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See detailUnveiling new stellar companions from the EXOZODI survey : follow up
Marion, Lindsay ULg; Absil, Olivier ULg; Ertel, Steve et al

Poster (2016, June 30)

In 2012, we have conducted a survey of nearby main sequence stars with VLTI/PIONIER to search for the presence of circumstellar dust. We focused on the use of the closure phases and the square ... [more ▼]

In 2012, we have conducted a survey of nearby main sequence stars with VLTI/PIONIER to search for the presence of circumstellar dust. We focused on the use of the closure phases and the square visibilities in a combined way to search for faint companions around the whole sample. In this process, we found four new stellar companions, for which we conducted follow-up observations in 2014. This follow up allows us to confirm the four detections, and to detect another new companion. Only the case of HD202730 remains ambiguous. [less ▲]

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See detailSmart co-phasing system for segmented mirror telescopes
Simar, Juan Felipe ULg; Stockman, Yvan ULg; Surdej, Jean ULg

Poster (2016, June 30)

One of the main challenges in space observations is to observe always fainter and more compact objects. This can be achieved by increasing the telescope diameters. So, increasing the primary mirror ... [more ▼]

One of the main challenges in space observations is to observe always fainter and more compact objects. This can be achieved by increasing the telescope diameters. So, increasing the primary mirror diameters of the telescopes is the challenge solution but it is technically impossible to manufacture monolithic mirrors larger than 10m in diameter. The use of segmented mirrors thus becomes mandatory. This paper describes the results of a light co-phasing setup mounted in laboratory. This setup is able to correct a piston from 200μm to 15 nm based on coarse (200μm to 300nm) and fine (300nm to 15nm) measurement methods. Both measurements are then chained in a feedback system in order to completely co-phase and keep the segments aligned. [less ▲]

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See detailMerging carbon dioxide utilisation, bioresources and CO2-based process for sustainable low carbon footprints polyurethanes
Alves, Margot ULg; Grignard, Bruno ULg; Gennen, Sandro ULg et al

Poster (2016, June 29)

Making plastics more sustainable by valorizing waste CO2 as a cheap, inexhaustible and renewable feedstock is an early stage technology with strong innovation potential that imposes itself as a strategic ... [more ▼]

