venom confirmed the sequences of two new families of sarafotoxins, whose precursors had been cloned, and allowed the characterization of a third one. One particularly interesting point was that the propolypeptides appeared processed not in one unique compound, but rather in different length molecules ranging from 15 for the shorter to 30 amino acids for the longer. Moreover, our results clearly establish that in the case of A. irregularis only one copy of mature sarafotoxin emerges from each precursor, which is a totally different organization in comparison of other precursors of SRTXs. [less ▲]

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See detailCharacterization of tridimensional mixed cultures of mouse B16 melanoma cells and 3T3 fibroblasts
Coucke, Paul; Siwek, Brigitte; Munaut, Carine ULg et al

Conference (1990, September)

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See detailCharacterization of TRIP-assisted multiphase steel surface topography by atomic force microscopy
Ros-Yanez, Tanya; Houbaert, Yvan; Mertens, Anne ULg

in Materials Characterization (2001), 47

Transformation-induced plasticity (TRIP)-assisted multiphase steels have a complicated microstructure consisting of different phases, mainly ferrite, retained austenite, bainite and martensite. Atomic ... [more ▼]

Transformation-induced plasticity (TRIP)-assisted multiphase steels have a complicated microstructure consisting of different phases, mainly ferrite, retained austenite, bainite and martensite. Atomic force microscopy has been used for the phase identification and characterization of the phases in this kind of steel. A series of tests has been made on a C-Mn-Si and a C-Mn-Al TRIP-assisted steel after two different heat treatments: intercritical annealing followed by quench, and intercritical annealing followed by aging. After the aging process, the C-Mn-Al alloy was tempered in order to make metallographic observation easier, except the samples for mechanical testing, XRD or Mössbauer spectroscopy. It has been possible to identify the different phases and their topographic characteristics and to study their morphology using atomic force microscopy. The fine and complex microstructures of TRIP-assisted multiphase steels require improvements of the existing observation techniques, like electron backscattered diffraction and atomic force microscopy. Results of these techniques are presented. [less ▲]

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See detailCharacterization of tumor heterogeneity using bioimage informatics and 3D computational modeling
Stamatelos, Spyros; Carlier, Aurélie ULg; Kim, Eugene et al

Conference (2013, September 25)

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See detailCharacterization of Tunisian pomegranatenext term (Punica granatum L.) cultivars using amplified fragment length polymorphism analysis
Jbir, Rania; Hasnaoui, Nejib ULg; Mars, Messaoud et al

in Scientia Horticulturae (2008), 115(3), 231-237

The amplified fragment length polymorphism (AFLP) analysis of DNA was used to characterize 34 previous termpomegranatenext term cultivars. By using a combination of six primers, a total of 327 markers ... [more ▼]

The amplified fragment length polymorphism (AFLP) analysis of DNA was used to characterize 34 previous termpomegranatenext term cultivars. By using a combination of six primers, a total of 327 markers were scored with a mean of 57.5. The high percentage of polymorphic bands (ppb) of 94.7 and the resolving power (Rp) collective rate value of 129.14 were scored. Data proved that the tested primers were informative to discriminate among cultivars and to survey the genetic diversity in this fruit crop. It has been assumed that the local previous termpomegranatenext term germplasm is characterized by a typically continuous genetic diversity. The derived dendrogram proved that cultivars are clustered independently from their geographical origin and their denomination. In addition, AFLP permitted the generation of a nearly unlimited number of molecular markers that are reliable in differentiating the cultivars and/or the polyclonal varieties. [less ▲]

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See detailCharacterization of two Acacia gums and their fractions using a Langmuir film balance
Fauconnier, Marie-Laure ULg; Blecker, Christophe ULg; Groyne, J. et al

in Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry (2000), 48(7), 2709-2712

The mechanical properties of monolayers from two Acacia gums [Acacia senegal (L.) Willd. and Acacia seyal Del.] and their three fractions isolated by hydrophobic interaction chromatography were studied ... [more ▼]

