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See detailEtude exploratoire de l’hyper-réflexivité schizophrénique au test de Rorschach
Englebert, Jérôme ULg; Bataille, Jennifer; Mormont, Christian ULg et al

Poster (2015, August 28)

L’hyper-réflexivité schizophrénique peut être définie comme une attitude particulière de la conscience consistant à interroger de façon explicite et réflexive des phénomènes généralement implicites et ... [more ▼]

L’hyper-réflexivité schizophrénique peut être définie comme une attitude particulière de la conscience consistant à interroger de façon explicite et réflexive des phénomènes généralement implicites et préréflexifs (Sass, 2014). Notre hypothèse est que ce mécanisme se manifeste dans les protocoles du test de Rorschach des sujets schizophrènes (Englebert, 2013). Pour l’éprouver, nous avons administré le test à douze sujets schizophrènes. L’originalité de cette recherche repose sur une seconde présentation des planches (trois jours plus tard) qui a permis d’évoquer avec les sujets la permanence de leurs perceptions et de discuter de l’acception commune de celles-ci (pensez-vous que la plupart des autres personnes pourrait voir ce que vous voyez ?). Les résultats confirment notre hypothèse, tant au niveau quantitatif (les marqueurs de l’hyper-réflexivité que nous avions identifiés se retrouvent dans la majorité des protocoles) que qualitatif (phrases suggérant une interrogation épistémologique du test, par exemple). Enfin, nous remarquerons que l’attitude schizophrénique envers le test de Rorschach est assez subtile puisqu’elle identifie le fondement épistémologique du test reposant sur la nécessité d’une fausse perception – une « violation de la réalité » selon Exner (2003). Les sujets schizophrènes mettent en évidence la règle implicite sur laquelle repose le test qui consiste à ne pas donner la seule véritable bonne réponse (systématique) au test qui est « une tache ». [less ▲]

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See detailPaleoseismological record of the Hazar Lake along the East Anatolian Fault (Turkey)
Hubert, Aurelia ULg; Lamair, Laura ULg; Hage, Sophie et al

Poster (2015, July 27)

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See detailSedimentological and geochemical evidence to detect arid periods recorded in wadi deposits: a case study from northern Morocco
El Ouahabi, Meriam ULg; Bartz, Melanie; Rixhon, Gilles et al

Poster (2015, July 27)

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See detailGlucosinolates and by-products in rapeseed meal related to hydrothermal processing
Quinsac, A.; Carré, P.; Fauconnier, Marie-Laure ULg et al

Poster (2015, July)

Background: For safety reasons, rapeseed meal (RSM) is usually desolventized with strong hydrothermal treatments, leading to various levels of residual glucosinolates (GSL), and protein solubility. The ... [more ▼]

Background: For safety reasons, rapeseed meal (RSM) is usually desolventized with strong hydrothermal treatments, leading to various levels of residual glucosinolates (GSL), and protein solubility. The RSM nutritional quality may be then lowered for monogastrics, due to GSL breakdown products whose reliable and “easy to use” indicators lack. [less ▲]

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See detailVariogram-based inversion of time-lapse electrical resistivity data: development and application to a thermal tracing experiment
Hermans, Thomas ULg; Nguyen, Frédéric ULg

Poster (2015, April 15)

Electrical resistivity tomography (ERT) has become a popular imaging methodology in a broad range of applications given its large sensitivity to subsurface parameters and its relative simplicity to ... [more ▼]

Electrical resistivity tomography (ERT) has become a popular imaging methodology in a broad range of applications given its large sensitivity to subsurface parameters and its relative simplicity to implement. More particularly, time-lapse ERT is now increasingly used for monitoring purposes in many contexts such as water content, permafrost, landslide, seawater intrusion, solute transport or heat transport experiments. Specific inversion schemes have been developed for time-lapse data sets. However, in contrast with static inversions for which many techniques including geostatistical, minimum support or structural inversion are commonly applied, most of the methodologies for time-lapse inversion still rely on non-physically based spatial and/or temporal smoothing of the parameters or parameter changes. In this work, we propose a time-lapse ERT inversion scheme based on the difference inversion scheme. We replace the standard smoothness-constraint regularization operator by the parameter change covariance matrix. This operator takes into account the correlation between changes in resistivity at different locations through a variogram computed using independent data (e.g., electromagnetic logs). It may vary for subsequent time-steps if the correlation length is time-dependent. The methodology is first validated and compared to the standard smoothness-constraint inversion using a synthetic benchmark simulating the injection of a conductive tracer into a homogeneous aquifer inducing changes in resistivity values of known correlation length. We analyze the influence of the assumed correlation length on inversion results. Globally, the method yields better results than the traditional smoothness constraint inversion. Even if a wrong correlation length is assumed, the method performs as well as the smoothness constraint since the regularization operator balances the weight given to the model constraint functional in the objective function. Then the methodology is successfully applied to a heat injection and pumping experiment in an alluvial aquifer. The comparison with direct measurements in boreholes (temperature loggers and distributed temperature sensing optic fibres) shows that ERT-derived temperatures and breakthrough curves image reliably the heat plume through time (increasing part of the curve, maximum and tail are correctly retrieved) and space (lateral variations of temperature are observed) with less spatial smoothing than standard methods. The development of new regularization operators for time-lapse inversion of ERT data is necessary given the broad range of applications where ERT monitoring is used. In many studies, independent data are available to derive geostatistical parameters that can be subsequently used to regularize geophysical inversions. In the future, the integration of spatio-temporal variograms into existing 4D inversion schemes should further improve ERT time-lapse imaging. [less ▲]

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See detailRegularized focusing inversion of time-lapse electrical resistivity data: an approach to parametrize the minimum gradient support functional
Nguyen, Frédéric ULg; Hermans, Thomas ULg

Poster (2015, April 15)

Inversion of time-lapse resistivity data allows obtaining ‘snapshots’ of changes occurring in monitored systems for applications such as aquifer storage, geothermal heat exchange, site remediation or ... [more ▼]

Inversion of time-lapse resistivity data allows obtaining ‘snapshots’ of changes occurring in monitored systems for applications such as aquifer storage, geothermal heat exchange, site remediation or tracer tests. Based on these snapshots, one can infer qualitative information on the location and morphology of changes occurring in the subsurface but also quantitative estimates on the degree of changes in certain property such as temperature or total dissolved solid content. Analysis of these changes can provide direct insight into flow and transport and associated processes and controlling parameters. However, the reliability of the analysis is dependent on survey geometry, measurement schemes, data error, and regularization. Survey design parameters may be optimized prior to the monitoring survey. Regularization, on the other hand, may be chosen depending on available information collected during the monitoring. Common approaches consider smoothing model changes both in space and time but it is often needed to obtain a sharp temporal anomaly, for example in fractured aquifers. We here propose to use the alternative regularization approach based on minimum gradient support (MGS) (Zhdanov, 2002) for time-lapse surveys which will focus the changes in tomograms snapshots. MGS will limit the occurrences of changes in electrical resistivity but will also restrict the variations of these changes inside the different zones. A common difficulty encountered by practitioners in this type of regularization is the choice of an additional parameter, the so-called , required to define the MGS functional. To the best of our knowledge, there is no commonly accepted or standard methodology to optimize the MGS parameter . The inversion algorithm used in this study is CRTomo (Kemna 2000). It uses a Gauss-Newton scheme to iteratively minimize an objective function which consists of a data misfit functional and a model constraint functional. A univariate line search is performed at each Gauss-Newton iteration step to find the optimum value of the regularization parameter  which minimizes the data misfit as a function of  while the data misfit is above the desired value and yields the desired target misfit (root-mean square value of error-weighted data misfit equal to 1) at the last iteration for a maximum value of . We propose here to optimize the  of the MGS functional by considering a univariate line search at the first iteration to find the  that minimizes the data misfit. The parameter is then kept constant during the Gauss-Newton iterative scheme. In this contribution, we validate our approach on a numerical benchmark and apply it successfully on a case study in the context of salt tracers in fractured aquifers. Zhdanov M.S. 2002. Geophysical Inverse Theory and Regularization Problems. Elsevier, Amsterdam, 628 p. Kemna A. 2000. Tomographic Inversion of Complex Resistivity - Theory and Application. PhD Thesis, Ruhr University Bochum. [less ▲]

