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See detailEtude du régime alimentaire du sanglier (Sus scrofa L.) dans les Ardennes belges
Palata Kabudi, Jean Claude; Fetter, Serge; Libois, Roland ULg et al

in Cahiers d'Ethologie (1987), 7(3), 223-246

The wild boar's diet is investigated in two forests of the Belgian Ardenne: the Nismes deciduous forest and the Transinne coniferous plantations. Two complementary approach are compared: analysis of ... [more ▼]

The wild boar's diet is investigated in two forests of the Belgian Ardenne: the Nismes deciduous forest and the Transinne coniferous plantations. Two complementary approach are compared: analysis of faeces collected throughout the year and analysis of stomach contents during the hunting season only. The faeces analysis method allows to follow the diet seasonal variations but conceals the occurence of some feed and minimizes the ingestion of vertebrates and of artificial fodder. It results from both approaches that wild boars are opportunist and omnivorous with an obvious tendency to herbivory. The human influence, direct (artificial supply) or indirect (neighbouring cultivated open fields, forest and game management, enclosure, lot of disturbances), plays the leading part in determining wild boar's diet and its food search. As a whole, plant products from natural origin come in second place in its diet whereas other feed always remain occasional, with the exception of acorn and beech mast when superabouding. A few suggestions for reducing wild boar's damage to crop and forests close the paper [less ▲]

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See detailEtude du régime alimentaire et la stratégie trophique saisonnière de la loutre d'Europe (Lutra lutra) sur l'oued Beht (Maroc)
Fareh, Mostafa; Libois, Roland ULg; Gmira, Najib et al

Conference (2012, May)

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See detailÉtude du régime et de la sélectivité alimentaire du grand cormoran (Phalacrocorax carbo) sur le lac Kivu (R.D. Congo)
Musema Bahizire, Altor; Libois, Roland ULg

in Annales des Sciences et Sciences Appliquées de l'Université Officielle de Bukavu (2010), 2

This contribution intends to give a preliminary view of the diet of the Cormorant on the lake Kivu. Fifty pellets were collected from August to October 2004 in a colony situated in Bukavu and analysed. A ... [more ▼]

This contribution intends to give a preliminary view of the diet of the Cormorant on the lake Kivu. Fifty pellets were collected from August to October 2004 in a colony situated in Bukavu and analysed. A reference collection of fish skull bones was also prepared and correlations between the length of some characteristic bones and the total length of the fish were computed, allowing the assessment of the length of each prey identified in the pellets. The cormorants eat mainly Haplochromis species (either in relative abundance or occurrences) but the biomass intake is dominated by the genera Tilapia and Oreochromis (together: 65 %). The importance of catfish (Clarias sp.) or barbels (Barbus sp.) is very small (< 4%, whatever the expression of the results). The sardine Limnothrissa miodon appears in 1 out of 5 pellets but its contribution in terms of biomass is negligible. Comparing the diet with the available resources, it appears that the cormorant is an opportunistic predator, taking almost all the available taxa (except Raiamas moorii) without selecting a particular one, except the big cichlids (genus Tilapia and Oreochromis). However, more than 90% of its preys are small fish measuring less than 10 cm. [less ▲]

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See detailEtude du reservoir genetique de la legumineuse alimentaire Phaseolus lunatus L. par l'analyse electrophoretique d'isozymes.
Maquet, A.; Wathelet, Bernard ULg; Baudoin, Jean-Pierre ULg

in Bulletin des Recherches Agronomiques de Gembloux (1994), 29(3),

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See detailEtude du rôle de Clostridium perfringens dans l'entérotoxémie bovine
Manteca, Christophe; Daube, Georges ULg; Mainil, Jacques ULg

Conference (1999)

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See detailEtude du role de Clostridium perfringens dans l'entérotoxémie bovine
Manteca, Christophe; Daube, Georges ULg; Mainil, Jacques ULg

in Bulletin et Mémoires de l'Académie Royale de Médecine de Belgique (1999), 154(6, Pt 2),

Bovine enterotoxaemia is an acute to peracute syndrome occurring mainly in calves and characterized by the sudden or very rapid death of the calf, with colics, convulsions and nervous disorders as ... [more ▼]

