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See detailMolecular Spectra in Cosmic Sources
Swings, Polydore ULg

in Hynek, Joseph Allen (Ed.) Astrophysics; a topical symposium commemorating the fiftieth anniversary of the Yerkes Observatory and a half century of progress in astrophysics (1951)

Brief Introduction to Molecular Spectroscopy Identification of Molecules in Spectra Excitation and Ionization Phenomena in Molecular Spectra Suggested Astronomical Observations of Importance Suggested ... [more ▼]

Brief Introduction to Molecular Spectroscopy Identification of Molecules in Spectra Excitation and Ionization Phenomena in Molecular Spectra Suggested Astronomical Observations of Importance Suggested Laboratory and Theoretical Investigations Suggestions for Desirable Theoretical Astrophysical Investigations General Conclusion [less ▲]

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See detailMolecular Structure and Surface Order in Monolayers of Alkanethiols Evidenced by HREELS
Duwez, Anne-Sophie ULg; Yu, L.M.; Riga, J. et al

Conference (1997, August 24)

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See detailMolecular Structure and Surface Order in Monolayers of Alkanethiols Evidenced by HREELS
Duwez, Anne-Sophie ULg; Yu, Li-Ming; Riga, Joseph et al

in Thin Solid Films (1998), 327-329

Structural characteristics and order within n-alkanethiols, a,q-alkanedithiols and a-cycloalkyl-q-alkanethiols monolayers self-assembled on gold have been investigated using high resolution electron ... [more ▼]

Structural characteristics and order within n-alkanethiols, a,q-alkanedithiols and a-cycloalkyl-q-alkanethiols monolayers self-assembled on gold have been investigated using high resolution electron energy loss spectroscopy (HREELS). The coherent domain sizes have been estimated from the angular distribution of the elastic peak as a function of the nature of the alkane chain and of the immersion time in the thiol solutions. These data have revealed many defects in the organization of the monolayers on evaporated gold substrates. It has been shown that the domains are smaller on Au(100) than on Au(111). [less ▲]

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See detailMolecular Structures of Penicillin-Binding Proteins and Beta-Lactamases
Ghuysen, Jean-Marie ULg

in Trends in Microbiology (1994), 2(10), 372-380

In the past, new antibacterial agents have been selected either from natural sources or by 'trial and error' modification of existing antibacterials. Future therapeutic strategies are likely to depend on ... [more ▼]

In the past, new antibacterial agents have been selected either from natural sources or by 'trial and error' modification of existing antibacterials. Future therapeutic strategies are likely to depend on increased knowledge of existing drug targets and the search for new targets. The machinery for the assembly of bacterial-cell-wall peptidoglycan is an ideal place to look. [less ▲]

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See detailMolecular Systematics of Rattini in South East Asia
Pagès, Marie ULg

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See detailMolecular targeting of antiangiogenic factor 16K hPRL inhibits oxygen-induced retinopathy in mice
Pan, H.; Nguyen, Ngoc-Quynh-Nhu ULg; Yoshida, H. et al

in Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science (2004), 45(7), 2413-2419

PURPOSE. To examine the ability and mechanism of the 16 kDa N-terminal fragment of human prolactin (16K hPRL) in the inhibition of abnormal retinal neovascularization. METHODS. The 16K hPRL-encoding ... [more ▼]

