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See detailThe morphological and molecular features of the epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition
Moreno-Bueno, Gema; Peinado, Hector; Molina Ortiz, Patricia ULg et al

in Nature Protocols (2009), 4

Here we describe several methods for the characterization of epithelial–mesenchymal transition (EMT) at the cellular, molecular and behavioral level. This protocol describes both in vitro and in vivo ... [more ▼]

Here we describe several methods for the characterization of epithelial–mesenchymal transition (EMT) at the cellular, molecular and behavioral level. This protocol describes both in vitro and in vivo approaches designed to analyze different features that when taken together permit the characterization of cells undergoing transient or stable EMT. We define straightforward methods for phenotypical, cellular and transcriptional characterization of EMT in vitro in monolayer cultures. The procedure also presents technical details for the generation of in vitro three-dimensional (3D) cultures analyzing cell phenotype and behavior during the EMT process. In addition, we describe xenotransplantation techniques to graft 3D cell cultures into mice to study in vivo invasion in a physiological-like environment. Finally, the protocol describes the analysis of selected EMT markers from experimental and human tumor samples. This series of methods can be applied to the study of EMT under various experimental and biological situations. Once the methodology is established, the time required to complete the protocol may vary from 3 to 4 weeks (monolayer cultures) and up to 6–8 weeks if including 3D cultures. [less ▲]

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See detailMorphological and morphometric analyses of the suspensory ligament in Standardbreds
Shikh Al Sook, Mohamad Khir ULg; Antoine, Nadine ULg; Piret, Joëlle ULg et al

Poster (2012, October)

Ultrasound techniques allow examination of some parts of the suspensory ligament (SL) but "anomalies" are regularly observed. Their significance is not known. Few studies have described the relationship ... [more ▼]

Ultrasound techniques allow examination of some parts of the suspensory ligament (SL) but "anomalies" are regularly observed. Their significance is not known. Few studies have described the relationship between ultrasonographic appearance and the exact morphology in histological sections. The aim of this study is to develop good techniques for cutting, staining, and showing the variation in the tissue composition within the SL. The SLs from the right limbs of 11 horses were collected. Samples were taken from cross-sections at six levels of the SL and they were embedded in paraffin or in Tissue-Tek®. Most of the paraffin sections were shredded. By using the cryosection technique, some freezing artifacts (holes) appeared. Therefore, a technique of freezing with cryoprotection was carried out, which produced the best results. Hematoxylin-phloxine-saffron gives a good contrast of colors between the tissues observed allowing the use of an image analysis program. The percentage of each tissue within the SL for each section and for six levels of the ligament was calculated. Results were analyzed by SAS software. The muscle tissue (PMT) and adipose tissue (PAT) decreased significantly (p < 0.0001), whereas the connective tissue (PCT) increased significantly (p < 0.0001) with age and when descending from the proximal to the distal level of the SL. The PMT was significantly higher (p < 0.0001) in females than males, while the PCT was significantly higher (p < 0.0001) in males than females. The PAT was significantly higher (p = 0.0278) in hindlimbs than in forelimbs. [less ▲]

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See detailMorphological and opto-electrical properties of solution deposited Platinum counter electrode for low cost dye sensitized solar cells
Thalluri, Venkata Visveswara Gopala Kris ULg; Décultot, Marc ULg; Henrist, Catherine ULg et al

in Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics [=PCCP] (2013), 15

Although Platinum (Pt) is a rare and very expensive material, Pt counter electrodes are still very commonly used for reaching high efficiencies in dye-sensitized solar cells (DSCs). The use of alternative ... [more ▼]

Although Platinum (Pt) is a rare and very expensive material, Pt counter electrodes are still very commonly used for reaching high efficiencies in dye-sensitized solar cells (DSCs). The use of alternative cheaper catalyst materials did not yet yield to equivalent efficiencies. In this work, we tried to understand how to reduce the amount of deposited Pt-material and simultaneously to deliver higher DSC performances. We systematically compared the properties of Pt-counter electrodes prepared by simple solution deposition methods such as spray-coating, dip-coating, brushing with reference to the Pt-electrodes prepared by sputtering onto fluorine doped-tin oxides (FTOs). The morphological and structural characterizations of the deposited Pt-layers were performed by atomic force microscopy (AFM) and scanning electron microscope (SEM). The composition of Pt-material was quantified by using SEM electron dispersive x-ray (EDX) mapping measurements are further compared with optical transmission measurements. Also contact angle and sheet resistance measurements were performed. By taking Pt-layers composition, morphology and structural factors into account 9.16% efficient N3 dye based DSCs were assembled. The DSCs were subjected to various opto-electrical characterization techniques like current-voltage (I-V), external quantum efficiency (EQE), cyclic voltammetry (CV), electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) and transient photo voltage (TPV) measurements. The obtained experimental data suggest that the Pt counter electrodes prepared by solution deposition methods can also reach to high DSC device performances with a consumption of very less amount of Pt material compared with sputtered Pt-layers. This process also proves that higher DSC performances are not limited to the usage of sputtered Pt-layer as counter electrode. [less ▲]

