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See detailIdentification of aphid salivary proteins: a proteomic investigation of Myzus persicae.
Harmel, Nicolas ULg; Letocart, E.; Cherqui, A. et al

in Insect Molecular Biology (2008), 17(2), 165-74

The role of insect saliva in the first contact between an insect and a plant is crucial during feeding. Some elicitors, particularly in insect regurgitants, have been identified as inducing plant defence ... [more ▼]

The role of insect saliva in the first contact between an insect and a plant is crucial during feeding. Some elicitors, particularly in insect regurgitants, have been identified as inducing plant defence reactions. Here, we focused on the salivary proteome of the green peach aphid, Myzus persicae. Proteins were either directly in-solution digested or were separated by 2D SDS-PAGE before trypsin digestion. Resulting peptides were then identified by mass spectrometry coupled with database investigations. A homemade database was constituted of expressed sequence tags from the pea aphid Acyrtosiphon pisum and M. persicae. The databases were used to identify proteins related to M. persicae with a nonsequenced genome. This procedure enabled us to discover glucose oxidase, glucose dehydrogenase, NADH dehydrogenase, alpha-glucosidase and alpha-amylase in M. persicae saliva. The presence of these enzymes is discussed in terms of plant-aphid interactions. [less ▲]

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See detailIdentification of asthma-related trans-acting epistatic eQTLs using Model-Based Multifactor Dimensionality Reduction (MB-MDR)
Bessonov, Kyrylo ULg

Poster (2013, October 22)

Epistasis is likely to underlie most complex traits, including gene expression, yet it is very difficult to detect using standard approaches. SNPs located inside a gene coding region or in its vicinity (i ... [more ▼]

Epistasis is likely to underlie most complex traits, including gene expression, yet it is very difficult to detect using standard approaches. SNPs located inside a gene coding region or in its vicinity (i.e. ≤2 Mb from each 5’ and 3’ side) can influence the corresponding gene expression levels. These expression quantitative trait loci (eQTLs) are referred to as cisSNPs. In contrast, eQTLs that are outside the aforementioned gene range can also influence the gene’s expression, in which case, they are called transSNPS to that gene. In this study we considered significant cisSNPs previously identified via generalized least squares (GLS) regression modeling. We then identified those genes transcripts whose expression is regulated by cis/transSNP interaction. In this work we aimed at identifying transcripts whose expression is regulated by a cis/transSNP interactions using Model-Based Multifactor Dimensionality Reduction (MB-MDR) [2]. This model-free approach to detect trans-epistasis involves reducing a high-dimensional GxG space to GxG factor levels that either exhibit high evidence, low evidence or no evidence at all for their association to gene expression levels of interest. Our protocol was applied on real-life data from the childhood asthma management program (CAMP) [1]. It involved coupling a traditional a priori eQTL search to an a posteriori trans-epistasis analysis to identify genetic modifiers to statistically significant cisSNPs. Such an approach allows to reveal previously unreported inter-dependencies that may be important in understanding of biological mechanisms underlying human complex diseases such as asthma. The proposed protocol identified a large number trans-epistasis gene-gene effects of eQTLs. [less ▲]

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See detailIdentification of bacteria community associated with earthworm gut
Lemtiri, Aboulkacem ULg; Alabi, Taofic; Bodson, Bernard ULg et al

Poster (2012, July 26)

The role of earthworms in soil fertility and transformation of organic waste was regulary cited to be of first importance. Associated to these macro-invertebrates, a large diversity of micro-orgnisms are ... [more ▼]

