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See detailCharacterization of Black locust (Robinia pseudoacacia L.) heartwood extractives: identification of resveratrol and piceatannol
Sergent, Thérèse; Kohnen, Stéphane; Jourez, Benoît ULg et al

in Wood Science and technology (2014)

Robinia pseudoacacia L. heartwood is characterized by a very high natural durability. However, a significant difference was observed between the mature and juvenile heartwood, the latter presenting less ... [more ▼]

Robinia pseudoacacia L. heartwood is characterized by a very high natural durability. However, a significant difference was observed between the mature and juvenile heartwood, the latter presenting less durability against fungi decay, which could be attributed to lower extractive content. In order to elucidate this idea, extractives from mature and juvenile heartwoods of black locust trees were investigated. Results showed that extractive and phenolic contents were higher in mature than in juvenile heartwoods. The identification of phenolic compounds by UPLC–DAD–MS/MS revealed, for the first time, the presence of resveratrol and piceatannol. These two stilbenes as well as the flavonoid dihydrorobinetin were present at the highest level in mature heartwood, and as they are known antifungals, they could account for the great durability of mature heartwood. The stilbenes were detected in significant amounts particularly in mature heartwood where piceatannol reached a level tenfold higher than that reported for Japanese knotweed roots, the primary natural source of these stilbenes, whereas resveratrol level was comparable with reported values. As resveratrol and piceatannol receive increasing demand for nutraceutical, cosmetic and, possibly, pharmaceutical purposes, due to their beneficial health effects, this study underlines the use of R. pseudoacacia as a promising sustainable and economical source of resveratrol and piceatannol. [less ▲]

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See detailCharacterization of BoHV-5 field strains circulation and report of transient specific subtype of bovine herpesvirus 5 in Argentina
Maidana, S. S.; Ladelfa, M. F.; Perez, S. et al

in BMC Veterinary Research (2011), 7

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See detailCharacterization of bovine and human cellular prion protein expressed in the central nervous system and in lymphoid organs.
Defaweux, Valérie ULg; Stramiello, Sara; Capellari, Sabina et al

Poster (2005, October)

Prion cell tropism varies significantly among animal species, depending on both the agent strain and host-specific factors. For example, prions show high lymphotropism in scrapie infected sheep and vCJD ... [more ▼]

Prion cell tropism varies significantly among animal species, depending on both the agent strain and host-specific factors. For example, prions show high lymphotropism in scrapie infected sheep and vCJD, but little, if any, in sCJD or BSE. In particular, the BSE strain is associate with significant PrP-res accumulation in tonsils, spleen and appendix in humans, whereas, it is largely confined to the nervous system in infected cattle. So, it appears that, at least in the case of BSE and vCJD, host properties can influence the accumulation of the infectious agent in lymphoid organs. Given that the normal cellular prion protein (PrPC), is sine qua non for PrP-res formation and the development of TSE, it appears reasonable to hypothesize that tissue-specific PrPC properties may represent one of the host factors influencing the cell tropism of the infectious agent in human or bovine. We applied a western blot analyses to compare the relative percentage of the di-, mono- and unglycosylated PrPC (the so called glycoform ratio) as well as the expression of truncated PrPC forms in tissues from the central nervous system and lymphoid structures (lymphoid follicles, lymphocytes and follicular dendritic cells) of both bovine and human. We found that PrPC glycoform ratio is significantly different between cerebellum and medulla in both bovine and human. Moreover, the expression of truncated forms of PrPC (i.e. 21 and 18 kDa PrPC) was also significantly heterogenous according to the brain region investigated. PrPC was highly glycosylated in spleen and lymphoid follicles isolated from bovine tonsils, mesenteric lymph nodes, ileal and jejunal Peyer’s patches. After deglycosylation, a novel PrPC truncated form with a relative molecular mass of about 25 kDa was detected in bovine lymphoid organs beside the typical 18 and 21 kDa forms. No difference in WB PrPC profile was seen in human lymphocytes extracted either from spleen or tonsil. Our results highlight variation in the profile expression of PrPC in peripheral and central tissues of bovine and human. Such differences may have an implication for PrPC function or may represent critical factors influencing the accumulation of the infectious agent in these areas. Supported by the EU contract QLG3-CT-2002-81030. [less ▲]