Making plastics more sustainable by valorizing waste CO2 as a cheap, inexhaustible and renewable feedstock is an early stage technology with strong innovation potential that imposes itself as a strategic driver for developing future low carbon footprints materials and technologies. With a global production estimated to 18 million tons for 2016, polyurethane (PU) is one of the most important polymers in our everyday life with applications in automotive, in building and construction, in coating, in the medical field, as flexible and rigid foams for thermal and/or acoustic insulation. Industrially, PU is produced by step-growth polymerization between di- or polyisocyanates and di- or polyols. However, isocyanates are extremely toxic compounds and made from even more toxic and explosive phosgene. Prolonged exposure to isocyanates vapour results in serious health damages such as skin irritation, asthma or DNA mutation whereas phosgene causes death. Because of the toxicity issues of these compounds associated to drastic changes in the REACH regulations limiting/banning the use of isocyanates, there is a need today to develop new greener and safer alternatives to produce PU. Valorising CO2 as C1 feedstock for producing precursors entering in the synthesis of polyurethanes by a non-isocyanate route (NIPU) is a promising route to solve this challenge the polyurethane sector is facing. Through its global objective focussing on the synthesis of isocyanate-free low carbon footprint foamed materials for thermal insulation this research highlights benefits of merging bio-resources with carbon dioxide transformation and “physical” utilization. The success of the project relies on 3 key steps involving: i) The synthesis of bio- and CO2-sourced cyclic carbonates using new highly efficient organocatalysts: Due to the low reactivity of CO2 versus epoxides, addition of catalysts in the reaction medium is necessary. If lot of catalysts have been developed, their use generally suffers from some drawbacks. Indeed, most of the metal-based catalysts are highly sensitive to hydrolysis and oxidation or/and poorly selective and additionally, some of them are toxic whereas less/non-toxic and eco-friendly organocatalysts such as ionic liquids and halide salts are generally only efficient at very high temperature and pressure, so favouring the decomposition of catalyst. To overcome these limitations, we developed a new highly-efficient bicomponent homogeneous organocatalyst that showed unexpected catalytic activity for the fast (within a few minutes) and selective addition of CO2 onto model epoxides and epoxidized vegetable oils under solvent-free and mild experimental conditions. The use of this powerful dual organocatalyst was further extended to the first organocatalytic coupling of CO2 with less reactive oxetanes to produce hydroxyl telechelic oligocarbonate entering the synthesis of CO2-sourced conventional PUs. ii) The synthesis of sustainable non-isocyanate polyurethanes: Sustainable NIPUs were produced by step-growth polymerization between the so-produced bio- and CO2-sourced cyclic carbonates and biosourced amino-telechelic comonomers derived from linseed fatty acids according to a process compatible with existing industrial infrastructures (extrusion). iii) The foaming of NIPUs: Sustainable foams with thermal insulation were produced by the supercritical CO2 assisted foaming technology. Due to its solubility in polymers, CO2 can replace conventional flammable VOCs and ozone depletion chemical or physical blowing agents such as diazo compounds, hydrocarbons (pentane, isopentane…) or inert gases (nitrogen…) to produce (ultra)lightweight microcellular foams. By finely choosing the CO2 impregnation and the foaming conditions, foams with a thermal conductivity as low as 0.052 Wm-1K-1 were produced. Our study shows that CO2 is not only sequestered in the material for long-term application, but is also valorized as a blowing agent in the production of sustainable thermally insulating NIPU foams. Such low carbon footprints materials will contribute to energy conservation and savings by reducing CO2 emissions [less ▲]

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See detailExploring potentialities of RanbP2-type Zinc Fingers in RNA-binding proteins design
De Franco, Simona ULg; Vandenameele, Julie ULg; Galleni, Moreno ULg et al

Poster (2016, June 29)

Transcriptomes consist of several classes of RNAs, whose roles are central to innumerable biological processes as well as diseases. These observations justify the increasing interest in the engineering of ... [more ▼]

Transcriptomes consist of several classes of RNAs, whose roles are central to innumerable biological processes as well as diseases. These observations justify the increasing interest in the engineering of functionalized RNA-binding proteins (RBPs) to specifically manipulate RNA function. In this context, the RanBP2-type Zinc Finger (ZF) domain emerged as a suitable scaffold for single-stranded RBPs design. The present study aimed to identify the sequence-specificity of several naturally occurring RanBP2-type ZFs by in vitro selection and use the natural variation in their substrate to create arrays of ZF domains displaying customized specificity. A parallel kinetic and thermodynamic characterization of ssRNA-ZFs interaction was performed by Isothermal Titration Calorimetry (ITC) and BioLayer Interferometry (BLI), respectively. Although our data showed that only little variations in the recognized sequence could be observed for the studied ZFs, they contribute to elucidate the molecular basis for the RanBP2-type ZF-ssRNA interaction. [less ▲]

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See detailHolocene paleoclimate reconstructions from belgian continental archives
Allan, Mohammed ULg; VERHEYDEN, sophie; CRUCIFIX, Michel et al

Poster (2016, June 28)

Speleothems and peatbogs presented in Belgium are interesting archives for atmospheric pollution record and climate variability. Both archives are reliable continental environmental archives of high ... [more ▼]

