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See detailInfluence of plant roots on electrical resistivity measurements of cultivated soil columns
Maloteau, Sophie ULg; Blanchy, Guillaume ULg; Javaux, Mathieu et al

Poster (2016, April)

The goals of this experiment are to quantify the effect of plant roots on electrical resistivity of the soil subsurface and to map a plant roots system in space and time with ERT technique in a soil ... [more ▼]

The goals of this experiment are to quantify the effect of plant roots on electrical resistivity of the soil subsurface and to map a plant roots system in space and time with ERT technique in a soil column. For this research, it is assumed that roots system affect the electrical properties of the rhizosphere. Indeed the root activity (by transporting ions, releasing exudates, changing the soil structure,…) will modify the rhizosphere electrical conductivity (Lobet G. et al, 2013). This experiment is included in a bigger research project about the influence of roots system on geophysics measurements. Measurements are made on cylinders of 45 cm high and a diameter of 20 cm, filled with saturated loam on which seeds of Brachypodium distachyon (L.) Beauv. are sowed. Columns are equipped with electrodes, TDR probes and temperature sensors. Experiments are conducted at Gembloux Agro-Bio Tech, in a growing chamber with controlled conditions: temperature of the air is fixed to 20°C, photoperiod is equal to 14 hours, photosynthetically active radiation is equal to 200 µmol m-2s-1, and air relative humidity is fixed to 80 %. Columns are fully saturated the first day of the measurements duration then no more irrigation is done till the end of the experiment. [less ▲]

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See detailInfluence of Plasminogen Activator Inhibitor Type 1 on Choroidal Neovascularization
Lambert, Vincent ULg; Munaut, Carine ULg; Frankenne, F. et al

in FASEB Journal (2001), 15(6), 1021-7

High levels of the plasminogen activators, but also their inhibitor, plasminogen activator inhibitor 1 (PAI-1), have been documented in neovascularization of severe ocular pathologies such as diabetic ... [more ▼]

High levels of the plasminogen activators, but also their inhibitor, plasminogen activator inhibitor 1 (PAI-1), have been documented in neovascularization of severe ocular pathologies such as diabetic retinopathy or age-related macular degeneration (AMD). AMD is the primary cause of irreversible photoreceptors loss, and current therapies are limited. PAI-1 has recently been shown to be essential for tumoral angiogenesis. We report here that deficient PAI-1 expression in mice prevented the development of subretinal choroidal angiogenesis induced by laser photocoagulation. When systemic and local PAI-1 expression was achieved by intravenous injection of a replication-defective adenoviral vector expressing human PAI-1 cDNA, the wild-type pattern of choroidal angiogenesis was restored. These observations demonstrate the proangiogenic activity of PAI-1 not only in tumoral models, but also in choroidal experimental neovascularization sharing similarities with human AMD. They identify therefore PAI-1 as a potential target for therapeutic ocular anti-angiogenic strategies. [less ▲]

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See detailInfluence of players' level on racket speed and ball accuracy in the tennis serve
Tubez, François ULg; Croisier, Jean-Louis ULg; Cordonnier, Caroline ULg et al

Conference (2014, July 06)

INTRODUCTION Serve in modern tennis game is an important offensive weapon for players (1-2). In kinematic analysis, serve is the most studied stroke of this game. The aim of our study was to compare the ... [more ▼]

INTRODUCTION Serve in modern tennis game is an important offensive weapon for players (1-2). In kinematic analysis, serve is the most studied stroke of this game. The aim of our study was to compare the performance of two specific populations: international players versus national players. In particular, racket speed at impact and accuracy of ball were assessed. METHODS A tennis court was reconstructed in a motion analysis laboratory. The position of the racket was evaluated in 3D at a frequency rate of 200 Hz. Tests were performed on 6 professional players (international level) and 9 non-professional players (national level). Each of them served 25 trials in direction of the “T” area of deuce diagonal. Two squares of 1m² and 2 m² respectively were delimited on the corner of the serve square. The instruction for both groups was to serve in the “T” area with the highest ball speed and minimal ball rotation (flat serve). RESULTS Although the forward speed of the racket at impact was identical between the two groups of players (International 36.35 ± 2.37 m/s and national 36.37 ± 2.90 m/s, p-value 0,991), the accuracy and consistency of serves on the target area is better for international players group (1m² area: International 33% ± 7% and national 14% ± 12%, p-value 0.0053; 2m² area (including 1m² area): International 71% ± 8% and national 54% ± 12%, p-value 0.0096; Out of zone: International 29% ± 8% and national 46% ± 12%, p-value 0.014). DISCUSSION High-velocity ball seems to be a key factor for serve performance (3). It is known that there is a relationship between racket speed and ball velocity (4). Both groups have high racket speed. However, international players serve with better accuracy and consistency than national players. We hypothesize that these differences are due to capacity of international players to adapt to a particular environment. Moreover, international players could give priority to consistency over velocity. We conclude that high-velocity serve is not a sufficient criterion to perform at international level; consistency and accuracy are two important factors to reach this level. [less ▲]

