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See detailMicroplastics caught in herring gill rakers: illustration by scanning electron microscopy
Collard, France ULg; Das, Krishna ULg; Parmentier, Eric ULg

Conference (2014, March 07)

Plastics are produced in huge quantity (280 million of tons in 2012) and more than 10% end up in the oceans. It is estimated that between 60 and 80% of all marine debris are plastics. Plastics are ... [more ▼]

Plastics are produced in huge quantity (280 million of tons in 2012) and more than 10% end up in the oceans. It is estimated that between 60 and 80% of all marine debris are plastics. Plastics are persistent and have accumulated in the oceans for several decades. Plastics may adverse wildlife in many ways: they can be ingested by marine vertebrates and cause internal wounds in the digestive tract. Plastics are also vectors of organic pollutants including. Once ingested, plastics may release these pollutants in the organism. Plastics present in the marine environment fragment in small pieces by mechanical stress and UV radiation leading to the so-called microplastics smaller than 5 mm. Little is known about microplastics ingestion and toxicity in planktivorous fish such as the herring, Clupea harengus. Planktivorous fish have gill rakers, which may function as a trap for microplastics. This study aims to describe and characterise microplastics present on gill rakers of the herring, Clupea harengus. Ten gill cavities were sampled in January 2013 in the Channel and the North Sea during a fishery campaign organized by the IFREMER. Gills cavities were placed in a fixating solution until preparation for scanning electron microscopy (SEM). SEM was used in order to detect microplastics which are too small to be observed by a dissection microscope, to compare them with the distance between gill rakers and to characterise the surface and the shape of microplastics. Scanning electron microscopy revealed large variety of microplastics, which lengths ranged from 0.05 to 5mm. Relationship between microplastics length and distance between gill rakers was analysed on the same branchial arch. The present study revealed the presence of microplastics in an edible species of high economic value and raise question about potential impact on the herring and its consumers, including human beings. [less ▲]

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See detailMicroplastics contamination in two planktivorous and commercial fish species
Collard, France ULg; Parmentier, Eric ULg; Das, Krishna ULg

Poster (2014, May 13)

Plastic pollution is a huge environmental concern and affects each marine ecosystem. Plastics are produced by millions of tonnes each year in the world and finally accumulate in oceans. They adsorb many ... [more ▼]

Plastic pollution is a huge environmental concern and affects each marine ecosystem. Plastics are produced by millions of tonnes each year in the world and finally accumulate in oceans. They adsorb many persistent organic pollutants, cause external and internal wounds and provoke blockage of the digestive tract of marine mammals, birds and turtles. Plastics can also threaten marine organisms of small size class in the same way by fragmenting in smaller parts that result in microplastics of less than five millimetres. These microplastics are of the same order of magnitude than plankton and can thus be ingested by filter-feeders, suspension-filters and planktivorous organisms such as fish. Few studies deal with microplastics ingestion by fish and even less by commercial fish species. The herring (Clupea harengus) and the sardine (Sardina pilchardus) were respectively the third and the eighth most caught fish species in the world in 2009. We focused our research on these two species which are of economic importance. We sampled around thirty individuals of each species in the Channel and in the North Sea in January 2013. The stomach contents were digested by sodium hypochlorite and then analyzed. Microplastics were characterized by size, colour and shape. The results of these analyses will highlight the need for studies about microplastics ingestion by planktivorous species. [less ▲]

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See detailMicropolitiques du boom minier
Rubbers, Benjamin ULg

in Politique Africaine (Paris, France : 1981) (2013), 131

De nombreux pays africains ont, à l’instigation de la Banque mondiale, libéralisé leur secteur minier au cours de ces deux dernières décennies, ce qui leur a valu de connaître un afflux d’investisseurs ... [more ▼]

De nombreux pays africains ont, à l’instigation de la Banque mondiale, libéralisé leur secteur minier au cours de ces deux dernières décennies, ce qui leur a valu de connaître un afflux d’investisseurs privés d’origines diverses. Comment la mise en oeuvre de ces réformes estelle négociée par les élites politiques, de la présidence aux édiles locaux ? Dans quelle mesure les comptoirs et les sociétés qui organisent l’exploitation minière artisanale facilitent-ils l’implantation de ces investisseurs ? Que deviennent, dans ce « new scramble » des ressources naturelles, les creuseurs artisanaux et les employés des anciennes entreprises minières ? De quelle façon les syndicats se positionnent-ils face à l’ordre économique et politique qui est en train de se mettre en place ? Au-delà des évaluations générales et normatives dont les investissements miniers font habituellement l’objet, ce numéro a pour ambition d’interroger la portée des changements qu’ils induisent en partant des espaces de lutte dans lesquels ils sont pris et des logiques d’action de ceux qui y prennent part. Sur la base de recherches menées au Burkina Faso, au Cameroun, en République démocratique du Congo et en Afrique du Sud, les contributions réunies ici proposent des pistes d’analyse originales pour décrypter les jeux micropolitiques qui président à la « formation » du boom minier en Afrique. [less ▲]

