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See detailA new methodology to analyse monthly somatic cell counts
Detilleux, Johann ULg; Volckaert, D.; Leroy, Pascal ULg

(1998)

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See detailNew Methodology to detect toxin-GPCR binding by MALDI-TOF Mass Spectrometry
Echterbille, Julien ULg; De Pauw, Edwin ULg; Gilles, Nicolas et al

Poster (2011)

Introduction More than 50 thousands of venomous species are currently indexed in the world. Each of their venoms is composed of 200 to 1000 different toxins which potentially exhibit a high selectivity ... [more ▼]

Introduction More than 50 thousands of venomous species are currently indexed in the world. Each of their venoms is composed of 200 to 1000 different toxins which potentially exhibit a high selectivity for membrane receptors such as ionic channels or G-protein coupled receptors (GPCRs). GPCRs constitute the larger family of receptors since around 800 different kinds of them are knows. GPCRs are the target of around 30% of the current pharmacopeia drugs. Notable examples include Novartis’s Zelnorm, Eli Lilly’s Zyprexa and Schering-Plough’s Clarinex used to treat constipation, schizophrenia and allergies, respectively. Finding new GPCRs ligands appears of prime interest to design new pharmacological tools and potentially discover the drugs of our future. Interestingly, several toxins from venoms have already been described to bind to this particular family of receptor, opening the way to the discovery of new peptide drugs from animal venoms1-2. This work presents a pioneering MALDI-TOF/TOF based strategy to fish new GPCRs ligands from complex mixtures such as venom fractions. Methods The proof of concept of this methodology was built by studying the binding of [Arg8]-vasopressin (AVP) on type 2-vasopressin receptor (V2). Experimentally, fragments of cellular membranes over-expressing V2 receptors were incubated with cone snail’s venom fraction (~30 peptide toxins) doped by a small amount of AVP. After 2 hours incubation, free and bound fractions were carefully purified with a combination of centrifugation and micro column purifications. Samples were finally analyzed with a Bruker Ultraflex II MALDI-TOF/TOF mass spectrometer and the resulting spectra were interpreted with FlexAnalysis (v3.0), BioTools (v3.2) and SequenceEditor (v3.2) bioinformatics’ softwares from Bruker Daltonics. Preliminary data After the incubation of cellular membranes overexpressing V2 GPCR with a complex mixture of peptides doped by AVP, we clearly detect that the only V2 ligand present in the fraction was the AVP. Our result demonstrates the possibility to identify a ligand of GPCRs from a complex peptide mixture, such as venom fractions. Contrary to radiobinding, this approach allows detecting the direct binding of the toxin and does not imply to know a ligand of the studied GPCR before starting the experiments. This opens the way to the deorphanization of receptors (180 orphans GPCRs over 800). Moreover, since the new ligand is detected by mass spectrometry, it is directly identified from the mixture, without additional purification. Its structural characterization can be directly performed by de novo sequencing experiments. The drawback of our approach is the very long (but crucial!) sample preparation as each sample requires 2 purification steps (for both free and bound fraction). The next step of our work will be the automation of the procedure to allow a high-throughput screening of venom fractions on different GPCRs and the discovery of new ligands. Novel aspect GPCR’s ligands discovery by MALDI-TOF/TOF based techniques: a new pharmacological tool. 1 Quinton, L. et al. Isolation and pharmacological characterization of AdTx1, a natural peptide displaying specific insurmountable antagonism of the a1A-adrenoceptor. British Journal of Pharmacology 159, 316-325 (2010). 2 Rouget, C. et al. Identification of a novel snake peptide toxin displaying high affinity and antagonist behaviour for the α2-adrenoceptors. British Journal of Pharmacology 161, 1361-1374, doi:10.1111/j.1476-5381.2010.00966.x (2010). [less ▲]

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See detailNew Methods For Halogenation of [18F]Fluorinated Benzyl Derivatives.
Kech, C.; Lemaire, Christian ULg; Brichard, L. et al

in Journal of Labelled Compounds & Radiopharmaceuticals (2005), 48

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See detailNew methods for handling the range dependence of the clutter spectrum in non-sidelooking monostatic STAP radars
Lapierre, Fabian; Van Droogenbroeck, Marc ULg; Verly, Jacques ULg

in International Conference on Acoustics, Speech, and Signal Processing (ICASSP 2003), Proceedings, Volume 5 (2003, April)