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See detailInfluence of practice characteristics on injury risk in young athletes
Frisch, Anne ULg; Urhausen, Axel; Seil, Romain et al

in British Journal of Sports Medicine (2011), 45

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See detailInfluence of process operating conditions on solvent thermal and oxidative degradation in post-combustion CO2 capture
Léonard, Grégoire ULg; Crosset, Cyril; Toye, Dominique ULg et al

in Computers & Chemical Engineering (2015), 83

The CO2 post-combustion capture with amine solvents is modeled as a complex system interconnecting process energy consumption and solvent degradation and emission. Based on own experimental data ... [more ▼]

The CO2 post-combustion capture with amine solvents is modeled as a complex system interconnecting process energy consumption and solvent degradation and emission. Based on own experimental data, monoethanolamine degradation is included into a CO2 capture process model. The influence of operating conditions on solvent loss is validated with pilot plant data from literature. Predicted solvent consumption rates are in better agreement with plant data than any previous work, and pathways are discussed to further refine the model. Oxidative degradation in the absorber is the largest cause of solvent loss while thermal degradation does not appear as a major concern. Using a single model, the process exergy requirement decreases by 10.8% and the solvent loss by 11.1% compared to our base case. As a result, this model provides a practical tool to simultaneously minimize the process energy requirement and the solvent consumption in post-combustion CO2 capture plants with amine solvents. [less ▲]

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See detailInfluence of processing parameters on physicochemical properties of low-trans and trans-free puff pastry margarines
Lefebure, Emilie ULg; Ronkart, Sébastien; Brostaux, Yves ULg et al

in LWT - Food Science and Technology (2013), 51(1), 225-232

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See detailInfluence of progesterone concentrations on secretory functions of trophoblast and pituitary during the first trimester of pregnancy in dairy cattle
Ayad, A.; Melo de Sousa, Noelita ULg; Sulon, Joseph ULg et al

in Theriogenology (2007), 67(9), 1503-1511

The essential role played by progesterone in the maintenance of pregnancy is unequivocal; however, the effects of progesterone on the secretory patterns of placental and pituitary molecules during the ... [more ▼]

The essential role played by progesterone in the maintenance of pregnancy is unequivocal; however, the effects of progesterone on the secretory patterns of placental and pituitary molecules during the gestation period are not well defined. The objective of this study was to describe pregnancy-associated glycoprotein (PAG) concentrations (measured by RIA-497 and RIA-Pool) in pregnant females with progesterone concentrations lower (low-P4 group, n = 20) or higher (high-P4 group, n = 17) than the mean of 8.74 ng/mL on Day 21 (AI = Day 0). Luteinizing hormone (LH) and prolactin concentrations were also measured in both groups. Throughout the study period, blood samples were collected on Days 0, 21, 45, 60, and 80 from 37 females that were confirmed to be pregnant. PAG concentrations measured by both RIA-497 and RIA-Pool tended to be higher in high-P4 group than in low-P4 group from Day 30 until Day 80. On Day 80, plasma PAG concentrations that were measured using RIA-497 were observed to be higher (P < 0.05) in the high-P4 group than in the low-P4 group (10.2 +/- 8.7 ng/mL versus 6.9 +/- 13.8 ng/mL). Concentrations of LH on Day 60 and prolactin on Day 80 were observed to be significantly lower (P < 0.05) in the high-P4 group. There was a tendency for the concentrations of LH (Days 45 and 80) and prolactin (Days 30, 45, and 60) to be lower in cows in the high-P4 group than in the low-P4 group. Our results suggest the existence of a relationship among the concentration levels of progesterone, PAG, LH, and prolactin during early pregnancy. (C) 2007 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailInfluence of promoters on the production of fengycin in Bacillus spp.
Yasseen, Y.; Gancel, F.; Drider, D. et al

in Research in Microbiology (2016), 167

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See detailInfluence of propeller configuration on propulsion system efficiency of multi-rotor Unmanned Aerial Vehicles
Theys, Bart; Dimitriadis, Grigorios ULg; Hendrick, Patrick et al

in Proceedings of the International Conference on Unmanned Aircraft Systems, ICUAS 2016 (2016, June)

