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See detailInfluence of moderate temperatures on myristoyl-CoA metabolism and acyl-CoA thioesterase activity in the psychrophilic antarctic yeast Rhodotorula aurantiaca.
Sabri, Ahmed ULg; Bare, G.; Jacques, Philippe ULg et al

in Journal of Biological Chemistry (2001), 276(16), 12691-6

The inability of psychrophilic microorganisms to grow at moderate temperatures (>20 degrees C) presently represents an unresolved thermodynamic paradox. Here we report for the psychrophilic yeast ... [more ▼]

The inability of psychrophilic microorganisms to grow at moderate temperatures (>20 degrees C) presently represents an unresolved thermodynamic paradox. Here we report for the psychrophilic yeast Rhodotorula aurantiaca A19, isolated from Antarctic ice, that the inability to grow at temperatures close to 20 degrees C is associated with profound alterations in cell morphology and integrity. High performance liquid chromatography analysis of the intracellular acyl-CoA esters revealed an abnormal accumulation of myristoyl-CoA (C14-CoA) in cells cultivated close to the nonpermissive temperature. Its concentration (500 microm) was found to be 28-fold higher than in cells cultivated at 0 degrees C. If one considers its ability to disrupt membrane bilayers and to inhibit many cellular enzymes and functions, intracellular myristoyl-CoA accumulation in the psychrophile R. aurantiaca represents one of the principal causes of growth arrest at moderate temperatures. Intracellular acyl-CoA concentrations are believed to be regulated by thioesterase activity. Thus in an attempt to explore the mechanism by which temperature disrupts myristoyl-CoA metabolism, we isolated and characterized a long chain acyl-CoA thioesterase. The monomeric 80-kDa thioesterase from the psychrophilic yeast shows a very strong specificity for myristoyl-CoA. The affinity for substrate and the catalytic efficiency of the thioesterase are optimal below 5 degrees C (temperatures habitually experienced by the strain) and dramatically decrease with increasing temperature. The loss of affinity for substrate is related to the intracellular increase of myristoyl-CoA concentration. Our observations reveal one of the probable mechanisms by which temperature fixes the limit of growth for this psychrophilic yeast. [less ▲]

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See detailInfluence of monopalmitin on the crystallization behaviour of palm oil
Verstringe, Stefanie; Danthine, Sabine ULg; Depypere, Frederic et al

Conference (2012, May)

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See detailInfluence of monopalmitin on the isothermal crystallization mechanism of palm oil
Verstringe, S.; Danthine, Sabine ULg; Blecker, Christophe ULg et al

in Food Research International (2013), 51(1), 344-353

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See detailInfluence of month of birth on growth performance and morbidity incidence in Belgian Blue cattle
de Behr, V.; Cabaraux, Jean-François ULg; Hornick, Jean-Luc ULg et al

in Book of absracts of the 52nd Annual Meeting of the European Association for Animal Production (2001)

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See detailInfluence of Morphine on the Rabbit Gastrointestinal Tract
Deflers, Hélène ULg; Bolen, Géraldine ULg; Gandar, Frederic ULg et al

Conference (2014, October 20)

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See detailInfluence of morphological characteristics of heterogeneous moraine formations on their mechanical behaviour using image and statistical analysis
Lebourg, Thomas; Riss, Joelle; Pirard, Eric ULg

in Engineering Geology (2004), 73(1-2), 37-50

The study of landslide stability on mountain slopes becomes more difficult when the sliding materials. are heterogeneous. This is a current problem with the old glacial moraines now under study in the ... [more ▼]

The study of landslide stability on mountain slopes becomes more difficult when the sliding materials. are heterogeneous. This is a current problem with the old glacial moraines now under study in the Aspe Valley, Pyrenees. Analysis of slope stability numerical models necessitates accurate data about mechanical and physical properties. Because moraines are very heterogeneous, a large sample is necessary, but, unfortunately, data acquisition costs a lot of time and money. Therefore, we would like to estimate mechanical properties from correlated variables that are easier to acquire (morphological variables using image analysis). Observations in the field and previous mechanical results in the laboratory have shown that differences between the behaviour of moraines seem to be related not only to their three-dimensional structure but also to the morphological and petrographical characteristics of their components. The moraines are classified based on textural characteristics at the sample scales based on the distributions of size and shape of their constitutive elements (blocks, matrix, etc.). Then, we study the statistical distribution of the variables to highlight the most significant variables. Next, we evaluate the results of the mechanical behaviour of the moraines, with the internal angle of friction and the effective cohesion. On seven specific moraines, we established relations between the effective internal angle of friction, the elongation factor and the roughness factor. (C) 2003 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailINFLUENCE OF MYELOPEROXIDASE ACTIVITY ON EQUINE POST-THAW SEMEN QUALITY
Ponthier, Jérôme ULg; Franck, Thierry ULg; Parrilla Hernandez, Sonia ULg et al