We address the problem of detecting slow-moving targets using a non-sideloking monostatic space-time adaptive processing (STAP) radar. The construction of optimum weights at each range implies the ... [more ▼]

We address the problem of detecting slow-moving targets using a non-sideloking monostatic space-time adaptive processing (STAP) radar. The construction of optimum weights at each range implies the estimation of the clutter covariance matrix. This is typically done by straight averaging of neighboring data snapshots. The range-dependence of these snapshots generally results in poor performance. We present two new methods that handle the rangedependence by exploiting the geometry of the direction-Doppler curves. [less ▲]

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See detailNew methods of prenatal screening for trisomy 21
Capelle, Xavier ULg; Schaaps, Jean-Pierre ULg; Foidart, Jean-Michel ULg

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2008), 63(2), 82-6

Down syndrome is the most commonly recognized genetic cause of mental retardation. The risk of trisomy 21 is directly related to maternal age which can be viewed as the first screening test in the 1970's ... [more ▼]

Down syndrome is the most commonly recognized genetic cause of mental retardation. The risk of trisomy 21 is directly related to maternal age which can be viewed as the first screening test in the 1970's. New strategies for Down syndrom, have emerged with higher sensitivity and lower false-positive rate. These strategies are based on sonographic and maternal serum markers. The most specific but complex strategy is based on the integrated test, i.e., the integration of the quadruple test performed in the second trimester to the first trimester combined screening: for a 85% detection rate, the false positive rate is estimated to 0.9%. This strategy deprives the patient of an early diagnosis. Alternatives strategies do exist which can perform similar detection rate but with increasing false positive rate. To date Down syndrom, screening has not been coordinated by a national body; it would be usefull to ensure the sonographist formation, perform quality audit and decrease variations in practice. [less ▲]

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See detaila new methylxanthine lisofylline increases radiosensitivity in air and hypoxia
Coucke, Philippe ULg; Crompton; Greiner et al

Scientific conference (1998, March 04)

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See detailNew Migration and Intergation in Europe
Martiniello, Marco ULg

Scientific conference (2011, September 29)

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See detailNew Migration and new Migrants in Belgium
Martiniello, Marco ULg

Scientific conference (2009, June 11)

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See detail“New Migrations and New Migrants in Belgium”
Martiniello, Marco ULg

Scientific conference (2008, February 01)

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See detailThe new migratory Europe: towards a proactive immigration policy?
Martiniello, Marco ULg

in Parsons, Craig; Smeeding, Timothy (Eds.) Immigration and the Transformation of Europe (2006)

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See detailNew Minerals, Nomenclature and Classification (CNMNC), Newsletter 18. New minerals and nomenclature modifications approved in 2013
Williams, P; Hatert, Frédéric ULg; Pasero, M et al

in Mineralogical Magazine (2013), 77

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See detailA new model for human intestinal preservation: Comparison of University of Wisconsin and Celsior preservation solutions
De Roover, Arnaud ULg; de Leval, Laurence ULg; Gilmaire, Julie ULg et al

in Transplantation Proceedings (2004), 36(2), 270-272

AIM: We compared University of Wisconsin (UW) and Celsior preservation solutions using a new model of human intestinal preservation that mimics the clinical conditions of small bowel procurement. METHODS ... [more ▼]

AIM: We compared University of Wisconsin (UW) and Celsior preservation solutions using a new model of human intestinal preservation that mimics the clinical conditions of small bowel procurement. METHODS: Intestinal grafts were harvested from four multiorgan donors. After classic warm dissection for organ procurement, an ileal segment of 50 cm was immediately flushed with Celsior. After the perfusion of the abdominal organs with UW, a second segment of adjacent ileum was harvested. The two intestinal grafts were then divided into segments by stapling, before immersion into the corresponding preservation solution (Celsior or UW) for 0-, 6-, 12-, or 24-hour incubation at 4 degrees C. A histological score was graded after blinded examination of three random specimens within each ileal graft for each duration of preservation. RESULTS: Control specimens showed normal histology. After 6 hours of preservation, most villi showed complete epithelial detachment although the crypts appeared intact. After 12 hours of preservation, a larger proportion of the villi showed extensive epithelial sloughing. After 24 hours, the damage involved the entire mucosa with the crypt epithelium largely detached from the basal membrane. No statistical difference in histological score was observed between the two preservation solutions. CONCLUSION: This study showed severe histological alterations of graft mucosa after short periods of preservation by UW or Celsior solutions. This model may be useful to evaluate improvements in the quality of preservation of human intestinal transplants. [less ▲]