Multi-rotor Unmanned Aerial Vehicles make use of multiple propellers, mounted on arms, to produce the required lift. This article investigates the influence on propulsion system efficiency in hover due to ... [more ▼]

Multi-rotor Unmanned Aerial Vehicles make use of multiple propellers, mounted on arms, to produce the required lift. This article investigates the influence on propulsion system efficiency in hover due to the configuration of these propellers. Influence of pusher or puller configuration of the propeller, number of blades, shape and dimensions of the arm, coaxial and overlapping propellers, is presented. A dedicated test bench that allows testing of various experimental setups is designed and built in order to realistically represent multi-rotor arms. Test results show that a two-bladed pusher configuration is most efficient and slenderness of the arm has more influence on efficiency than shape. A coaxial propulsion system approaches the efficiency of a single-prop system at high disk loadings. Finally, interference effects due to overlapping propellers are discussed. [less ▲]

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See detailInfluence of protein context on the propensity of polyglutamine tracts to induce protein aggregation into amyloid fibrils
Huynen, Céline ULg

Poster (2012, April 18)

Nine neurodegenerative diseases, referred to as polyglutamine diseases, are associated with nine proteins containing an expanded polyglutamine (polyQ) tract. PolyQ tracts are encoded by a repetition of ... [more ▼]

Nine neurodegenerative diseases, referred to as polyglutamine diseases, are associated with nine proteins containing an expanded polyglutamine (polyQ) tract. PolyQ tracts are encoded by a repetition of the CAG codon in the corresponding genes, and are present in proteins of healthy people. They are however pathogenic when their length, due to mutations, becomes higher than a threshold generally comprised between 35 and 45Q. Such pathogenic tracts trigger the aggregation of the proteins into amyloid-like aggregates that could play an important role in the disease. It is therefore necessary to investigate at a molecular level the aggregation process of polyQ proteins. Since proteins associated with polyQ diseases are generally big and relatively insoluble, they are difficult to produce and manipulate. We have therefore decided to study the aggregating properties of polyQ proteins by designing and characterizing model proteins made of a well-characterized host protein, the β-lactamase BlaP, and polyQ tracts of different lengths (23 to 79Q) inserted at position 197 of BlaP. The aggregating properties of these BlaP chimeras recapitulate those of proteins associated with polyQ diseases. We indeed observed that there is a minimal number of glutamines (threshold) required for chimeras aggregation into amyloid-like fibrils and that the kinetics of aggregation are faster with longer glutamine repeats. Most importantly, the value of the threshold for amyloid-like fibril formation seems to critically depend on the structural integrity of BlaP and thus on the constraints applied to the polyQ tract. In the present work, we investigate more deeply the role of the protein context and the role of oligomers in the process of aggregation of BlaP chimeras. This study is mainly based on the use of two techniques: the quartz crystal microbalance with dissipation (QCM-D) in combination with atomic force microscopy (AFM), and the dynamic light scattering (DLS). Preliminary QCM-D results indicate that in native condition there is a minimal number of glutamines required for the elongation of BlaP197(Gln)79 fibrils by BlaP chimeras. This threshold is different to that observed for the aggregation monitored in solution in absence of seed. Most interestingly it corresponds to the threshold observed in denaturing conditions. These observations suggest that the conformation of BlaP is the limiting step for amyloid fibril formation by interfering with the nucleation step. Preliminary DLS experiments indicate that the oligomers formed by BlaP197(Gln)79 in native condition are on the pathway of amyloid fibril formation and could act as aggregation nuclei. [less ▲]

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See detailInfluence of protein context on the propensity of polyglutamine tracts to trigger protein aggregation into amyloid fibrils
Huynen, Céline ULg

Poster (2012, September 10)

Nine neurodegenerative diseases, referred to as polyglutamine diseases, are associated with nine proteins containing an expanded polyglutamine (polyQ) tract. PolyQ tracts are encoded by a repetition of ... [more ▼]

