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See detailMicro-technology for space mission
Loicq, Jerôme ULg

Conference (2007, October 03)

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See detailMicro-usinage par laser excimère
Gailly, Patrick ULg

Learning material (2007)

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See detailLes microalgues: un défi énergétique
Franck, Fabrice ULg

Conference (2013, June 06)

Les microalgues sont des micro-organismes photosynthétiques dont la culture commerciale en masse est pratiquée depuis les années '60. Les rendements en biomasse de la culture de microalgues sont ... [more ▼]

Les microalgues sont des micro-organismes photosynthétiques dont la culture commerciale en masse est pratiquée depuis les années '60. Les rendements en biomasse de la culture de microalgues sont supérieurs à ceux de cultures traditionnelles, et elle peut s'effectuer sur des terrains impropres à l'agriculture traditionnelle. Les perspectives d'utilisation de la biomasse microalgale pour la production de biocarburants ont suscité d'importants efforts de recherche au cours des années récentes. Les recherches en cours visent à améliorer les souches d'algues utilisables ainsi que différents aspects des procédés de production, de traitement et d'extraction de la biomasse algale afin d'aboutir à moyen terme à un procédé durable et économiquement viable. [less ▲]

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See detailMicroanalytical systems for separations of stratum corneum ceramides
Quinton, Loïc ULg; Gaudin, Karen; Baillet, Arlette et al

in Journal of Separation Science (2006), 29(3), 390-398

The small amount of lipids from human skin obtained with noninvasive sampling method led us to investigate microanalytical separation techniques. The lipid class analysis was performed with a micro ... [more ▼]

The small amount of lipids from human skin obtained with noninvasive sampling method led us to investigate microanalytical separation techniques. The lipid class analysis was performed with a micro polyvinyl alcohol-silica (PVA-Silm) column. The gradient elution was from heptane to acetone/butanol 90:10 v/v in 4%/min at 78 lL/ min. In addition an evaporative light scattering detector (ELSD) was modified for micro-LC. All solvents contained 0.1% of triethylamine and formic acid in stoichiometric amount, which increased the ELSD response. In these conditions, the cholesterol eluted before free fatty acid, and squalene and triglycerides close to the dead volume. The various ceramide classes eluted following the order of the increased number of hydroxyl groups. The LOD for ceramides was 2.2 ng. The advantages of this method are the use of a normal stationary phase more reliable due to its chemical stability, its surface homogeneity and its development in microchromatography without chlorinated solvents which offers small LOD and the whole profile of lipids present in stratum corneum (SC). A method using a narrow-bore PVA-Sil column was used to collect ceramide fraction. Then the molecular species were analysed with a porous graphitic carbon column in capillary LC using a gradient from CH3OH/CHCl3 70:30 v/v to CHCl3 at 2%/min with a flow rate at 5 lL/min. The LOD obtained for ceramide was 1 ng. Both methods were assessed with SC samples obtained by rinsing a 5.7 cm2 area of the forearm with 25 mL of ethanol. [less ▲]

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See detailMicroarray analyses of the effects of NF-kappaB or PI3K pathway inhibitors on the LPS-induced gene expression profile in RAW264.7 cells: synergistic effects of rapamycin on LPS-induced MMP9-overexpression.
Mendes, Sofia Dos Santos; Candi, Aurelie; Vansteenbrugge, Martine et al

in Cellular Signalling (2009), 21(7), 1109-22

Lipopolysaccharide (LPS) activates a broad range of signalling pathways including mainly NF-kappaB and the MAPK cascade, but recent evidence suggests that LPS stimulation also activates the PI3K pathway ... [more ▼]

