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See detailIn search for a definition of sanctions in the context of strategic trade control
Colussi, Ilaria Anna ULg

in Paile, Sylvain; Michel, Quentin; Jankowitsch-Prevor, Odette (Eds.) Controlling the trade of strategic goods SANCTIONS AND PENALTIES (2016)

One of the basic rules in trade law is the freedom of trade. However, such rule encounters some limitations, derogations and exceptions when the object of trade is constituted by strategic and sensitive ... [more ▼]

One of the basic rules in trade law is the freedom of trade. However, such rule encounters some limitations, derogations and exceptions when the object of trade is constituted by strategic and sensitive items. The concept of “strategic trade” is one of the most ambiguous ones, and there is not a common definition of it. Even if the General Agreements on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) does not offer such an explanation, its Article XXI can be construed as referring to strategic trade, as much as it states that the provisions of GATT (grounded on free trade) need not apply in cases where “essential security interests” are involved. The concept of “essential security interests” is also vague, as it is left upon the individual parties to the GATT to decide what it means. Despite such ‘slippery slope’ in the definition of terms, it results, however, that strategic trade is linked to norms and measures that aim at controlling trade, in order to ensure the protection of non economic needs, such as national security, public morals, public order, etc. This area finds at the intersection of commercial and foreign policy. For ensuring the protection of non economic interests, it is necessary to introduce measures that provide for controls on all activities conducted by individuals, organizations, and groups regarding goods, equipment, materials, services related to strategic items: these activities shall cover the whole supply chain, including design, development, production, possession, delivery, transport, transit, trans-shipment, financing, brokering, exports, re-exports, transfers and imports. The actors intervening in the draft of rules and controls are mainly the States, and the international and regional organiza- tions; then, important subjects are national licencing authorities and enforcement agencies such as customs, border security, police and armed forces, if needed. The targets of such measures of control could be the States, if the rules at the international or regional level are addressing them, and/or the operators involved in strategic trade. Considering the ways in which States organize such controls, the reality shows that they have introduced control lists, licences and authorisations granted on the basis of conditions and criteria, information-sharing and cooperation between authorities and operators, duties of transparency through reports, records, dec- larations and screenings. Moreover, measures exist that consist of restrictions, bans and penalties providing that consequences in case of violation of strategic trade rules. Therefore, the issue of sanctions is a relevant part of the strategic trade law, and it inserts within that context. The purpose of this contribution is to define what sanctions in strategic trade mean and to systematize them accordingly. In particular, the sanctions are categorized into three groups: A. “supranational sanctions”; B. “implementing sanctions”; C. tertium genus: “unilateral sanctions” and “countermeasures”. [less ▲]

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See detailIn search for new therapeutic strategies for Huntington disease
Godin, Juliette ULg

Scientific conference (2010, October)

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See detailIn search of a physiological role for thiamine triphosphate and the 25-kDa thiamine triphosphatase
Bettendorff, Lucien ULg; Lakaye, Bernard ULg; Kohn, Grégory ULg et al

Conference (2014, May 25)

In search of a physiological role for thiamine triphosphate and the 25-kDa thiamine triphosphatase L. BETTENDORFF, B. LAKAYE, G. KOHN AND P. WINS GIGA-Neurosciences, University of Liège, 4000-Liège ... [more ▼]

