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See detailMétaethnologie. Lévi-strauss, l'inconscient et les structures
Steinmetz, Rudy ULg

Master's dissertation (1982)

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See detailMetafiction in Frame's Literature for Children
Delrez, Marc ULg

Conference (2007, June 08)

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See detailMETAFOR : Logiciel Eulérien-lagrangien pour l'analyse de la mise à forme et des grandes déformations de matériaux
Hogge, Michel ULg; Ponthot, Jean-Philippe ULg; Quoirin, D.

in Proceedings of "New Advances in Computational Structural Mechanics (1991)

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See detailMetagenomic analysis as a tool to better characterize the bacterial content of food and food preparations.
Taminiau, Bernard ULg; Delhalle, Laurent ULg; Nezer, Carine et al

Conference (2012, September 04)

Metagenomic analysis is a new culture-independent approach for assigning a taxonomic, genic or functional identity to bacterial DNA fragments of unknown origin. Its power and utility is increasingly ... [more ▼]

Metagenomic analysis is a new culture-independent approach for assigning a taxonomic, genic or functional identity to bacterial DNA fragments of unknown origin. Its power and utility is increasingly rising thanks to the next generation sequencing techniques. It is now mature and cheap enough to be transposed to more applied fields like the food microbiology. We demonstrated in several studies the extraordinary potential of the targeted metagenomic analysis to different problematics related to food products. First, this approach is highly useful for the validation of the shelf life of food products. We analyzed standardized pork minced meat and meat product samples packaged either under modified atmosphere (MAP - 30% CO2, 70% O2) or under permeable atmosphere packaging, stored at different temperature (4°C, 4-8°C and 12°C) until the end of shelf-life. The metagenomic analysis allowed to identify species of all the sub-dominant bacterial populations. This approach showed why MAP can improve meat quality by favoring certain species rather than others. As a second example, we sought to identify the potential spoiling bacteria in several food products like raw fish, rind cheese or vacuum packed beef meats in order to illustrate the usefulness of metagenomics for the quality control of food preparations. Samples from various food matrices were screened to identify the bacterial contaminants. We combined the bioinformatics analysis with a classical approach to generate effective quantitative data for the various bacterial populations detected. This analysis characterizes the samples both on the identity of the potential spoiling bacteria present and on the quantification level of the contaminants. Finally, the metagenomic analysis reveals the presence of numerous uncultured and uncharacterized bacteria. The use of a carefully designed analysis pipeline has been used to ensure to label the bacterial population with a precise taxonomic identity and to determine whether the targeted population corresponds to a known species or not. This way, even if the nearest known homologous sequence is an environmental sample, its relatedness to known species can be deduced. This represents a new tool to trace yet uncharacterized food spoiling bacteria. [less ▲]

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See detailMetagenomic analysis of samples
Daube, Georges ULg; Taminiau, Bernard ULg; Nezer, Carine et al

Patent (2015)

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See detailMetagenomic analysis of the bacterial microbiota linked to the traditional Algerian date product "Btana"
Abekhti, Abdelkader; Taminiau, Bernard ULg; Kihal, Mabrouk et al

in Annals of Microbiology (2015)

In this study, using high throughput pyrosequencing, we highlighted the bacterial diversity of the traditional Algerian date product "Btana" that is produced in southern Algeria using both direct (DBM ... [more ▼]

In this study, using high throughput pyrosequencing, we highlighted the bacterial diversity of the traditional Algerian date product "Btana" that is produced in southern Algeria using both direct (DBM) and indirect (UBM) methods. Metagenomic analysis yielded a total of 103,379 reads, with a 606 total operational taxonomic units (OTUs) detected. Firmicutes represented 84.79 % of the total pyrosequencing reads. Phylogenetic analysis revealed that the Bacillales represented 90.20 % ± 15.12 % of the total reads. Among the phylotypes detected, Bacillus was the dominant genus (39.53 %). While Bacillus megaterium was shared among all of the samples, its distribution varied widely. Non-metric multidimensional scaling (nMDS) analysis showed that UBM samples clustered together, and three main OTUs were found in these UBM samples: Paenibacillus polymyxa, Paenibacillus xylanexedens, and Planomicrobium JN082684. Correlation analysis showed no association between parametersof the samples (age, pH, water activity) and the specific microbiota. [less ▲]