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See detailGAIMS: a tool specifically developed for the clinical gait analysis of patients with multiple sclerosis
Pierard, Sébastien ULg; Phan-Ba, Rémy; Giet, Amaury et al

Poster (2015, April)

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See detailUse of C, N and S stable isotope ratios to highlight resource segregation among hermit crabs from tropical seagrass meadows
Michel, Loïc ULg; Frederich, Bruno ULg; Lavitra, Thierry et al

Poster (2015, March 26)

Polyspecific seagrass meadows are ubiquitous features of tropical coastal zones. These ecosystems are of critical ecological importance, and provide a wide range of socio-economical services to local ... [more ▼]

Polyspecific seagrass meadows are ubiquitous features of tropical coastal zones. These ecosystems are of critical ecological importance, and provide a wide range of socio-economical services to local populations. Meadows however undergo multiple threats linked to human activities (increased nutrient input, overfishing, invertebrate overharvesting, etc.). It is currently hard to assess how seagrass meadows could respond to anthropogenic impacts due to poor knowledge of their functional ecology. In an effort to unravel trophic interactions ruling the food webs associated to seagrass beds of the Toliara Great Reef (SW Madagascar), we studied resource segregation between two common Diogenidae hermit crabs (Dardanus scutellatus and Ciliopagurus tricolor) using stable isotope ratios. C, N and S stable isotope ratios of bulk muscle tissue were measured via CF-EA-IRMS (Elementar Vario MicroCube EA coupled to an Isoprime 100 MS). Interspecific differences were noted in isotopic composition of carbon (δ13C = -12.22 ± 1.73 ‰ for D. scutellatus, δ13C = -14.55 ± 0.73 ‰ for C. tricolor), nitrogen (δ15N = 4.73 ± 0.53 ‰ for D. scutellatus, δ15N = 5.20 ± 0.61 ‰ for C. tricolor) and sulfur (δ34S = 14.08 ± 2.32 ‰ for D. scutellatus, δ34S = 16.73 ± 1.49 ‰ for C. tricolor), suggesting that the two species do not feed on the same items. In addition, SIBER (Stable Isotope Bayesian Ellipses in R) modeling based on C and N data clearly showed that no overlap was present in the core isotopic niches of the two species. It also indicated that the isotopic niche of D. scutellatus was greater than the one of C. tricolor, implying that the former feeds on a greater number of items than the latter. While hermit crabs are generally considered as omnivorous species, this study highlighted differences in the foraging ecology of D. scutellatus and C. tricolor. These differences could help to limit competition for food between these two species, and facilitate their coexistence in Malagasy seagrass beds. [less ▲]

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See detailNiche modeling within and between species in the genus Erythrophleum : intergating phylogenetic data and environmental niche models to explore speciation mechanisms
Gorel, Anaïs ULg

Poster (2015, March 21)

In this study we investigated the climatic niche between and within closely related tropical tree species of the Erythrophleum genus (Fabaceae, Caesalpinioideae): E. ivorense, E. suaveolens and E ... [more ▼]

In this study we investigated the climatic niche between and within closely related tropical tree species of the Erythrophleum genus (Fabaceae, Caesalpinioideae): E. ivorense, E. suaveolens and E. africanum. Two major hypotheses, the refuge theory and the ecological gradient hypothesis, have been developed to explain the current distribution of tree clades across tropical Africa. To identify the speciation mechanisms, we used a combination of geographic data and environmental factors to quantify the degree of niche conservatism (or divergence). We used two sets of distribution data for the purpose of this study. Species distribution data for the whole of tropical Africa was gathered from herbarium records. Distribution data of the two sister species E. ivorense and E. suaveolens assigned to genetic cluster were available for the lowland tropical forests of western and central Africa. Using a Species Distribution Model approach based on MaxEnt algorithm we tested for the environmental differences between species and genetic clusters within species. At species level, the climatic niche significantly differed and only slightly overlapped, suggesting a parapatric speciation along a climatic gradient. Within the two sister species, the niche of the parapatric central African genetic clusters suggests mostly a secondary contact following the recolonization from different forest refugia. [less ▲]

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See detailImproving knowledge on Forest elephant’s ecophysiology (Loxodonta africana cyclotis) for better wildlife conservation
Ngama, Steeve ULg; Vermeulen, Cédric ULg; Bindelle, Jérôme ULg

Poster (2015, March 21)

Conservation of large wildlife species is currently a major issue in Africa. Protected areas dedicated for biodiversity conservation unfortunately do not suffice and conservation practices must be ... [more ▼]

Conservation of large wildlife species is currently a major issue in Africa. Protected areas dedicated for biodiversity conservation unfortunately do not suffice and conservation practices must be extended to man-used areas. But in those areas conservation actions are limited because of conflicts between human and wildlife especially due to damages on crops. The worst crop raiders known are elephants because they can destroy the yearly harvest of a field in a single visit. This threatens not only people livelihoods but also elephants themselves when angry farmers retaliate by shooting or trapping them. After decades of investigations crop raiding drivers related to elephants’ ecophysiology remain largely unknown. A pilot study was conducted between July and November 2014 in Monts de Cristal National Park (Gabon, central Africa) to have a first view on environmental drivers to crop raiding. While the presence of some fruiting trees around crop fields lead to more damages, high slopes discouraged elephants. In further experiments, the link between the nutritive value of raided plants and the animal’s physiological requirements and status will be assessed through hormones and parasites measurements; while tracking of individual elephants’ movements using DNA analyses in feces will be done. [less ▲]

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See detailInternational Classification of Primary Care in a cross-lingual terminology portal
Jamoulle, Marc ULg; Pizzanelli, Miguel; Grosjean, Julien et al

Poster (2015, March 20)

International Classification of Primary Care in a cross-lingual terminology portal M. Jamoulle1, M. Pizzanelli2, J. Grosjean 3 , G. Kerdelhué 3, SJ. Darmoni 3&4 1 Department of General practice, Liege ... [more ▼]