The role of earthworms in soil fertility and transformation of organic waste was regulary cited to be of first importance. Associated to these macro-invertebrates, a large diversity of micro-orgnisms are found indirectly in their closed environment or directly in their gut. Functional aspects of these interactions and symbiosis in relation with soil characteristics and fertility rates are poorly developed. Here, the micro-organisms diversity and potential related functions of earthworm gut were investigated using a proteiomic approach for both protein and micro-organism identifications. Microbial community investigation was detected by proteomic approach based on bidimensional electrophoresis coupled with mass spectrometry using Matrix Assisted Laser Desorption Ionisation – time of flight (Maldi-Tof). Diversity of gut associated bacterial communities was discussed. Indeed, application of particular crop production practices such as crop residue management at the field level could regulate the gut bacterial communities in earthworm but also microbials in soils. Agricultural systems had to consider the microbial and associated organisms in the soil to enhance fertlility and crop production in sustainable ways. [less ▲]

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See detailIdentification of Bayesian posteriors for coefficients of chaos expansions
Arnst, Maarten ULg; Ghanem, Roger; Soize, Christian

in Journal of Computational Physics (2010), 229(9), 3134-3154

This article is concerned with the identification of probabilistic characterizations of random variables and fields from experimental data. The data used for the identification consist of measurements of ... [more ▼]

This article is concerned with the identification of probabilistic characterizations of random variables and fields from experimental data. The data used for the identification consist of measurements of several realizations of the uncertain quantities that must be characterized. The random variables and fields are approximated by a polynomial chaos expansion, and the coefficients of this expansion are viewed as unknown parameters to be identified. It is shown how the Bayesian paradigm can be applied to formulate and solve the inverse problem. The estimated polynomial chaos coefficients are hereby themselves characterized as random variables whose probability density function is the Bayesian posterior. This allows to quantify the impact of missing experimental information on the accuracy of the identified coefficients, as well as on subsequent predictions. An illustration in stochastic aeroelastic stability analysis is provided to demonstrate the proposed methodology. [less ▲]

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See detailIdentification of biochemical reaction networks using a parameter-free coordinate system
Fey, Dirk ULg; Findeisen, Rolf; Bullinger, Eric ULg

in Iglesias, P. A.; Ingalls, B. (Eds.) Control-Theoretic Approaches in Systems Biology (2009)

A fundamental step in systems biology is the estimation of kinetic parameters, such as association and dissociation constants. Often, their direct estimation from in-vivo studies on isolated reactions is ... [more ▼]

A fundamental step in systems biology is the estimation of kinetic parameters, such as association and dissociation constants. Often, their direct estimation from in-vivo studies on isolated reactions is expensive, time-consuming or even infeasible. Therefore, it is necessary to estimate them from indirect measurements, such as time-series data. This chapter proposes an observer-based parameter estimation methodology particularly suited for biochemical reaction networks in which the reaction kinetics are described by polynomial or rational functions. The parameter estimation is performed in three steps. First, the system is transformed into a new set of coordinates in which the system is parameter-free. This facilitates the design of a standard observer in the second step. Finally, the parameter estimates are obtained in a straight-forward way from the observer states, transforming them back to the original coordinates. The approach is illustrated by an example of a MAP kinase signaling pathway. [less ▲]

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See detailIdentification of Biochemical reaction networks: challenges and possible solutions
Bullinger, Eric ULg

Scientific conference (2008, April 25)

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See detailIdentification of biomarkers of hemostatic, endothelial and immune function in sepsis
GOTHOT, André ULg; GOSSET, Christian ULg; FOGUENNE, Jacques ULg et al

in Belgian Journal of Hematology (2013)

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See detailIdentification of biomarkers to estrogen exposure using MCF-7/BOS cell line exposed to 17β-estradiol and phytoestrogens
Collodoro, Mike ULg; Bertrand, Virginie ULg; Lemaire, Pascale ULg et al

Poster (2009, June)

Use of an estrogen responsive cell line and proteomic for biomarker discovery and the screening of xenoestrogen

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See detailIdentification of bla(IMP-22) in Pseudomonas spp. in urban wastewater and nosocomial environments: biochemical characterization of a new IMP metallo-enzyme variant and its genetic location.
Pellegrini, Cristina; Mercuri, Paola ULg; Celenza, Giuseppe et al

in The Journal of antimicrobial chemotherapy (2009), 63(5), 901-8

OBJECTIVES: The aim of the study was the biochemical characterization of a new variant of the metallo-beta-lactamase, IMP-22. Moreover, the genetic environment of the bla(IMP-22) gene was investigated in ... [more ▼]