The mechanical properties of monolayers from two Acacia gums [Acacia senegal (L.) Willd. and Acacia seyal Del.] and their three fractions isolated by hydrophobic interaction chromatography were studied with a Langmuir film balance to obtain a more complete understanding of their action mode. The analysis of compression isotherms revealed that A. senegal gums globally exhibit better interfacial properties than A. seyal ones. The behavior of the whole gums appeared to be strongly influenced by their arabinogalactan-protein complex. [less ▲]

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See detailCharacterization of two genes encoding the mitochondrial alternative oxidase in Chlamydomonas reinhardtii
Dinant, Monique; Baurain, Denis ULg; Coosemans, Nadine ULg et al

in Current Genetics (2001), 39(2), 101-108

Two cDNA clones (AOX1 and AOX2) and the corresponding genes encoding the alternative oxidases (AOXs) from Chlamydomonas reinhardtii were isolated and sequenced. The cDNAs, AOX1 and AOX2, contained open ... [more ▼]

Two cDNA clones (AOX1 and AOX2) and the corresponding genes encoding the alternative oxidases (AOXs) from Chlamydomonas reinhardtii were isolated and sequenced. The cDNAs, AOX1 and AOX2, contained open reading frames (ORFs) encoding putative proteins of 360 amino acids and 347 amino acids, respectively. For each of the ORFs, a potential mitochondrial-targeting sequence was found in the 5'-end regions. In comparison to AOX enzymes from plants and fungi, the predicted amino acid sequences of the ORFs showed their highest degree of identity with proteins from Aspergillus niger (38.1% and 37.2%) and Ajellomyces capsulatus (37% and 34.9%). Several residues supposed either to be Fe ligands or to be involved in the ubiquinol-binding site were fully conserved in both C. reinhardtii putative AOX proteins. In contrast, a cysteine residue conserved in the sequences of all higher plants and probably involved in the regulation of the enzyme activity was missing both from the AOX1 and AOX2 amino acid sequences and from protein sequences from various other microorganisms. The transcriptional expression of the AOX1 and AOX2 genes in wild-type cells and in mutant cells deficient in mitochondrial complex III activity was also investigated. [less ▲]

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See detailCharacterization of two structural aberrations in the horse by FISH with BAC clones.
Durkin, Keith ULg; Raudsepp, T; Chowdhary, B.P.

in Chromosome Research : An International Journal on the Molecular, Supramolecular and Evolutionary Aspects of Chromosome Biology (2006), 14

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See detailCharacterization of UDP-glucose : protein transglucosylase genes from potato.
Wald, F. A.; Kissen, R.; du Jardin, Patrick ULg et al

in Plant Molecular Biology (2003), 52

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See detailCharacterization of variable importance measures derived from decision trees
Sutera, Antonio ULg

Master's dissertation (2013)

In the context of machine learning, tree-based ensemble methods are common techniques used for prediction and explanation purposes in many research fields such as genetics for instance. These methods ... [more ▼]

In the context of machine learning, tree-based ensemble methods are common techniques used for prediction and explanation purposes in many research fields such as genetics for instance. These methods consist in building, by randomization, several decision trees and then aggregating their predictions. From an ensemble of trees, one can derive an importance score for each variable of the problem that assesses its relevance for predicting the output. Although these importance scores have been successfully exploited in many applications, they are not well understood and in particular, they lack a theoretical characterization. In this context, this work is a first step towards providing a better understanding of these measures from a theoretical and an empirical point of view. First, we derive, and verify empirically, an analytical formulation of the importance scores obtained from an ensemble of totally randomized trees in asymptotic conditions (i.e, infinite number of trees and infinite sample size). We then study empirically importance score distributions derived from totally randomized tree ensembles in non asymptotic conditions for several simple input-output models. In particular, we show theoretically and empirically the insensitivity of importance scores with respect to the introduction of irrelevant variables for these simple models. We then evaluate the effect of a reduction of the randomization on importance scores and their distribution. Finally, tree-based importance measures are illustrated on a digit recognition problem. [less ▲]

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See detailCharacterization of Venom Peptides using Microfluidic Separation Techniques coupled to Mass Spectrometry (LC-MS and CE-MS)
Degueldre, Michel ULg; Delvaux, Cédric ULg; Far, Johann ULg et al