PURPOSE. To examine the ability and mechanism of the 16 kDa N-terminal fragment of human prolactin (16K hPRL) in the inhibition of abnormal retinal neovascularization. METHODS. The 16K hPRL-encoding sequence was inserted into an adenoviral vector (16K-Ad). Western blot analysis verified the expression of 16K hPRL and inhibition of proliferation, confirming functional activity of the 16K hPRL in virus-infected adult bovine aortic endothelial (ABAE) cells. 16K hPRL inhibited retinal neovascularization in a mouse model of oxygen-induced retinopathy. The ability of recombinant 16K hPRL expressed in E. coli (r16K hPRL) was compared to that of endostatin in inducing apoptosis of cultured human retinal endothelial cells (HREC). RESULTS. 16K was expressed in virus-infected ABAE cells and resulted in a dose-dependent inhibition of cell proliferation. Eyes injected with 16K-Ad showed a reduction in preretinal neovascularization of 82.3 +/- 9.3% (P < 0.00001) when compared to uninjected controls. r16K hPRL was 100 times more potent than endostatin in inducing apoptosis in HRECs. CONCLUSIONS. Intravitreal administration of 16K hPRL inhibited neovascularization in the mouse model of oxygen-induced retinopathy. 16K hPRL stimulated apoptosis in HRECs and inhibited cell proliferation in ABAE cells. These results suggested a potential therapeutic role for 16K hPRL in the treatment of proliferative retinopathies. [less ▲]

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See detailMolecular testing of multiple HIV-1 transmissions in a criminal case
Lemey, Philippe; Van Dooren, Sonia; Van Laethem, Kristel et al

in AIDS (2005), 19(15), 1649-1658

Objective: To test the a priori hypothesis of HIV-1 transmission from one suspect to six recipients in a criminal case. Methods: Partial pol and/or env sequences were obtained for at least two samples of ... [more ▼]

Objective: To test the a priori hypothesis of HIV-1 transmission from one suspect to six recipients in a criminal case. Methods: Partial pol and/or env sequences were obtained for at least two samples of the suspect and the victims. Appropriate local controls were sampled based on epidemiological and subtype criteria. Phylogenetic testing was performed using different reconstruction methods. Results: Phylogenetic analyses consistently inferred a monophyletic cluster for the suspect and victim samples in both genome regions. This was highly supported by parametric and non-parametric bootstrapping techniques. Moreover, the controls most closely related to the suspect-victim cluster had a similar geographical origin to the suspect. Conclusions: Taking into account the limitations on the conclusions that can be drawn from molecular investigations we could infer that our molecular data is consistent with a scenario of multiple HIV transmission between suspect and victims. [less ▲]

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See detailMOLECULAR TOOLS APPLIED TO THE STUDY OF MICROCYSTIN-PRODUCING CYANOBACTERIA IN BELGIAN WATERBODIES
Lara, Yannick ULg

Doctoral thesis (2014)

‘Blooms’, an increasing worldwide phenomenon, are adversely affecting surface water resource, including reservoirs and lakes, used for drinking water supplies, recreation, crop, irrigation and fisheries ... [more ▼]

