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See detailA new and potent activator of ATP-sensitive K+ channels
Antoine, M. H.; Pirotte, Bernard ULg; De Tullio, Pascal ULg et al

Poster (1993, November 20)

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See detailA new and sensitive method for measuring thermal nociception in cutaneous hyperalgesia.
Hargreaves, K.; Dubner, R.; Brown, F. et al

in Pain (1988), 32(1), 77-88

A method to measure cutaneous hyperalgesia to thermal stimulation in unrestrained animals is described. The testing paradigm uses an automated detection of the behavioral end-point; repeated testing does ... [more ▼]

A method to measure cutaneous hyperalgesia to thermal stimulation in unrestrained animals is described. The testing paradigm uses an automated detection of the behavioral end-point; repeated testing does not contribute to the development of the observed hyperalgesia. Carrageenan-induced inflammation resulted in significantly shorter paw withdrawal latencies as compared to saline-treated paws and these latency changes corresponded to a decreased thermal nociceptive threshold. Both the thermal method and the Randall-Selitto mechanical method detected dose-related hyperalgesia and its blockade by either morphine or indomethacin. However, the thermal method showed greater bioassay sensitivity and allowed for the measurement of other behavioral parameters in addition to the nociceptive threshold. [less ▲]

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See detailNew and Updated Modules to Performed Stress and Strength Analysis
Zanic, V.; Jancijev, T.; Andric, J. et al

in IMPROVE Workshop (EU Project FP6 n°031382), DUBROVNIK 17-18 Sept. 2009, Croatia (2009, September)

Report about IMPROVE FP6 EU project

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See detailNew answers on the interaction between polymers and vortices in turbulent flows
Dubief, Yves; Terrapon, Vincent ULg; White, Christopher M et al

in Flow, Turbulence and Combustion (2005), 74(4), 311-329

Numerical data of polymer drag reduced flows is interpreted in terms of modification of near-wall coherent structures. The originality of the method is based oil numerical experiments in which boundary ... [more ▼]

Numerical data of polymer drag reduced flows is interpreted in terms of modification of near-wall coherent structures. The originality of the method is based oil numerical experiments in which boundary conditions or the governing equations are modified in a controlled manner to isolate certain features of the interaction between polymers and turbulence. As it result, polymers are shown to reduce drag by damping near-wall vortices and sustain turbulence by injecting energy onto the streamwise velocity component in the very near-wall region. [less ▲]

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See detailNew antibacterial cationic surfactants prepared by Atom Transfer Radical Polymerization
Lenoir, Sandrine ULg; Pagnoulle, Christophe; Detrembleur, Christophe ULg et al

in Journal of Polymer Science. Part A, Polymer Chemistry (2006), 44(3), 1214-1224

Efficient antibacterial surfactants have been prepared by the quaternization of the amino groups of poly(ethylene-co-butylene)-b-poly[2-(dimethylamino)ethylmethacrylate] (PEB-b-PDMAEMA) diblock copolymers ... [more ▼]

Efficient antibacterial surfactants have been prepared by the quaternization of the amino groups of poly(ethylene-co-butylene)-b-poly[2-(dimethylamino)ethylmethacrylate] (PEB-b-PDMAEMA) diblock copolymers by octyl bromide. The diblock copolymers have been synthesized by ATRP of 2-(dimethylamino)ethylmethacrylate (DMAEMA) initiated by an activated bromide-end-capped poly(ethylene-co-butylene). In the presence of CuBr, 1,4,7,10,10-hexamethyl-triethylenetetramine (HMTETA), and toluene at 50 °C, the initiation is slow in comparison with propagation. This situation has been improved by the substitution of CuCl for CuBr, all the other conditions being the same. Finally, the addition of an excess of CuCl2 (deactivator) to the CuCl/HMTETA catalyst is very beneficial in making the agreement between the theoretical and experimental number-average molecular weights excellent. The antibacterial activity of PEB-b-PDMAEMA quaternized by octyl bromide has been assessed against bacteria and is comparable to the activity of a commonly used disinfectant, that is, benzalkonium chloride. [less ▲]

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See detailNew anticomplement polypeptide from salivary glands of the tick Ixodes Ricinus
Daix, V.; Godfroid, E.; Pastoret, Paul-Pierre ULg et al

in PCT WO (2003), (03/002734 A1),

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See detailNew Antimalarial and Cytotoxic Sungucine Derivatives from Strychnos Icaja Roots
Frederich, Michel ULg; Gillet, Marie-Claire ULg; Llabres, Gabriel ULg et al

in Planta Medica (2000), 66(3), 262-9

Reinvestigation of Strychnos icaja Baillon resulted in the isolation of vomicine, isostrychnine and of three new sungucine derivatives, named isosungucine (8), 18-hydroxy-sungucine (9) and 18-hydroxy ... [more ▼]