Lipopolysaccharide (LPS) activates a broad range of signalling pathways including mainly NF-kappaB and the MAPK cascade, but recent evidence suggests that LPS stimulation also activates the PI3K pathway. To unravel the specific roles of both pathways in LPS signalling and gene expression profiling, we investigated the effects of different inhibitors of NF-kappaB (BAY 11-7082), PI3K (wortmannin and LY294002) but also of mTOR (rapamycin), a kinase acting downstream of PI3K/Akt, in LPS-stimulated RAW264.7 macrophages, analyzing their effects on the LPS-induced gene expression profile using a low density DNA microarray designed to monitor the expression of pro-inflammatory genes. After statistical and hierarchical cluster analyses, we determined five clusters of genes differentially affected by the four inhibitors used. In the fifth cluster corresponding to genes upregulated by LPS and mainly affected by BAY 11-7082, the gene encoding MMP9 displayed a particular expression profile, since rapamycin drastically enhanced the LPS-induced upregulation at both the mRNA and protein levels. Rapamycin also enhanced the LPS-induced NF-kappaB transactivation as determined by a reporter assay, phosphorylation of the p38 and Erk1/2 MAPKs, and counteracted PPAR activity. These results suggest that mTOR could negatively regulate the effects of LPS on the NF-kappaB and MAPK pathways. We also performed real-time RT-PCR assays on mmp9 expression using rosiglitazone (agonist of PPARgamma), PD98059 (inhibitor of Erk 1/2) and SB203580 (inhibitor of p38(MAPK)), that were able to counteract the rapamycin mediated overexpression of mmp9 in response to LPS. Our results suggest a new pathway involving mTOR for regulating specifically mmp9 in LPS-stimulated RAW264.7 cells. [less ▲]

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See detailMicroarray analysis of E2Fa-DPa-overexpressing plants uncovers a cross-talking genetic network between DNA replication and nitrogen assimilation
Vlieghe, Kobe; Vuylsteke, Marnik; Florquin, Kobe et al

in Journal of Cell Science (2003), 116(20), 4249-4259

dPreviously we have shown that overexpression of the heterodimeric E2Fa-DPa transcription factor in Arabidopsis thaliana results in ectopic cell division, increased endoreduplication, and an early arrest ... [more ▼]

dPreviously we have shown that overexpression of the heterodimeric E2Fa-DPa transcription factor in Arabidopsis thaliana results in ectopic cell division, increased endoreduplication, and an early arrest in development. To gain a better insight into the phenotypic behavior of E2Fa-DPa transgenic plants and to identify E2Fa-DPa target genes, a transcriptomic microarray analysis was performed. Out of 4,390 unique genes, a total of 188 had a twofold or more up- (84) or down-regulated (104) expression level in E2Fa-DPa transgenic plants compared to wild-type lines. Detailed promoter analysis allowed the identification of novel E2Fa-DPa target genes, mainly involved in DNA replication. Secondarily induced genes encoded proteins involved in cell wall biosynthesis, transcription and signal transduction or had an unknown function. A large number of metabolic genes were modified as well, among which, surprisingly, many genes were involved in nitrate assimilation. Our data suggest that the growth arrest observed upon E2Fa-DPa overexpression results at least partly from a nitrogen drain to the nucleotide synthesis pathway, causing decreased synthesis of other nitrogen compounds, such as amino acids and storage proteins. [less ▲]

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See detailMicroarray screening for target genes of the proto-oncogene PLAG1.
Voz, Marianne ULg; Mathys, Janick; Hensen, Karen et al

in Oncogene (2004), 23(1), 179-91

PLAG1 is a proto-oncogene whose ectopic expression can trigger the development of pleomorphic adenomas of the salivary glands and of lipoblastomas. As PLAG1 is a transcription factor, able to activate ... [more ▼]

PLAG1 is a proto-oncogene whose ectopic expression can trigger the development of pleomorphic adenomas of the salivary glands and of lipoblastomas. As PLAG1 is a transcription factor, able to activate transcription through the binding to the consensus sequence GRGGC(N)(6-8)GGG, its ectopic expression presumably results in the deregulation of target genes, leading to uncontrolled cell proliferation. The identification of PLAG1 target genes is therefore a crucial step in understanding the molecular mechanisms involved in PLAG1-induced tumorigenesis. To this end, we analysed the changes in gene expression caused by the conditional induction of PLAG1 expression in fetal kidney 293 cell lines. Using oligonucleotide microarray analyses of about 12 000 genes, we consistently identified 47 genes induced and 12 genes repressed by PLAG1. One of the largest classes identified as upregulated PLAG1 targets consists of growth factors such as the insulin-like growth factor II and the cytokine-like factor 1. The in silico search for PLAG1 consensus sequences in the promoter of the upregulated genes reveals that a large proportion of them harbor several copies of the PLAG1-binding motif, suggesting that they represent direct PLAG1 targets. Our approach was complemented by the comparison of the expression profiles of pleomorphic adenomas induced by PLAG1 versus normal salivary glands. Concordance between these two sets of experiments pinpointed 12 genes that were significantly and consistently upregulated in pleomorphic adenomas and in PLAG1-expressing cells, identifying them as putative PLAG1 targets in these tumors. [less ▲]