Poster (2015, March)

More than the half of the principal sub-kingdoms of the animal world contains species that produce venom whose purposes are to immobilize, kill and pre-digest the preys. These venoms represent an ... [more ▼]

More than the half of the principal sub-kingdoms of the animal world contains species that produce venom whose purposes are to immobilize, kill and pre-digest the preys. These venoms represent an exceptionally rich source of various biologically active peptides, both in their structures and their effects, which are more and more useful for human being1. Yet, the total characterization of such complex samples require advanced analytical techniques mainly due to the complexity of the sample (hundreds of compounds), the limited quantities usually available and the presence of numerous PTMs, especially disulfide bridges and specific folding. Here we present a method that combines LC and CE separation techniques coupled to mass spectrometry (MS) to characterize the peptide composition of the snake venom Naja atra. The characterization will not only focus on the toxin sequencing (LC-MS and LC-MS/MS), but will also aim at analyzing the folding of the toxins (CE-MS). To this end, native and reduced/alkylated toxins will be analyzed by both techniques. Final result targets the determination of the global hydrophobic pattern and native tridimensional folding of these strongly reticulated peptides. (1) Richard J. Lewis & Maria L. Garcia, Therapeutic potential of venom peptides. Nature Reviews Drug Discovery 2003, 2, 790-802. [less ▲]

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See detailCharacterization of volatile organic compounds emitted by Barley (Hordeum vulgare L.) roots and their attractiveness to wireworms
Gfeller, Aurélie; Laloux, Morgan; Barsics, Fanny ULg et al

in Journal of Chemical Ecology (2013), 39(8), 1129-1139

Root volatile organic compounds (VOCs), their chemistry and ecological functions have garnered less attention than aboveground emitted plant VOCs. We report here for the first time on the identification ... [more ▼]

Root volatile organic compounds (VOCs), their chemistry and ecological functions have garnered less attention than aboveground emitted plant VOCs. We report here for the first time on the identification of VOCs emitted by barley roots (Hordeum vulgare L.). Twenty nine VOCs were identified from isolated 21-d-old roots. The detection of root volatiles was dependent on the medium used for root cultivation. From 7-d-old roots cultivated on sterile Hoagland gelified medium, 24 VOCs were identified, on sterile vermiculite 33 VOCs, and on non-sterile vermiculite 34 VOCs. The major VOCs identified were fatty acid derived compounds, including hexanal, methyl hexanoate, (E)-hex-2-enal, 2-pentylfuran, pentan-1-ol, (Z)-2-(pentenyl)-furan, (Z)-pent-2-en-1-ol, hexan-1-ol, (Z)-hex-3-en-1-ol, (E)-hex-2-en-1-ol, oct-1-en-3-ol, 2-ethylhexan-1-ol (likely a contaminant), (E)-non-2-enal, octan-1-ol, (2E,6Z)-nona-2,6-dienal), methyl (E)-non-2-enoate, nonan-1-ol, (Z)-non-3-en-1-ol, (E)-non-2-en-1-ol, nona-3,6-dien-1-ol and nona-2,6-dien-1-ol. In an olfactometer assay, wireworms (larvae of Agriotes sordidus Illiger, Coleoptera: Elateridae) were attracted to chemical cues emanating from barley seedlings. We discuss the role of individual root volatiles or a blend of the root volatiles detected here and their interaction with CO2for wireworm attraction. [less ▲]

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See detailCharacterization of Volatile Organic Compounds from Human Analogue Decomposition Using Thermal Desorption Coupled to Comprehensive Two-Dimensional Gas Chromatography-Time-of-Flight Mass Spectrometry
Stadler, Sonja; Stefanuto, Pierre-Hugues ULg; Brokl, Michal et al

in Analytical Chemistry (2013), 85(2), 998-1005

Complex processes of decomposition produce a variety of chemicals as soft tissues, and their component parts are broken down. Among others, these decomposition byproducts include volatile organic ... [more ▼]