in Edeas, Marvin (Ed.) Proceedings of the 2nd ISANH World congress on Fertility and Antioxidants (2012, December 06)

This study confirms that active MPO is associated with cellular fraction of the ejaculate, as previously suggested for total MPO concentration in thawed semen (2). However, active MPO concentrations were ... [more ▼]

This study confirms that active MPO is associated with cellular fraction of the ejaculate, as previously suggested for total MPO concentration in thawed semen (2). However, active MPO concentrations were dramatically lower than total MPO concentrations observed in equine semen (3), which could be explained by presence of inactive MPO subunits in semen. MPO activity in sperm-rich pellet can be used as a predictive marker of post-thaw semen quality. Moreover, methods to inhibit MPO should be investigated in semen. [less ▲]

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See detailInfluence of Na doping and sintering temperature on increasing Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8 superconducting phase content in powder-form materials
Rahier, Sébastien ULg; Stassen, S.; Cloots, Rudi ULg et al

in Materials Letters (2006), 60(3), 298-300

This paper proposes a systematic way to explore the effects of Na on Bi-2212 phase formation. The influence of sodium metal is correlated with the 2212 fraction formed in the sample. The effect on the ... [more ▼]

This paper proposes a systematic way to explore the effects of Na on Bi-2212 phase formation. The influence of sodium metal is correlated with the 2212 fraction formed in the sample. The effect on the sintering temperature and the importance of the substitution site is studied. Samples are characterized by X-ray diffraction analysis (XRD). Results clearly show that the 2212 phase content is enhanced and sintering temperatures can be lowered with regard to the undoped samples. (c) 2005 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailInfluence of nanoparticle-polymer interactions on the apparent migration behaviour of carbon nanotubes in an immiscible polymer blend
Tao, Fangfang; Nysten, Bernard; Baudouin, Anne-Christine et al

in Polymer (2011), 52(21), 4798-4805

We investigate the influence of nanoparticle–polymer interactions on the apparent migration behavior of multiwall carbon nanotubes (CNTs) in an immiscible polymer blend of ethylene-acrylate copolymer (EA ... [more ▼]

We investigate the influence of nanoparticle–polymer interactions on the apparent migration behavior of multiwall carbon nanotubes (CNTs) in an immiscible polymer blend of ethylene-acrylate copolymer (EA) and polyamide 12 (PA). The polymer-CNTs interaction is tuned by using different surface modification strategies, comprising grafting and coating. Poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) and polystyrene (PS) are chosen as surface modifiers. The nanocomposite materials are prepared by melt-blending polymer-modified-CNTs in EA and PA. Polymer-grafted-CNTs tend to concentrate at the PA/EA interface, even if predispersed in PA, as opposed to pristine CNTs, which stay inside PA under the same circumstances. This new behavior is consistent with the morphology of PA/EA/(PMMA or PS) ternary blends and suggest a dominance of interfacial thermodynamics on CNTs localization. If we use polymer-coated-CNTs instead, the behavior depends on molar mass of the coating polymer. For low molar mass, it is similar to that of pristine CNTs and indicates desorption of the coating, owing to the weak interaction with the CNTs surface. Interestingly, we observe that long PS chains do not desorb and can drive the CNTs to the interface of the PA/EA blend. Moreover, the influence of kinetics is clearly observed through the dependence of CNTs interfacial confinement on dispersed droplet size. [less ▲]

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See detailInfluence of natural and synthetic peptides on biomimetic membranes
Kouzayha, Achraf; Wattraint Olivier; Nasir, Mehmet Nail ULg et al

Poster (2008)