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See detailMicroarray study of mucosal antimicrobial peptides in patients with inflammatory bowel disease before and after infliximab treatment.
Arijs, I.; Van Lommel, L.; Van Steen, Kristel ULg et al

in Journal of Crohn’s and Colitis [=JCC] (2008), 2(1), 60

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See detailMicroarrays destinés au diagnostic in-vitro des allergies
Gadisseur, Romy ULg; Cavalier, Etienne ULg

Conference (2009, March 02)

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See detailMicroarrays for allergy
Gadisseur, Romy ULg; Cavalier, Etienne ULg

Conference (2009, January 30)

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See detailMicrobeam pull-in voltage topology optimization including material deposition constraint
Lemaire, Etienne ULg; Rochus, Véronique ULg; Golinval, Jean-Claude ULg et al

in Computer Methods in Applied Mechanics & Engineering (2008), 197

Because of the strong coupling between mechanical and electrical phenomena existing in electromechanical microdevices, some of them experience, above a given driving voltage, an unstable behavior called ... [more ▼]

Because of the strong coupling between mechanical and electrical phenomena existing in electromechanical microdevices, some of them experience, above a given driving voltage, an unstable behavior called pull-in effect. The present paper investigates the application of topology optimization to electromechanical microdevices for the purpose of delaying this unstable behavior by maximizing their pull-in voltage. Within the framework of this preliminary study, the pull-in voltage maximization procedure is developed on the basis of electromechanical microbeams reinforcement topology design problem. The proposed sensitivity analysis requires only the knowledge of the microdevice pull-in state and of the first eigenmode of the tangent stiffness matrix. As the pull-in point research is a highly non-linear problem, the analysis is based on a monolithic finite element formulation combined with a normal flow algorithm (homotopy method). An application of the developed method is proposed and the result is compared to the one obtained using a linear compliance optimization. Moreover, as the results provided by the developed method do not comply with manufacturing constraints, a deposition process constraint is added to the optimization problem and its effect on the final design is also tested. [less ▲]

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See detailMicrobial biomass and C and N transformations in forest floors under European beech, sessile oak, Norway spruce and Douglas-fir at four temperate forest sites
Malchair, Sandrine ULg; Carnol, Monique ULg

in Soil Biology & Biochemistry (2009), 41

The purpose of this research was to compare soil chemistry, microbially mediated carbon (C) and nitrogen (N) transformations and microbial biomass in forest floors under European beech (Fagus sylvatica L ... [more ▼]

The purpose of this research was to compare soil chemistry, microbially mediated carbon (C) and nitrogen (N) transformations and microbial biomass in forest floors under European beech (Fagus sylvatica L), sessile oak (Quercus petraea (Mattuschka) Lieblein), Norway spruce (Picea abies (L) Karst) and Douglas-fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii (Mirbel) Franco) at four study sites. We measured soil chemical characteristics, net N mineralization, potential and relative nitrification, basal respiration, microbial and metabolic quotient and microbial biomass C and N under monoculture stands at all sites (one mixed stand). Tree species affected soil chemistry, microbial activities and biomass. but these effects 'varied between sites. Our results indicated that the effect of tree species on net N mineralization was likely to be mediated through their effect on soil microbial biomass, reflecting their influence on organic matter content and carbon availability. Differences in potential nitrification and relative nitrification might be related to the presence of ground vegetation through its influence on soil NH4 and labile C availability. Our findings highlight the need to study the effects of tree species on microbial activities at several sites to elucidate complex N cycle interactions between tree species, ground vegetation, soil characteristics and microbial processes. (C) 2009 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailMicrobial bioprocesses : current state and future prospect
Delvigne, Frank ULg

Scientific conference (2010)

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See detailMicrobial characterization of probiotics-Advisory report of the Working Group "8651 Probiotics" of the Belgian Superior Health Council (SHC).
Huys, Geert; Botteldoorn, Nadine; Delvigne, Frank ULg et al

in Molecular Nutrition & Food Research (2013)

When ingested in sufficient numbers, probiotics are expected to confer one or more proven health benefits on the consumer. Theoretically, the effectiveness of a probiotic food product is the sum of its ... [more ▼]