International Classification of Primary Care in a cross-lingual terminology portal M. Jamoulle1, M. Pizzanelli2, J. Grosjean 3 , G. Kerdelhué 3, SJ. Darmoni 3&4 1 Department of General practice, Liege University, Belgium 2 Unidad docente asistencial rural de Florida, Uruguay 3 Deparment of Biomedical Informatics, Rouen University Hospital, Normandy & TIBS, LITIS EA 4108, France 4 LIMICS, INSERM, U1142, Paris, France. ICPC is available in the HeTOP cross-lingual terminology portal (URL: www.hetop.eu) [1] in 19 languages, mostly European (e.g. Spanish, Portuguese) but also in Japanese or Mandarin. The HeTOP interface has been also translated in 10 languages, including by Wonca colleagues (in Turkish, Vietnamese and Romanian). This is very important for non-English speakers to access a health Web site in his/her native language. Thanks to a partial manual mapping between ICPC2 and MeSH, it is now also possible to query PubMed from 20% of ICPC2 codes. This task is time consuming as in lot of cases, the mapping is 1 to N (one ICPC code generates several MeSH terms; e.g. the ICPC term "diverticular disease" is mapped to two MeSH terms " diverticulosis, colonic" and " diverticulitis". HeTOP currently contains 56 health terminologies and ontologies (only 17 are included in UMLS as most of them are French terminologies), 1,951,834 concepts, 6,636,000 terms, 8,023,181 relations and 1,340,855 relations. Overall, HeTOP contains 108 millions of SPARQL triplets. These figures underlines the possible application of the so called "health big data". Overall, the number of distinct UMLS concepts with at least one French translation in UMLS (MeSH, MedDRA, WHOART, ICPC) is 45,405 vs. 317,539 in HeTOP. 1. Grosjean, J; Merabti, T; Griffon, N; Dahamna, B & Darmoni, SJ. Teaching medicine with a terminology/ontology portal. Stud Health Technol Inform 2012:180;949-53. [less ▲]

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See detailElectronic nose Technology for reactor state and biogas quality assessment in anaerobic digestion
Adam, Gilles ULg; Lemaigre, Sébastien; Goux, Xavier et al

Poster (2015, March 17)

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See detailCerebellar hemorrhage : a rare condition in the term infant
MERINDOL, Ninon; BROUX, Isabelle ULg; DECORTIS, Thierry et al

Poster (2015, March 12)

Cerebellar hemorrhage is a rare condition in full-term newborns. Early diagnosis based on the identification of risk factors, particular clinical signs and correct medical imaging is primordial to ... [more ▼]

Cerebellar hemorrhage is a rare condition in full-term newborns. Early diagnosis based on the identification of risk factors, particular clinical signs and correct medical imaging is primordial to optimize the immediate treatment and to assess the long term prognosis. [less ▲]

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See detailA tale of two anomalies. A paternal duplication and a maternal deletion of 15q13
BULK, Saskia ULg; Decortis, Thierry ULg; Rondia, G et al

Poster (2015, March 06)

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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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See detailCan the exploration of left space be induced implicitly in unilateral neglect?
Wansard, Murielle ULg; Bartolomeo, Paolo; Vanderaspoilden, Valérie et al

Poster (2015, March)

The purpose of the present study was to explore the ability of neglect patients to detect and exploit the predictive value of a cue to respond more quickly and accurately to targets on their ... [more ▼]

The purpose of the present study was to explore the ability of neglect patients to detect and exploit the predictive value of a cue to respond more quickly and accurately to targets on their contralesional side in a Posner spatial cueing task. The majority of the cues (i.e. 80%) were invalid, indicating that the target would appear on the opposite side, although patients were not informed of this bias. Our results demonstrate that some neglect patients were able to extract the cue’s predictability and use it to orient faster toward the left. This cueing effect was present even in patients who were subsequently unable to describe the predictive character of the cues, and thus was not modulated by reportable awareness of the cue-target relation. [less ▲]

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See detailAlignments of quasar axes with large-scale structures
Hutsemekers, Damien ULg; Braibant, Lorraine ULg; Pelgrims, Vincent ULg et al

Poster (2015, March)

Based on measurements of optical linear polarization of quasars belonging to large groups at redshift z ~ 1.3, we found that quasar spin axes are likely parallel to their host large-scale structures ... [more ▼]

Based on measurements of optical linear polarization of quasars belonging to large groups at redshift z ~ 1.3, we found that quasar spin axes are likely parallel to their host large-scale structures (Hutsemékers et al. 2014). These observations can constrain models of the coevolution of AGN, galaxies and large-scale structures. [less ▲]

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See detailEffects of transcranial magnetic stimulation coil orientation and pulse width on short-latency afferent inhibition
Hannah, Ricci; D'Ostilio, Kevin ULg; Goetz, Stefan et al

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See detailTeaching and Training TA
Delvenne, Pierre ULg; Rosskamp, Benedikt ULg; Bütschi, Danielle et al

Poster (2015, February 26)

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See detailRisk of emergence of a hyperpathogenic bovine leukemia virus by mutation of a single envelope N-linked glycosylation site
De Brogniez, Alix ULg; Bouzar, Amel-Baya; Jacques, Jean-Rock ULg et al

Poster (2015, February 11)

- Introduction : Pathogens have co-evolved with their host to ensure efficient replication and transmission without inducing excessive pathogenicity that would indirectly impair their persistence. This is ... [more ▼]

- Introduction : Pathogens have co-evolved with their host to ensure efficient replication and transmission without inducing excessive pathogenicity that would indirectly impair their persistence. This is exemplified by the bovine leukemia virus (BLV) system in which lymphoproliferative disorders develop in ruminants after latency periods of several years. Infection of sheep and cattle with BLV is a model system for the related human T-lymphotropic virus type 1 (HTLV-1) responsible for Adult T-cell Leukemia (ATL). - Aims : The goal of this work is to investigate the role of N-glycans of the viral envelope protein during viral replication and pathogenesis. - Methods and results : Using glycosylation inhibitors and lectins, we showed that N-glycosylation is involved in viral infection (i.e. cell-to-cell fusion). Using reverse genetics of an infectious molecular provirus, we next demonstrated that a particular N-linked envelope glycosylation site (N230) limits viral replication and pathogenicity in vitro and in vivo. We have thus generated a viral mutant that is more pathogenic than the wild type strain. - Conclusions : To our knowledge, this is the first time that a hyperpathogenic BLV has been identified. This unexpected observation has important consequences in terms of disease control and managing. Indeed, during evolution, pathogens and their hosts should achieve an equilibrium allowing the coexistence of the two species. Occurrence of this particular mutation may thus represent a potential threat associated with emergence of hyperpathogenic BLV strains and possibly of new variants of the related HTLV-1. [less ▲]

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See detailSite-specific height-diameter allometry of Central African moist forests
Loubota Panzou, Grâce Jopaul ULg; Doucet, Jean-Louis ULg; Fayolle, Adeline ULg

Poster (2015, February 04)

In this study we aimed to identify the variation in height-diameter allometry between forest types and among species in Central African moist forests. We also examined the consequences on biomass ... [more ▼]