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See detailMetagenomic analysis targeted on the 16S ribosomal DNA to study the quality of meat : a example with raw minced beef meat
Delhalle, Laurent ULg; Taminiau, Bernard ULg; Nezer, Carine et al

Poster (2013, July 01)

Introduction: Steak tartare is a popular meat dish in Belgium and some other European countries. This meat preparations due to their raw nature, is highly sensitive to bacterial spoilage. A better ... [more ▼]

Introduction: Steak tartare is a popular meat dish in Belgium and some other European countries. This meat preparations due to their raw nature, is highly sensitive to bacterial spoilage. A better understanding of the bacterial content of this product will thus be insightful to control the risk of spoilage. Metagenomics targeted on the 16S ribosomal DNA has appeared as a powerful tool to study bacterial composition of food samples. The aim of this study is to identify the bacterial population sof steak tartare from different origin along their shelf life. Material and methods: A total of 59 samples were analysed from seven butcheries, six restaurants, six sandwich bars, 8 supermarkets without intern butcheries and 8 supermarkets with intern butcheries. Samples where directly analysed the day of receipt (day 0) and at the end their shelf life after storage at 4°C (day 2), except for six restaurants and sandwich bars who were analysed only at day 0. Classical microbiological analyses were performed in order to determine psychotrophic aerobic colony counts using modified ISO 4833 method. Metagenomic analysis targeting the 16S rDNA was performed using the Roche GS junior. Raw sequences were treated by bioinformatics in order to obtain identification and proportion of bacteria in food sample. Results: Remarkable differences appear between the origins of steaks tartare. The bacterial concentration is between 3 and 7 log CFU/g depending of the origin and the day of analysis. The samples from the butcheries are mainly composed of Lactobacillus populations and to a lesser extend of environmental contaminants like Xanthomonas campestris. On the opposite, the samples from some of the restaurants are contaminated with an estimated level of 6 to 7 log CFU/g of Brochotrix thersmosphacta, Leuconostocaceae like Leuconostoc carnosum or an uncultured Weissella sp., or, with a lesser extend, with some contaminants like Pseudomonas sp. or Psychrobacter sp. These last samples were characterized with some spoilage characteristics (slime, off odor) that can thus be put in relation with the identified bacterial populations. The samples from sandwich bars were characterized by a lower level of bacterial population (3-4 log CFU/g), but with a greater diversity in the microflora along with a higher number of environmental contaminants that are not usually found in meat products. The products at the end of the shelf life have a higher bacterial concentration but with a lower diversity with spoiled bacteria as Brochotrix thermosphacta. Significance: Compared to culture based methods on selective media and previous independent culture techniques, metagenomic analysis combined with the enumeration of psychrotrophic flora gives more valuable information, and its use should be considered as a technique for quality control or for accurately determining the shelf life and the quality of the meat. [less ▲]

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See detailA metagenomic approach from aphid’s hemolymph sheds light on the potential roles of co-existing endosymbionts
De Clerck, Caroline ULg; Fujiwara, Akiko; Joncour, Pauline et al

in Microbiome (2015), 3(63),

Background: Aphids are known to live in symbiosis with specific bacteria, called endosymbionts which can be classified as obligate or accessory. Buchnera aphidicola is generally the only obligatory ... [more ▼]

Background: Aphids are known to live in symbiosis with specific bacteria, called endosymbionts which can be classified as obligate or accessory. Buchnera aphidicola is generally the only obligatory symbiont present in aphids, supplying essential nutrients that are missing in the plants phloem to its host. Pentalonia nigronervosa is the main vector of the banana bunchy top virus, one of the most damageable viruses in banana. This aphid is carrying two symbionts: B. aphidicola (BPn) and Wolbachia sp. (wPn). The high occurrence of Wolbachia in the banana aphid raises questions about the role it plays in this insect. The goal of this study was to go further in the understanding of the role played by the two symbionts in P. nigronervosa. To do so, microinjection tests were made to see the effect of wPn elimination on the host, and then, high-throughput sequencing of the haemolymph was used to analyze the gene content of the symbionts. Results: We observed that the elimination of wPn systematically led to the death of aphids, suggesting that the bacterium could play a mutualistic role. In addition, we identify and annotate 587 and 250 genes for wPn and BPn, respectively, through high-throughput sequencing. Analysis of these genes suggests that the two bacteria are working together for the production of several essential nutrients. The most striking cases are for lysin and riboflavin which are usually provided by B. aphidicola alone to the host. In the banana aphid, the genes involved in the production pathways of these metabolites are shared between the two bacteria making them both essential for the survival of the aphid host. Conclusions: Our results suggest that a co-obligatory symbiosis between B. aphidicola and Wolbachia occurs in the banana aphid, the two bacteria acting together to supply essential nutrients to the host. This is, to our knowledge, the first time Wolbachia is reported to play an essential role in aphids. [less ▲]