When ingested in sufficient numbers, probiotics are expected to confer one or more proven health benefits on the consumer. Theoretically, the effectiveness of a probiotic food product is the sum of its microbial quality and its functional potential. Whereas the latter may vary much with the body (target) site, delivery mode, human target population, and health benefit envisaged microbial assessment of the probiotic product quality is more straightforward. The range of stakeholders that need to be informed on probiotic quality assessments is extremely broad, including academics, food and biotherapeutic industries, healthcare professionals, competent authorities, consumers, and professional press. In view of the rapidly expanding knowledge on this subject, the Belgian Superior Health Council installed Working Group "8651 Probiotics" to review the state of knowledge regarding the methodologies that make it possible to characterize strains and products with purported probiotic activity. This advisory report covers three main steps in the microbial quality assessment process, i.e. (i) correct species identification and strain-specific typing of bacterial and yeast strains used in probiotic applications, (ii) safety assessment of probiotic strains used for human consumption, and (iii) quality of the final probiotic product in terms of its microbial composition, concentration, stability, authenticity, and labeling. [less ▲]

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See detailMicrobial communities and carbon fluxes
Warwick, Vincent F; Pedro-Alios, Carlos; Curtis, Suttle et al

in Barber, David; Michaud, Josée; Fortier, Louis (Eds.) On thin ice: a synthesis of the Canadian Arctic Shelf Exchange Study (CASES) (2008)

The CASES program has provided a remarkable opportunity to examine the community structure and seasonal dynamics of microbial communities within coastal Arctic Ocean waters. Through the microbial ... [more ▼]

The CASES program has provided a remarkable opportunity to examine the community structure and seasonal dynamics of microbial communities within coastal Arctic Ocean waters. Through the microbial component of this program, we were able to study the diversity and activities of many forms of microscopic life, including viruses, Archea and Bacteria (known collectively as prokaryotes), and Eukarya (single-celled members, also known as protists). [less ▲]

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See detailMicrobial diversity and activity in temperate forest and grassland ecosystems
Malchair, Sandrine ULg

Doctoral thesis (2009)

Ecosystems currently face widespread biodiversity losses and other environmental disturbances, such as climate warming, related to increased anthropogenic activities. Within this context, scientists ... [more ▼]

Ecosystems currently face widespread biodiversity losses and other environmental disturbances, such as climate warming, related to increased anthropogenic activities. Within this context, scientists consider the effects of such changes on the biodiversity, and hence on the activity, of soil microorganisms. Indeed, soil microorganisms mediate a wide range of soil processes. Currently, knowledge on soil microbial diversity is still limited, partially due to technical limitations. The advent of molecular-based analyses now allows studying the soil microbial diversity. These advances in the study of soil microbial communities have lead to a growing evidence of the critical role played by the microbial community in ecosystem functioning. This relationship is supposed to be relevant for narrow processes, regulated by a restricted group of microorganisms, such as the nitrification process. This PhD thesis aimed at studying ammonia oxidizing bacteria (AOB) community structure and richness as an integrated part of soil functioning. This research aimed at investigating the effect of aboveground plant diversity on ammonia oxidizing bacteria diversity and function in forest and grassland soils with focus on the influence of (a) functional group identity of grassland plants (legumes, grasses, forbs), (b) grassland plant species richness and (c) tree species, on AOB diversity and function. Another objective of this research was to study the effect of a 3°C increase in air temperature on AOB diversity and function. The link between AOB diversity and function (potential nitrification) is also investigated. For grassland ecosystems, a microcosm experiment was realized. An experimental platform containing 288 assembled grassland communities was established in Wilrijk (Belgium). Grassland species were grown in 12 sunlit, climate controlled chambers. Each chamber contained 24 communities of variable species richness (S) (9 S=1, 9 S=3 and 6 S=9).The grassland species belonged to three functional groups: three species of each grasses (Dactylis glomerata L., Festuca arundinacea SCHREB., Lolium perenne L.), forbs (non-N-fixing dicots; Bellis perennis L., Rumex acetosa L., Plantagolanceolata L.), and legumes (N-fixing dicots; Trifolium repens L., Medicago sativa L., Lotus corniculatus L.). Half of these chambers were exposed to ambient temperature and the other half were exposed to (ambient +3°C) temperature. One ambient and one (ambient+3°C) chambers were destructively harvested 4, 16 and 28 months after the start of the experiment. The influence of plant functional group identity on the nitrification process and on AOB community structure and richness (AOB diversity) was assessed in soils collected from the first two destructive amplings (chapter 2). The effect of plant species richness on AOB diversity and function was considered for soils sampled after 16 and 28 months (chapter 3). AOB function was determined by potential nitrification. AOB community structure and richness were assessed by polymerase chain reaction followed by denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis (DGGE) and sequencing of excised DGGE bands. I found that functional group identity can affect AOB community structure. In particular, the presence of legumes, both in monoculture or in mixture with forbs and grasses, lead to AOB community composition changes towards AOB clusters tolerating higher ammonium concentrations. This change in AOB community structure was only linked to increased potential nitrification under monocultures of legumes, when ammonium was supposed to be not limiting. This study revealed that physiological attributes of AOB and resource availability may be important factors in controlling the nitrification process. This research showed that the impact of plant species richness on the nitrification process could be mediated by the interactions between plants and AOB, through competition for substrate. A 3°C increase in air temperature did not affect AOB community structure, richness or function. In forest ecosystems, we studied the effect of tree species in forest sites located in Belgian and in the Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg covered each by several deciduous or coniferous tree species (Fagus sylvatica L., Quercus petraea (Mattuschka) Lieblein, Picea abies (L.) Karst, Pseudotsuga menziesii (Mirbel) Franco). We investigated the influence of these tree species on microbial processes (chapter 5) related to C and N cycling, particularly with emphasize on the nitrification process and on the diversity of AOB (chapter 6). The results showed that the effect of tree species on net N mineralization was likely to be mediated through their effect on soil microbial biomass, reflecting their influence on organic matter content and carbon availability. Influence of tree species on nitrification (potential and relative) might be related to the presence of ground vegetation through its influence on soil ammonium and labile C availability. AOB community structure was more site-specific than tree specific. However, within sites, AOB community structure under broadleaved trees differed from the one under coniferous trees. The effect on tree species on AOB was likely to be driven by the influence of tree species on net N mineralization, which regulates the substrate availability for AOB. The results also demonstrated that the relationship between AOB diversity and function might be related both to AOB abundance and AOB community structure and richness. This thesis showed no clear relationship between AOB community structure or richness and AOB function. However, we revealed that aboveground grassland plant richness, grassland plant functional groups and tree species influence AOB community structure and richness. [less ▲]