Speleothems and peatbogs presented in Belgium are interesting archives for atmospheric pollution record and climate variability. Both archives are reliable continental environmental archives of high interest due to their dating possibilities and their possibility to preserve multi-proxy records of environmental and climatic dynamics. Combining studies on speleothems and peatbogs from the same area will provide an age-constrained reconstruction of climatic variability at annual resolution for key intervals of the Holocene. The reconstructed precipitation and temperature curves in NW European settings, as proposed in HOPES, are essential to better constrain the Northern Hemisphere climatic record and to test climate models. Our strategy is derived from a comparative study of two continental archives speleothems and peatbogs. Time series of elemental and stable isotope geochemistry will be established for the 2 archives. For peatbog, the reconstructions of temperature (derived from stable C and O isotope), precipitation (derived from humification) and dust flux (from elementary geochemical signature) would track climate changes with subdecadal resolution. As an innovative part, Laser Ablation analyse of elemental geochemistry on impregnated peat section will allow to reach an annual resolution in the dust flux. For speleothems, records of temperature (derived from oxygen and carbon isotopic composition of calcite) and effective rainfall (derived from geochemical ratios) would reach a seasonal resolution. [less ▲]

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See detailMapping and investigating phase anomalies in GPS data onboard Low Earth Orbiters
Wautelet, Gilles ULg; Bruinsma, Sean; Loyer, Sylvain et al

Poster (2016, June 28)

To face important societal challenges like sea level variations, climate change and natural hazards management (tsunami detection, earthquakes, crustal deformations…), modern science rely more and more on ... [more ▼]

To face important societal challenges like sea level variations, climate change and natural hazards management (tsunami detection, earthquakes, crustal deformations…), modern science rely more and more on precise geodesy. Precise Orbit Determination (POD) is of major concern in the frame of altimetry or gravity recovery missions like GOCE or GRACE. Using the GPS receiver onboard, orbits at cm-level accuracy are generally achieved in both kinematic and reduced-dynamic approaches using dual frequency code and phase measurements. GPS data processing generally uses the Ionospheric-Free (IF) combination to get rid of the ionospheric delay, which is varying with the season, latitude, local time and solar activity. However, large discrepancies in the orbit determination are still observed over polar and equatorial regions, which turn into artefacts and errors in the derived scientific products (gravity field, sea surface height…). More precisely, large RMS values are strongly correlated to phase anomalies occurring on GPS receivers: cycle slips, data unavailability or enhanced measurement noise, especially on L2 signal. Phase anomalies are generally observed when the satellite orbit crosses regions where ionospheric scintillations occur, which are defined as rapid fluctuations in phase and amplitude of the GNSS signals. The occurrence of scintillations exhibits large day-to-day variations and depends mainly on geomagnetic latitude, season and local time. At low latitudes, maximum occurrence of scintillations is observed 15-20° on either side of the geomagnetic equator. Scintillations also occur at auroral and polar latitudes, where their intensity increases with increasing geomagnetic activity. This paper aims at detecting, mapping and understanding the phase anomalies experienced by LEO satellites and analyzing their correlation with geomagnetic activity, latitude, season and local time. Several LEO satellites at different altitudes are analyzed (e.g. SWARM, GRACE or JASON), which allows a multi-layer analysis of the underlying ionospheric phenomenon, including scintillation. The latter are generally measured with several indices, like the amplitude index S4 or the phase index SigmaPhi (σφ), which are usually derived from 100Hz measurements performed by dedicated scintillation monitors. In this study, we compute a similar index (called pseudo-σφ) using GPS phase data at 1Hz coming from POD GNSS antenna. A detailed study of the occurrence rate and the severity of pseudo-σφ, together with cycle slips and other spurious phase data, will be performed for different LEO satellites. [less ▲]

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See detailConception of a near-IR spectrometer for ground-based observations of massive stars
Kintziger, Christian ULg; Desselle, Richard ULg; Loicq, Jerôme ULg et al

Poster (2016, June 27)

In our contribution, we outline the different steps in the design of a fiber-fed spectrographic instrument that intends to observe massive stars. Starting from the derivation of theoretical relationships ... [more ▼]

In our contribution, we outline the different steps in the design of a fiber-fed spectrographic instrument that intends to observe massive stars. Starting from the derivation of theoretical relationships from the scientific requirements and telescope characteristics, the entire optical design of the spectrograph is presented. Specific optical elements, such as a toroidal lens, are introduced to improve the instrument’s performances. Then, the verification of predicted optical performances is investigated through optical analyses such as resolution checking. Eventually, the star positioning system onto the central fiber core is explained. [less ▲]

