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See detailIdentification of groundwater quality trends in a chalk aquifer threatened by intensive agriculture in Belgium
Batlle-Aguilar, Jordi; Orban, Philippe ULg; Dassargues, Alain ULg et al

in Hydrogeology Journal (2007), 15(8), 1615-1627

The European Union (EU) has adopted directives requiring that Member States take measures to reach a "good" chemical status of water resources by the year 2015 (Water Framework Directive: WFD). In order ... [more ▼]

The European Union (EU) has adopted directives requiring that Member States take measures to reach a "good" chemical status of water resources by the year 2015 (Water Framework Directive: WFD). In order to achieve the environmental objectives for groundwater, the identification and reversal of significant upward trends in pollutant concentrations are required. A very detailed dataset available for the Hesbaye chalk aquifer in Belgium is used to evaluate tools and to propose efficient methodologies for identifying and quantifying nitrate trends in groundwater. Results indicate that the parametric linear regression and the non-parametric Mann-Kendall tests are robust; however, the latter test seems more adequate as it does not require verification of the normality of the dataset and it provides calculated nitrate trends very comparable to those obtained using linear regression. From a hydrogeological point of view, results highlight a general upward trend in the whole groundwater basin. The extrapolation of the trend analysis results indicates that measures have to be taken urgently in order to avoid further major degradation of groundwater quality within the next 10-70 years. However, a good groundwater quality status cannot be expected in the Hesbaye aquifer for the 2015 EU WFD deadline. [less ▲]

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See detailIdentification of groundwater quality trends in a chalky aquifer threatened by intensive agriculture
Batlle-Aguilar, Jordi; Orban, Philippe ULg; Dassargues, Alain ULg et al

in Stauffer, Fr. (Ed.) Quantitative Geology from Multiple Sources: S10 Use of multiple sources in conditioning/calibrating groundwater flow and transport models (2006)

Diffuse groundwater contamination related to agricultural practices is a worldwide environmental problem, particularly the continuous increase in nitrate concentrations. As a response to this threat, the ... [more ▼]

Diffuse groundwater contamination related to agricultural practices is a worldwide environmental problem, particularly the continuous increase in nitrate concentrations. As a response to this threat, the European Union has adopted directives requiring that Member States take measures to reduce agricultural nitrate sources and stating that a “good” status of groundwater is required for all EU members. In order to achieve the environmental objectives for groundwater, the identification and reversal of any significant upward trend in the pollutant concentrations are required. Conclusions are drawn about the evolution of groundwater contamination by nitrates in the following decades with respect to the EU Water directive prescriptions. Measures have to be urgently taken in order to avoid major degradation of groundwater in 10 to 70 years. However, a good groundwater quality status cannot be expected for the 2015 EU Water Framework Directive (WFD). [less ▲]

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See detailIdentification of growth-hormone binding proteins (GBBPs) in cattle
Devolder, Anne; Renaville, Robert ULg; Massart, Serge et al

in Archives Internationales de Physiologie, de Biochimie et de Biophysique (1992), 100

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See detailIdentification of hard ticks (Acari: Ixodidae) and seroprevalence to Theileria parva in cattle raised in North Kivu Province, Democratic Republic of Congo.
Kalume, Moise Kasereka; Saegerman, Claude ULg; Mbahikyavolo, Daniel Kambale et al

in Parasitology research (2013), 112(2), 789-97

This study aimed to identify tick species and to determine their relationship with the Theileria parva seroprevalence in cattle raised under an extensive farming system in North Kivu Province, Democratic ... [more ▼]

This study aimed to identify tick species and to determine their relationship with the Theileria parva seroprevalence in cattle raised under an extensive farming system in North Kivu Province, Democratic Republic of Congo in two agro-ecological zones namely medium (1,000-1,850 m) and high (>1,850 m) altitude. Among the 3,215 ticks collected on 482 animals, from February to April 2009, Rhipicephalus appendiculatus (64.26 %), the main vector of T. parva, was the most abundant species followed by Rhipicephalus decoloratus (35.49 %) and Amblyomma variegatum (0.25 %). The mean burden of R. appendiculatus tick per infested animal appeared significantly higher at medium (6.5 +/- 0.22 ticks) than at high (0.07 +/- 0.3 ticks) altitude (P < 0.05). However, an indirect fluorescent antibody test carried out on 450 blood samples revealed a global T. parva seroprevalence of 43 % (95 % CI: 38-47) which was not significantly (P > 0.05) different between medium (48.4 %; 95 % CI: 38-49) and high (41.9 %; 95 % CI: 35-49) altitude. These relatively low seroprevalences suggest that there is a state of endemicity to T. parva infection in the study area. The presence of the tick vector on animals was associated with an increased risk of being seropositive to T. parva infection (odds ratio = 2.04; 95 % CI: 1.8-2.3; P < 0.001). The results suggest the need for a longitudinal study to investigate the seasonal dynamics of tick species and T. parva infection. The rate of tick infection should also be evaluated in order to determine the intensity of T. parva transmission to cattle. [less ▲]