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See detailMicrobial Diversity and Processes in Lake Kivu (East Africa)
Llirós, M.; Darchambeau, François ULg; Garcia-Armisen, T. et al

Conference (2011)

Lake Kivu is a deep meromictic and oligotrophic tropical African lake with a permanent thermal- and haline stratification with huge accumulations of dissolved CO2 and CH4 (ca. 300 km3 and 60 km3 ... [more ▼]

Lake Kivu is a deep meromictic and oligotrophic tropical African lake with a permanent thermal- and haline stratification with huge accumulations of dissolved CO2 and CH4 (ca. 300 km3 and 60 km3, respectively) in the deep anoxic monimolimnion (from 60 o 480 m depth). Although there are a wealth of information on the ecology of small eukaryotes and their trophic role on Kivu, available information on prokaryotic planktonic assemblages is scarce. Molecular analysis of archaeal and bacterial communities showed a vertical segregation imposed by the permanent redoxcline. In relation to Bacteria, Actinobacteria, Betaproteobacteria, Green Sulfur Bacteria and Bacteroidetes were the most commonly retrieved groups. For Archaea, a marked dominance of Thaumarchaeota and Crenarchaeota (75% of all archaeal OTUs) over Euryarchaeota was observed. In the anoxic hypolimnion, Euryarchaoeta (Methanosarcinales and Methanocellales) lineages together with Miscellaneous Crenarchaeotic Group phylotypes were mainly recovered. In turn, Thaumarchaeota phylotypes were recovered in oxic and suboxic waters. CARDFISH analyses over the first 100 m revealed the dominance of Bacteria (51.4% – 95.7% of DAPI-stained cells), especially Actinobacteria (epilimnion), Betaproteobacteria (oxic-anoxic interface) and Bacteroidetes (upper hypolimnion), over Archaea (1.0% – 4.5%; maximum abundances at the oxic-anoxic interface). In turn, flow cytometry evidenced the dominance of HNA cells in the euphotic layer, whereas the proportion of LNA cells increased with depth. HNA and LNA populations were still observed in the anoxic hypolimnion suggesting facultative or strict anaerobic metabolisms. The detection of distinct depth maxima of nitrate, nitrite, archaeal amoA and Marine Thaumarchaeota 16S gene copy numbers together with regularly detection of deep maxima of 3H-Thymidine uptake, and the presence of low-light adapted GSB species point towards a strong link of N, C, and S cycles in the redoxcline of Lake Kivu. [less ▲]

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