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See detailFunctional studies at Liège
Rots, Veerle ULg; Cnuts, Dries ULg; Coppe, Justin ULg et al

Poster (2013, December 07)

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See detailFunctional study of Arabidopsis thaliana ASF/SF2-like pre-mRNA SR splicing factors
Stankovic, Nancy ULg; Tillemans, Vinciane; Leponce, Isabelle et al

Poster (2012, July 04)

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See detailFunctional study of Arabidopsis thaliana ASF/SF2-like pre-mRNA SR splicing factors
Stankovic, Nancy ULg; Tillemans, Vinciane; Hanikenne, Marc et al

Poster (2010, January 26)

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See detailFunctional study of human tonsillar follicular dendritic cells.
Simar, L. J.; Lilet, Chantal ULg; Heinen, Ernst ULg et al

in Acta Oto-Rhino-Laryngologica Belgica (1984), 38(3), 278-87

Follicular dendritic cells (FDC) isolated from human tonsils and adenoids appear as round clusters where the FDC surround lymphoid cells. Using fluorescein and colloidal gold labelled antibodies we ... [more ▼]

Follicular dendritic cells (FDC) isolated from human tonsils and adenoids appear as round clusters where the FDC surround lymphoid cells. Using fluorescein and colloidal gold labelled antibodies we determined their surface antigens, the immunoglobulins they fix and the cells they envelope. Isolated FDC react with specific anti-FDC antibodies but also with an anti-monocyte/macrophage antibody and with anti-HLA-DR antibodies. They retain IgG, IgM, IgA and IgE but not IgD immunoglobulins; this retention occurs, according to our results, via their Fc and C3b receptors. The cells they envelope are mainly B cells, but also occasionally T helper cells. T suppressor cells were only rarely found in contact with FDC. We suggest that FDC create a micro-environment favourable to the proliferation and differentiation of B cells during the humoral response. [less ▲]

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See detailFunctional study of the pectoral spine stridulation mechanism in different mochokid catfishes
Parmentier, Eric ULg; Fabri, Grégory ULg; Kaatz, Ingrid et al

in Journal of Experimental Biology (2010), 213

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See detailFunctional study of the Ser/Arg-rich splicing factor SRSF5a during zebrafish embryonic development
Joris, Marine ULg; Muller, Marc ULg; Motte, Patrick ULg

Poster (2014, June 05)

Nuclear pre-mRNA splicing is a key process regulating gene expression in eukaryotes. Splicing consists in the removal of introns and the joining of exons within a dynamic macromolecular complex called the ... [more ▼]

Nuclear pre-mRNA splicing is a key process regulating gene expression in eukaryotes. Splicing consists in the removal of introns and the joining of exons within a dynamic macromolecular complex called the spliceosome, which consist of five small nuclear ribonucleoproteins (snRNPs) and numerous non snRNPs proteins (1). Amongst these non snRNPs proteins, the SR proteins family constituted an important group of splicing factors that are involved in constitutive and alternative splicing (2,3). SR proteins are structurally related as they are characterized by one or two RNA-recognition motifs (RRMs) in N-ter and a C-terminal domain enriched in dipeptide Ser/Arg. Phylogenetic inference using the RRM domain allowed us to identify 13 encoding genes for SR proteins in the vertebrate model organism, Danio rerio. The Zebrafish is increasingly recognized as a powerful model for the study of vertebrate embryonic development in a physiological context. The roles of SR splicing factors during animal cell differentiation and development are largely unknown. The aim of the present research is to investigate SR proteins functions during zebrafish development by using molecular and genetic approaches. In this study, we investigated the role of the SR splicing factor SRSF5a. The expression profile was determined by in situ hybridization at 24, 48 and 72 hours post-fertilization and showed SRSF5a expression mainly in brain, retina and pharyngeal arches at these stages. Furthermore, SRSF5a knock-down by morpholinos microinjection strongly suggests an important role of this specific splicing factor during eyes and brain development. In order to gain insight into the molecular function of SRSF5a, we analysed control and morphant transcriptomes using high throughput RNA sequencing. Finally, we use a complementary approach to morpholinos and generate SRSF5a mutant fishes using TALENs (Tal effector nucleases)(4,5). 1. Wahl MC, Will CL, & Luhrmann R (2009) The spliceosome: design principles of a dynamic RNP machine. Cell 136(4):701-718. 2. Long JC & Caceres JF (2009) The SR protein family of splicing factors: master regulators of gene expression. Biochem J 417(1):15-27. 3. Graveley BR (2000) Sorting out the complexity of SR protein functions. RNA 6(9):1197-1211. 4. Moore et al. (2012) Improved Somatic Mutagenesis in Zebrafish Using Transcription Activator-Like Effector Nucleases (TALENs). Plos One 120(1):1-12. 5. Cade et al (2012) Highly efficient generation of heritable zebrafish gene mutations using homo- and heterodimeric TALENs. Nucleic acid research Vol 40, No 16:8001-8010. [less ▲]