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See detailMorphological and thermal properties of starches isolated from white and pigmented sorghum landraces grown in hyper arid regions
Boudries, Nadia; Nadjemi, Boukebeur; Belhaneche-Bensemra, Naima et al

in Journal of Agricultural Science and Technology (2014), 4

The starches were isolated from white and red sorghum, predominant cultivars in the Sahara of algeria. Morphological, thermal properties and amylose content of isolated starches were examined. The ... [more ▼]

The starches were isolated from white and red sorghum, predominant cultivars in the Sahara of algeria. Morphological, thermal properties and amylose content of isolated starches were examined. The determination of these proprties is relevant to the comprehension of starch and starch-based foods digestibility in order to direct them towards the specific applications in food and non food sectors. [less ▲]

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See detailMorphological Biomarkers
Javaux, Emmanuelle ULg

in Gargaud et al (Ed.) Encyclopedia of Astrobiology (2011)

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See detailMorphological changes of the nucleolus during oogenesis in oviparous teleost fish, Barbus barbus (L.).
Thiry, Marc ULg; Poncin, Pascal ULg

in Journal of Structural Biology (2005), 152(1), 1-13

In fishes, like in amphibians, it is well established that variations in rRNA activity occur during oogenesis. Contrary to amphibians, however, little is known about the ultrastructural changes of the ... [more ▼]

In fishes, like in amphibians, it is well established that variations in rRNA activity occur during oogenesis. Contrary to amphibians, however, little is known about the ultrastructural changes of the nucleolus during fish oogenesis. Evolution of the nucleolus has been followed during oogenesis in the teleost fish Barbus barbus (L.) using light and transmission electron microscopies. We show that the behaviour of the nucleolus during B. barbus oogenesis resembles that reported in amphibians but also presents several peculiarities. The most striking feature is the marked vacuolization of nucleoli occurs at the beginning of the growth during previtellogenesis. The results obtained by means of the in situ terminal deoxynucleotidyl transferase-immunogold method for detecting DNA seem further to indicate that the chromatin cap becomes integrated into developing nucleoli during previtellogenesis and then segregate at the periphery of nucleoli at the end of glycoproteinic vitellogenesis. Our study also shows that the nucleoli of germ cells, like that of follicle cells, are devoid of fibrillar centre but comprise a fibrillar and a granular component whatever the oogenetic stage. Ultrastructural detection of DNA and nucleolar proteins (AgNOR proteins, fibrillarin, and pp135) supports further the view that the Barbus nucleolus is a bipartite structure. [less ▲]

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See detailMorphological Changes of Thymus in Retrovirus-Induced Murine Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (Maids)
de Leval, Laurence ULg; Deprez, Manuel ULg; Colombi, S. et al

in Pathology - Research & Practice (1995), 191(6), 506-12

The possible contribution of the thymus in the setting of acquired immunodeficiencies is still questioned. Here we report some new findings regarding a potential involvement of the thymus in mice infected ... [more ▼]

The possible contribution of the thymus in the setting of acquired immunodeficiencies is still questioned. Here we report some new findings regarding a potential involvement of the thymus in mice infected with RadLV-Rs, a viral mixture inducing murine acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (MAIDS). Thymi were sequentially removed, weighted and morphologically analyzed at different time intervals post-infection. Infection with RadLV-Rs led to a decrease in thymus weight mostly apparent from the fourth week. The first changes were seen at the third week as perivascular clusters of B-cells at the cortico-medullary junction. The ensuing process of atrophy mainly involved the cortex, while a mixed population of large T- and B-cells filled the medulla. These observations are discussed with regard to the pathological changes occurring in other lymphoid and non-lymphoid organs, in the context of the lymphoproliferation and immunodeficiency characterizing the disease, and by comparison with other models of retrovirus-induced immunodeficiencies. [less ▲]

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See detailMorphological Characterization of a Novel Scaffold for Anterior Cruciate Ligament Tissue Engineering
Laurent, Cédric ULg; GANGHOFFER, J-F; BABIN, J et al

in Journal of Biomechanical Engineering (2011), 133

Tissue engineering offers an interesting alternative to current anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) surgeries. Indeed, a tissue-engineered solution could ideally overcome the long- term complications due to ... [more ▼]