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See detailCharacterization of brown streak virus-resistant cassava.
Anjanappa, Ravi B.; Mehta, Devang; Maruthi, M. N. et al

in Molecular plant-microbe interactions : MPMI (2016)

Cassava brown streak disease (CBSD) has become a major constraint to cassava production in East and Central Africa. The identification of new sources of CBSD resistance is essential to deploy CBSD ... [more ▼]

Cassava brown streak disease (CBSD) has become a major constraint to cassava production in East and Central Africa. The identification of new sources of CBSD resistance is essential to deploy CBSD mitigation strategies as the disease is progressing westwards to new geographical areas. A stringent infection method based on top cleft grafting combined with precise virus titer quantitation was utilized to screen fourteen cassava cultivars and elite breeding lines. When inoculated with mixed infections of Cassava brown streak virus (CBSV) and Ugandan cassava brown streak virus (UCBSV), the scions of elite breeding lines KBH 2006/18 and KBH 2006/26 remained symptom-free during a 16-week period of virus graft inoculation, while susceptible varieties displayed typical CBSD infection symptoms at 4 weeks after grafting. The identified CBSD resistance was stable under the co-inoculation of CBSV, UCBSV with cassava geminiviruses (CGMs). Double grafting experiments revealed that transmission of CBSV and UCBSV to CBSD susceptible top scions was delayed when using intermediate scions of elite breeding lines KBH 2006/18 and KBH 2006/26. Nonetheless, comparison of virus systemic movement using scions from KBH2006/18 and a transgenic CBSD resistant 60444 line (60444-Hp9 line) showed that both CBSV and UCBSV move at undetectable levels through the stems. Further, protoplast-based assays of virus titers showed that the replication of CBSVs is inhibited in the resistant line KBH2006/18, suggesting that the identified CBSD resistance is at least partially based on inhibition of virus replication. Our molecular characterization of CBSD resistance in cassava offers a robust virus-host system to further investigate the molecular determinants of CBSD resistance. [less ▲]

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See detailCharacterization of building materials from the aqueduct of Antioch-on-the-Orontes (Turkey)
Benjelloun, Yacine; de Sigoyer, Julia; Carlut, Julia et al

in Comptes Rendus Geoscience (2015)

The Roman aqueduct of Antioch-on-the-Orontes (Turkey), a city located near the junction between the active Dead Sea fault and the East Anatolian fault, has been damaged several times due to historical ... [more ▼]

The Roman aqueduct of Antioch-on-the-Orontes (Turkey), a city located near the junction between the active Dead Sea fault and the East Anatolian fault, has been damaged several times due to historical earthquakes, as mentioned in ancient texts. The traces of repairs are studied in order to identify their potential seismic origin. The deformations of the structure were characterised thanks to a LIDAR scan. Several bricks were sampled on different parts of the city’s aqueducts, on the original structure and on repaired parts. The bricks were characterized through a petrological approach. 14C and archaeomagnetism were tested on the bricks in order to constrain the age of their production. The synthesis of all the data showed a local origin for the bricks, and led to the identification of several manufacturing techniques and several types of production, thus, confirming the potentiality of this approach to date and characterise post-seismic repairs. [less ▲]

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See detailCharacterization of caprine herpesvirus 1 glycoprotein D gene and its translation product
Keuser, Véronique; Detry, Bruno; Thiry, Julien ULg et al

in Virus Research (2006), 115(2), 112-121

Caprine herpesvirus 1 (CpHV- 1) is responsible of systemic infection in neonatal kids as well as abortion and fertility disorders in adult goats. This virus is closely related to bovine herpesvirus 1 ... [more ▼]