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See detailThe Metagenomic in the Service of the Food Microbiology.
Taminiau, Bernard ULg; Nezer, Carine; Poullet, Jean-Baptiste et al

Poster (2012, July 23)

Introduction: Food products represent great biotopes for bacteria. The optimisation of foodstuffs conservation, mattering so economically as from the point of view of the public health, pass by a better ... [more ▼]

Introduction: Food products represent great biotopes for bacteria. The optimisation of foodstuffs conservation, mattering so economically as from the point of view of the public health, pass by a better understanding of those biotopes and their spoilage. Microbiologists had already tried to resolve this problem throughout several approaches. Studies based on classical microbiology cultures were completed by strategies centred on approaches independent from the microbiological culture. Purpose: The current techniques of new generation sequencing give a new dimension to the microbial ecology, through the metagenomic analysis of individuals' large number, within a mixed microbial population. Our aim is to demonstrate that this methodology can be successfully applied to the study of foodstuffs microbial flora, and can be adapted to the specific requirements of food microbiology. Methods: This study was carried out on pork's minced meat and white sausage, with shelf-life tests in various conditions of preservation (temperature and packaging). The rDNA 16S was extracted from the original products and samples in the best-before date and, after standardization, hypervariable regions V5 were sequenced. Results: A total about 130.000 sequences were obtained and a metagenomic analysis succeeded in the taxonomic classification to the genus level for 80 % of this population. The subsequent analysis of microbial populations shows that the majority microbial populations at the expiration date are the same ones which are generally observed during microbiological analysis of these meat products. However, the population subdominants and especially several populations of not cultivable germs were able to be identified. These groups of bacteria, more difficult to obtain by the other methods, must be studied because they participate in the spoilage process of food products. Significance: The sensibility of this technology makes possible the analysis of foodstuffs presenting a very low microbial rate and, thus, allows the identification of the microbial contaminants before they grow the levels detected by cultural methods. [less ▲]

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See detailLa métagénomique au service de la microbiologie alimentaire : étude de l’évolution des populations microbiennes lors du vieillissement de deux matrices alimentaires
Taminiau, Bernard ULg; Nezer, Carine; Poullet, Jean-Baptiste et al

Conference (2011, November 17)

La viande et les préparations à base de viande représentent des biotopes de choix pour les bactéries. L’optimisation de la conservation de ces denrées, importante tant du point de vue économique que de ... [more ▼]