Reinvestigation of Strychnos icaja Baillon resulted in the isolation of vomicine, isostrychnine and of three new sungucine derivatives, named isosungucine (8), 18-hydroxy-sungucine (9) and 18-hydroxy-isosungucine (10). They were identified by detailed spectroscopic methods. The complete 1H- and 13C-NMR study of sungucine was also realized. Some of these compounds were highly active against Plasmodium falciparum in vitro and more particularly against the chloroquine-resistant strain. Compound 10 showed a selective antiplasmodial activity, with > 100-fold greater toxicity towards Plasmodium falciparum, relative to cultured human cancer cells (KB and HeLa lines) or fibroblasts (WI38). [less ▲]

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See detailNew antiobesity agents in type 2 diabetes: overview of clinical trials with sibutramine and orlistat.
Scheen, André ULg; Ernest, Philippe ULg

in Diabètes & Métabolism (2002), 28(6 Pt 1), 437-45

Besides genetic predisposition, obesity is the most important risk factor for the development of type 2 diabetes mellitus. Even modest weight reduction can improve blood glucose control in overweight ... [more ▼]

Besides genetic predisposition, obesity is the most important risk factor for the development of type 2 diabetes mellitus. Even modest weight reduction can improve blood glucose control in overweight subjects. After failure of lifestyle modifications, antiobesity drugs such as orlistat, a potent and selective inhibitor of gastric and pancreatic lipases that reduces lipid intestinal absorption, or sibutramine, a noradrenaline and 5-hydroxytryptamine reuptake inhibitor that regulates food intake, may be considered to favour weight loss and/or weight maintenance. Several placebo-controlled studies have recently demonstrated that both drugs are able to promote weight loss in obese type 2 diabetic patients treated with diet alone, sulphonylureas, metformin or insulin. The greater weight reduction as compared to placebo was associated with a significant reduction of glycated haemoglobin levels and/or of the doses of classical antihyperglycaemic agents, especially in good responders who lost at least 10% of initial body weight. In addition, vascular risk factors associated to insulin resistance were also reduced after weight loss. These antiobesity agents may also contribute to delay or prevent the progression from impaired glucose tolerance to overt type 2 diabetes in at risk obese individuals ("Xenical in the prevention of diabetes in obese subjects" trial). Large long-term prospective studies, such as the "Sibutramine cardiovascular and diabetes outcome study" should better determine the place of pharmacological anti-obesity strategy in the overall management of obese patients with impaired glucose tolerance or type 2 diabetes. [less ▲]

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See detailNew appendix criteria open for a broader concept of chronic migraine.
Olesen, J.; Bousser, M*-G; Diener, H*-C et al

in Cephalalgia : An International Journal of Headache (2006), 26(6), 742-6

After the introduction of chronic migraine and medication overuse headache as diagnostic entities in The International Classification of Headache Disorders, Second Edition, ICHD-2, it has been shown that ... [more ▼]

After the introduction of chronic migraine and medication overuse headache as diagnostic entities in The International Classification of Headache Disorders, Second Edition, ICHD-2, it has been shown that very few patients fit into the diagnostic criteria for chronic migraine (CM). The system of being able to use CM and the medication overuse headache (MOH) diagnosis only after discontinuation of overuse has proven highly unpractical and new data have suggested a much more liberal use of these diagnoses. The International Headache Classification Committee has, therefore, worked out the more inclusive criteria for CM and MOH presented in this paper. These criteria are included in the appendix of ICHD-2 and are meant primarily for further scientific evaluation but may be used already now for inclusion into drug trials, etc. It is now recommended that the MOH diagnosis should no longer request improvement after discontinuation of medication overuse but should be given to patients if they have a primary headache plus ongoing medication overuse. The latter is defined as previously, i.e. 10 days or more of intake of triptans, ergot alkaloids mixed analgesics or opioids and 15 days or more of analgesics/NSAIDs or the combined use of more than one substance. If these new criteria for CM and MOH prove useful in future testing, the plan is to include them in a future revised version of ICHD-2. [less ▲]