OBJECTIVES: The aim of the study was the biochemical characterization of a new variant of the metallo-beta-lactamase, IMP-22. Moreover, the genetic environment of the bla(IMP-22) gene was investigated in Pseudomonas fluorescens and Pseudomonas aeruginosa collected from urban wastewater and a teaching hospital in L'Aquila, Italy. METHODS: Molecular characterization of genetic elements was carried out by PCR and DNA sequencing methods. The new enzyme was purified from recombinant Escherichia coli BL21(DE)Rosetta/pBC-SK/IMP-22. Steady-state kinetic parameters (K(m) and V(max)) were determined for a large pattern of substrates. RESULTS: A new IMP metallo-beta-lactamase gene was found in a class 1 integron and in one case, in a plasmid of Pseudomonas spp. The bla(IMP-22) encodes for a pre-protein of 246 amino acids and the N-terminus of the mature beta-lactamase (NH(2)-PDLK) was also determined. The molecular mass and pI were 24 930 Da and 6.2, respectively. On the basis of the kinetic parameters calculated (K(m) and V(max)), IMP-22 was found to hydrolyse narrow- and extended-spectrum beta-lactams. Enzyme activity was found to be inhibited by metal chelators such as EDTA, 1,10-o-phenathroline and dipicolinic acid with an IC(50) of 800, 750 and 300 microM, respectively. CONCLUSIONS: The finding of the bla(IMP-22) gene in P. fluorescens environmental strains and P. aeruginosa clinical isolate suggests the ongoing spread of bla(MBL) genes in several bacterial species and in different environments. [less ▲]

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See detailIdentification of BlaR, the signal transducer for β-lactamase production in Bacillus licheniformis, as a penicillin-binding protein with strong homology to the OXA-2 β-lactamase (class D) of Salmonella typhimurium
Zhu, Ying-Fang; Curran, Ivan H. A.; Joris, Bernard ULg et al

in Journal of Bacteriology (1990), 172(2), 1137-1141

The blaR gene of Bacillus licheniformis encodes the signal transducer for induction of the class A beta-lactamase. The protein product, BlaR, has a hydrophilic carboxy region that binds beta-lactams and ... [more ▼]

The blaR gene of Bacillus licheniformis encodes the signal transducer for induction of the class A beta-lactamase. The protein product, BlaR, has a hydrophilic carboxy region that binds beta-lactams and shows high sequence homology to the class D beta-lactamases, particularly the OXA-2 beta-lactamase of Salmonella typhimurium. The BlaR-beta-lactam complex is stable and may provide the continuing stimulus needed for the prolonged production of the enzyme. [less ▲]

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See detailIdentification of Brucella spp. genes involved in intracellular trafficking.
Delrue, R. M.; Martinez-Lorenzo, M.; Lestrate, P. et al

in Cellular Microbiology (2001), 3(7), 487-97

After uptake by host cells, the pathogen Brucella transits through early endosomes, evades phago-lysosome fusion and replicates in a compartment associated with the endoplasmic reticulum (ER). The ... [more ▼]

After uptake by host cells, the pathogen Brucella transits through early endosomes, evades phago-lysosome fusion and replicates in a compartment associated with the endoplasmic reticulum (ER). The molecular mechanisms underlying these processes are still poorly understood. To identify new bacterial factors involved in these processes, a library of 1800 Brucella melitensis 16M mini-Tn5catkm mutants was screened for intracellular survival and multiplication in HeLa cells and J774A.1 macrophages. Thirteen mutants were identified as defective for their intracellular survival in both cell types. In 12 of them, the transposon had inserted in the virB operon, which encodes a type IV-related secretion system. The preponderance of virB mutants demonstrates the importance of this secretion apparatus in the intracellular multiplication of B. melitensis. We also examined the intracellular fate of three virB mutants (virB2, virB4 and virB9) in HeLa cells by immunofluorescence. The three VirB proteins are not necessary for penetration and the inhibition of phago-lysosomal fusion within non-professional phagocytes. Rather, the virB mutants are unable to reach the replicative niche and reside in a membrane-bound vacuole expressing the late endosomal marker, LAMP1, and the sec61beta protein from the ER membrane, proteins that are present in autophagic vesicles originating from the ER. [less ▲]