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See detailNew Model For Performance Prediction In Fixed-Bed Reactors Based On The Approach Of The Unused Bed Zone
Fanfan, Pierre Naïder; Mabon, Nicolas; Carletti, Isabelle et al

in Water Research (2005), 39(16), 4004-4010

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See detailA new model of rock weathering: design and validation on a small granitic catchment
François, Louis ULg; Probst, A.; Goddéris, Y. et al

in Cidu, Rosa (Ed.) Water-Rock Interaction, Volume 1 - Proceedings of the Tenth International Symposium on Water-Rock Interaction (2001)

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See detailNew models for analyzing mast cell functions in vivo.
Marichal, Thomas ULg; Reber, Laurent L; Galli, Stephen J.

in Trends in Immunology (2012), 33(12), 613-25

In addition to their well-accepted role as critical effector cells in anaphylaxis and other acute IgE-mediated allergic reactions, mast cells (MCs) have been implicated in a wide variety of processes that ... [more ▼]

In addition to their well-accepted role as critical effector cells in anaphylaxis and other acute IgE-mediated allergic reactions, mast cells (MCs) have been implicated in a wide variety of processes that contribute to disease or help to maintain health. Although some of these roles were first suggested by analyses of MC products or functions in vitro, it is critical to determine whether, and under which circumstances, such potential roles actually can be performed by MCs in vivo. This review discusses recent advances in the development and analysis of mouse models to investigate the roles of MCs and MC-associated products during biological responses in vivo, and comments on some of the similarities and differences in the results obtained with these newer versus older models of MC deficiency. [less ▲]

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See detailNew monomers tailored for direct electrografting onto carbon in water
Cecius, Michaël ULg; Jérôme, Robert ULg; Jérôme, Christine ULg

in Macromolecular Rapid Communications (2007), 28(8), 948-954

Electrografting, which is an electropolymerization technique dedicated to the chemisorption of polyacrylates onto conductive surfaces, was actively studied in anhydrous organic media until now. This ... [more ▼]

Electrografting, which is an electropolymerization technique dedicated to the chemisorption of polyacrylates onto conductive surfaces, was actively studied in anhydrous organic media until now. This communication aims at extending this technique to aqueous media for the grafting of polyacrylates onto carbon. The key criterion for the successful electrografting under these not very demanding experimental conditions (water vs. anhydrous organic solvents) is the use of amphiphilic acrylic monomers. The impact of the chemical structure of these new monomers on the coating properties was investigated. Composition of the coatings was analyzed by FT-IR ATR and XPS, whereas film thickness and morphology were analyzed by ellipsometry and AFM, respectively. [less ▲]

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See detailA new MPC scheme for damping wide-area electromechanical oscillations in power systems
Wang, Da ULg; Glavic, Mevludin; Wehenkel, Louis ULg

in the 2011 IEEE PES PowerTech (2011, June)

This paper introduces a new Model Predictive Control (MPC) scheme to damp wide-area electromechanical oscillations. The proposed MPC controller, based on a linearized discrete-time state space model ... [more ▼]

This paper introduces a new Model Predictive Control (MPC) scheme to damp wide-area electromechanical oscillations. The proposed MPC controller, based on a linearized discrete-time state space model, calculates the optimal input sequence for local damping controllers over a chosen time horizon by solving a quadratic programming problem. Local controllers considered include: Power Systems Stabilizers (PSSs), Thyristor Controlled Series Compensators (TCSCs) and Static Var Compensators (SVCs). The MPC scheme is realized and tested first in ideal conditions (complete state observability and controllability, neglecting communication and computing delays). Next, the effects of state-estimation errors, computation and communication delays, and of the number and type of available local damping controllers are studied in order to assess the versatility of this scheme. Realistic simulations are carried out using a 16 generators, 70 bus test system. [less ▲]

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