Nine neurodegenerative diseases, referred to as polyglutamine diseases, are associated with nine proteins containing an expanded polyglutamine (polyQ) tract. PolyQ tracts are encoded by a repetition of the CAG codon in the corresponding genes, and are present in proteins of healthy people. They are however pathogenic when their length, due to mutations, becomes higher than a threshold generally comprised between 35 and 45Q. Such pathological tracts trigger the aggregation of the proteins into amyloid-like aggregates that could play an important role in the disease. It is therefore necessary to investigate at a molecular level the aggregation process of polyQ proteins. Since proteins associated with polyQ diseases are generally large and relatively insoluble, they are difficult to produce and handle experimentally. We have therefore decided to study the aggregation properties of polyQ proteins by designing and characterizing model proteins made of a well-characterized host protein, the β-lactamase BlaP, and polyQ tracts of different lengths (23 to 79Q) inserted either at positions 197 or 216 of BlaP. The aggregation behaviour of BlaP chimeras recapitulate those of proteins associated with polyQ diseases. We indeed observed that there is a minimal number of glutamines (i.e. a threshold) required for the chimeras’ aggregation into amyloid-like fibrils and that the kinetics of aggregation are faster with longer glutamine repeats. Most importantly, the value of the threshold for amyloid-like fibril formation seems to critically depend on the structural integrity of BlaP and thus on the constraints applied to the polyQ tract. In the present work, we investigate more deeply the role of the protein context and of oligomers on the aggregation process of BlaP chimeras. This study is mainly based on the use of two techniques: the quartz crystal microbalance with dissipation (QCM-D) in combination with atomic force microscopy (AFM), and the dynamic light scattering (DLS). QCM-D studies indicate that, under native condition, there is a minimal number of glutamines required for the elongation of BlaP197(Gln)79 fibrils by BlaP chimeras containing a polyQ tract in position 197. This threshold is lower than that observed for the aggregation assays monitored in solution in the absence of seed; it corresponds however to the threshold for fibril formation observed under denaturing conditions. These observations suggest that the conformation of BlaP is the limiting step for amyloid fibril formation by interfering with the nucleation step. BlaP chimeras containing 55Q or more in position 216 of BlaP also elongate BlaP197(Gln)79 fibrils. Interestingly this rate of cross-elongation is faster than the elongation rate observed with BlaP197(Gln)55 and BlaP197(Gln)79. This observation demonstrates that the protein environment of the polyQ tract influences its propensity to form amyloid fibrils. Finally, preliminary DLS experiments indicate that oligomers formed by BlaP197(Gln)79 under native condition are on-pathway of amyloid fibril formation and could act as aggregation nuclei. [less ▲]

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See detailInfluence of purified dietary fibre on bacterial protein synthesis in the large intestine of pigs, as measured by the gas production technique.
Bindelle, Jérôme ULg; Buldgen, André; Michaux, David et al

in Livestock Science (2007), 109

Microbial fermentation of non-digestible carbohydrates in the pig's large intestine induces a shift of N excretion from urea in urine to bacterial protein in faeces. Experiments were carried out to ... [more ▼]

Microbial fermentation of non-digestible carbohydrates in the pig's large intestine induces a shift of N excretion from urea in urine to bacterial protein in faeces. Experiments were carried out to measure the mineral N incorporation by the pig intestinal microflora using 5 purified carbohydrates in a gas-test: starch (S), cellulose (C), inulin (I), pectin (P) and xylan (X). Fermentation kinetics was modelled. N source in the buffer solution was replaced by 15N labelled NH4Cl. The bacterial N fixation was determined at mid-fermentation, measuring 15N incorporation into the solid phase of the buffer. The bacterial N fixation was higher (Pb0.001) with I and S (19.9 and 18.1 mg N/g incubated DM), compared to P, C and X (8.7, 5.9 and 5.5 respectively). Inulin and S were fermented also more rapidly, even if I (0.081 h−1) and C (0.074 h−1) showed lower half time fractional rate of degradation than S (0.153 h−1), P (0.133 h−1) and X (0.104 h−1). The insoluble dietary fibre content of the substrates was negatively correlated to bacterial N fixation (r=−0.957, P=0.011). The high crude protein content of P (32.5 mg g−1DM) might explain the lower impact of this substrate on bacterial N fixation, despite its rapid fermentation. Beside the proportion of insoluble fibre, the N content and the rate of fermentation seem to be the major factors influencing bacterial protein synthesis. Further studies including ingredients with variable content of indigestible protein and mean retention time in the pig's intestines are necessary. [less ▲]

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