In this study we aimed to identify the variation in height-diameter allometry between forest types and among species in Central African moist forests. We also examined the consequences on biomass estimation. Two forest sites in southern Cameroon with contrasting levels of deciduousness. Height and diameter were measured for a total of 521 trees belonging to 12 timber species over a large range of diameter, 10-240 cm for the Ma’an site and 11-182 cm for the Mindourou site. Non-destructive height measurements were calibrated with destructive measurements for a total of 60 trees, 30 in each site. Commercial forest inventory data (n=7253 0.5ha plots) were gathered for the Ma’an (n=34 samples and 2101 plots) and Mindourou (n=117 samples and 5152 plots) sites. A total of ten allometric models (including asymptotic and non-asymptotic models) were fitted to the height-diameter data at species (n=12) and site (n=2) level. Biomass estimates were computed based on forest inventory data and general allometric models using both site-specific and published height-diameter equations. Given the strong correlation between the non-destructive and destructive height measurements we had confidence in using the non-destructive height measurements to establish site- and species-specific height-diameter allometric equations. The height measurements performed over a wide range of diameters, 10-240 cm, tended to support an asymptotic shape (and most often the Michaelis Menten model) for the height-diameter allometry either at species and site level. We identified a significant difference in height-diameter allometry between the two study sites. For a given diameter, trees tended to be taller in the more semi-deciduous Mindourou site than in the more evergreen Ma’an site, with a maximum height of 39.5 and 46.5 m, respectively. The two sites significantly differed in stand structure and biomass. This difference is due to the variation in height-diameter allometry. Height-diameter allometry strongly varies between sites and site-specific height-diameter allometric equations should be developed to further improve the estimation of biomass and carbon stock contained in tropical forests. [less ▲]

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See detailRole of the progesterone receptor in the development of sexual behavior in female mice
Desroziers, Elodie ULg; Brock, Olivier; Baum, M.J. et al

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See detailLangmuir film balance- A technique to study the interaction of β-cyclodextrin with cholesterol in milk fat globule membrane monolayers
Malik, Priyanka ULg; Danthine, Sabine ULg; Paul, Aman ULg et al

Poster (2015, January 30)

Milk is a natural complex system present as oil in water emulsion. The natural organisation of milk fat globules is stabilized by the presence of a natural membrane, called the milk fat globule membrane ... [more ▼]

Milk is a natural complex system present as oil in water emulsion. The natural organisation of milk fat globules is stabilized by the presence of a natural membrane, called the milk fat globule membrane (MFGM). It has tripartite structure consisting of a monolayer facing the inner triacylglycerol core and an external bilayer. This MFGM accounts for 2-6% of fat globule. The MFGM is composed of both polar lipids and proteins. Cholesterol is also present in MFGM and accounts for about 2% of MFGM. Langmuir film balance is a technique to study monolayers and is a useful tool to examine the effect of cholesterol removal on surface properties of MFGM. β-cyclodextrin has no surface activity of its own and is thus a useful tool to study the effect of cholesterol desorption on surface properties in membrane. The removal of monolayer cholesterol to the sub-phase is proportional to the area decrease of the monolayer at a constant surface pressure. Amount of cholesterol removed can also be calculated as a function of mean molecular area at a given pressure, time and temperature. Using the monolayer technique, it is possible to study the interactions between β-cyclodextrin and MFGM film as well as effect of cholesterol removal in altering the surface properties MFGM. [less ▲]

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See detailStudy of durability and the physico-mechanical properties of thermally modified wood
Ninane, Maxime; Jourez, Benoît ULg; Hebert, Jacques ULg

Poster (2015, January 30)

Heat-treated wood is a credible alternative for certain kinds of tropical timber. It is also an alternative for certain polluting wood preservatives. This study aims to determine the changes in physico ... [more ▼]

Heat-treated wood is a credible alternative for certain kinds of tropical timber. It is also an alternative for certain polluting wood preservatives. This study aims to determine the changes in physico-mechanical properties and durability of wood that is subjected to heat treatment. For this, we studied five species (oak, ash, natural beech and a variant known as steamed beech, poplar, Douglas-fir). For each species, we had fifteen reference samples and fifteen corresponding treated samples. The results show a decrease in the hygroscopicity and an increase in dimensional stability of heat-treated wood in relation to the degradation of hemicelluloses. The mechanical properties are influence variously, because heat-treated wood is stiffer but also more brittle. The modulus of elasticity increases slightly after treatment. Side hardness and compressive fracture of heat-treated wood may increase up to 30%. On the other hand, the modulus of rupture, the ability to slit and impact may decrease by 50%, 60% and 70%. The durability of heat-treated wood against wood-destroying fungi increases. However, within each species, the durability increase varies greatly. Additional tests conducted to understand this variability, suggests that the heat distribution is not homogeneous within the processing unit. Moreover, our work suggests that durability is related to the fixed carbon content and that this path would be interesting to explore in the future. [less ▲]

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See detailBiochemical methane potential of residues of three banana varieties from Cameroon : fresh and dry peduncles
Awedem wobiwo, Florent; Happi Emaga, Thomas; Fokou, Elie et al

Poster (2015, January 30)

In Cameroon , the ratio of energy cost to standard of living for both electric and fuel energy is higher than in USA and EU. The local energy needs could be met by valorizing local wastes in an ... [more ▼]

In Cameroon , the ratio of energy cost to standard of living for both electric and fuel energy is higher than in USA and EU. The local energy needs could be met by valorizing local wastes in an environmentally and economically sustainable way. Banana and plantain plants produce significant quantities of post-harvest biomass wastes such as bulbs, pseudo stems, leaf sheaths, petioles–midribs, leaf blades, peduncles, rachis and blossoms which can be converted to methane-rich biogas by anaerobic digestion (AD). AD is a natural process of degradation of organic materials. [less ▲]

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See detailWildflower strips for crop protection: What do we know ? What should we know ?
Hatt, Séverin ULg; Uyttenbroeck, Roel ULg; Bodson, Bernard ULg et al

Poster (2015, January 30)

Wildflower strips (WFS) are known to support the conservation of a large diversity of insects and thus natural enemies (i.e. predators and parasitoids) that can control pests. However, the conclusions of ... [more ▼]

Wildflower strips (WFS) are known to support the conservation of a large diversity of insects and thus natural enemies (i.e. predators and parasitoids) that can control pests. However, the conclusions of studies looking at the efficiency of WFS to control pests are not unanimous. Indeed, the enhancement of pest control seems to depend on (1) the ability of flowers to attract the natural enemies at the right moment and (2) the capacity of natural enemies to migrate into the adjacent crops to attack pests. Therefore, constituting appropriate flower mixes may be an essential lever to enhance the efficiency of pest control. In this context, using functional diversity is promising. To our knowledge, few studies have tested the impact of the functional diversity of a flower mix on insect abundance and diversity and the control of pests. Through this contribution, the insect diversity and abundance found to be associated with the different kinds of WFS and management applied will be discussed, as well as the further research needed. [less ▲]

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See detailInfluence of cover crop management on sugar beet production
Hiel, Marie-Pierre ULg; Bodson, Bernard ULg

Poster (2015, January 30)

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See detailLinking bees and flowers: mutualistic interaction networks to study ecosystem functioning
Uyttenbroeck, Roel ULg; Monty, Arnaud ULg

Poster (2015, January 30)

In recent years, much attention is going to pollinators, as they are important for the increasing food production while being threatened by agricultural intensification and other environmental drivers ... [more ▼]

In recent years, much attention is going to pollinators, as they are important for the increasing food production while being threatened by agricultural intensification and other environmental drivers. While honeybees (Apis mellifera L.) are generalist according to their flower preferences, wild pollinators’ flower preferences can go from generalist to very specialist. The same goes for plant species, which can be generalist or specialist in the pollinator species they need to get pollinated. The combination of a set of generalist and specialist plant species with a pollinator community consisting of generalists and specialists in a certain habitat, results in an interaction network between pollinators and the visited plant flowers. Studying this mutualistic interaction network is a time-consuming method, but can provide valuable data to calculate indicators of ecosystem functioning. One of the important conclusions that came already out of studies applying this method is that pollination systems are often more generalized than thought based on pollination syndromes. This poster will explore the method of studying mutualistic interaction networks with a focus on the sampling protocol, the indicators that can be derived from the data and their meaning. [less ▲]

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See detailNitrous oxide flux measurement with a closed chamber system : data treatment
Regaert, Donat ULg; Moureaux, Christine ULg; Heinesch, Bernard ULg et al

Poster (2015, January 30)

Nitrous oxide flux estimation from concentration measurements with a closed chamber system. Statistical data treatment to sort between relevant/irrelevant fluxes.

