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See detailPreoptic Aromatase Cells Project to the Mesencephalic Central Gray in the Male Japanese Quail (Coturnix Japonica)
Absil, Philippe ULg; Riters, L. V.; Balthazart, Jacques ULg

in Hormones & Behavior (2001), 40(3), 369-83

Previous tract-tracing studies demonstrated the existence of projections from the medial preoptic nucleus (POM) to the mesencephalic central gray (GCt) in quail. GCt contains a significant number of ... [more ▼]

Previous tract-tracing studies demonstrated the existence of projections from the medial preoptic nucleus (POM) to the mesencephalic central gray (GCt) in quail. GCt contains a significant number of aromatase-immunoreactive (ARO-ir) fibers and punctate structures, but no ARO-ir cells are present in this region. The origin of the ARO-ir fibers of the GCt was investigated here by retrograde tract-tracing combined with immunocytochemistry for aromatase. Following injection of fluorescent microspheres in GCt, retrogradely labeled cells were found in a large number of hypothalamic and mesencephalic areas and in particular within the three main groups of ARO-ir cells located in the POM, the ventromedial nucleus of the hypothalamus, and the bed nucleus striae terminalis. Labeling of these cells for aromatase by immunocytochemistry demonstrated, however, that aromatase-positive retrogradely labeled cells are observed almost exclusively within the POM. Double-labeled cells were abundant in both the rostral and caudal parts of the POM and their number was apparently not affected by the location of the injection site within GCt. At both rostro-caudal levels of the POM, ARO-ir retrogradely labeled cells were, however, more frequent in the lateral than in the medial POM. These data indicate that ARO-ir neurons located in the lateral part of the POM may control the premotor aspects of male copulatory behavior through their projection to GCt and suggest that GCt activity could be affected by estrogens released from the terminals of these ARO-ir neurons. [less ▲]

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See detailPreoptic aromatase modulates male sexual behavior: slow and fast mechanisms of action
Balthazart, Jacques ULg; Baillien, M.; Cornil, Charlotte ULg et al

in Physiology & Behavior (2004), 83(2), 247-270

In many species, copulatory behavior and appetitive (anticipatory/motivational) aspects of male sexual behavior are activated by the action in the preoptic area of estrogens locally produced by ... [more ▼]

In many species, copulatory behavior and appetitive (anticipatory/motivational) aspects of male sexual behavior are activated by the action in the preoptic area of estrogens locally produced by testosterone aromatization. Estrogens bind to intracellular receptors, which then act as transcription factors to activate the behavior. Accordingly, changes in aromatase activity (AA) result from slow steroid-induced modifications of enzyme transcription. More recently, rapid nongenomic effects of estrogens have been described and evidence has accumulated indicating that AA can be modulated by rapid (minutes to hour) nongenomic mechanisms in addition to the slower transcriptional changes. Hypothalamic AA is rapidly down-regulated in conditions that enhance protein phosphorylation, in particular, increases in the intracellular calcium concentration, such as those triggered by neurotransmitter (e.g., glutamate) activity. Fast changes in brain estrogens can thus be caused by aromatase phosphorylation as a result of changes in neurotransmission. In parallel, recent studies demonstrate that the pharmacological blockade of AA by specific inhibitors rapidly (within 15-45 min) down-regulates motivational and consummatory aspects of male sexual behavior in quail while injections of estradiol can rapidly increase the expression of copulatory behavior. These data collectively support an emerging concept in neuroendocrinology, namely that estrogen, locally produced in the brain, regulates male sexual behavior via a combination of genomic and nongenomic mechanisms. Rapid and slower changes of brain AA match well with these two modes of estrogen action and provide temporal variations in the estrogen's bioavailability that can support the entire range of established effects for this steroid. (C) 2004 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailLa preparación de la novela. Notas de cursos y seminarios en el Collège de France (1978-1979 y 1979-1980)
Barthes, Roland; Willson, Patricia ULg

Book published by Siglo XXI Editores (2005)

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See detailPréparatifs d’un essai de traçage par dilution chimique sur la rivière Kou (Burkina Faso)
Sauret, Elie ULg

Report (2011)

Cette note est un document préparatoire d'un essai de traçage par dilution chimique sur une rivière. Il expose sommairement la méthode d'injection à débit constant , le type de traceur utilisé, la ... [more ▼]

Cette note est un document préparatoire d'un essai de traçage par dilution chimique sur une rivière. Il expose sommairement la méthode d'injection à débit constant , le type de traceur utilisé, la technique d'injection envisagée, la méthodologie d'échantillonnage du traceur.... [less ▲]

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See detailPreparation and application of permeabilized muscle fibers for respiration studies
Votion, Dominique ULg; Pesta, Dominik; Gnaiger, Erich et al

in In Proceedings: 3rd MiPsummer School (2009, June)