‘Blooms’, an increasing worldwide phenomenon, are adversely affecting surface water resource, including reservoirs and lakes, used for drinking water supplies, recreation, crop, irrigation and fisheries. These amenities are affected by recurrent mass proliferations of cyanobacteria. The latter are responsible for the production of a wide range of bioactive compounds, including potent toxins (cyanotoxins). These comprise neurotoxins, cytotoxins, inflammatory agents, and hepatotoxins. Microcystins (MCs), hepatotoxins and tumour promoters are the most documented of the cyanotoxins. The microcystin synthetase gene cluster (mcy) involved in MC biosynthesis consists of a succession of non-ribosomal peptide synthase (NRPS) and polyketide synthetase (PKS) genes. The main producers of MCs are Anabaena, Microcystis, and Planktothrix. However, it is not possible to distinguish a toxic from a non-toxic strain on the basis of their morphology. In the present study, molecular tools were used, optimized and developed to (i) characterize the 16S rRNA gene diversity of planktonic cyanobacteria, (ii) to detect the cyanobacteria responsible for the production of MCs, (iii) to identify the MCs producing taxa, and (iv) to determine the environmental factors that influence the dynamic of toxic and non-toxic genotypes in Belgian freshwaters. Eighty-nine strains were isolated and their 16S rRNA genes sequenced. The 16S rRNA gene diversity was studied in 32 samples by denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis (DGGE). In order to evaluate the contribution of this work to the study of the molecular diversity of cyanobacteria in Belgian waterbodies, 114 (strains and DGGE) sequences obtained during this PhD thesis were compared to Belgian sequences obtained by others. As a result, 14 previously undiscribed operational taxonomic units (OTUs) were found in the present study. For polymerase chain reaction (PCR) detection of the mcyA/B/E genes, the DNA from a total of 162 environmental samples was extracted. The three genes were found together in 64.2% of the samples, whereas the mcyB alone was detected in 95.1% of the samples. In order to identify the mcyE-carriers present in the freshwaters, a restriction fragment length polymorphism (RFLP) was performed on the mcyE gene. The presence of potentially toxic Microcystis was observed in most of the cases.To bypass the constraint of bacterial cultivation, a combination of whole genome amplification (WGA) and enzyme-linked immunoassay (ELISA) was tested on individual colonies of members of two cyanobacteria, Microcystis and Woronichinia, directly from the natural environment. Sequences of 3 different housekeeping genes (ftsZ, gltX, and recA), of 3 mcy genes, and the Internal Transcribed Spacer (ITS) were analyzed for 11 colonies of Microcystis. MCs were detected and quantified by ELISA in 7 of the 11 Microcystis colonies tested, in agreement with the detection of mcy genes. Sequence types (ST) based on the concatenated sequences of housekeeping genes from cyanobacterial colonies from Belgian water bodies appeared to be endemic when compared to those of strains described in the literature. One colony belonged to a yet undiscovered lineage. A similar protocol was used for 6 colonies of the genus Woronichinia, a taxon that is very difficult to cultivate in the laboratory. The 16S rRNA analysis confirmed the colony identification based on morphology. In addition, we obtained for the first time new genetic data for this genus, such as the rpoC1 gene sequences and the sequences and secondary structures of the ITS. The first discovery of NRPS and PKS DNA sequences in Woronichinia colonies highlights the need for further study of this widely occurring genus, to better assess its ability to produce MCs and/or related metabolites. For the first time, in this study, we were able to simultaneously monitor one toxic and one non-toxic genotype of M. aeruginosa using real time qPCR technology during a monitoring of 2 years. Both toxic and non-toxic genotypes dynamics appeared influenced by the photoperiod. In addition, the dynamic of the toxic genotype was influenced of light intensity. The results obtained during this PhD research show the need to characterize toxic cyanobacteria in freshwaters, as well as the conditions that influence MCs concentration dynamics. We showed that factors controlling the dynamics of toxic and non-toxic genotypes are complex. Nevertheless, detection tools can be developed to better understand these widely occurring phenomena. Therefore, efforts should go on in this field with collaborations between the scientists and the authorities. [less ▲]

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See detailMolecular traceability of animals and their products.
Haezebroeck, V.; Renaville, Robert ULg; Bertozzi, C. et al

in Biotechnology in animal husbandry (2001)

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See detailMolecular weight and amino acid composition of the exocellular DD-carboxypeptidase-transpeptidase of Streptomyces R61
Frère, Jean-Marie ULg; Ghuysen, Jean-Marie ULg; Perkins, Harnold R. et al

in Biochemical Journal (1973), 135(3), 463-468

A procedure allowing the purification of milligram amounts of the exocellular dd-carboxypeptidase-transpeptidase from Streptomyces R61 to protein homogeneity (95% purity) is described. The isolated ... [more ▼]

A procedure allowing the purification of milligram amounts of the exocellular dd-carboxypeptidase-transpeptidase from Streptomyces R61 to protein homogeneity (95% purity) is described. The isolated protein has a molecular weight of about 38000 and consists of one polypeptide chain. Its amino acid composition is presented. [less ▲]

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See detailMolecular weight characterisation of polymers
Grandfils, Christian ULg

Conference (2010, December 07)

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See detailMolecular weight determination by visualization of stretched polycation molecules
Bocharova, Vera; Kiriy, Anton; Stamm, Manfred et al

in PMSE Preprints (2006), 95

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