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See detailIdentification of hardening behavior using inverse modeling and image correlation
Lecompte, D.; Cooreman, S.; Sol, H. et al

in Proceedings of the SEM annual conference and exposition 2006 (2006)

The basic principle of an inverse modeling procedure as it is used for parameter identification, is the generation of a complex and heterogeneous deformation field that contains as much information as ... [more ▼]

The basic principle of an inverse modeling procedure as it is used for parameter identification, is the generation of a complex and heterogeneous deformation field that contains as much information as possible about the parameters to be identified. One way of obtaining such a non-homogeneous deformation is by making the geometry of the specimen less regular. Another possibility is to make the loading conditions more complex. In this paper both options are actually combined by using a biaxial tensile test on a cruciform specimen in order to identify the parameters of a Swift isotropic hardening law. The yield criterion is modeled by the isotropic Von Mises criterion. The optimization technique used is a constrained gradient based Newton-type routine, which means that in every iteration step, a sensitivity calculation has to be performed in order to indicate the direction in which the parameters are to be optimized. The functional to be minimized is a least-squares expression of the discrepancy between the measured and the simulated strain fields at a certain load. The numerical routines as well as the identification results, based on simulated strain fields, are discussed. [less ▲]

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See detailIdentification of heterologous multicopy suppressors of the yeast msb3msb4 double mutation
Delroisse, Jean-Marc; Breban, Martine; Burny, Arsène et al

in Archives Internationales de Physiologie et de Biochimie (2003), 184

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See detailIdentification of heterologous multicopy suppressors of the yeast msb3msb4 double mutation
Delroisse, Jean-Marc; Breban, Martine; Burny, Arsène et al

Poster (2003)

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See detailIdentification of heterologous multicopy suppressors of the yeast msb3msb4 double mutation
Delroisse, Jean-Marc; Breban, Martine; Burny, Arsène et al

in Yeast (2003), 20(S291),

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See detailIdentification of heterologous multicopy suppressors of the yeast msb3msb4 double mutation.
Delroisse, Jean-Marc; Breban, Martine; Burny, Arsène et al

in Archives Internationales de Physiologie et de Biochimie (2003), 184

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See detailIdentification of HTF (HER2 transcription factor) as an AP-2 (activator protein-2) transcription factor and contribution of the HTF binding site to ERBB2 gene overexpression
Vernimmen, Douglas; Begon, Dominique ULg; Salvador, Christophe et al

in Biochemical Journal (2003), 370(Pt 1), 323-329

The ERBB2 gene is overexpressed in 30% of human breast cancers and this is correlated with poor prognosis. Overexpression of the ERBB2 gene is due to increased transcription and gene amplification. Our ... [more ▼]

The ERBB2 gene is overexpressed in 30% of human breast cancers and this is correlated with poor prognosis. Overexpression of the ERBB2 gene is due to increased transcription and gene amplification. Our previous studies have identified a new cis element in the ERBB2 promoter which is involved in the gene's overexpression. This cis element, located 501 bp upstream from the main ERBB2 transcription initiation site, binds a transcription factor called HTF (HER2 transcription factor). We report here the identification of HTF as an AP-2 (activator protein-2) transcription factor. The new cis element is bound by AP-2 with high affinity, compared with a previously described AP-2 binding site located 284 bp downstream. Co-transfection of an AP-2alpha expression vector with a reporter vector containing the newly identified AP-2 binding site in front of a minimal ERBB2 promoter induced a dose-dependent increase in transcriptional activity. We examined the contribution of the new AP-2 binding site to ERBB2 overexpression. For this purpose we abolished the new and/or the previously described AP-2 binding sequence by site-directed mutagenesis. The results show that the two functional AP-2 sites in the first 700 bp of the ERBB2 promoter co-operate to achieve maximal transcriptional activity. [less ▲]