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See detailPreparation and characterisation of Ag incorporated Al2O3 nanocomposite films obtained by sol-gel method
Ivanova, T.; Harizanova, A.; Koutzarova, T. et al

in Crystal Research and Technology (2012), 47(5), 579-584

Sol-gel route has been applied for a deposition of the thin films of aluminum oxide and Ag embedded in Al2O3 films. The films are spin-coated on Si and quartz substrates with the film thickness of 120 nm ... [more ▼]

Sol-gel route has been applied for a deposition of the thin films of aluminum oxide and Ag embedded in Al2O3 films. The films are spin-coated on Si and quartz substrates with the film thickness of 120 nm. XRD analysis has been used for the determination of the film structure. FTIR spectroscopy is applied for studying vibrational properties of the obtained coatings. Optical characterization is done by UV-VIS spectroscopy. The formation of Ag nanoparticles has been confirmed by XRD and optical data. The sol-gel process is found to be useful technology for incorporation of Ag nanoparticles in the metal oxide matrices. (© 2012 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim) Copyright © 2012 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim. [less ▲]

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See detailPreparation and characterisation of poly(lactide-co-glycolide) (PLGA) and PLGA/Bioglass((R)) composite tubular foam scaffolds for tissue engineering applications
Boccaccini, Aldo R.; Blaker, Jonny J.; Maquet, Véronique et al

in Materials Science and Engineering C: Biomimetic and Supramolecular Systems (2005), 25(1), 23-31

Polylactide-co-glycolide (PLGA) and PLGA/Bioglass(R) foams of tubular shape have been prepared with a 1 wt% 45S5 Bioglass(R) content. Porous membranes with varying thickness and porosity were fabricated ... [more ▼]

Polylactide-co-glycolide (PLGA) and PLGA/Bioglass(R) foams of tubular shape have been prepared with a 1 wt% 45S5 Bioglass(R) content. Porous membranes with varying thickness and porosity were fabricated via a thermally induced phase separation process from which tubes of controlled diameter and wall thickness in the range 1.5-3 mm were produced. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) revealed that the structure of the tubular foams consisted of radially oriented and highly interconnected pores with two distinct pore sizes, i.e. macropores similar to100-mum average diameter and interconnected micropores of 10-50-mum diameter. Foams with Bioglass(R) inclusions showed similarly well-defined tubular and interconnected pore morphology. Cell culture studies using mouse fibroblasts (L929) were conducted to assess the biocompatibility of the scaffolds in vitro. L929 fibroblasts cultured in medium that was pre-conditioned by incubating with PLGA tubes containing Bioglass(R) had a significant reduction in cell proliferation compared with fibroblasts grown in unconditioned medium (P < 0.0001). The PLGA and PLGA/Bioglass(R) tubular foams developed here are candidate materials for soft-tissue engineering scaffolds. holding promise for the regeneration of tissues requiring a tubular shape scaffold. such as intestine. trachea and blood vessels. [less ▲]

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See detailPreparation and characterization of HMS supported 11-molybdo-vanado-phosphoric acid for selective oxidation of propylene
Benadji, S.; Eloy, P.; Léonard, Alexandre ULg et al

in Microporous and Mesoporous Materials (2010), 130(1-3), 103-114

The preparation of Keggin-type phosphovanadomolybdic acid H4PMo11VO40 (PMo11V) supported on a hexagonal mesoporous silicate (HMS) material was performed via three different methods: dry impregnation, wet ... [more ▼]

The preparation of Keggin-type phosphovanadomolybdic acid H4PMo11VO40 (PMo11V) supported on a hexagonal mesoporous silicate (HMS) material was performed via three different methods: dry impregnation, wet impregnation and mechanical mixing. The state of the heteropolyacid (HPA) on the siliceous surface and the integrity of the support were characterized by several physico-chemical techniques: elemental analysis, X-ray diffraction, transmission and diffuse reflectance (DR) FT-IR study of the framework vibrations, Raman and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopies, nitrogen physisorption, thermal analysis (TG-DTA) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The catalytic performance of supported materials was compared to that of the bulk H4PMo11VO40 in the selective oxidation of propylene by molecular oxygen in the temperature range of 200-400 °C. The physico-chemical characterization of the supported HPA showed mainly that the primary Keggin structure is intact and that a good dispersion of the heteropolyacid on the HMS surface is obtained when the impregnation methods are used. In the case of mechanical mixture, the dispersion of heteropolyacid clusters is not homogeneous. The surface area of HMS decreased when the HPA was added. The impregnation methods lead to mesopores with uniform size of approximatively 3.2 nm in diameter. The TG-DTA showed that the supported HPAs obtained by the impregnation methods have a higher thermal stability than that of bulk HPA. The catalytic results showed that H4PMo11VO40/HMS are more active than the bulk H4PMo11VO40 and lead to oxygenated compounds formation (acrolein, acetaldehyde and acetic acid), whereas the bulk HPA only leads to the formation of COx. © 2009 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailPreparation and characterization of jellies with reduced sugar content from date (Phoenix dactylifera L.) and lemon (Citrus limon L.) by-products
Masmoudi, Manel; Besbes, Souhail; Blecker, Christophe ULg et al

in Fruits (2010), 65(1), 21-29

Introduction. The increase in diabetes and obesity has increased the demand for reduced sugar products such as jams and jellies. Four jelly formulations were prepared using date juice which was enriched ... [more ▼]