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See detailInvestigating the Effects of Plant Root Exudates on PAHs Bioavailability to Soil Microorganisms in Contaminated Brownfields : Research Methodology.
Davin, Marie ULg; Lognay, Georges ULg; Fauconnier, Marie-Laure ULg et al

Poster (2015, January 30)

As a result of heavy industrial past activities, an estimated 6,000 brownfields require remediation in Wallonia. This number rises to over 3.5 million in Europe. Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs ... [more ▼]

As a result of heavy industrial past activities, an estimated 6,000 brownfields require remediation in Wallonia. This number rises to over 3.5 million in Europe. Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs) represent 17% of treated pollutants in Wallonia (Aldric et al., 2011). Current remediation techniques are rather expensive and technically demanding (Megharaj et al., 2011). Based on the observation that PAHs soil content decreases in the presence of plants (Cheema et al., 2010), the PhD aims at developing alternative PAHs remediation techniques in brownfields. It is articulated around three research axes. The first axis focusses on plant exudates and how they may improve PAHs bioavailability to soil microorganisms and enhance their degradation. This will be investigated by (i) characterizing several contaminated soils (physico-chemical parameters) and PAH content and factors of bioavailability, (ii) selecting a plant model and collecting root exudates, and (iii) evaluating the effects of exudates on PAHs bioavailability. The objective of the second axis is to evaluate the effects of plant exudates on PAHs degrading microorganisms by (i) comparing PAHs biodegradation in the presence/absence of exudates and (ii) assessing the potential toxic effects of exudate compounds on the microbial communities. The aim of the third axis is to study plant-pollutants interactions by (i) establishing the plant tolerance to several contamination levels and (ii) following PAHs bioavailability when facing real exudation rates, on the field. [less ▲]

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See detailElicitation of the defence mechanisms at plant case of Cucumis melo
Ydjedd, Siham; Kati, D.E.; Fauconnier, Marie-Laure ULg

Poster (2015, January 30)

The judicious use of elicitors could reduce the amount of pesticide necessary to protect crops and preservation of the environment. This strategy frequently called "stimulation of natural defenses ... [more ▼]

The judicious use of elicitors could reduce the amount of pesticide necessary to protect crops and preservation of the environment. This strategy frequently called "stimulation of natural defenses" arouses more and more interest in the phytosanitary field. [less ▲]

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See detailInteractions of natural rhamnolpids produced by Pseudomonas aeruginosa with plant model membranes
Polo Lozano, Damien ULg; Nasir, Mehmet Nail ULg; Deleu, Magali ULg et al

Poster (2015, January 30)

It is well known that chemical pesticides have harmful effects on human health and environment. In this context, the interest for alternative products such as biopesticides is increasing. Among them ... [more ▼]

It is well known that chemical pesticides have harmful effects on human health and environment. In this context, the interest for alternative products such as biopesticides is increasing. Among them, elicitors act on the plants by inducing systemic resistance against diseases caused by fungal, viral, bacterial agents and insects. Rhamnolipids are surface active molecules produced mainly by various strains of the bacterium Pseudomonas aeruginosa. These secondary metabolites are composed of one to three fatty acids with various chain lengths linked through a glycosidic bond to one or two rhamnose moieties. The fatty acids are linked together through an ester bond. These molecules have shown several biological activities including plant defense stimulation. It has been suggested that this elicitor activity could be related to an interaction of rhamnolipids with the lipid bilayer of the plant plasma membrane (PPM) and lead to its destabilization, which can activate the plant defense signaling pathways. In this context, interactions of two rhamnolipids (Rha-C10-C10 and Rha-Rha-C10-C10) with biomimetic membranes of PPM such as Langmuir monolayers and multilayers were investigated using biophysical and in silico approaches. [less ▲]

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See detailUtility of removing cholesterol from an industrial by-product- Buttermilk powder
Malik, Priyanka ULg; Danthine, Sabine ULg; Paul, Aman ULg et al

Poster (2015, January 30)

Almost 16% of milk produced in European Union is being converted to butter. Buttermilk, is a low cost by-product from butter manufacture and available in large quantities but has been considered ... [more ▼]

Almost 16% of milk produced in European Union is being converted to butter. Buttermilk, is a low cost by-product from butter manufacture and available in large quantities but has been considered invaluable for many years. When cream is churned to butter the stable oil in water emulsion is destabilized and milk fat globule membrane (MFGM) is disrupted which is released in buttermilk. Thus, over the last two decades it has gained considerable attention due to its specific composition (proteins and polar lipids) attributed towards the MFGM. In account to this composition of buttermilk powder, it finds application in food industry as a natural stabilizing and emulsifying agent. It also finds application as a source of total solids and is commercially being added upto 10% in many food products. However, it has limitation in such applications due to the presence of cholesterol (approx. 80mg/100g). Cholesterol is also an integral part of MFGM and is released into buttermilk with MFGM. The most suitable techniques to remove cholesterol from buttermilk powder are using β-cyclodextrin and cholesterol oxidase enzyme. To valorize this abundantly produced industrial by-product of butter industry and increase its application in health food industry, as well as extend its application in pharmaceutical industry and preparation of liposomes, it is important to remove cholesterol from buttermilk. [less ▲]

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See detail[18F]UCB-H as a new PET radiotracer for Synaptic vesicle protein 2A: A first clinical trial
Bahri, Mohamed Ali ULg; Stifkens, Mathieu; Bastin, Christine ULg et al

Poster (2015, January 27)

SV2A is widely distributed in the brain and has been demonstrated to be involved in vesicle trafficking. The critical role of SV2A in proper nervous system function is shown, e.g., by the fact that it is ... [more ▼]

SV2A is widely distributed in the brain and has been demonstrated to be involved in vesicle trafficking. The critical role of SV2A in proper nervous system function is shown, e.g., by the fact that it is a binding site and the primary mechanism of levetiracetam. Levetiracetam is an antiepileptic drug which has recently been suggested to reduce synaptic deficits in a mouse model for Alzheimer’s disease. We here aimed to investigate the cerebral distribution of [18F]UCB-H, which has a high affinity with the SV2A. Dynamic PET data of the head of 4 healthy volunteers were acquired over 100 minutes after injection of 170.4 ± 24.9 MBq of GMP produced [18F]UCB-H. The arterial input function (IF) was obtained by blood sampling. The IF was also derived from the dynamic data using the correlation coefficient method. Blood data revealed a consistent amount of [18F]UCB-H in whole blood and plasma indicating a very low degree of binding of the tracer to the red blood cells. The image-derived arterial IFs were showed to be very similar to the measured ones with a peak-ratio around 0.91 and an area-under-curve ratio about 0.98. The [18F]UCB-H PET data showed a high and rapid uptake in the grey matter structures, matching the known ubiquitous distribution of the SV2A in the brain. The kinetics of the tracer in the brain was characterized by an initial high uptake phase followed by rapid washout allowing the standard compartmental modeling (1-tissue, 2-tissue, and Logan Plot). The three models gave similar results with both the measured and image-derived IFs. The total distribution volume of the tracer in the brain was greater than 7 mL/cm3. Our results suggest that [18F]UCB-H is a good candidate as radiotracer for brain SV2A proteins and could be used for human studies. Image-derived IF showed to be useful for quantitative studies without the need to the arterial blood sampling. SV2A modifications may consequently be assessed in neurological pathologies such as Alzheimer’s disease. [less ▲]