Bovine enterotoxaemia is an acute to peracute syndrome occurring mainly in calves and characterized by the sudden or very rapid death of the calf, with colics, convulsions and nervous disorders as clinical signs, if any. The most pronounced lesion is a necrohaemorrhagic enteritis of the jejunum, the ileum, and sometimes the colon. Suckling beef calves are the most frequently affected ones. In 67% of the 78 field cases investigated, some kind of stress was observed 24 to 36 hours prior to the death: change in diet or pasture, vaccination... The most frequently isolated bacteria, and the one isolated in highest numbers, was non-sporulated non-enterotoxigenic toxinotype A Clostridium perfringens. Reproduction of the lesions was successful in a ligated intestinal loop assay in one calf with a few of these strains, more especially with one of them, which was shown later to produce another recently described toxin, the beta 2 toxin. A role for this beta 2 toxin in bovine enterotoxaemia is thus speculated for future research. [less ▲]

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See detailEtude du rôle de Clostridium perfringens dans l'entérotoxémie du veau et prophylaxie
Daube, Georges ULg; Kaeckenbeeck, A.; Mainil, Jacques ULg et al

Conference (1990)

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See detailEtude du rôle de l’Hypoxia Inductible Facteur 1 dans les cellules myéloïdes lors d'allergie des voies respiratoires
Toussaint, Marie ULg

Doctoral thesis (2012)

Adaptive Th2 immune responses play a major orchestrating role in the development of airway allergy in mammals. It is currently known that the induction of Th2 responses closely depends on the activation ... [more ▼]

Adaptive Th2 immune responses play a major orchestrating role in the development of airway allergy in mammals. It is currently known that the induction of Th2 responses closely depends on the activation of innate immunity. Through its action on innate immune cells, Hypoxia inducible factor 1 (Hif1) has been described as a major regulator of inflammatory responses. Airway allergy is a disease whose incidence is in constant increase in developed countries, and the potential implication of Hif1 in innate immune cells during the development of such disease remains currently unknown. Therefore, we were interested in the involvement of Hif1 within innate immune cells in two experimental models of allergic airway inflammation: allergic asthma and recurrent airway obstruction (RAO). Recurrent airway obstruction is one of the most frequent respiratory syndrome that veterinary equine practice has to deal with in our countries. In the case of RAO, the role of the innate immune system, representing the first line of host defense, has not been investigated so far. We have therefore looked at the potential implication of Hif1 in pulmonary innate immune cells during this disease. We have found that, upon allergenic challenge, Hif1 expression within pulmonary innate immune cells was significantly increased in RAO-affected horses in comparison to the control animals. In addition, Hif1 expression was positively correlated to the severity of clinical dysfunctions in RAO-affected horses. We have also shown that the presence of hay-derived LPS could specifically increase Hif1 expression in macrophages. As previously described in other models of inflammation, these results allowed us to show, in a model of RAO, that Hif1 plays a pro-inflammatory role in innate immune cells. Since 90% of innate immune cells of a healthy horse are macrophages, we decided to further investigate the implication of Hif1 in lung myeloid cells. In the second study, for technical reasons, we decided to focus on another model of airway allergy, namely allergic asthma. Although molecular and cellular mechanisms governing asthma development are well characterized, very few information is available regarding the mechanisms that can prevent the development of this disease in healthy subjects. The identification of such mechanisms could be key to understand the origin of development of that epidemic disease as well as to improve the strategies of prevention. We have found that mice that were specifically deficient in Hif1 within myeloid cells (Hif1αm-/-) developed significantly more allergic inflammation in comparison to control mice. We have further shown that these mice had a higher inclination to develop a Th2 response upon allergenic challenge. We then proved that the increase of antigen-specific Th2 responses in Hif1αm-/- mice was the result of increased lymph node dendritic cells migration and antigen presentation. These results suggested that a brake to DC activation by allergens was lost following deletion of myeloid Hif1. Finally, we have found that the specific deletion of Hif1 in interstitial macrophages was indeed responsible of the observed effects. Indeed, we have shown that the TLR-dependent activation of Myd88 in interstitial macrophages induced increased expression of Hif1, thereby increasing IL-10 production from interstitial macrophages. In addition, following HDM stimulation, we observed that Hif1αm-/- interstitial macrophages produced significantly less IL-10 than control interstitial macrophages. Since we have previously shown that interstitial macrophages were capable of blocking dendritic cell activation through the production of IL-10, we proposed that Hif1 was able to control the immunoregulatory functions of interstitial macrophages by regulating their IL-10 production. Our work revealed a crucial role for Hif1 in interstitial macrophages for maintaining the immune homeostasis in the lung. It also suggests for the first time that Hif1 within innate immune cells can display an anti-inflammatory role. As a conclusion, we have been able to assess the importance of Hif1 activation within innate immune cells in the regulation of airway allergy development. We have further proposed that a compartmentalization of pro- and anti-inflammatory functions of Hif1 exists in immune cells. In opposition to what we obtained in the first study and what is currently known in the literature; we have found an anti-inflammatory role for Hif1 in innate immune cells. Indeed, thanks to its role in interstitial macrophages, Hif1 can play a crucial role in the prevention of aberrant immune responses against harmless antigens by preventing allergic sensitization. Hif1 therefore plays a key role in maintaining lung mucosal immune homeostasis. [less ▲]