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See detailMICROPOLLUTANTS ISSUES: A MODELLING STUDY OF HEAVY METALS WITHIN TWO FRENCH BASINS AND A TEST APPLICATION TO COCAINE IN BELGIUM
Deliège, Jean-François ULg; Everbecq, Etienne ULg; Grard, Aline ULg et al

Poster (2010, April)

European policies (European Framework Directive: Water 2000/60/CE, Directive 76/464/CE) impose to reduce the releases of about a hundred substances in surface water. In the last years, the AQUAPOLE has ... [more ▼]

European policies (European Framework Directive: Water 2000/60/CE, Directive 76/464/CE) impose to reduce the releases of about a hundred substances in surface water. In the last years, the AQUAPOLE has been involved in two studies related to this matter. First, on the request and with the financial support of both the French Ministry of Environment and ONEMA (“Office National de l’Eau et des Milieux Aquatiques”), INERIS (“Institut National de l’Environnement Industriel et des Risques”) drew up the guidelines of a methodology allowing fixing the local Limit Values to Emission so as to abide by the quality standards on the whole watershed. Within this context, INERIS wishes to test the use of pollutant transfer models on pilot sub-basins. The PEGASE model has been used to simulate micropollutants on two concrete use cases (1): (iii) in the Meuse sub-basin, managed by the French Water Agency Rhine-Meuse, for simulations concerning cadmium and zinc; (iv) in the Adour sub-basin, managed by the French Water Agency Adour-Garonne, for simulations applied to cadmium and copper. The choice of each substances and sub-basins was made by mutual agreement between INERIS, the concerned Water Agencies, and the AQUAPOLE. A major selection criterion for the substances and the sub-basins was the availability of data (sources and in situ measurements). For the second study, the PEGASE model has been adapted to describe the cocaine’s behaviour (using a stable metabolite of the cocaine in the environment: the benzoylecgonine (BZE)) in waste water, waste water treatment plants (WWTP) and surface water (2). The cocaine is newly described in the model as an additional micropollutant (PEGASE already treats numerous heavy metals), thanks to the implementation of new state variable equations and their specific parameterizations. Simulations of BZE have been done in the Walloon and Flemish regions, where many measurements from the COWAT project (3) were available. The first results are showing good agreement between calculated and measured values. The ability of the model to simulate the fate of studied micropollutants (cadmium, zinc, copper, and the cocaine derivatives) in surface waters should be enhanced and extended to other substances and basins. Moreover, additional data still have to be collected and measured. [less ▲]

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See detailMicropore size distributions of activated carbons
Blacher, Silvia ULg; Sahouli, Bendida; Heinrichs, Benoît ULg et al

in Langmuir (2000), 16(16), 6754-6756

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See detailMicroporosimétrie quantitative de roches et matériaux par analyse d'images
Pirard, Eric ULg; Pierroux, Alain

in Annales de la Société Géologique de Belgique (1992), 115(1), 245-252

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See detailMicroporosity formation in nickel-base superalloys in relation to their solidification sequence
Lecomte-Beckers, Jacqueline ULg; Lamberigts, M.

in Proceedings of the International Conference of High Temperature Alloys for Gas Turbine and Other Applications (1986)

This work is aimed at showing how the proneness of superalloys to microporosity formation can be estimated by the tsP* pararneter which makes use of various solidification features. The latter can be ... [more ▼]

This work is aimed at showing how the proneness of superalloys to microporosity formation can be estimated by the tsP* pararneter which makes use of various solidification features. The latter can be derived from quantitative differential thermal analysis (DTA) resuits through the original method described in the text. The technique was applied to two IN 100 master meUs of distinct grades (virgin or revert) which had been showrt to behave very differently in the foundry. It led to ascribe the poorer performance of the revert meit to its particular solidification sequence leading higher dendrite tortuosity and lesser residual liquid fluidity. [less ▲]

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See detailMicroporous and heterogeneous surface adsorption isotherms arising from Levy distributions
Brouers, François ULg; Sotolongo, O.; Marquez, F. et al

in Physica A: Statistical Mechanics and its Applications (2005), 349(1-2), 271-282