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See detailEffects of α-synuclein levels on cerebral synaptic function: Validation of a novel PET radioligand for the early diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease
Tarragon Cros, Ernesto ULg; Ferrara, André ULg; Tirelli, Ezio ULg et al

Poster (2015, January 27)

Background In Parkinson’s disease, converging evidence supports a pathogenic role for excessive α–synuclein accumulation in synaptic terminals that may propagate back to the soma of vulnerable nerve cells ... [more ▼]

Background In Parkinson’s disease, converging evidence supports a pathogenic role for excessive α–synuclein accumulation in synaptic terminals that may propagate back to the soma of vulnerable nerve cells such as neurons in the substantia nigra pars compacta. The resulting loss of dopaminergic terminals in the striatum can be demonstrated in vivo using 18F-Dopa-PET (positron emission tomography). However, there’s currently no validated biomarker of the progressive synaptic dysfunction in other vulnerable areas such as the cerebral cortex. Goal In this longitudinal study, we will test the hypothesis that the loss of synaptic terminals in a mouse model of excessive α–synuclein accumulation can be demonstrated in vivo before the occurrence of behavioural disturbances using 18F-UCB-H, a new PET biomarker developed at CRC. We will also test if this new imaging modality is sensitive enough to study the effect of a disease modifying therapy such as chronic physical exercise. Methods We will use microPET for the in vivo quantification of 18F-UCB-H brain uptake in 16 wild type animals and 16 transgenic (Tg) mice overexpressing human α–syn under the mThy1 promotor every 2 months. Data will be validated against post-mortem analyses after the last PET study. Predictions We predict decreased tracer uptake over time in the basal ganglia and cerebral cortex in Tg mice as compared with WT animals. Also, we predict a relationship between 18F-UCB-H uptake levels in basal ganglia and cerebral cortex and progressive alterations in both motor and cognitive functions, respectively. Further, we also expect that chronic exercise will slow down both motor and cognitive disturbances, as well as the rate of 18F-UCB-H brain uptake decreases. Conclusion If 18F-UCB-H PET proves to be a valid biomarker for the early detection of α–synuclein accumulation in the pre-clinical model of PD, the methods will tested on human clinical populations. [less ▲]

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See detailHuman cortical excitability depends on time awake and circadian phase
Gaggioni, Giulia ULg; Ly, Julien; Chellappa, Sarah Laxhmi ULg et al

Poster (2015, January 27)

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See detailExploration of volumetric cerebral changes, with de micro-MRi, due to psychomotor exercise in mice
Moës, Florian ULg; Plenevaux, Alain ULg; Becker, Guillaume ULg et al

Poster (2015, January 27)

It's well know that exercise is good for health .In addition exercise has postive effects on cognition ,neurodegenerative disease and on mood. Some studies show that exercise has effect on brain so the ... [more ▼]

It's well know that exercise is good for health .In addition exercise has postive effects on cognition ,neurodegenerative disease and on mood. Some studies show that exercise has effect on brain so the aim of this study is to see if there are volumetric changes due to exercise or not. [less ▲]

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See detailDéveloppement de nouveaux marqueurs neuroradiologiques de la maladie de Parkinson par reconnaissance de motifs
Himri, Khadidja ULg; Depierreux, Frédérique ULg; GARRAUX, Gaëtan ULg

Poster (2015, January 27)

Background and objectives: Automatic classification of Parkinson’s disease (PD) versus healthy controls (HC) based on structural MRI has so far focused on unimodal approaches. However, this method is ... [more ▼]

Background and objectives: Automatic classification of Parkinson’s disease (PD) versus healthy controls (HC) based on structural MRI has so far focused on unimodal approaches. However, this method is subject to a poor temporal and spatial resolution leading to low classification accuracy. To overcome this limitation we propose to integrate different modalities by generating a single decision function based on a multi-kernel method, exploiting the complementary information it offers. We predict that the integration of multiple modalities produces greater classification enhancement. Materials and methods: 3Tesla MRI was acquired in 42 patients with PD and 42 age and gender matched healthy controls. We relied on Unified Parkinson’s Disease Rating Scale (UPDRS) for evaluating the clinical status. We used structural and quantitative maps of T1, T2*, proton density (PD), magnetization transfer (MT), Multi-parameter (MT magnetization transfer, proton density (A), Iron Deposit (R2 *), mixing water content, iron, and the fraction of macromolecules tissues (R1) at 1 × 1 × 1 mm3 resolution. We identified cortical and subcortical brain regions (cortex, putamen, globus pallidus, substantia nigra), and cortical grey matter. We applied existing classification algorithms in the field of neuroscience using a classification algorithm based on Support Vector Machines (SVMs) [1], executed using the Pattern Recognition for Neuroimaging Toolbox (PRoNTo) [2]. The processes of classification was the following, data were mean centered and leave one subject out cross-validation was performed, making the test set independent from the training set. Analyses were restricted to voxels where all subjects had non-zero values. Statistical significance of the classifications was tested using permutation testing (1000 permutations) with random assignment of group class to the input image. Subsequently, we combined different modalities (MT, A, R1, R2) and identified the combination giving the highest sensitivity and sensibility in PD classification. As classifier we used support vector machines that are inspired by statistical learning theory Vladimir Vapnik and Multiple Kernel Learning approach, introduced by Lanckriet [3],[4]. Our approach can be seen as an analogue of MKL with SVMs. Conclusion & Future work: Identification of brain areas with affected intensity in the Parkinson’s group compared to Healthy Controls in single modalities using pronto is helpful. However, the subsequent multi-kernel approach utilizes unimodal information in a combined fashion so that emergent information is obtained, transcending effectiveness unimodal approaches. In conclusion, our findings suggest that combining different imaging modalities and different regions of interest increase classification accuracy significantly. These results are promising for objective diagnosis in medical practice. [less ▲]

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See detailÉtude du Typus mélancholicus au sein d’une population de dépressifs unipoalires
ramackers, Amélia; Englebert, Jérôme ULg

Poster (2015, January 21)

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See detailÉtude du récit de vie de l’adulte à haut potentiel
Mormont, Elodie; Gauthier, Jean-Marie ULg; Englebert, Jérôme ULg

Poster (2015, January 21)

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See detailLa personnalité Borderline à travers le test de Rorschach
Rommes, Jennifer; Englebert, Jérôme ULg

Poster (2015, January 21)

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See detailThe Mediation Service, what interest for emergencies?
PIAZZA, Justine ULg; BRASSEUR, Edmond ULg; DOPPAGNE, Caroline ULg et al