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See detailNew applications of rapid prototyping and rapid manufacturing (RP/RM) technologies for space instrumentation
Rochus, Pierre ULg; Plesseria, Jean-Yves ULg; van Elsen, M. et al

in Acta Astronautica (2007), 61

In the frame of a research project, CRIF, KUL and CSL have investigated the possibility to use rapid prototyping and rapid manufacturing (RP/RM) techniques during space instrument development. Rapid ... [more ▼]

In the frame of a research project, CRIF, KUL and CSL have investigated the possibility to use rapid prototyping and rapid manufacturing (RP/RM) techniques during space instrument development. Rapid prototyping and rapid manufacturing terms gather several techniques with the common baseline that parts are built layer by layer, starting from a CAD model. These techniques imply powder, paste or liquid and are applicable to polymers, ceramics and metals. In a first step, the major advantages of these techniques have been presented to Belgian industries implied in the space sector and, as a result of the discussions, development goals for the project have been identified. Several types of use have also been pointed, from demonstration mock-up to real space hardware. In parallel to technical developments, several case studies and tests have been performed. The case studies have shown that the rapid manufacturing allows complex geometries to be created. A drastic decrease of the number of separate parts and bolted junctions ease the predictability of the mechanical and thermal behaviour and limit the risk of imperfect junction. As a result of the project, a guidelines document has been issued to give as much information as possible on how to perform a space instrument design using the advantages of RP/RM techniques. [less ▲]

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See detailA New Approach for Detection Improvement of the Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disorder through a Specific Surface Chemistry Applied onto Titration Wel
Mille, Caroline; Debarnot, Dominique; Zorzi, Willy ULg et al

in Biosensors (2012), 2(4), 433-447

This work illustrates the enhancement of the sensitivity of the ELISA titration for recombinant human and native prion proteins, while reducing other non-specific adsorptions that could increase the ... [more ▼]

This work illustrates the enhancement of the sensitivity of the ELISA titration for recombinant human and native prion proteins, while reducing other non-specific adsorptions that could increase the background signal and lead to a low sensitivity and false positives. It is achieved thanks to the association of plasma chemistry and coating with different amphiphilic molecules bearing either ionic charges and/or long hydrocarbon chains. The treated support by 3-butenylamine hydrochloride improves the signal detection of recombinant protein, while surface modification with the 3,7-dimethylocta-2,6-dien-1-diamine (geranylamine) enhances the sensitivity of the native protein. Beside the surface chemistry effect, these different results are associated with protein conformation. [less ▲]

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See detailNew approach for the detection of growth promotors residues in animal products
Scippo, Marie-Louise ULg; Helbo, Vincent; Degand, Guy ULg et al

in Third meeting on animal productions. Biotechnologies: society stake. Proceedings of the study day held in Gembloux (Belgium) the 28 January 1998 (1998)

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See detailA new approach in deciphering early protist paleobiology and evolution: Combined microscopy and microchemistry of single Proterozoic acritarchs
Javaux, Emmanuelle ULg; Marshal, C. P.

in Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology (2006), 139(1-4), 1-15

Beside a few cases, the biological affinities of Proterozoic and Paleozoic acritarchs remain, by definition, largely unknown. However, these fossils record crucial steps in the early evolution of ... [more ▼]

Beside a few cases, the biological affinities of Proterozoic and Paleozoic acritarchs remain, by definition, largely unknown. However, these fossils record crucial steps in the early evolution of microorganisms and diversification of complex ecosystems. We present how combining microscopy (light microscopy, scanning and transmitted electron microscopy) with microchemical analyses of individual microfossils may offer further insights into the paleobiology and evolution of early microorganisms. We use our ongoing work on early Mesoproterozoic and Neoproterozoic assemblages, as well as other published work, as examples to illustrate how this approach may clarify the evolution of early microorganisms and we underline how useful this approach could be for palynologists working on younger material. Such a multidisciplinary approach offers new possibilities to investigate the biological affinities of acritarchs and the record of early life on Earth and beyond. (c) 2006 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailNew approach in modelling floods over steep river basins
Dubois, Jérôme; Boillat, Jean-Louis; Schleiss, Anton et al

in 2nd Inter-Regional Conference on Environment-Water (1999)

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See detailA new approach of food microbiology with the metagenomic tools: an application on fish
Delhalle, Laurent ULg; Taminiau, Bernard ULg; Nezer, Carine et al

Poster (2012, September 03)

Metagenomics has appeared as a powerful tool to study bacterial composition of various environmental samples. Its interest has started to appear in food microbiology but only on the study of very ... [more ▼]