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See detailAssaying asparagine content in a complex matrix using a spectrophotometric method
Lecart, Brieuc ULg; Jacquet, Nicolas ULg; Anseeuw, Laurent et al

Poster (2016, June 23)

In this study we show, on 15 wheat varieties, the ability to assay the asparagine content in a complex matrix such as wheat flour by a simple spectrophotometric assay. This method is easier, faster and ... [more ▼]

In this study we show, on 15 wheat varieties, the ability to assay the asparagine content in a complex matrix such as wheat flour by a simple spectrophotometric assay. This method is easier, faster and cheaper than conventional chromatography analysis and allow to discriminate quickly which materials has high or low level of this amino acid. Asparagine is an amino acid present in free form in the food biomass and has the property of reacting with the free sugars during the Maillard reactions that occur during baking at temperatures above 120°C. The Acrylamide resulting from this reaction chain has been identified as reprotoxic, genotoxic and carcinogenic in animals since 1986. The present method allowed us to identify wheat varieties with significantly lower or higher asparagine contents (α=0.05). Therefore, this method can be used to identify wheat varieties or other plants with low asparagine content to use preferentially in products designed for food. [less ▲]

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See detailRole of the Ras-GTPase activating protein Rasa3 in Angiogenesis processes
Orban, Tanguy ULg

Poster (2016, June 22)

Rasa3 is a member of the Ras GAP1 subfamily and is known to function as dual GAP (GTPase activating protein) for Ras and Rap1 smallGTPases. Homologous knockout mice expressing a catalytically-inactive ... [more ▼]

Rasa3 is a member of the Ras GAP1 subfamily and is known to function as dual GAP (GTPase activating protein) for Ras and Rap1 smallGTPases. Homologous knockout mice expressing a catalytically-inactive Rasa3 protein die during embryonic life from massive bleedings due to destabilisation of endothelial junctions. The main goal of this project is to investigate and characterize the role of Rasa3 in angiogenesis which is the process by which new blood vessels develop from pre-existing ones. Here, we show that loss of function of Rasa3 in Huvecs (Human Umbilical Vein Endothelial Cells) affects their angiogenic potential. Interestingly, we found that inactivation of Rasa3 impacts migration/adhesion-related properties of endothelial cells. Using phase contrast microscopy and TIRF technology we showed that Rasa3 inactivation doesn’t affect cell directionality and that the stronger adhesion of cells on fibronectin is due to a downregulation of adhesion turnover. We showed that these alterations can be attributed to the hyperactivation of the smallGTPase Rap1 and downregulation of FAK/SRC signalling. We suggest that in the absence of Rap1, hyperactivation of FAK/SRC following integrin engagement could explain the different phenotypes observed. Altogether these preliminary results suggested a critical function of Rasa3 in angiogenesis. [less ▲]

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See detailNatural radioactivity and elemental composition of sands in the Douala region, Littoral of Cameroon Using Portable XRF and HPGe detector
Guembou Shouop, Cébastien Joel ULg; Ndontchueng Moyo, Maurice; Chene, Grégoire ULg et al

Poster (2016, June 21)

Twenty four sand samples from seven sand quarries alone the Gulf of Guinea, Douala Littoral region of Cameroon, were analyzed using high purity germanium detector and a portable X-ray fluorescence (PXRF ... [more ▼]