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See detailIdentification of cardiac repercussions after intense and prolonged concentric isokinetic exercise in young sedentary people
LE GOFF, Caroline ULg; Kaux, Jean-François ULg; Couffignal, Vincent et al

in Clinical physiology and functional imaging (2015), 35(5), 368-375

INTRODUCTION: Cardiopathies are the world's leading cause of mortality and morbidity. Although rare, cardiovascular accidents can occur during intense and infrequent sporting activity, particularly among ... [more ▼]

INTRODUCTION: Cardiopathies are the world's leading cause of mortality and morbidity. Although rare, cardiovascular accidents can occur during intense and infrequent sporting activity, particularly among those who are unaware of their heart condition. The development of cardiospecific biochemical markers has led to a reconsideration of the role of biology in the diagnosis of cardiovascular illnesses. The aim of this study therefore was, through the use of cardiac biomarker assays, to highlight the impact of sustained physical effort in the form of intense and prolonged concentric isokinetic exercise and to research potential cardiovascular risks. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Eighteen subjects participated in a maximal concentric isokinetic exercise involving 30 knee flexion-extensions for each leg. Five blood tests were taken to study the kinetics of the cardiac biomarkers. Haemodynamic parameters were measured continuously using a Portapres, and respiratory parameters were measured using a Sensormedics Vmax 29C. RESULTS: The results showed significant increases in the creatine kinase, myoglobin, homocysteine and haemoglobin cardiac markers. Evolutionary trends were also observed for the following biomarkers: NT-proBNP, myeloperoxydase and C-reactive protein. All the physiological parameters measured presented statistically significant changes. CONCLUSION: Isokinetic effort leads to the release of cardiac markers in the blood, but these do not exceed the reference values in healthy subjects. Maximal concentric isokinetic exercise does not, therefore, lead to an increased risk of cardiovascular pathologies. [less ▲]

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See detailIdentification of Catecholaminergic Inputs to and Outputs from Aromatase-Containing Brain Areas of the Japanese Quail by Tract Tracing Combined with Tyrosine Hydroxylase Immunocytochemistry
Balthazart, Jacques ULg; Absil, Philippe ULg

in Journal of Comparative Neurology (The) (1997), 382(3), 401-28

In the quail brain, aromatase-immunoreactive (ARO-ir) neurons located in the medial preoptic nucleus (POM) and caudal paleostriatum ventrale/nucleus accumbens/nucleus striae terminalis complex (PVT/nAc ... [more ▼]

In the quail brain, aromatase-immunoreactive (ARO-ir) neurons located in the medial preoptic nucleus (POM) and caudal paleostriatum ventrale/nucleus accumbens/nucleus striae terminalis complex (PVT/nAc/nST) receive catecholaminergic inputs identified by the presence of tyrosine hydroxylase-immunoreactive (TH-ir) fibers and punctate structures. The origin of these inputs was analyzed by retrograde tracing with cholera toxin B subunit (CTB) or red latex fluospheres (RLF) combined with TH immunocytochemistry. CTB and RLF injected in the POM or PVT/nAc/nST were found in cells located in anatomically discrete areas in the telencephalon (hippocampus, septum, archistriatum), hypothalamus (many areas in periventricular position), thalamus, mesencephalon, and pons. In these last two regions, many retrogradely labeled cells were located in dopaminergic areas such as the retroruberal field (RRF), substantia nigra (SN), and area ventralis of Tsai (AVT) but also in noradrenergic cell groups such as the locus ceruleus and subceruleus. CTB tracing showed that most of these connections are bidirectional. Many retrogradely labeled cells contained TH-ir material. As a mean, 10-20% and 40-60% of the RLF-containing cells in the dopaminergic areas were TH-ir when RLF had been injected in the POM or PVT/nAc/nST, respectively. TH-ir cells projecting to the POM appeared to be mostly located in the periventricular hypothalamus and in AVT, whereas projections to the PVT/nAc/nST originated mainly in the SN (with significant contributions from the RRF and AVT). These data support the existence of functional relationships between aromatase and catecholamines. [less ▲]