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See detailEtude du rôle de l'immunité innée dans le cancer du col de l'utérus associé à une infection par le papilloma virus humain
Willems, Jérôme ULg

Master's dissertation (2009)

De plus en plus d’études mettent en avant l’importance de l’immunité innée, et plus particulièrement celle des lymphocytes innés tel que les cellules NK et les cellules TCR gamma-delta dans les réponses ... [more ▼]

De plus en plus d’études mettent en avant l’importance de l’immunité innée, et plus particulièrement celle des lymphocytes innés tel que les cellules NK et les cellules TCR gamma-delta dans les réponses immunitaires (Guerra et al., 2008; Liu et al., 2008). Le papillomavirus humain (HPV) est reconnu comme étant le principal agent causatif du cancer du col de l’utérus et de ses lésions précurseurs (SIL : Squamous intraepithelial lesions) (Walboomers et al., 1999). Le système immunitaire joue un rôle important dans le développement de ce type de cancer. Ceci a été démontré par une plus grande incidence des lésions cervicales chez les patients immunodéprimés lors d’une infection par HIV (virus d’immunodéficience humaine) (Ellerbrock et al., 2000) ainsi que la mise en évidence d’anomalies immunitaires dans la TZ (zone de transformation) et dans les SIL (Squamous Intraepithelial Lesion) (Giannini et al., 1998; Jacobs et al., 2003). Nous avons d’abord voulu déterminer les différentes sous-populations de cellules NK et TCR gamma-delta au sein des SIL au moyen de nouveaux marqueurs permettant une meilleure caractérisation celles-ci. Dans la seconde partie, nous nous sommes intéressés à l’interaction des cellules NK avec le virus HPV. Nous voulions déterminer si celui-ci induisait une prolifération de cellules NK. Nous avons donc mis au point le test de prolifération au CFSE sur un petit nombre de cellules et utilisé des VLP d’HPV16, car cette souche d’HPV se retrouve dans plus de 50% des cancers du col de l’utérus. Nous nous sommes ensuite intéressés à l’expression de MICA (MHC class I-related chains A), connu pour être un ligand du récepteur activateur NKG2D des cellules NK (Pende et al., 2001), sur les lignées CaSki et SiHa (HPV positives) par rapport à la lignée C33a (HPV négative). Nous avons également étudié l’effet du TGFb-1 (Tumor Growth Factor beta 1) sur l’expression de MICA de ces lignées car celui-ci est présent dans la TZ et il a été démontré au laboratoire qu’il augmentait l’expression de MICA sur les cellules CaSki. Trop peu d’expériences ont été réalisées sur les populations lymphocytaires des lésions et l’effet prolifératif des VLP d’HPV sur les cellules NK pour tirer des conclusions. Toutefois les techniques sont maintenant bien mises au point pour réaliser d’autres expériences. Les résultats ont confirmé ceux obtenus précédemment par le laboratoire d’accueil pour l’expression de MICA à la surface des lignées cellulaires mais pas pour les effets du TGFb-1 sur les cellules CaSki. Nous avons toutefois mis en avant une diminution de prolifération et l’induction de changements morphologiques dus au TGFb-1 sur les lignées HPV positives [less ▲]

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See detailEtude du rôle des bactéries symbiotiques de pucerons dans l'adaptation aux plantes hôtes
Yattara, Almouner Ag Alhamis ULg

Master of advanced studies dissertation (2007)

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See detailEtude du rôle des macrophages interstitiels dans l'allergie des voies respiratoires
Bedoret, Denis ULg

Doctoral thesis (2009)

Respiratory mucosal surfaces are constantly exposed to a broad range of non-pathogenic environmental antigens. In the absence of proinflammatory signals, inhalation of harmless antigens results in ... [more ▼]