Caprine herpesvirus 1 (CpHV- 1) is responsible of systemic infection in neonatal kids as well as abortion and fertility disorders in adult goats. This virus is closely related to bovine herpesvirus 1 (BoHV-1) which causes infectious bovine rhinotracheitis. Glycoprotein D (gD) mediates important functions in alphaherpesviruses and is also a main inummogen. The sequence of CpHV-1 gD gene and the biochemical properties of its translation product were analyzed and compared to those of BoHV-1 and other alphaherpesviruses. A relatively high homology was found between CpHV-1 and BoHV-1 glycoproteins D amino acid sequences (similarity of 68.8%). Moreover, six cysteine residues are conserved by CpHV-1 gD and the other studied alphaherpesviruses. CpHV-1 gD has a molecular mass similar to BoHV-1 gD and contains complex N-linked oligosaccharides. In contrast to the BoHV-1 gD, CpHV-1 gD is expressed as a late protein. In spite of the observed differences which could influence its biological functions, CpHV-1 gD, shares most characteristics with other alphaherpesviruses and especially BoHV-1. (c) 2005 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailCharacterization of CD8+ T-cell response in acute and resolved hepatitis A virus infection.
Schulte, I.; Hitziger, T.; Giugliano, S. et al

in Journal of Hepatology (2011), 54(2), 201-208

Abstract BACKGROUND & AIMS: In contrast to the infection with other hepatotropic viruses, hepatitis A virus (HAV) always causes acute self-limited hepatitis, although the role for virus-specific CD8 T ... [more ▼]

Abstract BACKGROUND & AIMS: In contrast to the infection with other hepatotropic viruses, hepatitis A virus (HAV) always causes acute self-limited hepatitis, although the role for virus-specific CD8 T cells in viral containment is unclear. Herein, we analyzed the T cell response in patients with acute hepatitis by utilizing a set of overlapping peptides and predicted HLA-A2 binders from the polyprotein. METHODS: A set of 11 predicted peptides from the HAV polyprotein, identified as potential binders, were synthesized. Peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) from patients were tested for IFNγ secretion after stimulation with these peptides and ex vivo with HLA-A2 tetramers. Phenotyping was carried out by staining with the activation marker CD38 and the memory marker CD127. RESULTS: Eight out of 11 predicted HLA-A2 binders showed a high binding affinity and five of them were recognized by CD8+ T cells from patients with hepatitis A. There were significant differences in the magnitude of the responses to these five peptides. One was reproducibly immunodominant and the only one detectable ex vivo by tetramer staining of CD8+ T cells. These cells have an activated phenotype (CD38hi CD127lo) during acute infection. Three additional epitopes were identified in HLA-A2 negative patients, most likely representing epitopes restricted by other HLA-class I-alleles (HLA-A11, B35, B40). CONCLUSIONS: Patients with acute hepatitis A have a strong multi-specific T cell response detected by ICS. With the tetramer carrying the dominant HLA-A2 epitope, HAV-specific and activated CD8+ T cells could be detected ex vivo. This first description of the HAV specific CTL-epitopes will allow future studies on strength, breadth, and kinetics of the T-cell response in hepatitis A. [less ▲]

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See detailCharacterization of changes in coronary blood flow during the first six seconds after intracoronary contrast injection.
Hodgson, J. M.; Mancini, G. B.; Legrand, Victor ULg et al

in Investigative radiology (1985), 20(3), 246-52

With current interest in digital and densitometric angiographic techniques for evaluating coronary blood flow (CBF), the immediate effects of intracoronary contrast injections on CBF are important to ... [more ▼]

With current interest in digital and densitometric angiographic techniques for evaluating coronary blood flow (CBF), the immediate effects of intracoronary contrast injections on CBF are important to establish. We investigated the effects of ECG-gated intracoronary injection of contrast on CBF with different injection rates (1-6 cc/sec), volumes (1/2-6 cc), and contrast concentrations (1/2, full strength). Sixteen open-chest dogs were instrumented with electromagnetic flow probes on the left anterior descending artery. During intracoronary injections of contrast, a characteristic decrease in coronary blood flow to approximately 45% of preinjection levels was seen an average of 1.9 seconds after intracoronary contrast injection. The timing of the depression in coronary flow was most influenced by the rate of contrast injection, and the magnitude of depression in flow was influenced by both the volume and concentration of the contrast injection. Angiographic techniques using the first 6 seconds after injection to obtain CBF measurements should take these characteristic changes into account to avoid possible errors. [less ▲]

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See detailCharacterization of chemotherapy-induced cell death in glioblastoma
Coupienne, Isabelle ULg; Fettweis, Grégory ULg; Piette, Jacques ULg

Poster (2012, December 10)