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See detailFunctional study of the Ser/Arg-rich splicing factor SRSF5a during zebrafish embryonic development.
Joris, Marine ULg; Larbuisson, Arnaud ULg; Muller, Marc ULg et al

Poster (2013, April 18)

To investigate the role of the splicing factor SRSF5a during zebrafish embryonic development, we performed SRSF5a knockdown by morpholino microinjection and we analysed control and morphant transcriptomes ... [more ▼]

To investigate the role of the splicing factor SRSF5a during zebrafish embryonic development, we performed SRSF5a knockdown by morpholino microinjection and we analysed control and morphant transcriptomes using RNA sequencing. [less ▲]

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See detailFunctional suppression of the yeast msb3- mutation
Biver, Sophie ULg; Vandenbol, Micheline ULg

Poster (2010, September)

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See detailFunctional Templates and Their Applications to 3-D Object Recognition
Delanoy, Richard L.; Verly, Jacques ULg; Dudgeon, Dan E.

Conference (1992, March)

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See detailA functional test procedure for the improved commissioning of a VAV system
Andre, Philippe ULg; Lacôte, P.; Aparecida Silva, Cl. et al

Conference (2004, October)

In the context of the IEA40 research project, a specification of a “Functional Test Procedure” was progressively developed using the CA-MET building in Namur as real size test bench for the application ... [more ▼]

In the context of the IEA40 research project, a specification of a “Functional Test Procedure” was progressively developed using the CA-MET building in Namur as real size test bench for the application and validation of the procedure. The target system is a typical VAV system devoted to the ventilation, cooling and air conditioning functions. The procedure consists in a series of operations to be applied to the system, considered as a set of connected components and taking into account the following constraints: - time availability - intrinsic limitations of the system - reference performances The proposed procedure is divided in two sets of actions: - a number of preliminary actions allowing to take the best benefit of the subsequent phases: o identification of available measurement points o identification of actuators characteristics o identification of control strategies o aeraulic network calculations o selection of measurement techniques and experimental design - the verification tasks themselves: The philosophy of the verification process is to bring the system into a number of states whoch allowed each specific checks to be carried out. The organisation of the procedure tries to optimize the time spent for commissioning by logically sequencing the operations according to the following order: - test in manual operation - test in manual stop - test in normal operation - test at maximum flowrate - test at minimum flowrate - test in automatic stop The paper will provide the specific operations to be carried out at each step and will illustrate the whole process with the prototyping work performed on the CA-MET building in Namur. [less ▲]

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See detailFunctional traits and speciation of tropical African species: the case of genus Guibourtia Benn
Tosso, Dji-ndé Félicien ULg; Daïnou, Kasso ULg; Hardy, J. Olivier et al

Poster (2014, January 07)

Nowadays, comparative ecology approach is widely used to understand mechanisms of speciation. In evolutionary biology, few studies take into account the importance of physiological traits as criteria for ... [more ▼]

Nowadays, comparative ecology approach is widely used to understand mechanisms of speciation. In evolutionary biology, few studies take into account the importance of physiological traits as criteria for interspecific differentiation, although such an approach is particularly suited to infer the adaptive capacities of taxa. The genus Guibourtia Benn (Fabaceae / Caesalpinioideae), composed of 13 species in Africa, seems an ideal candidate for this study. As a matter of fact, this model includes not only species of different vegetation ecosystems (forest and savanna) but also morphologically very similar species found in various areas with different climates and soils (sandy, clayloam, limestone, hydromorph). Addressing speciation issues, our study seeks to test the hypothesis that populations of closely related species should be studied in terms of both functional traits and phylogeny. In this research, two questions are asked: (i) what are the phylogenetic differences within the genus Guibourtia? (ii) To what extent phylogeny, functional traits and bioclimatic envelope are linked? The results of the study will help to realize the distribution modeling of different evolutionary units of Guibourtia using a dynamic vegetation model (CARAIB) in order to propose strategies for conservation and sustainable management in the context of Central African forests. [less ▲]

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See detailFunctional traits are more variable at the intra- than inter-population level: a study of four calcareous dry-grassland plant species
Harzé, Mélanie ULg; Mahy, Grégory ULg; Monty, Arnaud ULg

in Tuexenia (2016), 36

The majority of studies investigating plant functional traits have used species average trait values, and assumed that average values were sufficiently representative of each species considered. Although ... [more ▼]