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See detailIdentification of charred botanical remains provides more accurate information on past history in Central Africa
Morin, Julie ULg; Biwolé, Achille; Bourland, Nils et al

Poster (2015, January 30)

In palaeoenvironmental studies, charred botanical remains have rarely been identified to the species level before being sent to radiocarbon dating. Moreover, the age of most tropical spp. and thereby the ... [more ▼]

In palaeoenvironmental studies, charred botanical remains have rarely been identified to the species level before being sent to radiocarbon dating. Moreover, the age of most tropical spp. and thereby the age of the carbon sequestered during plant growth is not known. Dating unidentified charred wood in the tropics should be thus treated with caution because the accuracy of the dates is not guaranteed. Here we present 71 dates obtained on charred endocarps and wood charcoals sampled in soil pits in Cameroon and in the Rep. of the Congo. We taxonomically identified 43 samples then selected both identified and unidentified individual fragments for radiocarbon dating. We performed summed probability distributions of the dates calibrated in BP for the 43 identified and the 28 unidentified samples separately then for the whole dates. Results showed that the dates obtained on unidentified samples better fit the established chronology for Central Africa but that they also presented less precise standard deviations than the dates obtained on identified short-lived material, and that the dates on identified samples provide more detailed trends about the phases of human occupation in Central Africa after 2,500 BP. We can assume that dating unidentified material may introduce some blur into chronologies and that the selection of identified charred botanical remains should be systematically applied for palaeoenvironmental reconstructions in tropical contexts to refine the chronologies. [less ▲]

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See detailIdentification of chemical probes and signaling pathways for the orphan GPCR GPR27
Dupuis, Nadine ULg; Gilissen, Julie ULg; Pirotte, Bernard ULg et al

Poster (2013, June 06)

The largest family of membrane receptors is represented by G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs), which are characterized by 7 transmembrane domains. Even if marketed drugs currently target only 10% of all ... [more ▼]

The largest family of membrane receptors is represented by G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs), which are characterized by 7 transmembrane domains. Even if marketed drugs currently target only 10% of all GPCRs, they represent more than 30% of all small molecules based therapies. The physiological and pathophysiological role of a GPCR is defined by its expression pattern, signaling pathway and specific ligand[1]. GPCRs which have not yet been associated to a physiological ligand are called orphan GPCRs and represent ~100 of the ~370 human non-odorant GPCRs[2]. This project aims at identifying and developing pharmacological tools for GPR27 (SREB1), one of these orphan receptors. GPR27 has recently been shown to have a role in the regulation of insulin promoter activity and insulin secretion[3]. Nevertheless, the pharmacology of GPR27 remains elusive and the lack of appropriate pharmacological tools dramatically restricts the understanding of its function and its validation as a drug target. Thus, we plan to study its signaling pathway and to develop screening methods that will allow us to identify small molecules able to interact with GPR27. These are important steps toward understanding its function and evaluating GPR27 as a potential drug target, for instance in insulin-related metabolic disorders such as type II diabetes or in other pathologies where it might be involved. References 1) Wise, A., et al. (2002). Drug discovery today, 7, 235 2) Fredriksson, R., et al. (2003). Molecular pharmacology, 63, 1256 3) Ku, G. M., et al. (2012). PLoS genetics, 8, e1002449 [less ▲]

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