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See detailIdentification of IL-34 in teleost fish: differential expression of rainbow trout IL-34, MCSF1 and MCSF2, ligands of the MCSF receptor.
Wang, Tiehui; Kono, Tomoya; Mira Monte, Milena ULg et al

in Molecular Immunology (2013), 53(4), 398-409

The mononuclear phagocyte system is composed of monocytes, macrophages and dendritic cells and has crucial roles in inflammation, autoimmunity, infection, cancer, organ transplantation and in maintaining ... [more ▼]

The mononuclear phagocyte system is composed of monocytes, macrophages and dendritic cells and has crucial roles in inflammation, autoimmunity, infection, cancer, organ transplantation and in maintaining organismal homeostasis. Interleukin-34 (IL-34) and macrophage colony stimulating factor (MCSF), both signalling through the MCSF receptor, regulate the mononuclear phagocyte system. A single IL-34 and MCSF gene are present in tetrapods. Two types of MCSF exist in teleost fish which is resulted from teleost-wide whole genome duplication. In this report, we first identified and sequence analysed six IL-34 genes in five teleost fish, rainbow trout, fugu, Atlantic salmon, catfish and zebrafish. The fish IL-34 molecules had a higher identity within fish group but low identities to IL-34s from birds (27.2-33.8%) and mammals (22.2-31.4%). However, they grouped with tetrapod IL-34 molecules in phylogenetic tree analysis, had a similar 7 exon/6 intron gene organisation, and genes in the IL-34 loci were syntenically conserved. In addition, the regions of the four main helices, along with a critical N-glycosylation site were well conserved. Taken together these data suggest that the teleost IL-34 genes described in this report are orthologues of tetrapod IL-34. Comparative expression study of the three trout MCSFR ligands revealed that IL-34, MCSF1 and MCSF2 are differentially expressed in tissues and cell lines. The expression of MCSF1 and MCSF2 showed great variance in different tissues and cell lines, suggesting a role in the differentiation and maintenance of specific macrophage lineages in specific locations. The relatively high levels of IL-34 expression across different tissues suggests a homeostatic role of IL-34 for the macrophage lineage in fish. One striking observation in the present study was the lack of induction of MCSF1 and MCSF2 expression but the quick induction of IL-34 expression by PAMPs and inflammatory cytokines in cell lines and primary head kidney macrophages in rainbow trout. In a parasitic proliferative kidney disease (PKD) model, the expression of IL-34 but not the dominant MCSF2 was affected by PKD, suggesting an involvement of macrophage function in this disease model. Thus IL-34 expression is sensitive to inflammatory stimuli and may regulate macrophage biology once up-regulated. [less ▲]

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See detailIdentification of key predictors for osteoporosis through use of different analytical techniques
Sen, S. S.; Geling, O.; Messina, O. D. et al

in Osteoporosis International (2002, November), 13(Suppl.3), 27

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See detailIdentification Of Key Residues For Interaction Of Vasoactive Intestinal Peptide With Human Vpac(1) And Vpac(2) Receptors And Development Of A Highly Selective Vpac(1) Receptor Agonist - Alanine Scanning And Molecular Modeling Of The Peptide
Nicole, P.; Lins, Laurence ULg; Rouyer-Fessard, C. et al

in Journal of Biological Chemistry (2000), 275(31), 24003-12

The widespread neuropeptide vasoactive intestinal peptide (VIP) has two receptors VPAC(1) and VPAC(2). Solid-phase syntheses of VIP analogs in which each amino acid has been changed to alanine (Ala scan ... [more ▼]