In search of a physiological role for thiamine triphosphate and the 25-kDa thiamine triphosphatase L. BETTENDORFF, B. LAKAYE, G. KOHN AND P. WINS GIGA-Neurosciences, University of Liège, 4000-Liège, Belgium Thiamine triphosphate (ThTP) was discovered over 60 years ago. Although it is present in most organisms from bacteria to mammals, its possible biological functions remain unclear. In contrast to thiamine diphosphate (ThDP), it is not a coenzyme. In E. coli cells, ThTP is transiently produced in response to amino acid starvation, while in mammalian cells, it is constitutively produced at a low rate. In some animal tissues, ThTP was able to phosphorylate proteins and activate a high-conductance anion channel in vitro. These observations raised the possibility of ThTP being part of a still uncharacterized cellular signaling pathway. Though it was long thought that ThTP is synthesized by a specific ThDP:ATP phosphotransferase, more recent studies indicate that two main mechanisms are involved: (1) in the cytosol adenylate kinase 1 can catalyze ThTP production from ThDP and ADP and (2) in brain mitochondria FoF1-ATP synthase can catalyze ThTP production from ThDP + Pi. The latter reaction is energized by the respiratory chain through a chemiosmotic mechanism analogous to oxidative phosphorylation. Both mechanisms are conserved from bacteria to mammals. While ThTP synthesis does not seem to require a specific enzyme, its hydrolysis in mammalian tissues is catalyzed by a very specific cytosolic 25 kDa thiamine triphosphatase (ThTPase). Because of this activity, steady-state ThTP levels are kept low in mammalian cells. ThTPase belongs to the CYTH superfamily of proteins which has representatives in all superkingdoms of life acting on tripolyphosphate and various triphosphorylated substrates. Although the whole chromosome region containing the ThTPase gene was lost in birds, orthologs of the ThTPase gene were found in all other known metazoan genomes. It seems that ThTPase activity appeared as a secondary acquisition of the CYTH proteins in the lineage leading from cnidarians to vertebrates. In particular, the Trp-53 residue of mammalian ThTPases plays a key role in substrate recognition and specificity by interacting with the thiazole part of ThTP. This residue is conserved in metazoan CYTH proteins with ThTPase activity. In order to gain insight into the physiological function(s) of the ThTP-ThTPase couple, we tried to produce a mouse invalidated in 25-kDa ThTPase. Surprisingly, we were unable to obtain any knockout animal, apparently because ThTPase seems to be required for spermatogenesis. As we previously showed that the enzyme is much more abundant in differentiated versus undifferentiated cells, we suspect that 25-kDa ThTPase might play a more general and important role during cell differentiation. Acknowledgments This work was supported by the F.R.S.-FNRS. LB and BL are respectively Research Director and Research Associate at the F.R.S.-FNRS. [less ▲]

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See detailIn search of blood – detection of minute particles using spectroscopic methods
Lepot, Laurent ULg; Gilbert, Bernard ULg; De Wael, Kris et al

in Forensic Science International (2008), 180(1), 37-42

An examination protocol for rapid detection of remnants of blood particles on garments of suspects in bloody murder cases is described. Micro particles of blood are sampled along with fibres and hairs ... [more ▼]

An examination protocol for rapid detection of remnants of blood particles on garments of suspects in bloody murder cases is described. Micro particles of blood are sampled along with fibres and hairs using the tape lifting method. The tapings are searched with a low power microscope for red particles with morphology similar to blood. Presumed blood traces are further examined using microspectrophotometry on the cut out piece of taping. The typical visible spectrum of haemoglobin is characteristic for blood. Alternatively Raman spectroscopy can be used to measure the characteristic vibrational spectrum of haemoglobin. At a later stage, these particles may be removed from the piece of taping in order to extract the blood and attempt to obtain a genetic profile. [less ▲]

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See detailIn search of Devonian-Carboniferous Boundary.
Paproth, E; Streel, Maurice ULg

in Episodes (1985), 8(2), 110-111

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See detailIn Search of New First Trimester Biomarkers for Ischemic Placental Disease
Tskitishvili, Ekaterine ULg; Noël, Agnès ULg; Foidart, Jean-Michel ULg

in Austin Journal of Obstetrrics and Gynecology (2014), 1(2), 1-3

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See detailIn Search of Novel Ampa Potentiators
Francotte, Pierre ULg; De Tullio, Pascal ULg; Fraikin, Pierre ULg et al

in Recent Patents on CNS Drug Discovery (2006), 1(3), 239-46

Glutamate is the major excitatory neurotransmitter in the brain. Amongst ionotropic receptors responding to glutamate, the AMPA subtype has been considered as essential for the fast excitatory ... [more ▼]