La viande et les préparations à base de viande représentent des biotopes de choix pour les bactéries. L’optimisation de la conservation de ces denrées, importante tant du point de vue économique que de santé publique passe par une meilleure connaissance de ces biotopes et des processus de détérioration de leurs qualités. Les microbiologistes ont depuis longtemps abordé ce problème en utilisant différentes approches. Ainsi, les études basées sur les méthodes de culture ont été complétées par des stratégies axées sur des approches indépendantes de la culture microbiologique. Les techniques actuelles de séquençage de nouvelle génération ont permis de donner une nouvelle dimension à l’écologie microbienne à travers l’analyse métagénomique d’un grand nombre d’individus au sein d’une population microbienne mixte. Notre propos est de démontrer que cette méthodologie peut être appliquée avec succès à l’étude des flores microbiennes des denrées alimentaires et pourra être adaptée, à court terme, aux exigences spécifiques de la microbiologie alimentaire. Dans cette étude, un produit de viande crue et une préparation de viande cuite, la viande hachée de porc et le boudin blanc, ont subi un test de vieillissement dans différentes conditions de conservation (Température et packaging). L’ADN ribosomal 16S a été extrait des produits originaux et des échantillons à la date limite de consommation et, après normalisation, les régions hypervariables V5 et V6 de l’ADN 16S ont été séquencées. Un total d’environ 130.000 séquences ont été obtenues et une analyse métagénomique a abouti à la classification taxonomique au genre pour 80% de cette population. L’analyse subséquente des populations microbiennes montre que les populations microbiennes majoritaires à la date limite de conservation sont bien celles qui sont généralement observées lors d’analyse microbiologiques de ces produits de viande. Toutefois, les populations sous-dominantes et surtout plusieurs populations de germes non cultivables ont pu être identifiée. Ces groupes de bactéries, plus difficile à obtenir par d’autres méthodes (culture-dépendante et indépendante confondues), doivent être étudiées car elles participent aux processus de détériorations de ces matrices alimentaires. Enfin, la sensibilité de cette technologie rend possible l’analyse des denrées alimentaires présentant un taux microbien très faible et permet donc l’identification des contaminants microbiens avant leur développement. [less ▲]

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See detailMetal accumulation in tobacco expressing Arabidopsis halleri metal hyperaccumulation gene depends on external supply.
Barabasz, Anna; Krämer, Ute; Hanikenne, Marc ULg et al

in Journal of Experimental Botany (2010), 61(11), 3057-67

Engineering enhanced transport of zinc to the aerial parts of plants is a major goal in bio-fortification. In Arabidopsis halleri, high constitutive expression of the AhHMA4 gene encoding a metal pump of ... [more ▼]

Engineering enhanced transport of zinc to the aerial parts of plants is a major goal in bio-fortification. In Arabidopsis halleri, high constitutive expression of the AhHMA4 gene encoding a metal pump of the P(1B)-ATPase family is necessary for both Zn hyperaccumulation and the full extent of Zn and Cd hypertolerance that are characteristic of this species. In this study, an AhHMA4 cDNA was introduced into N. tabacum var. Xanthi for expression under the control of its endogenous A. halleri promoter known to confer high and cell-type specific expression levels in both A. halleri and the non-hyperaccumulator A. thaliana. The transgene was expressed at similar levels in both roots and shoots upon long-term exposure to low Zn, control, and increased Zn concentrations. A down-regulation of AhHMA4 transcript levels was detected with 10 muM Zn resupply to tobacco plants cultivated in low Zn concentrations. In general, a transcriptional regulation of AhHMA4 in tobacco contrasted with the constitutively high expression previously observed in A. halleri. Differences in root/shoot partitioning of Zn and Cd between transgenic lines and the wild type were strongly dependent on metal concentrations in the hydroponic medium. Under low Zn conditions, an increased Zn accumulation in the upper leaves in the AhHMA4-expressing lines was detected. Moreover, transgenic plants exposed to cadmium accumulated less metal than the wild type. Both modifications of zinc and cadmium accumulation are noteworthy outcomes from the biofortification perspective and healthy food production. Expression of AhHMA4 may be useful in crops grown on soils poor in Zn. [less ▲]

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See detailMetal binding to the N-terminal cytoplasmic domain of the PIB ATPase HMA4 is required for metal transport in Arabidopsis.
Laurent, Clémentine ULg; Lekeux, Gilles ULg; Ukuwela, Ashwinie A et al

in Plant Molecular Biology (in press)

PIB ATPases are metal cation pumps that transport metals across membranes. These proteins possess N- and C-terminal cytoplasmic extensions that contain Cys- and His-rich high affinity metal binding ... [more ▼]