The majority of studies investigating plant functional traits have used species average trait values, and assumed that average values were sufficiently representative of each species considered. Although this approach has proven valuable in community ecology studies, plant functional traits can significant-ly vary at different scales, i.e. between but also within populations. The study of species functional trait variability can facilitate increasingly accurate studies in community ecology. Nevertheless, the current extent of within-site plant trait variability has been poorly addressed in the literature. Calcareous grass-lands are ecosystems well-suited to study plant trait variation at small spatial scales. Many species are present on heterogeneous calcareous sites, with significant differences in hydric status due to variations in soil depth, soil moisture, aspect, and slope. This study assesses the extent of intra-population func-tional trait variability and tests the hypothesis that this variability can be explained by within-site envi-ronmental heterogeneity. Three functional traits (SLA-specific leaf area, LDMC-leaf dry matter con-tent, and plant vegetative height) were assessed in three populations of four calcareous grassland spe-cies totalling 950 individuals. The heterogeneity in soil depth and potential direct incident radiation was also quantified and related to plant functional trait variability. The intra-population functional trait variability was compared to the inter-population variability of collected data and global inter-population variability data obtained from the worldwide TRY functional traits database. The results showed that SLA, LDMC, and plant height are characterized by considerable intra-population variation (SLA: 72–95%, LDMC: 78–100% and vegetative height: 70–94% of trait variability). The results also indicate higher plant height and larger SLA for individuals located in plots with deeper soils or lower potential direct incident radiation, on gentle slopes or north-facing slopes. Our findings additionally support the concept that higher plant height, higher SLA, and lower LDMC are related to higher availability of soil water. Individuals on shallow soils or in more exposed areas are better equipped to cope with environ-mental stress. Our results indicate plasticity or local adaptation in individuals to environmental hetero-geneity. This study suggests that detailed analyses involving plant functional traits require measure-ments in situ from a large number of individuals, as the degree of individual response strongly depends on an individual’s location and its micro-environmental conditions. Neglecting intra-population trait variability may be critical, as intraspecific variation can be very high at the population scale, and is likely to be driven by local environmental heterogeneity.javascript:$('next-but').click(); [less ▲]

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See detailFunctional traits are weak predictors of tree sapling growth worldwide
Paine, C. E. Timothy; Auge, Harald; Baraloto, Christopher et al

Conference (2013, June 26)

Functional traits, well-defined characteristics of organisms that influence or coordinate with ecological performance, promise that one may predict vital rates, such as survival and growth, by measuring a ... [more ▼]

Functional traits, well-defined characteristics of organisms that influence or coordinate with ecological performance, promise that one may predict vital rates, such as survival and growth, by measuring a few aspects of anatomy and physiology. Functional traits have been shown to correlate significantly, though weakly, with the relative growth rate (RGR) of trees in five Neotropical forests. Here, we estimated size-standardized height RGR for 26344 saplings of 240 species from 23 sites around the world using nonlinear models of growth. We then predicted the contribution of three functional traits (specific leaf area, wood density and seed mass) to individual RGR with a hierarchical Bayesian model. The three functional traits, alone and in combination, explained a relatively small amount of variance in RGR, with variation among continents and between temperate and tropical regions. We echo the calls for researchers to shift toward the measurement of 'hard' functional traits, with clear linkages to realized vital rates, rather than 'soft' functional traits, which are easier to measure but may only indicate the theoretical maxima of vital rates. Doing so would advance ecology onto a more solidly functional foundation. [less ▲]

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See detailA functional variant of lymphoid tyrosine phosphatase is associated with type I diabetes.
Bottini, Nunzio; Musumeci, Lucia ULg; Alonso, Andres et al

in Nature Genetics (2004), 36(4), 337-8

We report that a single-nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) in the gene (PTPN22) encoding the lymphoid protein tyrosine phosphatase (LYP), a suppressor of T-cell activation, is associated with type 1 diabetes ... [more ▼]

We report that a single-nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) in the gene (PTPN22) encoding the lymphoid protein tyrosine phosphatase (LYP), a suppressor of T-cell activation, is associated with type 1 diabetes mellitus (T1D). The variants encoded by the two alleles, 1858C and 1858T, differ in a crucial amino acid residue involved in association of LYP with the negative regulatory kinase Csk. Unlike the variant encoded by the more common allele 1858C, the variant associated with T1D does not bind Csk. [less ▲]

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See detailFunctional, inflammatory and morphological characterisation of a cat model of allergic airway inflammation
Kirschvink, N.; Leemans, Jérôme ULg; Delvaux, François et al

in Veterinary Journal (2007), 174(3), 541-553

The aims of this study were to characterise a model of feline allergic airway inflammation and to test through a longitudinal investigation whether five repeated allergen exposures would lead to signs of ... [more ▼]