Glutamate is the major excitatory neurotransmitter in the brain. Amongst ionotropic receptors responding to glutamate, the AMPA subtype has been considered as essential for the fast excitatory neurotransmission in the central nervous system and the expression and maintenance of long-term potentiation. As glutamate is known to be involved in many neurological and psychiatric disorders, AMPA receptors seem to represent interesting targets to develop therapeutic drugs. Hence, the enhancement of AMPA signals is an approach currently investigated for the management of Alzheimer's disease, schizophrenia or mood disorders. In particular, many efforts are being conducted in the development of AMPA positive allosteric modulators ("potentiators"), which alter the rate of receptor desensitization. The major chemical families developed as AMPA potentiators are aniracetam derivatives, cyclothiazide derivatives and biarylpropylsulfonamides derivatives. [less ▲]

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See detailIn search of the Latin American Faulkner
Vanden Berghe, Kristine ULg

in Target : International Journal of Translation Studies (1997), 9(2), 399-400

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See detailIn Search of the Lost Serial
Capart, Philippe; Dejasse, Erwin ULg

in Beaty, Bart; Miller, Ann (Eds.) The French Comics Theory Reader (2014)

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See detailIn search of the painters of the Theban necropolis in the 18th dynasty. Prolegomena to an analysis of painterly practices in the tomb of Amenemope (TT29)
Laboury, Dimitri ULg; Tavier, Hugues

in Angenot, Valérie; Tiradritti, Francesco (Eds.) Artists and Painting in Ancient Egypt (in press)

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See detailIn silico and in vivo combinatorial design of Octarellin VI, an artificial protein modeled on the (B/A)8 fold
Figueroa Yévenes, Maximiliano ULg; Taralla, Sébastien; Buscetta, Marco et al

Poster (2012, November 16)

One way to gain insight into the sequence-structure-function relationship in proteins is to perform de novo design of artificial proteins. The applications of such a study are varied. For example, in ... [more ▼]

One way to gain insight into the sequence-structure-function relationship in proteins is to perform de novo design of artificial proteins. The applications of such a study are varied. For example, in medicine and industry, it would give us the ability to precisely engineer proteins to perform a specific function under a wider range of conditions. Despite impressive successes in the de novo protein design, designing a folded protein of more than 100 amino acids remains a challenge. In our lab, four generations of Octarellins, de novo polypeptides of more than two hundred amino acids modelled on the (beta/alpha)8 barrel fold, have been built and structurally characterized using biophysical and spectroscopic methods. The last generation of Octarellins was designed following a hierarchical method combining the specificity of rational design and the power of computational design. The resulting artificial protein, named Octarellin VI, was expressed in E. coli and purified from inclusion bodies. The biophysical characterization showed a monomeric protein, with a secondary structure level similar to the computationally designed model and thermostability. However, the poor solubility in bacteria and low stability of the protein at long term make impossible determine its structure to criticize the model. To improve these negative features, we performed a directed evolution process over the Octarellin, following the improvement at solubility level in the bacteria, thanks to the fusion of Octarellin to the fluorescent folding reporter GFP. After 8 cycles of directed evolution by Error Prone PCR technique, we obtained a most soluble protein, with a 92% of sequence identity with the original protein. This soluble variant is under study to characterize its structural features. The combination between in silico design and directed evolution process emerges as a powerful tool for protein engineering, showing be complementaries techniques and the information obtained by the whole process of design and posterior comparison between 3D structure of Octarellin with the computational model will allow to improve the algorithms for protein design. [less ▲]

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See detailIn silico biology of bone modelling and remodelling: regeneration.
Geris, Liesbet ULg; Vander Sloten, J.; Van Oosterwyck, H.