Poster (2015, January 17)

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See detailL'adolescent diabétique et la tentation suicidaire
Malchair, Alain ULg

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See detailCOST Action FA1407: Empowering NGS technologies for the study and diagnostic of plant viruses
Olmos, Antonio; Boonham, Neil; Büttner, Carmen et al

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See detailCancer du sein et retour au travail
Schippers, Nathalie ULg; Van Hoof, Elke; Mairiaux, Philippe ULg

Poster (2014, December 17)

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See detail"Gérer ses émotions et agir : Pleine conscience et ACT" : Etude préliminaire de l'efficacité d'un groupe thérapeutique
Wagener, Aurélie ULg; Dierickx, Christophe; Herbeuval, Sandrine et al

Poster (2014, December 16)

Introduction : L’apprentissage de la gestion des émotions est une demande très fréquente en psychothérapie. Les techniques issues des programmes de pleine conscience et des thérapies d’acceptation et ... [more ▼]

Introduction : L’apprentissage de la gestion des émotions est une demande très fréquente en psychothérapie. Les techniques issues des programmes de pleine conscience et des thérapies d’acceptation et d’engagement ont notamment pour objectif de guider les clients dans cet apprentissage. Afin de répondre à cette demande, nous avons mis en place un groupe « Gérer ses émotions et agir : pleine conscience et ACT » et mené une recherche-action afin d’en tester l’efficacité. Méthodologie : Le cycle thérapeutique comportait 3 séances (3x3 heures) sur un délai de 6 semaines et 2 temps d’évaluation (avant la première séance [T0] et après la dernière [T1]). Les évaluations adminis-trées aux différents temps concernaient les données socio-démographiques, l’humeur, le niveau de pleine conscience, la flexibilité psychologique, le niveau d’engagement dans des activités, la mo-tivation et le sentiment d’auto-efficacité. Résultats : Cinq adultes (M âge = 37,46; ET = 7,96) ont participé à ce premier cycle. Les analyses prélimi-naires indiquent un effet significatif du facteur temps (N = 5). Ainsi, une augmentation du niveau d’engagement dans des activités (F(1) = 20,07, p = 0,01), de la motivation (F(1) = 15,00, p = 0,02) et du sentiment d’auto-efficacité (F(1) = 17,48, p = 0,02) est observée entre le T0 et le T1. Conclusion : Les résultats préliminaires semblent indiquer que les participants au groupe thérapeutique tirent des bénéfices de la participation à ce cycle thérapeutique. La récolte des données et la constitution d’un groupe contrôle se poursuivent. Les résultats seront plus longuement discutés lors du congrès. [less ▲]

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See detailVariability of Jupiter’s Main Auroral Emission in Response to Magnetospheric Hot Plasma Injections
Badman, Sarah; Bonfond, Bertrand ULg; Fujimoto, Masaki et al

Poster (2014, December 16)

We present observations of Jupiter’s FUV aurora acquired by the Hubble Space Telescope during a two-week interval in January 2014. The variability of the main auroral emission was studied using ... [more ▼]

We present observations of Jupiter’s FUV aurora acquired by the Hubble Space Telescope during a two-week interval in January 2014. The variability of the main auroral emission was studied using latitudinal profiles of intensity. The main oval intensity was found to be reduced when bright patches of diffuse emission were present at lower latitudes. These low latitude emissions are interpreted as the signatures of hot plasma injections from the outer magnetosphere, a process which has previously been related to interchange between the flux tubes from the outer magnetosphere and outward-moving flux tubes loaded with iogenic plasma. The main emission was also observed to broaden and shift in latitude, and occasionally display a double peak structure. These observations are interpreted with reference to the expected changes in auroral field-aligned currents associated with the replacement of the radially-stretched, mass-loaded flux tubes in the middle magnetosphere by more dipolar flux tubes containing rarefied hot plasma. [less ▲]

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See detailPhytochemical Study of Plants of Interest for Cosmetics in Mayotte
Saive, Matthew ULg; Fauconnier, Marie-Laure ULg; Danflous, Jean-Paul

Poster (2014, December 16)

This study takes place in a bigger project aiming to identify and to make an inventory of the French Pharmacopeia. Its aim is to identify plants or plant families regularly used in traditional cosmetics ... [more ▼]

This study takes place in a bigger project aiming to identify and to make an inventory of the French Pharmacopeia. Its aim is to identify plants or plant families regularly used in traditional cosmetics in Mayotte. In order to give a direction to the research, two technics where used. At first, the plants and their families used in the pharmacopeia of neighboring regions were inventoried using the literature. The resulting inventory was then compared with the flora of the Mahoran territory. The second technique was the realization of a semi-structured survey with people known for their plant-use knowledge in Mayotte. In order to have significant results, the ethnobotanical survey was done following Trotter & Logan’s protocol. (1986) According to that protocol, the gathered data has to be the following: common name, place of harvest, part used and the posology. Moreover the number of informant has to be big enough in order to integrate the data in several indicators such as: The informant agreement ration (IAR), the fidelity level (FL) and use value (UV). The number of informant was determined based on the population density of the different communes of the island. Another critical factor for this study is the correct identification of each sample. To achieve that when a sample was realized, it was taken twice. One for the analysis, the second sample was pressed and dried so as to enter a herbarium for identification. The last important step of this part of the study is the development of fast technics to establish the samples’ physiological activity. These test will give us qualitative information in order the isolate the plants that show a true potential. The targeted activities and tests being: - Anti-tyrosinase activity through an inhibition of tyrosinase test. - Anti-free-radicals activity through the DPPH test. - Anti-inflammatory activity through an inhibition of lipoxygenase an cyclooxygenase test The following steps of the study is the complete analysis of the physiologically active plants extracts in order to identify the active molecules. The end of the study will result in the creation of cosmetics originating from Mayotte’s flora. The way the cosmetics will be developed is thought so as it can be easily and durably done in Mayotte allowing this study to have a positive impact on the development of the island. [less ▲]

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See detailBiostratigraphic and chemostratigraphic constraints of the Mbuji-Mayi Supergroup, Democratic Republic of Congo
Kabamba Baludikay, Blaise ULg; Bekker, Andrey; Baudet, Daniel et al

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See detailRuzagayura, la grande famine du Rwanda moderne
Singiza, Dantès ULg

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See detailUnstudied species of Lepilemur of Northwest Madagascar
Wilmet, Leslie ULg; Beudels-Jamar, Roseline C.; Schwitzer, Christoph et al

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See detailAnxiété et dépression chez l'enfant parentifié. Mieux identifier pour mieux intervenir.
Haxhe, Stéphanie ULg; Stassart, Martine ULg; D'Amore, Salvatore ULg

Poster (2014, December 16)

La parentification reste un phénomème mal connu. Pourtant, les conséquences pour l'enfant sont à prendre au sérieux.

