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See detailA new automatic video multitracking system able to follow a large school
Delcourt, Johann ULg; Becco, Christophe ULg; Vandewalle, Nicolas ULg et al

in Noldus, L.P.P.J.; Grieco, F.; Loijens, L. W. S. (Eds.) et al Proceedings of Measuring Behavior 2005 (2005)

The study of shoaling behaviours is tackled by scientists by three approaches: the field, laboratory and computer modelling approach. The field studies are complicated and permit rarely an analysis of ... [more ▼]

The study of shoaling behaviours is tackled by scientists by three approaches: the field, laboratory and computer modelling approach. The field studies are complicated and permit rarely an analysis of individual positions. The third approach, consisting of development of mathematic models, is artificial. It requires a comparison with empiric results to validate and to determine the explications’ degree of each model. Thanks to the developments of digital imaging techniques, the laboratory studies on fish are able to measure the behavioural parameters with precision, impossible to realize with manual recording. Multitracking systems are rare and of recent development. These are insufficient to study the real size of shoals, often composed of hundreds of .shes. We have developed a new system of multitracking thanks to collaboration with the G.R.A.S.P. The G.R.A.S.P. has before realised other multitracking systems to follow some hundreds physical objects. Our video multitracking system is able to detect and to track more than a hundred unmarked fishes by gray scaling technique during some minutes. It permits an analysis as well at the group level as at the individual level. The multitraking program is able to attribute a number at each fish and to follow each one during the whole duration of the track. Our system permits the analysis of the movement of each individual, even if the trajectories of two fishes cross each other. It is possible thanks to the theoretical estimation of trajectory of each fish, compared with the real trajectory (analysis with feedback). The human eye is always necessary to detect the errors in identification but reediting is possible. However, if the fishes don’t move too rapidly, a rate of 25 images /s gives very good results, without too much visual expertise from the experimenter. If the fishes are too fast (i.e. escape response), it is better to use a high speed camera. [less ▲]

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See detailA new Barremian (Early Cretaceous) ichthyosaur from western Russia
Fischer, Valentin ULg; Masure, Edwige; Arkhangelsky, Maxim et al

in Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology (2011), 31(5), 1010-1025

A new ophthalmosaurid ichthyosaur, Sveltonectes insolitus gen. et sp. nov., is described from a sub-complete and three-dimensionally preserved specimen from the late Barremian of western Russia. This new ... [more ▼]

A new ophthalmosaurid ichthyosaur, Sveltonectes insolitus gen. et sp. nov., is described from a sub-complete and three-dimensionally preserved specimen from the late Barremian of western Russia. This new taxon is supported by 11 cranial, dental, and postcranial autapomorphies, and is also characterized by features previously considered as autapomorphic for some other Ophthalmosauridae, such as a processus narialis on the prefrontal and relatively long hindfins with pre- and postaxial accessory digits. We conducted a new phylogenetic analysis of Thunnosauria, which supports a ‘Stenopterygius-origin’ for Ophthalmosauridae. Sveltonectes is regarded as the sister taxon of Aegirosaurus, which shares a similar skull roof construction. Contrary to most other Cretaceous ichthyosaurs, Sveltonectes is characterized by delicate and sharply pointed teeth, confirming that the Ophthalmosauridae were ecologically highly diversified during the Early Cretaceous [less ▲]

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See detailNew Basic Membrane-Destabilizing Peptides For Plasmid-Based Gene Delivery In Vitro And In Vivo
Rittner, K.; Benavente, A.; Bompard-Sorlet, A. et al

in Molecular Therapy (2002), 5(2), 104-14

We have designed new basic amphiphilic peptides, ppTG1 and ppTG20 (20 amino acids), and evaluated their efficiencies in vitro and in vivo as single-component gene transfer vectors. ppTG1 and ppTG20 bind ... [more ▼]