Tissue engineering offers an interesting alternative to current anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) surgeries. Indeed, a tissue-engineered solution could ideally overcome the long- term complications due to actual ACL reconstruction by being gradually replaced by biological tissue. Key requirements concerning the ideal scaffold for ligament tissue en- gineering are numerous and concern its mechanical properties, biochemical nature, and morphology. This study is aimed at predicting the morphology of a novel scaffold for ligament tissue engineering, based on multilayer braided biodegradable copoly(lactic acid-co-(e-caprolactone)) (PLCL) fibers The process used to create the scaffold is briefly presented, and the degradations of the material before and after the scaffold processing are compared. The process offers varying parameters, such as the number of layers in the scaffold, the pitch length of the braid, and the fibers’ diameter. The prediction of the mor- phology in terms of pore size distribution and pores interconnectivity as a function of these parameters is performed numerically using an original method based on a virtual scaffold. The virtual scaffold geometry and the prediction of pore size distribution are evaluated by comparison with experimental results. The presented process permits crea- tion of a tailorable scaffold for ligament tissue engineering using basic equipment and from minimum amounts of raw material. The virtual scaffold geometry closely mimics the geometry of real scaffolds, and the prediction of the pore size distribution is found to be in good accordance with measurements on real scaffolds. The scaffold offers an intercon- nected network of pores the sizes of which are adjustable by playing on the process pa- rameters and are able to match the ideal pore size reported for tissue ingrowth. The adjustability of the presented scaffold could permit its application in both classical ACL reconstructions and anatomical double-bundle reconstructions. The precise knowledge of the scaffold morphology using the virtual scaffold will be useful to interpret the activity of cells once it will be seeded into the scaffold. An interesting perspective of the present work is to perform a similar study aiming at predicting the mechanical response of the scaffold according to the same process parameters, by implanting the virtual scaffold into a finite element algorithm. [less ▲]

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See detailMorphological comparison of the buccal apparatus in two bivalve commensal Carapidae
Parmentier, Eric ULg; Castro-Aguirre, Jose Luis; Vandewalle, Pierre ULg

in American Zoologist (2000)

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See detailMorphological comparison of the buccal apparatus in two bivalve commensal Teleostei : Encheliophis dubius and Onuxodon fowleri (Carapidae, Ophidiiformes)
Parmentier, Eric ULg; Castro-Aguirre, J. L.; Vandewalle, Pierre ULg

in Zoomorphology (2000), 120

Onuxodon fowleri and Encheliophis dubius are two Carapidae species that live in bivalve hosts and, their diet is made of the same type of prey. The aim of this study is to compare their cephalic ... [more ▼]

Onuxodon fowleri and Encheliophis dubius are two Carapidae species that live in bivalve hosts and, their diet is made of the same type of prey. The aim of this study is to compare their cephalic morphology to see whether 1) the head anatomy of both species is related to the constraints of their way of life, and 2) there are difference between these species and commensal carapids that shelter in other invertebrates. The components of their skeletons and muscles are similar, but differ in size and are arranged differently. In O. fowleri, the buccal cavity is smaller than in E. dubius, the jaws (bearing very large anterior teeth) are larger, the quadrato-mandibular joint lies further to the rear, the fibres of muscle bundles A3a, A2a and A2b are more vertical and insert higher on the neurocranium. The buccal system of O. fowleri appears better suited for ingesting food by biting and grasping. That of E. dubius seems better adapted to a feeding mechanism where sucking would have a more important role. The E. dubius head morphology is more similar to the cephalic anatomy of non-bivalve commensal species than to O. fowleri features. Diet constraints may have greater influence than the different host constraints on the head construction. A simulated backward rotation of the posterior part of the E. dubius suspensorium around the posterior joint between the hyomandibular and the neurocranium brings the jaws and the cheeks to coincide with those of O. fowleri. This model could be indicative of how structure modifications and their influences on annex pieces could in part have a role in the biodiversity. [less ▲]

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See detailMorphological comparison of the buccal apparatus in two bivavle commensal Carapidae
Parmentier, Eric ULg; Castro-Aguirre; Vandewalle, Pierre ULg

in American Zoologist (1999), 39(5),

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See detailMorphological decomposition in visual word recognition in French beginning readers
Quemart, Pauline ULg; Casalis, Séverine; Mathiot, Emmanuelle

Poster (2007, July)

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See detailMorphological details in bloodstain particles
De Wael, Kris; Lepot, Laurent ULg

in Forensic Science International (2015), 246(0), 50-54

Abstract During the commission of crimes blood can be transferred to the clothing of the offender or on other crime related objects. Bloodstain particles are sub-millimetre sized flakes that are lost from ... [more ▼]