Glioblastoma constitute the most frequent and deadliest type of brain tumors. Their annual incidence is estimated between 5 and 8 cases per 100,000 people in Europe and North America. They are resistant ... [more ▼]

Glioblastoma constitute the most frequent and deadliest type of brain tumors. Their annual incidence is estimated between 5 and 8 cases per 100,000 people in Europe and North America. They are resistant to all current therapies and are associated with a very high rate of recurrence. The associated prognosis is generally very poor and most patients die within a year after diagnosis. Unfortunately, despite extensive research and use of multimodality treatments combining surgical resection, chemotherapy and radiotherapy, survival hasn’t really much improved over the last 20 years. Indeed, these tumors were shown to be characterized by a high radio- and chemo-resistance. Glioblastoma cells exhibit overexpression of the anti-apoptotic Bcl-2 family proteins and downregulation of its pro-apoptotic members, high expression of the IAPs (Inhibitors of Apoptosis Proteins) and constitutive activation of the pro-survival NF-κB pathway. Currently, the most commonly used treatment offering the best prognosis to patients consists in a combination of maximal surgical tumor resection (when feasible) with subsequent radio- and/or chemotherapy. Among the most commonly used chemotherapeutic agents, the alkylating agent temozolomide and the topoisomerase I inhibitor camptothecin occupy a central position. Therefore, in this study, the impact of both temozolomide and irinotecan (a soluble derivative of camptothecin) on glioma cell survival will be investigated. Important progress was made in the comprehension of the molecular mechanisms underlying tumor development and progression however, survival benefits conferred by the use of new drugs and therapeutic strategies are counted in months rather than years. Consequently, there is an urge to rapidly improve the efficiency of the currently used treatments. This research project consists in (i) the study of the mechanisms implicated in glioblastoma cell death induced by two chemotherapeutic agents : temozolomide and irinotecan, (ii) the identification of the mechanisms underlying the resistance of glioblastoma to these treatments, (iii) the use of pharmacological tools to interfere with those resistance strategies to enhance chemotherapy efficiency. Necrosis was, until recently, long thought to be only accidental. However, it was shown to be finely regulated by specific signalling pathways. Programmed necrosis often takes place in cells in which apoptosis cannot be properly activated and serves as a back-up cell death pathway. Previous work from our lab having already demonstrated that glioblastoma are, at least partially, apoptosis-defective, special emphasis is put on the study of necrotic parameters. Results from survival tests performed on several glioblastoma cell lines in the presence of necrotic inhibitors like necrostatin-1 (an inhibitor of the central regulator of the necrotic pathway RIP1) allows to partially overcome temozolomide and irinotecan-induced glioblastoma cell death, highlighting the role played by programmed necrosis in chemotherapy sensitivity. [less ▲]

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See detailCharacterization of Cichopeptins, New Phytotoxic Cyclic Lipodepsipeptides Produced by Pseudomonas cichorii SF1-54, and Their Role in Bacterial Midrib Rot Disease of Lettuce
Huang, CJ; Pauwelyn, E.; Ongena, Marc ULg et al

in Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions [=MPMI] (2015), 28(9), 109-1022

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See detailCharacterization of clay deposits of Nanga-Eboko (Central Cameroon): Suitability in the production of building materials
Mache, Jacques Richard ULg

in Clay Minerals (2013), 48

Clayey deposits of Nanga-Eboko (Central Cameroon) were studied to assess their potential as building materials. Characterization was performed using XRD, IR, XRF, DTA/DTG and firing. Clays appear as ... [more ▼]

Clayey deposits of Nanga-Eboko (Central Cameroon) were studied to assess their potential as building materials. Characterization was performed using XRD, IR, XRF, DTA/DTG and firing. Clays appear as discontinuous pockets with the same organizational characteristics in three villages located on both sides of the Sanaga River. The average thickness of exploitable layer is about 3m. The estimated tonnage ~7-17x105 m3 can supply an industry of great importance. SiO2 (~70%), Al2O3 (~15%) and Fe2O3 (~4%) are the predominant oxides of the natural clays. Quartz (~55%), kaolinite (~33%), illite (~5%) and K-feldspar (~4%) are major minerals. Clays are not suitable for building construction due to their fine-grained size and high plasticity properties. Firing properties of bricks (950 and 1050°C) are good despite the high shrinkage values. Therefore the addition of "degreasers' is recommended to control shaping and drying. [less ▲]