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See detailRelation entre fatigue et travail chez des patients atteints de sclérose en plaques
DELRUE, Gaël ULg; Blavier, Adelaïde ULg; Hennen, Julie et al

Poster (2014, December 15)

Fatigue is one of the most frequent symptom in multiple sclerosis patients (MS patients). We showed significant correlations between fatigue levels and difficulties encountered by our patients at work ... [more ▼]

Fatigue is one of the most frequent symptom in multiple sclerosis patients (MS patients). We showed significant correlations between fatigue levels and difficulties encountered by our patients at work evaluated through a specific questionnaire we already validated . This complaint must be carefully managed by professionnals in order to help the patients cope with it in the best way for maintaining work situation. [less ▲]

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See detailDetection of rRNA synthesis sites within reptilian nucleoli
Bartholomé, Odile ULg; Thiry, Marc ULg; Franck, Claire

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See detailA gammaherpesvirus infection protects against allergic asthma.
Machiels, Bénédicte ULg; Dourcy, Mickael ULg; Sabatel, Catherine ULg et al

Poster (2014, December 12)

The “hygiene hypothesis” proposes that the augmentation of allergic diseases in developed countries could be linked to a reduced exposure to infections during childhood. Surprisingly, the potential ... [more ▼]

The “hygiene hypothesis” proposes that the augmentation of allergic diseases in developed countries could be linked to a reduced exposure to infections during childhood. Surprisingly, the potential protective role of herpesvirus infections against allergy development has never been addressed directly. In this study, we used the Murid herpesvirus 4 (MuHV-4) to study the impact of a persistent gammaherpesvirus infection on the development of House Dust Mites (HDM)-induced allergic asthma. Our results revealed that MuHV-4 infection affects both the sensitization and the challenging phases of HDM-induced airway allergy. In particular, we highlighted that MuHV-4 infection strongly impacts the lung innate immune response. Indeed, while the dendritic cells remained competent to uptake antigens and to migrate to the draining lymph nodes, MuHV-4 infection impaired their ability to trigger HDM sensitization. In the future, these results could allow us to develop strategies to prevent the development of TH2-skewed responses against respiratory allergens. [less ▲]

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See detailWhen microplastic is not microplastic: ingestion of artificial cellulose fibers by macrofauna living in seagrass macrophytodetritus
Collard, France ULg; Remy, François ULg; Gilbert, Bernard ULg et al

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Vagile macroinvertebrates associated with Posidonia oceanica exported litter were sampled in August 2011, November 2011 and March 2012 in the Calvi Bay (Corsica), near the STARESO oceanographic station ... [more ▼]

Vagile macroinvertebrates associated with Posidonia oceanica exported litter were sampled in August 2011, November 2011 and March 2012 in the Calvi Bay (Corsica), near the STARESO oceanographic station. Contents of digestive tracts were analyzed and fibers of various sizes and colors were found. Fibers were found in 27.6% of the digestive tracts in the nine dominant species. No correlation was found between number of fibers and taxonomic or trophic level. There were no seasonal or spatial preferences and thus we hypothesize that the organisms ingest these fibers randomly throughout the year. Analyses performed with a Raman spectroscope showed that these fibers were composed of cellulose associated with a coloring agent following the fiber color. Red fibers were dyed with the Direct Red 28, blue fibers were dyed with Direct Blue 22. Analyses by a scanning electron microscope (SEM) showed that cellulose fibers had the particular morphology of artificial cellulose fibers called: viscose. Our SEM analyses were compared to literature. This comparison assessed that fibers found in digestive tracts were made of viscose. In a first approach, viscose fibers looked like microplastic fibers because of their color and shape. However, it appeared that these fibers were made of artificial cellulose which is very different than plastic in terms of impacts and fate in the organisms. This study highlights the importance of physico-chemical analyses such as Raman spectroscopy and SEM to certainly identify the composition of particles ingested by organisms. From an ecological point of view, the red coloring agent is known to be carcinogenic in mammals and fish. Consequently, this pollution could provoke an environmental problem for the P. oceanica litter vagile macrofauna. [less ▲]

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See detailImpact of goldfish on terrestrial and aquatic microhabitat use in the palmate newt
Darnet, Elodie; Winandy, Laurane ULg; Denoël, Mathieu ULg

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See detailA morphospace for the marine angelfishes (Pomacanthidae): patterns of diversity
Frederich, Bruno ULg

Poster (2014, December 12)

The Pomacanthidae (marine angelfishes) is an iconic reef fish family of about 88 species. They have a circum-global distribution on tropical to warm-temperate reefs. Marine angelfishes occupy a diverse ... [more ▼]

The Pomacanthidae (marine angelfishes) is an iconic reef fish family of about 88 species. They have a circum-global distribution on tropical to warm-temperate reefs. Marine angelfishes occupy a diverse range of trophic niches, ranging from spongivory and algivory to zooplanktivory. Previous morpho-functional analysis of this family mainly focused on the head region and gut morphology in a limited number of species. However a morphological study including a large sample of angelfish representatives is currently lacking. Here, I explore the diversity of body morphology in this reef fish group. I collected x-ray images of 228 museum specimens from 71 species and I used landmark-based geometric morphometrics to quantify the overall body shape variation within this family. In a test for interspecific allometry, the linear regression of shape variables onto size (LogTL; TL = total length) was significant (P < 0.001). However, the percentage of explained variance in this model (23%) showed no strong relation between size and body shape. Main shape variation across species was explored using a principal component analysis on shape variables. The two main axes (PC1 and PC2) explained 74% of the total variance of the dataset. Pomacanthus spp., which mainly feed on fixed invertebrates (sponges and tunicates), have deep body with high and angular cephalic profile (lowest values along PC1). Conversely, the zooplanktivorous Genicanthus spp., those have a more pelagic lifestyle, show a slender body with shorter anal fin (highest values along PC1). The pigmy angelfishes from the genus Centropyge, which group different diets (omnivory or algivory), show a more robust and rectangular body shape (high scores along PC2). This work provides the row data for future studies dealing with the mode of phenotypic diversification of Pomacanthidae during evolution. [less ▲]

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See detailImpact of Climate Change on “Aphid - Natural Enemies” Relationship
Boullis, Antoine ULg; Oostrom, Marjolein; Francis, Frédéric ULg et al

Poster (2014, December 12)

While the effects of global atmospheric changes on vegetation and associated insect populations (bottom-up interactions) are increasingly studied, how these gases affect the interactions between insects ... [more ▼]

While the effects of global atmospheric changes on vegetation and associated insect populations (bottom-up interactions) are increasingly studied, how these gases affect the interactions between insects and their natural enemies (top-down interactions) is less clear. As the efficacy of natural enemies is governed largely by behavioral mechanisms, changes in their prey-seeking behavior or the behavior of insect prey defenses can change the dynamics of insect populations. The impact of increases in atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations on aphid population dynamic is well documented. However, nothing about their chemical ecology is reported in the literature. Aphids are using many chemical signals to communicate with each other or with their environment. For example aphids produce an alarm pheromone to signal the presence of a natural enemy (such as a predator or a parasitoid) in the colony. Moreover, this pheromone is used by natural enemies as a kairomone to locate aphid prey, and is thus at the center of aphid – natural enemies interactions. In this study, the impact of elevated CO2 concentration on the emission of the alarm pheromone in the aphid A. pisum is studied. Using a zNoseTM (Gas chromatograph enabling the fast analyze of the chemical composition of a sample), the kinetic of the EBF emission in real-time is set up for a single individual predated by a coccinellid predator Harmonia axyridis Pallas. This experimentation is done both for aphids reared under ambient atmospheric conditions and for individuals reared under elevated CO2 concentrations. We present the differences in terms of emission dynamic and discuss the potential of these results in terms of biological control. [less ▲]

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