Abstract During the commission of crimes blood can be transferred to the clothing of the offender or on other crime related objects. Bloodstain particles are sub-millimetre sized flakes that are lost from dried bloodstains. The nature of these red particles is easily confirmed using spectroscopic methods. In casework, bloodstain particles showing highly detailed morphological features were observed. These provided a rationale for a series of experiments described in this work. It was found that the “largest” particles are shed from blood deposited on polyester and polyamide woven fabrics. No particles are lost from the stains made on absorbent fabrics and from those made on knitted fabrics. The morphological features observed in bloodstain particles can provide important information on the substrates from which they were lost. [less ▲]

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See detailMorphological differences between Saturn's ultraviolet aurorae and those of Earth and Jupiter
Clarke, J. T.; Gérard, Jean-Claude ULg; Grodent, Denis ULg et al

in Nature (2005), 433(7027), 717-719

It has often been stated that Saturn's magnetosphere and aurorae are intermediate between those of Earth, where the dominant processes are solar wind driven(1), and those of Jupiter, where processes are ... [more ▼]

It has often been stated that Saturn's magnetosphere and aurorae are intermediate between those of Earth, where the dominant processes are solar wind driven(1), and those of Jupiter, where processes are driven by a large source of internal plasma(2-4). But this view is based on information about Saturn that is far inferior to what is now available. Here we report ultraviolet images of Saturn, which, when combined with simultaneous Cassini measurements of the solar wind(5) and Saturn kilometric radio emission(6), demonstrate that its aurorae differ morphologically from those of both Earth and Jupiter. Saturn's auroral emissions vary slowly; some features appear in partial corotation whereas others are fixed to the solar wind direction; the auroral oval shifts quickly in latitude; and the aurora is often not centred on the magnetic pole nor closed on itself. In response to a large increase in solar wind dynamic pressure(5) Saturn's aurora brightened dramatically, the brightest auroral emissions moved to higher latitudes, and the dawn side polar regions were filled with intense emissions. The brightening is reminiscent of terrestrial aurorae, but the other two variations are not. Rather than being intermediate between the Earth and Jupiter, Saturn's auroral emissions behave fundamentally differently from those at the other planets. [less ▲]

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See detailMorphological echocardiographic measurements: reference values as a function of body size in equids
Al Haidar, A; Sandersen, Charlotte ULg; Van Erck, Emmanuelle et al

Poster (2008)

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See detailMorphological erosions and openings: fast algorithms based on anchors
Van Droogenbroeck, Marc ULg; Buckley, Michael

in Journal of Mathematical Imaging and Vision (2005), 22(2-3), 121-142

Several efficient algorithms for computing erosions and openings have been proposed recently. They improve on VAN HERK's algorithm in terms of number of comparisons for large structuring elements. In this ... [more ▼]

Several efficient algorithms for computing erosions and openings have been proposed recently. They improve on VAN HERK's algorithm in terms of number of comparisons for large structuring elements. In this paper we introduce a theoretical framework of anchors that aims at a better understanding of the process involved in the computation of erosions and openings. It is shown that the knowledge of opening anchors of a signal f is sufficient to perform both the erosion and the opening of f. Then we propose an algorithm for one-dimensional erosions and openings which exploits opening anchors. This algorithm improves on the fastest algorithms available in literature by approximately 30% in terms of computation speed, for a range of structuring element sizes and image contents [less ▲]

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See detailMorphological image sketch coding
Simon, Benoît; Macq, Benoît; Van Droogenbroeck, Marc ULg

in Workshop on Circuits, Systems and Signal Processing, Proceedings (1993, March)

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See detailMorphological models of complex ordered materials based on inhomogeneously clipped Gaussian fields
Gommes, Cédric ULg; Pirard, Jean-Paul ULg

in Physical Review. E : Statistical, Nonlinear, and Soft Matter Physics (2009), 80

Clipping a Gaussian random field at a level that is position-dependent yields statistically non-homogeneous morphologies, relevant to many ordered nanostructured materials. The 1-point and 2-point ... [more ▼]

Clipping a Gaussian random field at a level that is position-dependent yields statistically non-homogeneous morphologies, relevant to many ordered nanostructured materials. The 1-point and 2-point probability functions of the morphology are derived, as well as a general relation between the specific surface area and the gradient of the clipping function. The general results are particularized for the comprehensive analysis of small-angle x-ray scattering and nitrogen adsorption of SBA-15 ordered mesoporous silica. [less ▲]

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