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See detailCharacterization of clay deposits of Nanga-Eboko (Central Cameroon): Suitability in the production of building materials
Nzeukou Nzeugang, A.; Medjo Eko, R.; Fagel, Nathalie ULg et al

in Clay Minerals (2013), 48(4), 655-662

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See detailCharacterization of clay from northern of Morocco for their industrial application
El Ouahabi, Meriam ULg; Fagel, Nathalie ULg

Poster (2010, May 04)

Clays are a natural resource used for millennia. Currently applications such as industrial minerals are diversified. In this context, our goal is to estimate the potential of the many clay deposits in ... [more ▼]

Clays are a natural resource used for millennia. Currently applications such as industrial minerals are diversified. In this context, our goal is to estimate the potential of the many clay deposits in northern of Morocco. The choice of this region is justified by the particular abundance of clay deposits used to manufacture building materials (brick, ceramic and refractories) and pottery. This study focuses on the mineralogical, chemical and geotechnical characterization tests carried out on Tangier-Tetouan and Meknes clays from northern of Morocco. The suitability of raw clay material from those regions in order to produce ceramic and brick has not been tested yet. The results revealed that the studied samples are diversified, kaolinite and illite (Tetouan clay) and kaolinite and illite and smectite and vermiculite (Tangier and Meknes clay) based materials. There were no major differences in grain-size distribution, whereas Meknes clay was more plastic than Tetouan-Tangier clay. The cation exchange capacity show that Meknes and Tangier clay were more important than Tetouan clay. Specific surface area and thermal analaysis complete this caracterization. It was found that almost all technological properties of the Meknes clay deposit are led to the manufacture of ceramic floor tile, and Tetouan-Tangier clay provide opportunities to making brick and ceramic floor. The Tetouan- Tangier and Meknes clay are a potential ceramic raw material for growing Morrocan ceramic tile and brick industries [less ▲]

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See detailCharacterization of Clostridium perfringens isolated from necrotic enteritis of fowls.
Das, B. C.; Dutta, G. N.; Daube, Georges ULg et al

in Indian Journal of Animal Sciences (The) (1997), 67(1), 35-36

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See detailCharacterization of Clostridium perfringens isolates from goats.
Phukan, A.; Dutta, G.-N.; Daube, Georges ULg et al

in Indian Veterinary Journal (The) (1997), 74

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See detailCharacterization of collagen fibrils after equine suspensory ligament injury: an ultrastructural and biochemical approach
Shikh Al Sook, Mohamad Khir ULg; Gabriel, Annick ULg; Salouci, Moustafa et al

in Veterinary Journal (2015)

Suspensory ligament (SL) injuries are an important cause of lameness in horses. The mechanical properties of connective tissue in normal and pathological ligaments are mainly related to the fibril ... [more ▼]

Suspensory ligament (SL) injuries are an important cause of lameness in horses. The mechanical properties of connective tissue in normal and pathological ligaments are mainly related to the fibril morphology, as well as the collagen content and types. The purpose of this study was to evaluate, using biochemical and ultrastructural approaches, the alterations in collagen fibrils after injury. Eight Warmblood horses with visible signs of injury in only one forelimb SL were selected and specimens were examined by transmission electron microscope (TEM). Collagen types I, III and V were purified by differential salt precipitation after collagen extraction with acetic acid containing pepsin. TEM revealed abnormal organization as well as alterations in the diameter and shape of fibrils after SL injury. The bands corresponding to types I, III and V collagen were assessed by densitometry after sodium dodecyl sulphate polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis (SDS-PAGE). Densitometric analysis indicated that the proportions of type III and type V collagen were significantly higher (P <0.001) in damaged tissues compared to normal tissues with a mean increase of 20.9 and 17.3% respectively. Concurrently, a significant decrease (P <0.001) in type I collagen within damaged tissues was recorded with a mean decrease of 15.2%. These alterations could be the hallmark of a decrease in the tissue quality and mechanical properties of the ligament. This provides new insight for subsequent research on tissue regeneration that may lead to the development of future treatment strategies for SL injury. [less ▲]

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