The widespread neuropeptide vasoactive intestinal peptide (VIP) has two receptors VPAC(1) and VPAC(2). Solid-phase syntheses of VIP analogs in which each amino acid has been changed to alanine (Ala scan) or glycine was achieved and each analog was tested for: (i) three-dimensional structure by ab initio molecular modeling; (ii) ability to inhibit (125)I-VIP binding (K(i)) and to stimulate adenylyl cyclase activity (EC(50)) in membranes from cell clones stably expressing human recombinant VPAC(1) or VPAC(2) receptor. The data show that substituting residues at 14 positions out of 28 in VIP resulted in a >10-fold increase of K(i) or EC(50) at the VPAC(1) receptor. Modeling of the three-dimensional structure of native VIP (central alpha-helice from Val(5) to Asn(24) with random coiled N and C terminus) and analogs shows that substitutions of His(1), Val(5), Arg(14), Lys(15), Lys(21), Leu(23), and Ile(26) decreased biological activity without altering the predicted structure, supporting that those residues directly interact with VPAC(1) receptor. The interaction of the analogs with human VPAC(2) receptor is similar to that observed with VPAC(1) receptor, with three remarkable exceptions: substitution of Thr(11) and Asn(28) by alanine increased K(i) for binding to VPAC(2) receptor; substitution of Tyr(22) by alanine increased EC(50) for stimulating adenylyl cyclase activity through interaction with the VPAC(2) receptor. By combining 3 mutations at positions 11, 22, and 28, we developed the [Ala(11,22,28)]VIP analog which constitutes the first highly selective (>1,000-fold) human VPAC(1) receptor agonist derived from VIP ever described. [less ▲]

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See detailIdentification of large selective sweeps associated with major genes in cattle.
Druet, Tom ULg; Perez-Pardal, L.; Charlier, Carole ULg et al

in Animal Genetics (2013), 44(6), 758-62

Selection for new favorable variants can lead to selective sweeps. However, such sweeps might be rare in the evolution of different species for which polygenic adaptation or selection on standing ... [more ▼]

Selection for new favorable variants can lead to selective sweeps. However, such sweeps might be rare in the evolution of different species for which polygenic adaptation or selection on standing variation might be more common. Still, strong selective sweeps have been described in domestic species such as chicken lines or dog breeds. The goal of our study was to use a panel of individuals from 12 different cattle breeds genotyped at high density (800K SNPs) to perform a whole-genome scan for selective sweeps defined as unexpectedly long stretches of reduced heterozygosity. To that end, we developed a hidden Markov model in which one of the hidden states corresponds to regions of reduced heterozygosity. Some unexpectedly long regions were identified. Among those, six contained genes known to affect traits with simple genetic architecture such as coat color or horn development. However, there was little evidence for sweeps associated with genes underlying production traits. [less ▲]

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See detailIdentification of lectins as virus competitors in aphid vectors: from fundamental to applied approaches
Bosquée, Emilie ULg; Chen, Ju Lian; Yong, Liu et al

Poster (2014, August)

Aphids remain difficult virus vectors to be controlled in many crops. Within this context of biological control against aphids and investigation on virus transmission (both non persistent Potato virus Y ... [more ▼]

Aphids remain difficult virus vectors to be controlled in many crops. Within this context of biological control against aphids and investigation on virus transmission (both non persistent Potato virus Y (PVY) and Cucumber Mosaic Virus (CMV) and persistent Barley Yellow Dwarf Virus, the use of lectins was developed. Indeed, the effects of lectin binding to glycoprotein aphid receptors on virus transmission were tested in laboratory via the use of artificial diets using different virus models. Differential effects on virus transmission efficiency were determined. By example, a strong interference between GNA and PVY was observed. In consequence, the lectin was considered as promising proteins and could be potential competitors to virus. For further research, a fast protein liquid chromatography was performed to identify aphid proteins related to binding to efficient lectin competitors. Moreover, to detect involved proteins in aphids, two-dimensional gel electrophoresis approach coupled to mass spectrometry was developped to identify the glycosylated proteins determining virus transmission efficiency. Use of lectins for both fundamental and applied approaches were discussed to investigate aphid – virus interactions [less ▲]

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See detailIdentification of Linear and Nonlinear Systems using Signal Processing Techniques
Kerschen, Gaëtan ULg; Poncelet, Fabien ULg; Golinval, Jean-Claude ULg et al

in 26th Benelux Meeting on Systems and Control, Lommel, 2007 (2007)

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See detailIdentification of lines in the spectra of B stars
Swings, Polydore ULg; Nicolet, M.

in Astrophysical Journal (1934), 80(3), 190-199

Identifications of lines in the spectra of B stars are given. About fifty lines for which no previous identifications had been made are interpreted.

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See detailIdentification of magnetic dipole infrared transitions of the fundamental band of oxygen
Dang-Nhu, M; Zander, Rodolphe ULg; Goldman, A et al

in Journal of Molecular Spectroscopy (1990), 144(2), 366-373

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