Twenty four sand samples from seven sand quarries alone the Gulf of Guinea, Douala Littoral region of Cameroon, were analyzed using high purity germanium detector and a portable X-ray fluorescence (PXRF) spectrometer. A comprehensive study was conducted to determine the natural radioactivity concentrations and the geological provenience of sand samples from seven different quarries sites of the Douala, a popular city, and its surroundings. The radioactivity investigation was performed by using high resolution gamma-ray spectrometry. From the measured gamma-spectra, the average activity concentrations were determined for 226Ra, 232Th, 40K and 235U for a depth of 5–25 cm. Results of this study were compared to values from other locations around the world. X-ray fluorescence spectrometry (XRF) measurements were performed for the quantitative elemental analysis of the sands, revealing the major, minor and trace elements present in the investigated samples. Reference marine and geological sample are used to check precision and accuracy of the equipment for major and minor components. From XRF experimental results it was possible to estimate the geological provenience of the analyzed sands. These data record the radioactivity background levels in sands and could be used as reference information in Cameroon. The comparison of major (Si, Al), minor (K, Ca,Fe), and trace (Ti, Mn, Zr, Rb, Sr) element ratios was made. The results indicate that the levels of Si and Al can be very helpful in subgroup definition and provide useful clues to the raw materials used for glassmaking in Cameroon. [less ▲]

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See detailImpact of cooking and species on intestinal fermentation patterns of vegetables in a humanized in vitro model of the gastro-intestinal tract
Kalala Bolokango, Gaetan ULg; Kambashi Mutiaka, Bienvenu ULg; Njeumen Lemotio, Georges Patrick ULg et al

Poster (2016, June 21)

Obesity and associated pathologies have dramatic consequences on patients’lives as well as high societal costs. Because of the role of intestinal dysbiosis and microbiota make-up on the pathogenesis of ... [more ▼]

Obesity and associated pathologies have dramatic consequences on patients’lives as well as high societal costs. Because of the role of intestinal dysbiosis and microbiota make-up on the pathogenesis of obesity, several strategies such as eating prebiotics and dietary fibre supplements are being investigated to reshape the intestinal microbial communities of obese patients. Beyond supplement, dietary fibre is supplied through plant ingredients in the meals. In the framework of the multidisciplinary research project Food4Gut, the use of vegetables rich in specific targeted dietary fiber, namely fructans, is being scrutinized for its ability to induce positive changes in the intestinal ecophysiology. Because expected effect might differ according the content in dietary fibre and fructans, the soluble:insoluble ratio, as well as the cooking of the vegetables, the fermentation patterns of several vegetables are being investigated in an dual in vitro model combining enzymatic hydrolysis to an in vitro fermentation step using faecal inoculums from humans, to evaluate the performance of gut microbiota, modulation of metabolic functions. Six vegetables were sampled in triplicates (N=3) and steamed for 20 to 30 min.: Jerusalem artichoke, salsify, asparagus, pumpkin, fennel and swede. They were chosen because they display a variety of contents in fructans, soluble (SDF) and insoluble dietaryfibre (IDF). Steamed vegetable samplesand burgers from local fast food restaurants (negative control) were hydrolyzed in vitro why porcine pepsin and pancreatin to mimic digestion in the upper gut and indigested fiber residues were recover using a 6kDa dialysis membrane.Subsequently, in vitro fermentation is being run with independent fecal inoculums from obese and lean patients (N=4). Fermentation kinetics over 24h as well as short-chain fatty acid production and profiles will be compared according to the individual donor and the vegetable species and multivariate analysis will be used to explore the relationships between donor, vegetable species and composition and fermentation patterns. [less ▲]

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See detailVisual artificial grammar learning in children with SLI : Is variability the key ?
Desmottes, Lise ULg; Maillart, Christelle ULg; Demelenne, Pauline et al

Poster (2016, June 18)

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See detailEstetrol Attenuates Neonatal Hypoxic-Ischemic Encephalopathy: Preclinical Studies
Tskitishvili, Ekaterine ULg; Nisolle, Michelle ULg; Noël, Agnès ULg et al

Poster (2016, June 17)

Brain hypoxia and ischemia due to systemic hypoxemia and reduced cerebral blood flow (CBF) are the primary causes of neonatal hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (HIE) accompanied by gray and white matter ... [more ▼]