The aims of this study were to characterise a model of feline allergic airway inflammation and to test through a longitudinal investigation whether five repeated allergen exposures would lead to signs of airway remodelling that would be detectable in vivo. Eight healthy control cats and eight cats sensitised with Ascaris suum allergens were investigated. Barometric whole body plethysmography (BWBP) was used for the assessment of respiratory variables and airway responsiveness (AR). Bronchoalveolar lavage fluid (BALF) was sampled for cytology and determination of F-2-isoprostane concentration and matrix metalloproteinase type 9 (MMP-9) activity. Thoracic radiography and bronchoscopy scores were also established. Cats were investigated prior to sensitisation and after inhalation of placebo or allergen challenge 1. BWBP measurements revealed a significant increase of enhanced pause (Penh), an index of bronchoconstriction, and AR in sensitised cats in response to allergen challenge 1. A significant increase in BALF neutrophil and eosinophil %, F-2-isoprostane concentration and MMP-9 activity, and increased radiography and bronchoscopy scores were recorded. After a recovery period of 6 weeks, all variables except BALF MMP-9 returned to baseline values. Four further allergen challenges induced similar changes to those seen in challenge I and no signs of persistent changes suggestive of bronchial remodelling were detectable. The model provides an in vivo approach to functional, inflammatory and morphological changes occurring in response to single and repeated allergen exposure. [less ▲]

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See detailThe functional-biogeography of the reef fishes in the Gulf of California: over-importance of a handful of sites
Olivier, Damien ULg; Reyes Bonilla, Hector

Poster (2016, October 03)

Functional biogeography is a new discipline allowing to link biogeographical patterns of trait and species diversity. This new area of research has a role in conservation policy because it permits to ... [more ▼]

Functional biogeography is a new discipline allowing to link biogeographical patterns of trait and species diversity. This new area of research has a role in conservation policy because it permits to create functional maps to highlight hotspots of biodiversity. In this study, we evaluate the taxonomic and functional diversity of the reef-fishes in 30 “archipelagoes” widespread along the Gulf of California (GOC). The question before us is to highlight areas requiring a particular intention in conservation policy because they represent a large part of the legacy of reef-fish diversity in the GOC. To do so, we used a recently developed method to classify the reef-fishes species of the GOC in functional entities (FEs). The FEs are based on unique combinations of six categorical traits known to influence the functional role of fishes (e.g. size, diet…) and their number represent the level of functional diversity of the community. The results showed that the Baja California Sur has the most diversified reef-fishes community, both taxonomically and functionally (more than 90% of the species and of the functional diversity are represented). This result is mainly due to four archipelagoes that present a dazzling diversity, i.e. Carmen, San José, Espiritu Santo and Cerralvo. Each of these islands includes 60% or more of the taxonomic and functional diversity of the GOC. Two of these archipelagoes benefit of a protection level through the National Parks of Loreto and Espiritu Santo. However, the former is poorly functioning and the latter is under evaluation. The outcomes of the present study provide a global map of the reef-fishes diversity through the GOC, in term of species number and functional diversity. These results allow the identification of four major hotspots of diversity that should require a particular attention to preserve the legacy of reef-fishes diversity in the GOC. [less ▲]

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See detailFunctionalisation and chemical characterisation of cellulose derived carbon aerogels
Grzyb, Bartosz; Hildenbrand, Claudia; Berthon-Fabry, Sandrine et al

in Carbon (2010), 48

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See detailFunctionality in single-molecule devices: Model calculations and applications of the inelastic electron tunneling signal in molecular junctions
Dash, Louise K; Ness, Hervé; Verstraete, Matthieu ULg et al

in Journal of Chemical Physics (2012), 136

We analyze how functionality could be obtained within single-molecule devices by using a combination of non-equilibrium Green's functions and ab initio calculations to study the inelastic transport ... [more ▼]

We analyze how functionality could be obtained within single-molecule devices by using a combination of non-equilibrium Green's functions and ab initio calculations to study the inelastic transport properties of single-molecule junctions. First, we apply a full non-equilibrium Green's function technique to a model system with electron-vibration coupling. We show that the features in the inelastic electron tunneling spectra (IETS) of the molecular junctions are virtually independent of the nature of the molecule-lead contacts. Since the contacts are not easily reproducible from one device to another, this is a very useful property. The IETS signal is much more robust versus modifications at the contacts and hence can be used to build functional nanodevices. Second, we consider a realistic model of a organic conjugated molecule. We use ab initio calculations to study how the vibronic properties of the molecule can be controlled by an external electric field which acts as a gate voltage. The control, through the gate voltage, of the vibron frequencies and (more importantly) of the electron-vibron coupling enables the construction of functionality: nonlinear amplification and/or switching is obtained from the IETS signal within a single-molecule device. [less ▲]

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