in Philosophical Transactions : Mathematical, Physical & Engineering Sciences (2009), 367(1895), 2031-53

Bone regeneration is the process whereby bone is able to (scarlessly) repair itself from trauma, such as fractures or implant placement. Despite extensive experimental research, many of the mechanisms ... [more ▼]

Bone regeneration is the process whereby bone is able to (scarlessly) repair itself from trauma, such as fractures or implant placement. Despite extensive experimental research, many of the mechanisms involved still remain to be elucidated. Over the last decade, many mathematical models have been established to investigate the regeneration process in silico. The first models considered only the influence of the mechanical environment as a regulator of the healing process. These models were followed by the development of bioregulatory models where mechanics was neglected and regeneration was regulated only by biological stimuli such as growth factors. The most recent mathematical models couple the influences of both biological and mechanical stimuli. Examples are given to illustrate the added value of mathematical regeneration research, specifically in the in silico design of treatment strategies for non-unions. Drawbacks of the current continuum-type models, together with possible solutions in extending the models towards other time and length scales are discussed. Finally, the demands for dedicated and more quantitative experimental research are presented. [less ▲]

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See detailIn silico biology of bone regeneration inside calcium phosphate scaffolds
Carlier, Aurélie ULg; Van Oosterwyck, Hans; Geris, Liesbet ULg

in Tissue Engineering: Computer Modeling, Biofabrication and Cell Behavior (2014)

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See detailIn silico design of treatment strategies in wound healing and bone fracture healing
Geris, Liesbet ULg; Schugart, R.; Van Oosterwyck, H.

in Philosophical Transactions : Mathematical, Physical & Engineering Sciences (2010), 368(1920), 2683-2706

Wound and bone fracture healing are natural repair processes initiated by trauma. Over the last decade, many mathematical models have been established to investigate the healing processes in silico, in ... [more ▼]

Wound and bone fracture healing are natural repair processes initiated by trauma. Over the last decade, many mathematical models have been established to investigate the healing processes in silico, in addition to ongoing experimental work. In recent days, the focus of the mathematical models has shifted from simulation of the healing process towards simulation of the impaired healing process and the in silico design of treatment strategies. This review describes the most important causes of failure of the wound and bone fracture healing processes and the experimental models and methods used to investigate and treat these impaired healing cases. Furthermore, the mathematical models that are described address these impaired healing cases and investigate various therapeutic scenarios in silico. Examples are provided to illustrate the potential of these in silico experiments. Finally, limitations of the models and the need for and ability of these models to capture patient specificity and variability are discussed. [less ▲]

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See detailIn Silico Dynamic Molecular Interaction Networks for the Discovery of New Therapeutic Targets
Vujasinovic, Todor; Zampera, André Sinisa; Jackers, Pascale ULg et al

in Current Pharmaceutical Design (2010), 16(20), 2241-2251

Systems biology has emerged as a major trend in biological research during the past decade. As living organisms are described in more and more detail, it aims at filling the gap between understanding ... [more ▼]

Systems biology has emerged as a major trend in biological research during the past decade. As living organisms are described in more and more detail, it aims at filling the gap between understanding basic molecular processes and complex biological systems in which new properties often emerge from the combination of these elementary processes. This approach culminates in the development of computer-based mathematical models of physiological and pathophysiological processes. We review the state of the art in dynamic modelling, with emphasis on two complementary approaches: the modelling of small systems that is mostly developed by academic teams and aims at understanding generic biological properties, and the modelling of large systems that is mostly implemented by industrial companies and aims at the generation of new therapeutic strategies. We also provide an example of such large-scale modelling applied to the identification of drug targets for neurodegeneration. [less ▲]

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See detailIn silico genome mining, a new approach to detect novel lipopeptides potentially involved in biological control
Leclere, V.; Krier, F.; Deravel, J. et al

Poster (2012)

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