We have designed new basic amphiphilic peptides, ppTG1 and ppTG20 (20 amino acids), and evaluated their efficiencies in vitro and in vivo as single-component gene transfer vectors. ppTG1 and ppTG20 bind to nucleic acids and destabilize liposomes consisting of 1-palmitoyl-2-oleoylphosphatidylcholine (POPC) and cholesterol (3:1 mol/mol) at pH 5 and pH 7. Complexes of plasmid DNA and ppTG1 gave rise to efficient transfection in a variety of human and murine cell lines at low charge ratios ([+/-] between 1 and 2). In cell culture experiments, such vectors were superior to the membrane-destabilizing peptide KALA. In comparison with cationic lipid-, dendrimer-, and polymer-based transfection agents like Superfect, polyethylenimine (PEI), and Lipofectin, ppTG1 vectors showed good transfection efficiencies, especially at low DNA doses. Moreover, we demonstrated for the first time successful gene transfer in living animals with a single-component peptide vector. In the mouse, intravenous injection of a luciferase expression plasmid complexed with ppTG1 or ppTG20 led to significant gene expression in the lung 24 hours after injection. Structure-function studies with ppTG1, ppTG20, and sequence variants suggest that the high gene transfer activity of these peptides is correlated with their propensity to exist in alpha-helical conformation, which seems to be strongly influenced by the nature of the hydrophobic amino acids. [less ▲]

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See detailThe new Belgian Senate. A (dis)continued evolution of federalism in Belgium?
Dandoy, Régis; Dodeigne, Jérémy ULg; Vandeleene, Audrey et al

in Representation (2015)

The 2012–14 reform of the Belgian state has deeeply transformed its Senate. Not only does the reform reduce the legislative powers of the Belgian upper chamber, but it also alters its composition. The ... [more ▼]

The 2012–14 reform of the Belgian state has deeeply transformed its Senate. Not only does the reform reduce the legislative powers of the Belgian upper chamber, but it also alters its composition. The former appointment of Senators based on a system of direct and community-based election is replaced by a system of indirect and mixed regional and community-based designation. This article presents this important reform. On the basis of a comprehensive dataset of federal and regional political careers, it also comparatively analyses the profile of the Senators, before and after the reform. Overall, although rules regarding seats allocation have been thoroughly remodelled, we conclude that the reform had neither dramatically affected the subtle balances upon which the Belgian federal state relies nor altered the patterns of Senators’ profiles. [less ▲]

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See detailA new benzotriazole-mediated stereoflexible gateway to hetero-2,5-diketopiperazines
Monbaliu, Jean-Christophe ULg; Hansen, Finn; Beagle, Lucas et al

in Chemistry : A European Journal (2011), 18

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See detailNew Biological Investigations on 3-Bromophenyl 6-Acetoxymethyl-2-oxo-2H-1-Benzopyran-3-Carboxylate as Anti-angiogenic Agent
Hemmer, M.; Kempen, Isabelle; De Tullio, Pascal ULg et al

in Drug Development Research (2010), 71

The development of blood vessels inside tumors is required to provide the nutrients and oxygen needed for tumor growth and to allow the spread of cancer cells at a distance to form metastasis ... [more ▼]

The development of blood vessels inside tumors is required to provide the nutrients and oxygen needed for tumor growth and to allow the spread of cancer cells at a distance to form metastasis. Angiogenesis is also implicated in ocular diseases like age-related macular degeneration. The present work describes the potential anti-angiogenic properties of a coumarinic derivative, 3-bromophenyl 6-acetoxymethyl-2-oxo-2H-1-benzopyran-3-carboxylate (IK9), previously described as a potent inhibitor of HT 1080 fibrosarcoma cell invasion in vitro and tumor growth in vivo. In vivo, ex vivo, and in vitro models were used to delineate the anti-angiogenic properties of IK9. The anti-angiogenic effect of IK9 was demonstrated in vivo in a choroidal neovascularization mice model and additionally ex vivo in a rat aortic ring assay where it was more active than the known matrix metalloproteinase inhibitor Ro 28-2653. IK9 did not affect apoptosis, proliferation, or endothelial cell invasiveness in vitro. These findings suggest a complex mechanism of action of the compound via direct or indirect effects on endothelial cell properties. This study identifies IK9 as a new potent inhibitor of angiogenesis and suggests its potential use as a therapeutic agent. [less ▲]