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See detailInfluence of natural attenuation and river fluctuations on benzene dispersion in an alluvial aquifer subject to strong interactions with surface water
Batlle-Aguilar, Jordi; Brouyère, Serge ULg; Dassargues, Alain ULg et al

in Schirmer, M.; Hoehn, E.; Vogt, T. (Eds.) Groundwater Quality Management in a Rapidly Changing World (GQ'2010) (2010, June)

A contaminated alluvial aquifer, in a former gasworks factory, discharging to an adjacent river was the object of field and laboratory investigations to assess pollutant attenuation and dispersion ... [more ▼]

A contaminated alluvial aquifer, in a former gasworks factory, discharging to an adjacent river was the object of field and laboratory investigations to assess pollutant attenuation and dispersion. Various organic and inorganic compounds were found in the aquifer in concentrations exceeding regulatory values, among them, benzene, which was presenting the major worry for off-site dispersion, mainly due to its mobility and high concentration, i.e. up to 750 mg L-1 in the source zone. However, benzene could never be detected near the river which is about 160 m downgradient the main source. Due to redox conditions of the aquifer, heavy metals were almost immobile, thus not posing a major risk of dispersion off-site the brownfield. Benzene concentrations together with redox conditions in the aquifer, suggested that benzene degradation was mainly occurring within 100 m distance from the contaminant source under anoxic conditions, and most probably with sulphate as main oxidant. A numerical groundwater flow and transport model, calibrated under transient conditions, was used to simulate benzene attenuation in the alluvial aquifer towards the Meuse River. The mean benzene degradation rate used in the model was quantified in situ along the groundwater flow path using compound-specific carbon isotope analysis (CSIA). The results of the solute transport simulations confirmed that benzene concentrations decreased almost five orders of magnitude 70 m downgradient the source. Simulated benzene concentrations were found to be below the detection limit in the zone adjacent to the river and consistent with the absence of benzene in downgradient piezometers located close to the river. In a transient model scenario including groundwater-surface water dynamics, benzene concentrations were observed to be inversely correlated to the river water levels, leading to the hypothesis that benzene dispersion is mainly controlled by natural attenuation and river fluctuations. [less ▲]

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See detailInfluence of nest location and infertile eggs on hatching success of leatherback turtle nests in French Guiana
Caut, Stéphane; Guirlet, Elodie ULg; Jouquet, Pascal et al

in Canadian Journal of Zoology (2006), 84

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See detailInfluence of nitrogen fertilizer treatments on soft wheat starch characteristics
Massaux, Carine; Sindic, Marianne ULg; Lenartz, Jonathan et al

Poster (2008)

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See detailInfluence of nitrogen fertilizer treatments on soft wheat starch characteristics
Massaux, Carine; Sindic, Marianne ULg; Paridaens, A. M. et al

in Weegels, P. L.; Courtin, C. M.; Arrachid, A. (Eds.) et al Consummer driven cereal innovation: where science meets industry (2008)

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See detailInfluence of noise correction on intra- and inter-subject variability of quantitative metrics in diffusion kurtosis imaging
André, Elodie ULg; Grinberg, Farida; Farrher, Ezequiel et al

in PLoS ONE (in press)

Diffusion kurtosis imaging (DKI) is a promising extension of diffusion tensor imaging, giving new insights into the white matter microstructure and providing new biomarkers. Given the rapidly increasing ... [more ▼]

Diffusion kurtosis imaging (DKI) is a promising extension of diffusion tensor imaging, giving new insights into the white matter microstructure and providing new biomarkers. Given the rapidly increasing number of studies, DKI has a potential to establish itself as a valuable tool in brain diagnostics. However, to become a routine procedure, DKI still needs to be improved in terms of robustness, reliability, and reproducibility. As it requires acquisitions at higher diffusion31 weightings, results are more affected by noise than in diffusion tensor imaging. The lack of standard procedures for post-processing, especially for noise correction, might become a significant obstacle for the use of DKI in clinical routine limiting its application. We considered two noise correction schemes accounting for the noise properties of multichannel phased-array coils, in order to improve the data quality at signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) typical for DKI. The SNR dependence of estimated DKI metrics such as mean kurtosis (MK), mean diffusivity (MD) and fractional anisotropy (FA) is investigated for these noise correction approaches in Monte Carlo simulations and in in vivo human studies. The intra-subject reproducibility is investigated in a single subject study by varying the SNR level and SNR spatial distribution. Then the impact of the noise correction on inter-subject variability is evaluated in a homogeneous sample of 25 healthy volunteers. Results show a strong impact of noise correction on the MK estimate, while the estimation of FA and MD was affected to a lesser extent. Both intra- and inter-subject SNR related variability of the MK estimate is considerably reduced after correction for the noise bias, providing more accurate and reproducible measures. In this work, we have proposed a straightforward method that improves accuracy of DKI metrics. This should contribute to standardization of DKI applications in clinical studies and making valuable inferences in group analysis and longitudinal studies. [less ▲]