Complex processes of decomposition produce a variety of chemicals as soft tissues, and their component parts are broken down. Among others, these decomposition byproducts include volatile organic compounds (VOCs) responsible for the odor of decomposition. Human remains detection (HRD) canines utilize this odor signature to locate human remains during police investigations and recovery missions in the event of a mass disaster. Currently, it is unknown what compounds or combinations of compounds are recognized by the HRD canines. Furthermore, a comprehensive decomposition VOC profile remains elusive. This is likely due to difficulties associated with the nontarget analysis of complex samples. In this study, cadaveric VOCs were collected from the decomposition headspace of pig carcasses and were further analyzed using thermal desorption coupled to comprehensive two-dimensional gas chromatography time-of-flight mass spectrometry (TD-GC × GC−TOFMS). Along with an advanced data handling methodology, this approach allowed for enhanced characterization of these complex samples. The additional peak capacity of GC × GC, the spectral deconvolution algorithms applied to unskewed mass spectral data, and the use of a robust data mining strategy generated a characteristic profile of decomposition VOCs across the various stages of soft-tissue decomposition. The profile was comprised of numerous chemical families, particularly alcohols, carboxylic acids, aromatics, and sulfides. Characteristic compounds identified in this study, e.g., 1-butanol, 1-octen-3-ol, 2-and 3-methyl butanoic acid, hexanoic acid, octanal, indole, phenol, benzaldehyde, dimethyl disulfide, and trisulfide, are potential target compounds of decomposition odor. This approach will facilitate the comparison of complex odor profiles and produce a comprehensive VOC profile for decomposition. [less ▲]

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See detailCharacterization of YbjG, a pyrophosphate phosphatase from E. coli involved in the lipid carrier undecaprenyl phosphate metabolism
Delbrassine, François ULg; Auger, Rodolphe; El Ghachi, Meriem ULg et al

Poster (2015, June 08)

•Background Undecaprenyl phosphate (C55-P) is an essential lipid carrier involved in the biosynthesis of cell surface carbohydrate polymers such as the peptidoglycan. C55-P is the result of the ... [more ▼]

•Background Undecaprenyl phosphate (C55-P) is an essential lipid carrier involved in the biosynthesis of cell surface carbohydrate polymers such as the peptidoglycan. C55-P is the result of the dephosphorylation of the undecaprenyl pyrophosphate (C55-PP) by specific phosphatases. In Escherichia coli this dephosphorylation can be performed by four integral membrane proteins, BacA, and three members of the type 2 phosphatidic acid phosphatase family (PAP2), PgpB, YbjG, and LpxT. •Objectives The aim of this project is to characterize YbjG and contributes to the understanding of the physiological role and mechanism of action of this enzyme in the C55-P metabolism. The C55-PP phosphatases could become an interesting target in the search for new molecules with antibacterial activity. •Methods In parallel the stability of YbjG and its activity against C15-PP were assessed in 94 different detergents. Moreover the enzymatic activity of YbjG was studied: substrate specificity, optimum pH and temperature, effect of detergent concentration. •Conclusions For the first time, YbjG has been purified and we show its ability to dephosphorylate C15-PP, DGPP and C55-PP in vitro with respectively decreasing efficiency. No activity has been detected on five other potential substrates (PPi, PA, C5-PP, G6P & PNPP). The phosphatase activity on C15-PP is maximum at pH 6,5 and 25 °C. Moreover Cymal6, LMNG, & ωUDM are good detergent both for the stability and the C15-PP phosphatase activity of YbjG, but approximately half of the 94 tested detergents show C15-PP phosphatase activity on the qualitative enzymatic test. [less ▲]

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See detailCharacterization of YKL165c a new essential gene of the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae.
Delbecq, X.; Godrie, Thérèse ULg; Portetelle, Daniel ULg et al

in Current Genetics (1999), 35

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See detailCharacterization of YKL165c a new essential gene of the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae.
Delbecq, Xavier; Godrie, Thérèse ULg; Portetelle, Daniel ULg et al

in Archives Internationales de Physiologie et de Biochimie (1999), 107

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