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See detailNew biomarkers for primary mitral regurgitation.
Deroyer, Céline ULg; Magne, Julien; Moonen, Marie ULg et al

in Clinical proteomics (2015), 12

BACKGROUND: Mitral regurgitation is a frequent valvular heart disease affecting around 2.5 % of the population with prevalence directly related to aging. Degeneration of mitral valve is broadly considered ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: Mitral regurgitation is a frequent valvular heart disease affecting around 2.5 % of the population with prevalence directly related to aging. Degeneration of mitral valve is broadly considered as a passive ongoing pathophysiological process and little is known about its physiological deregulation. The purpose of this study was to highlight new biomarkers of mitral regurgitation in order to decipher the underlying pathological mechanism as well as to allow the diagnosis and the monitoring of the disease. RESULTS: Modulation of various blood proteins expression was examined in patients suffering from different grades of mitral regurgitation (mild, moderate and severe) compared to healthy controls. To this end, several routine clinical assays and the multi analyte profile technology targeting 184 proteins were used. High-density lipoprotein, apolipoprotein-A1, haptoglobin and haptoglobin-alpha2 chain levels significantly decreased proportionally to the degree of mitral regurgitation when compared to controls. High-density lipoprotein and apolipoprotein-A1 levels were associated with effective regurgitant orifice area and regurgitant volume. Apolipoprotein-A1 was an independent predictor of severe mitral regurgitation. Moreover, with ordinal logistic regression, apolipoprotein-A1 remained the only independent factor associated with mitral regurgitation. In addition, myxomatous mitral valves were studied by immunocytochemistry. We observed an increase of LC3, the marker of autophagy, in myxomatous mitral valves compared with healthy mitral valves. CONCLUSION: These potential biomarkers of mitral regurgitation highlighted different cellular processes that could be modified in myxomatous degenerescence: reverse cholesterol transport, antioxidant properties and autophagy. [less ▲]

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See detailNew biomarkers of Crohn's disease: serum biomarkers and development of diagnostic tools
Meuwis, Marie-Alice ULg; Fillet, Marianne ULg; Chapelle, Jean-Paul ULg et al

in Expert Review of Molecular Diagnostics (2008), 8

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See detailNew bisphosphonates for the treatment of osteoporosis : concerns and hopes
Reginster, Jean-Yves ULg

in Revue du Rhumatisme (English ed.) (1996), 63(7-8), 461-464

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See detailNew bounds on trilinear R-parity violation from lepton flavor violating observables
Dreiner, H. K.; Nickel, K.; Staub, F. et al

in Physical Review. D, Particles, Fields, Gravitation, and Cosmology (2012), 86

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See detailNew C++ version of the Liège intranuclear cascade model in Geant4
Mancusi, D.; Boudard, A.; Cugnon, Joseph ULg et al

in Proceedings of SNA + MC 2013 - Joint International Conference on Supercomputing in Nuclear Applications + Monte Carlo (2014)

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See detailA new Cambrian black pigment used during the late Middle Palaeolithic discovered at Scladina Cave (Andenne, Belgium)
Bonjean, Dominique ULg; Vanbrabant, Yves; Abrams, Gregory et al

in Journal of Archaeological Science (2015), 55

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See detailNew capabilities of the INCL4.6 model implemented into high-energy transport codes
Leray, S.; Boudard, A.; Braunn, B. et al

in Proceedings of Shielding Aspects of Accelerators, Targets and Irradiation Facilities 2011 (2013)