We show that for adsorption on heterogeneous and microporous surfaces, the Freundlich isotherm power-law exponent a is directly related to the Levy tail index of the distribution of the Langmuir parameter ... [more ▼]

We show that for adsorption on heterogeneous and microporous surfaces, the Freundlich isotherm power-law exponent a is directly related to the Levy tail index of the distribution of the Langmuir parameter b and to the expected value and the variance of the adsorption energy distribution. This allows us to view adsorption at low pressure in these systems as a rare event dominated phenomena. Based on this discussion, a generalized isotherm formulation is proposed and applied to the interpretation of recent data on activated carbons. (C) 2004 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailLes microprolactinomes : diagnostic clinique, biologique et radiologique
Burlacu, M. C.; Daly, Adrian ULg; Beckers, Albert ULg

in Young, Jacques (Ed.) Hyperprolactinémies (2008)

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See detailMicroreactor Technology as an Efficient Tool for Multicomponent Reactions
Cukalovic, Ana; Monbaliu, Jean-Christophe ULg; Stevens, Christian

in Orru, Romano; Ruijter, Eelco (Eds.) Topics in Heterocyclic Chemistry: Synthesis of Heterocycles via Multicomponent Reactions I (2010)

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See detailMicroRNA Targeting of CoREST controls polarization of migrating cortical neurons
Volvert; Prévot, Pierre-Paul; Close, Pierre ULg et al

in Cell Reports (2014), 7(4), 1168-83

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See detailMicroRNA targeting of CoREST controls polarization of migrating cortical neurons.
Volvert, M. L.; Prevot, Pierre-Paul ULg; Pirotte, S. et al

Poster (2013)

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See detailMicroRNA-146a is a causative factor and a specific biomarker for peripartum cardiomyopathy
Halkein, Julie ULg; Tabruyn, Sébastien ULg; Haghikia, Arash et al

Poster (2012, April)

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See detailMicroRNA-146a is a therapeutic target and biomarker for peripartum cardiomyopathy.
Halkein, Julie ULg; Tabruyn, Sebastien P.; Ricke-Hoch, Melanie et al

in Journal of Clinical Investigation (2013), 123(5), 2143-54

Peripartum cardiomyopathy (PPCM) is a life-threatening pregnancy-associated cardiomyopathy in previously healthy women. Although PPCM is driven in part by the 16-kDa N-terminal prolactin fragment (16K PRL ... [more ▼]

Peripartum cardiomyopathy (PPCM) is a life-threatening pregnancy-associated cardiomyopathy in previously healthy women. Although PPCM is driven in part by the 16-kDa N-terminal prolactin fragment (16K PRL), the underlying molecular mechanisms are poorly understood. We found that 16K PRL induced microRNA-146a (miR-146a) expression in ECs, which attenuated angiogenesis through downregulation of NRAS. 16K PRL stimulated the release of miR-146a-loaded exosomes from ECs. The exosomes were absorbed by cardiomyocytes, increasing miR-146a levels, which resulted in a subsequent decrease in metabolic activity and decreased expression of Erbb4, Notch1, and Irak1. Mice with cardiomyocyte-restricted Stat3 knockout (CKO mice) exhibited a PPCM-like phenotype and displayed increased cardiac miR-146a expression with coincident downregulation of Erbb4, Nras, Notch1, and Irak1. Blocking miR-146a with locked nucleic acids or antago-miRs attenuated PPCM in CKO mice without interrupting full-length prolactin signaling, as indicated by normal nursing activities. Finally, miR-146a was elevated in the plasma and hearts of PPCM patients, but not in patients with dilated cardiomyopathy. These results demonstrate that miR-146a is a downstream-mediator of 16K PRL that could potentially serve as a biomarker and therapeutic target for PPCM. [less ▲]

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See detailMicroRNA-146a, a downstream effector of 16kDa prolactin, impairs the endothelium-cardiomyocyte cross-talk in peripartum cardiomyopathy
Struman, Ingrid ULg; Halkein, Julie ULg; Tabruyn, Sébastien ULg et al

in FASEB meeting:the Growth Hormone/Prolactin Family in Biology and Disease. (2012)

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See detailmicroRNA-21 Exhibits Anti-Angiogenic Function by Targeting RhoB Expression in Endothelial Cells
Sabatel, Céline; Malvaux, Ludovic; Bovy, Nicolas ULg et al

Poster (2011, February)

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