Metagenomics has appeared as a powerful tool to study bacterial composition of various environmental samples. Its interest has started to appear in food microbiology but only on the study of very particular bacterial populations of fermented food. This work describes the application of this technique to study the bacterial population of two fresh fish filets. The two fish species are from freshwater (pangasius) and seawater (haddock), respectively. Samples where directly analyzed the day of receipt. Others samples were analyzed at the end their shelf life after storage at 4°C (1/3 of their shelf life) and 8°C (2/3 of their shelf life). For these samples, packagings were made in plastic wrap for atmospheric air condition and in trays under modified atmosphere. Classical microbiological and 16S rDNA metagenomic analysis were carried out on all these samples. The composition and evolution of microbial populations of fish filet stored under different packaging conditions and temperatures of storage were investigated with identification of bacteria species. A total of 40 different species were identified for both fish types. Gram-negative bacteria are always predominated among the initial flora and at the end of the shelf life in all the trials. At the beginning of storage, the predominant Gram-negative microflora consisted of Moraxellaceae (Acinetobacter spp, Psychrobacter spp.), Pseudomonadaceae (Pseudomonas spp), and Shewanella spp and the Gram-positive flora was identified as Lactobacillaceae (Carnobacterium spp), Brochothrix thermosphacta and Planococcus donghaensis (only for pangasius). Regardless the packaging and the fish origin, significant variations of the initial flora were noted. The important growth of some Gram negative populations could indicate a risk of spoilage. Thus, the metagenomic approach could be used to adequately determine the duration of shelf-life. For the pangasius, Planococcus donghaensis is only present before the fish is packed and its dominant presence could provide an indication of the freshness of the fish. The metagenomic analysis is a useful tool to identify and to measure the relative proportions of bacterial species in fish filet samples. [less ▲]

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See detailA new approach to analyze genotypes of colony-forming cyanobacteria from environmental samples.
Lara, Yannick ULg; BOUTTE, Christophe; PERETYATKO, Anatoly et al

Poster (2008, August 31)

Several studies have shown the efficiency of sequences as rRNA-ITS, cpcBA, rbcLX and other housekeeping genes to study taxonomy [1, 2, 3], population, community structure of cyanobacteria, or for Multi ... [more ▼]

Several studies have shown the efficiency of sequences as rRNA-ITS, cpcBA, rbcLX and other housekeeping genes to study taxonomy [1, 2, 3], population, community structure of cyanobacteria, or for Multi Locus Sequence Analysis [4]. Recently, the genotypic analysis of single colonies and single filaments directly isolated from the environment has been carried out by other authors. It appears that different genotypes of Microcystis are present in one population in one lake. Besides, succession of toxic and non-toxic genotypes may have a critical influence on toxin concentrations during the blooms [5]. Genotypic analysis of colony-forming cyanobacteria requires enough DNA. So far, the genotypes of environmental single colonies of Microcystis were characterized on the basis of one or two PCR [6]. As the DNA content of one single colony only allows for a few PCR reactions, we have developed a new approach using Whole Genome Amplification with Phi29 polymerase to allow for the Multi Locus Sequences Typing analysis of a single colony or filament. For the first time, we were able to amplify and sequence more than one locus of the genome of a single colony of Microcystis. In addition, we have obtained the first sequences of rpoC1, rbcLX and rRNA-ITS from a single colony of the genus Woronichinia ( identified by microscopy). This approach allows to work with a small amount of DNA, and represents a concrete answer to the lack of data on non-cultivable cyanobacteria. This research is supported by the Belgian Science policy under the science for a sustainable development (SSD) and Fonds de la Recherche Scientifique-FNRS with a FRIA fellowship. References: [1] Otsuka S, et al (1999) FEMS Microbiology Letters 172 15-21 [2] Gugger M, et al (2002) Int J Syst Evol Microbiol 52 1867-1880 [3] Haverkamp T, et al (2008) Environmental Microbiology 10(1) 174-188 [4] Lodders N, et al (2005) Environmental Microbiology 7 (3) 434-442 [5] Kardinaal E, and Visser P (2005) In Harmfuf cyanobacteria, Springer Dordrecht pp 41-64 [6] Janse I, et al (2004) Appl Environm Microbiol 70 (7) 3979–3987 [less ▲]

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See detailNew approach to quantitative analysis of benzo[a]pyrene in food supplements by an immunochemical column test
Beloglazova, Natalia; Goryacheva, Irina; De Saeger, Sarah et al

in Talanta (2011), 85

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