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See detailNew capabilities of the Liège intranuclear-cascade model for particle-transport codes
Mancusi, D.; Boudard, A.; Cugnon, Joseph ULg et al

in Proceedings of SNA + MC 2013 - Joint International Conference on Supercomputing in Nuclear Applications + Monte Carlo (2014)

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See detailNew carbohydrate-active enzymes identified by screening two metagenomic libraries derived from the soil of a winter wheat field
Stroobants, Aurore ULg; Portetelle, Daniel ULg; Vandenbol, Micheline ULg

in Journal of Applied Microbiology (2014)

Aims Soils are rich, diversified environments where β-glucosidases abound because of their importance in organic matter degradation. The aim of this work was to discover new β-glucosidases by constructing ... [more ▼]

Aims Soils are rich, diversified environments where β-glucosidases abound because of their importance in organic matter degradation. The aim of this work was to discover new β-glucosidases by constructing two metagenomic DNA libraries from soil samples collected in winter and spring from a field of winter wheat. Methods and Results Both libraries were screened on esculin-supplemented medium so as to isolate candidates showing β-glucosidase activity. Candidate analysis revealed seven putative β-glycosidases and two putative glycosyltransferases, displaying 25 to 82% identity to known enzymes. The putative β-glycosidases belong to families GH1, GH3 and GH20 and the two putative glycosyltransferases, probably, to new families. In characterization tests performed on bacteria in suspension or spread on agar plates, some candidates appeared to hydrolyse several natural and synthetic substrates. These tests also highlighted interesting industrial characteristics, such as the activity of four β-glycosidases under alkaline conditions and the esculin-hydrolysing activity of a β-glucosidase candidate in the presence of glucose. Conclusions Seven putative β-glycosidases and two putative glycosyltransferases were found by functional screening of two metagenomic DNA libraries derived from agricultural soil. Significance and Impact of the Study This study has identified β-glycosidases and putative glycosyltransferases that have or may have interesting industrial characteristics. [less ▲]

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See detailA new case of consensual decision: collective movement in earthworms
Zirbes, Lara ULg; Deneubourg, Jean-Louis; Brostaux, Yves ULg et al

in Ethology (2010), 115

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See detailA new case of gravitational lensing
Surdej, Jean ULg; Magain, Pierre ULg; Swings, J.-P. et al

in Nature (1987), 329

The authors have begun a systematic search from ESO for gravitational lens systems in a selected sample of highly luminous quasars; M[SUB]V[/SUB] < -29.0. They give a brief description of their first ... [more ▼]

The authors have begun a systematic search from ESO for gravitational lens systems in a selected sample of highly luminous quasars; M[SUB]V[/SUB] < -29.0. They give a brief description of their first identified gravitational lens system UM673 = Q0142-100 = PHL3703. It consists of two images, A (m[SUB]R[/SUB] = 16.9) and B (m[SUB]R[/SUB] = 19.1), separated by 2.2 arc s at a redshift z[SUB]q[/SUB] = 2.719. The lensing galaxy (m[SUB]R[/SUB] â 19, Z[SUB]L[/SUB] â 0.49) has also been found. It lies very near the line connecting the two QSO images, â ¡0.8 arc s from the fainter one. A value M[SUB]0[/SUB] â 2.4×10[SUP]11[/SUP]M_sun; for the mass of the lensing galaxy and Deltat â 7 weeks for most likely travel-time difference between the two light paths to the QSO are found (assuming H[SUB]0[/SUB] = 75 km s[SUP]-1[/SUP]Mpc[SUP]-1[/SUP], q[SUB]0[/SUB] = 0). [less ▲]

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See detailA new case of microdeletion 14q32.3
Uwineza, Annette ULg; BULK, Saskia ULg; CABERG, Jean-Hubert ULg et al

Poster (2015, March 06)

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