PIB ATPases are metal cation pumps that transport metals across membranes. These proteins possess N- and C-terminal cytoplasmic extensions that contain Cys- and His-rich high affinity metal binding domains, which may be involved in metal sensing, metal ion selectivity and/or in regulation of the pump activity. The PIB ATPase HMA4 (Heavy Metal ATPase 4) plays a central role in metal homeostasis in Arabidopsis thaliana and has a key function in zinc and cadmium hypertolerance and hyperaccumulation in the extremophile plant species Arabidopsis halleri. <br />Here, we examined the function and structure of the N-terminal cytoplasmic metal-binding domain of HMA4. We mutagenized a conserved CCTSE metal-binding motif in the domain and assessed the impact of the mutations on protein function and localization in planta, on metal-binding properties in vitro and on protein structure by Nuclear Magnetic Resonance spectroscopy. <br />The two Cys residues of the motif are essential for the function, but not for localization, of HMA4 in planta, whereas the Glu residue is important but not essential. These residues also determine zinc coordination and affinity. Zinc binding to the N-terminal domain is thus crucial for HMA4 protein function, whereas it is not required to maintain the protein structure. <br />Altogether, combining in vivo and in vitro approaches in our study provides insights towards the molecular understanding of metal transport and specificity of metal P-type ATPases. [less ▲]

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See detailMetal bioavailability and bioaccumulation in the polychaete Nereis virens (Sars): the effects of site-specific sediment characteristics
Pini, Jennifer; Richir, Jonathan ULg; Watson, Gordon

in Marine Pollution Bulletin (2015), 95(2), 565575

The present study investigates the relationships between copper (Cu) and zinc (Zn) concentrations in sediment, pore water and their bioaccumulation in the polychaete Nereis (Alitta) virens, as well as the ... [more ▼]

The present study investigates the relationships between copper (Cu) and zinc (Zn) concentrations in sediment, pore water and their bioaccumulation in the polychaete Nereis (Alitta) virens, as well as the importance of site-specific sediment characteristics in that process. Sediment, pore water and N. virens were sampled from seven sites with different pollution histories along the English Channel coast. Results showed that site-specific metal levels and sediment characteristics were important in determining the bioavailability of metals to worms. Significant correlations were found between Cu in the sediment and in the pore water and between Zn in the pore water and in N. virens. Zn from the pore water was thus more readily available from a dissolved source to N. virens than Cu. Data also showed that metal concentrations in N. virens were lower than those found in other closely related polychaetes, indicating that it may regulate tissue concentrations of Cu and Zn. [less ▲]

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See detailMetal biogeochemistry in the Tinto-Odiel rivers (Southern Spain) and in the Gulf of Cadiz: a synthesis of the results of TOROS project
Elbaz-Poulichet, Françoise; Braungardt, Chantal; Achterberg, Eric et al

in Continental Shelf Research (2001), 21(18-19), 1961-1973

TOROS (Tinto-Odiel-River-Ocean Study) has been studying the biogeochemical processes which control metals and nutrients cycling in the mixing zone of the Tinto and Odiel rivers (SW Spain) and has ... [more ▼]

TOROS (Tinto-Odiel-River-Ocean Study) has been studying the biogeochemical processes which control metals and nutrients cycling in the mixing zone of the Tinto and Odiel rivers (SW Spain) and has established the fate of metals in the Gulf of Cadiz in relation to hydrodynamics and biological activity. The Tinto and Odiel rivers are small, with a combined mean discharge of 18 m(3)/s. They drain the largest sulphide mineralisation in the world. Predominantly, Zn-Cu-Pb mineralisation has been worked since 2500 yr BC. The estuarine zone includes both an extensive area of salt marsh and an intensively industrialised urban area. As a consequence of pyrite oxidation, the Tinto and Odiel rivers are strongly acidic (pH < 3) with extremely high and variable metal concentrations. Transition metals are poorly removed from the water column in the mixing zone. Moreover, drainage from large phosphogypsum waste deposits contributes to As, Hg, U and phosphate contamination of the estuary. The collapse of the tailing reservoir at los Frailes in 1998 had not impacted the chemistry of the coastal waters up to 6 months later. A large plume of metal-rich waters due to the Tinto arid Odiel discharges occurs along the coast of the Gulf of Cadiz. This plume affects seasonally the Atlantic inflow through the Strait of Gibraltar. The dispersion of the metal discharges has been simulated by injection of a tracer in the 3-D hydrodynamical model. Both model and field study clearly show the inflow of metal contaminated Spanish Shelf Water through the Strait of Gibraltar. (C) 2001 Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailMetal catalysts suppported on texture-tailored carbon xerogels
Job, Nathalie ULg; Léonard, Angélique ULg; Colomer, Jean-François et al

in Studies in Surface Science and Catalysis (2006), 162

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