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See detailInfluence of non-adiabatic temperature variations on line profile variations of slowly rotating beta Cep stars and SPBs. I. Non-adiabatic eigenfunctions in the atmosphere of a pulsating star
Dupret, Marc-Antoine ULg; De Ridder, J.; Neuforge, C. et al

in Astronomy and Astrophysics (2002), 385

In this study, we compute theoretical line profiles of a non-radially pulsating star, taking the non-adiabatic effects into account. These non-adiabatic effects are especially important in the atmosphere ... [more ▼]

In this study, we compute theoretical line profiles of a non-radially pulsating star, taking the non-adiabatic effects into account. These non-adiabatic effects are especially important in the atmosphere, where the spectral lines are formed, and must be accounted for. In this first paper of the series, we present a new treatment of the perturbed thermal and dynamical equations in the atmosphere of a pulsating star. We apply our formalism to the computation of non-adiabatic eigenfunctions in a typical beta Cephei star with low order p-modes and in a typical slowly pulsating B star with high-order g-modes. [less ▲]

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See detailInfluence of non-adiabatic temperature variations on line profile variations of slowly rotating beta Cephei stars and SPBs. II. Simulations of line profile time series
De Ridder, J.; Dupret, Marc-Antoine ULg; Neuforge, C. et al

in Astronomy and Astrophysics (2002), 385

We investigate to what extent non-adiabatic temperature variations at the surface of slowly rotating non-radially pulsating beta Cephei stars and slowly pulsating B stars affect silicon line profile ... [more ▼]

We investigate to what extent non-adiabatic temperature variations at the surface of slowly rotating non-radially pulsating beta Cephei stars and slowly pulsating B stars affect silicon line profile variations. We use the non-adiabatic amplitudes of the effective temperature and gravity variation presented in Dupret et al. (\cite{Dupret02}), together with a Kurucz intensity grid, to compute time series of line profile variations. Our simulations point out that the line shapes do not change significantly due to temperature variations. We find equivalent width variations of at most two percent of the mean equivalent width. We confront our results with observational equivalent width variations and with photometrically obtained effective temperature variations. Based on observations obtained with the Swiss photometric telescope and with the ESO/CAT telescope, at La Silla in Chile. [less ▲]

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See detailInfluence of nonlocal electrodynamics on the anisotropic vortex pinning in YNi2B2C
Silhanek, Alejandro ULg; Thompson, J. R.; Civale, L. et al

in Physical Review. B : Condensed Matter (2001), 64(1),

We have studied the pinning force density F-p of YNi2B2C superconductors for various field orientations. We observe anisotropies both between the c axis and the basal plane and within the plane that ... [more ▼]

We have studied the pinning force density F-p of YNi2B2C superconductors for various field orientations. We observe anisotropies both between the c axis and the basal plane and within the plane that cannot be explained by the usual mass anisotropy. For magnetic field H parallel toc, the reorientation structural transition in the vortex lattice due to nonlocality, which occurs at a field H(1)similar to1 kOe, manifests itself as a kink in F-p(H). When H perpendicular toc, F-p is much larger and has a quite different H dependence, indicating that other pinning mechanisms are present. In this case the signature of nonlocal effects is the presence of a fourfold periodicity of F-p within the basal plane. [less ▲]

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See detailInfluence of nuclear de-excitation on observables relevant for space exploration
Mancusi, Davide ULg; Boudard, Alain; Cugnon, Joseph ULg et al

in Advances in Space Research (2011), 47(7), 1194-1199

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