Respiratory mucosal surfaces are constantly exposed to a broad range of non-pathogenic environmental antigens. In the absence of proinflammatory signals, inhalation of harmless antigens results in immunological tolerance. Indeed, lung dendritic cells stimulate the development of antigen-specific regulatory T cells. Nevertheless, epidemiological studies have shown that ambient air contains not only inert antigens but also immunostimulatory molecules of microbial origin. Of particular interest are endotoxins, a cell wall component of gram-negative bacteria that is ubiquitous in the environment. In spite of the fact that high levels of endotoxin exposure in early life protect against allergic sensitization, most evidence indicates that exposure to house-dust endotoxin is a significant risk factor for increased asthma prevalence and severity. When the respiratory tract is stimulated with airborne endotoxins, lung dendritic cells lose their tolerogenic properties and rather promote the development of an allergic response directed against concomitant aeroantigens. Although endotoxins are omnipresent in the environment and favour airway allergy, only a minority of people develops asthma. A unifying model reconciling these conflicting observations is still lacking. We report here that LPS-triggered airway allergy is tightly controlled by lung interstitial macrophages, a cell population that remains largely uncharacterized. Interstitial macrophages could be distinguished from alveolar macrophages by their unique capacity to inhibit lung dendritic cell maturation and migration upon LPS stimulation, thereby preventing sensitization to concomitant inhaled antigens. We furthermore demonstrated that functional paralysis of LPS-stimulated dendritic cells involves interleukin-10 production by interstitial macrophages. Finally, we demonstrate that specific in vivo elimination of interstitial macrophages leads to overt asthmatic reactions to innocuous airborne antigens inhaled along with low LPS doses. Our study thus reveals a crucial role for interstitial macrophages in maintaining immune homeostasis in the respiratory tract and provides an explanation for the paradox that airborne LPS has the ability to promote the induction of Th2 responses by lung dendritic cells but does not provoke airway allergy under normal conditions. In the presence of LPS, interstitial macrophages, but not alveolar macrophages, break the link between innate and adaptive immunity, allowing harmless inhaled antigens to escape from T cell-dependent responses. [less ▲]

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See detailEtude du rôle des modalités de communication dans la construction et le maintien du common ground. Développement d'une méthodologie d'analyse.
Defays, Aurore ULg; Giboin, Alain

Scientific conference (2013, December 16)

This communication aims to present the methodology developed to better understand the role of communication modalities in the process for grouding. We show that each modality of communication has its own ... [more ▼]

This communication aims to present the methodology developed to better understand the role of communication modalities in the process for grouding. We show that each modality of communication has its own role in the grounding process (analyzed with a coding scheme). We also show that in situations of remote work, communication modalities are mobilized differently by partners. Moreover, in case of impossibility to mobilize one particular modality, some compensation strategies are observed. This oral presentation also highlights joint working between Aurore Defays and Alain Giboin during a research stay in Wimmics team in Sophia Antipolis-Méditerranée Centre. [less ▲]

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See detailEtude du rôle des sites de N-glycosylation dans la pathogenèse induite par le virus de la leucémie bovine
De Brogniez, Alix ULg

Doctoral thesis (2014)

Le virus de la leucémie bovine (BLV) est un deltarétrovirus responsable d’une maladie lymphoproliférative chez le bovin. Cette maladie, appelée leucose bovine enzootique, est responsable de pertes ... [more ▼]

Le virus de la leucémie bovine (BLV) est un deltarétrovirus responsable d’une maladie lymphoproliférative chez le bovin. Cette maladie, appelée leucose bovine enzootique, est responsable de pertes économiques importantes dans l’industrie laitière et viandeuse de nombreux pays dont notamment les Etats-Unis, l’Argentine et le Brésil. Ce rétrovirus infecte les lymphocytes B à l’aide de ses glycoprotéines virales SU et TM qui fusionnent avec la membrane cellulaire. Bien que de nombreuses études se soient penchées sur la caractérisation de la propagation virale, les composants cellulaires et viraux impliqués dans le contrôle de ce mécanisme ne sont toujours pas élucidés. Mon projet de thèse s’est donc attaché à la compréhension du rôle joué par les 8 sites potentiels de glycosylation présents sur la protéine SU du BLV. Chaque site du gène a été muté individuellement par mutagenèse dirigée. L’expression, la localisation, la capacité de fusion cellulaire et la stabilité protéique ont d’abord été étudiées en culture. Des provirus mutés ont ensuite été inoculés à des moutons afin d’évaluer leur potentiel infectieux et de suivre l’évolution de la pathogenèse induite. Nos études ont permis de mettre en évidence un mécanisme de glycosylation qui limite la réplication virale et ralentit la pathogenèse en faveur de la persistance virale. [less ▲]

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