Introduction. The increase in diabetes and obesity has increased the demand for reduced sugar products such as jams and jellies. Four jelly formulations were prepared using date juice which was enriched with pectin and lemon flavors. Materials and methods. Reduced quantities of sugars (45% and 55%) were added to the juice at different pH (3 and 3.5). The prepared jellies were evaluated for physico-chemical and sensory properties. Results and discussion. The water activity values for jellies ranged between 0.767 and 0.804, making them safe from the development of the majority of bacteria. The addition of less quantity of sugar, as well as the decreased pH, resulted in significantly firmer jellies, with higher adhesiveness, chewiness and cohesiveness. Sensory evaluation showed that the prepared jellies averaged 4.17-5.47 and 4.59-5.67 for taste and firmness, respectively, in a 7-point hedonic scale consumer acceptance study. The most appreciated jellies were those prepared with the lowest sugar content, with a slight preference for that with a pH of 3.5. Significant differences were not found between scores for the other sensory attributes (color, transparency, brightness, odor and springiness). [less ▲]

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See detailPreparation and characterization of organic-soluble acetylated starch nanocrystals
Xu, Yue; Ding, Wanqiang; Liu, Ji ULg et al

in Carbohydrate Polymers (2010), 80(4), 1078-1084

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See detailPreparation and characterization of osmodehydrated fruit from lemon and date by-products.
Masmoudi, M.; Besbes, Souhail; Blecker, Christophe ULg et al

Poster (2006, May)

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See detailPreparation and characterization of osmodehydrated fruits from lemon and date by-products
Masmoudi, M.; Besbes, S.; Blecker, Christophe ULg et al

in Food Science & Technology International (2007), 13(6), 405-412

An osmotic dehydration process (ODP) was established in order to formulate osmodehydrated fruits from lemon and date by-products. ODP was conducted at 40 degrees C, maintained using an oven, or a water ... [more ▼]

An osmotic dehydration process (ODP) was established in order to formulate osmodehydrated fruits from lemon and date by-products. ODP was conducted at 40 degrees C, maintained using an oven, or a water bath with continuous stirring. The kinetics of the osmodehydration in a water bath showed a better mass transfer. Then, osmodehydrated fruit (ODF) preparations of about 40 degrees Brix were formulated using different isotonic solutions (sucrose, glucose/sucrose, glucose, and date juice). All the formulated products showed better characteristics (lower acidity, higher sugar content, etc.) than the untreated lemon by-product. The isotonic solution composition influenced their physical characteristics such as microstructure and viscosity. In fact, ODF prepared in glucose and glucose/sucrose solutions presented more open structures, lower viscosities, and water holding capacities (WHC) than the others. The products were microbiologically stable during 3 months at 4 degrees C. These results support the valorization of lemon and date by-products as ODF that could be consumed or incorporated as an ingredient in food formulations. [less ▲]

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See detailPreparation and characterization of thermo-responsive gold nanohybrids
Liu, Ji ULg; Hurtgen, Marie ULg; Detrembleur, Christophe ULg et al

Poster (2011, October 25)

Stimuli-responsive nano-materials have been playing increasingly important roles in the biomedical field due to their ability to alter the physico-chemical properties in response to external stimuli, such ... [more ▼]

Stimuli-responsive nano-materials have been playing increasingly important roles in the biomedical field due to their ability to alter the physico-chemical properties in response to external stimuli, such as temperature, pH, ionic strength, magnetic field, etc. Nanohybrids bearing an inorganic core and thermo-responsive polymer shell are particularly applicable in target delivery and controlled drug release. Poly (N-vinylcaprolactam) (PNVCL) and its copolymers, exhibiting lower critical solution temperature (LCST) where the transition between hydrophilic and hydrophobic state happens, is one of the optimal choices for this core/shell structure. Here we present the in-situ fabrication of thermo-responsive gold nanohybrids coated with a novel poly(vinyl alcohol)-b-poly(N-vinylcaprolactam) (PVOH-b-PNVCL) block copolymer prepared by the cobalt-mediated radical polymerization (CMRP). The interaction between both PVOH and PNVCL segments and gold nanoparticles was confirmed by FT-IR spectra. A sharp thermo-induced phase transition with a good reversibility upon change in temperature was detected by DLS and UV/vis spectrometer. Furthermore, the presence of hydrophilic PVOH moieties endows the gold nanohybrids with improved colloidal stability above LCST without any flocculation detected, compared with the gold nanoparticles stabilized with PNVCL homopolymer. This kind of gold nanohybrids can be envisaged as a new drug delivery vehicle. [less ▲]

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See detailPreparation and characterization of thermoresponsive iron nanoparticles for biomedical applications
Sibret, Pierre ULg; Aqil, Abdelhafid ULg; Gohy, Jean-François et al

Poster (2008, November 28)

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