Brain hypoxia and ischemia due to systemic hypoxemia and reduced cerebral blood flow (CBF) are the primary causes of neonatal hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (HIE) accompanied by gray and white matter injuries occurring in neonates. Perinatal HIE still remains a challenge in perinatal medicine. About 20% of affected newborns die in the postnatal period, and an additional 25% will sustain childhood disabilities. So far no medical treatment provides important neuroprotection against HIE. Studies of new neuroprotective agents in animal models of HIE may have importance for the development of new compounds and treatment strategies for this pathological condition. Estetrol (E4) is a recently described estrogen with four hydroxyl-groups that is synthesized exclusively during pregnancy by the human fetal liver. It has important antioxidative activity. To study the neuroprotective and therapeutic effects of E4 in vivo neonatal HIE model of 7-day-old newborn rat pups was used. Rat pups body temperatures were examined along with their body and brain weights. Brains were studied at the level of the hippocampus and cortex. Intact cell counting and expressions of markers for neuronal cell viability (microtubule-associated protein-2 (MAP-2)), neurogenesis (doublecortin (DCX)) and angiogenesis (vascular-endothelial growth factor (VEGF)) were evaluated by histo- and immunohistochemistry. The serum levels of brain damage markers (S100B and glial fibrillary acidic protein (GFAP)) were measured by ELISA. Our results demonstrate for the first time that E4 has a significant neuroprotective and therapeutic effects. It decreases the early gray matter loss and promotes neuro- and angiogenesis in vivo. Estetrol treatment has no effects on body weight, brain weight or body temperature. Taken together, E4 might become an important safe and physiological substance to treat neonatal HIE. [less ▲]

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See detailCapturing fine-level structure using unsupervised clustering method with multiple data types
Chaichoompu, Kridsadakorn ULg; Tongsima, Sissades; Shaw, Philip James et al

Poster (2016, June 17)

Several methods exist to detect shared genetic ancestry or to identify population substructure using SNP-based or haplotype-based information (Price et al. 2006, Lawson et al. 2012). Here, we propose an ... [more ▼]

Several methods exist to detect shared genetic ancestry or to identify population substructure using SNP-based or haplotype-based information (Price et al. 2006, Lawson et al. 2012). Here, we propose an unsupervised clustering method built on the ipPCA algorithm (Intarapanich et al. 2009). Our method supports both ordinal and categorical data, and it can be applied to panels of single locus and/or multiple loci data, or gene-based integrative summaries (Fouladi et al. 2015). Our method involves an iterative process using binary and ternary splits based on multivariate Gaussian mixture modeling of PCs and Clustering EM estimation as in (Lebret et al. 2015). To evaluate its performance, we examined different simulated scenarios of 2-4 populations, 500-8,000 individuals, 5,000-20,000 independent SNPs in HWE, and FST=[0.0007,0.006] (Balding and Nichols 1995), with 100 replicates for each scenario. SNPs were treated as categorical or continuous including ancestry-corrected SNPs. Haplotype-based runs used HapMap 3 data: CHB, CHD, and JPT. In simulated scenarios of extremely subtle structure (FST=[0.0009,0.006]), a population classification accuracy of 92% or greater was obtained, which was superior to ipPCA. Also in case of the HapMap populations, promising results to detect fine structure were obtained. We are convinced that our method has a potential to detect fine-level structure and it will be important in molecular reclassification studies of patients once underlying population structure has been removed. [less ▲]

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See detailLignin as a bio-based flame retardant additive: Pretreatments overview
Istasse, Thibaut ULg; Jacquet, Nicolas ULg; Richel, Aurore ULg

Poster (2016, June 12)

Lignin is a cross-linked phenol polymers from plant cells wall and is the third most abundant organic material after cellulose and hemicelluloses. This substance was studied as a flame retardant for ... [more ▼]

Lignin is a cross-linked phenol polymers from plant cells wall and is the third most abundant organic material after cellulose and hemicelluloses. This substance was studied as a flame retardant for various polymers and represents an interesting opportunity to create more eco-friendly and safer plastics and resins. This poster explains one potential technology to extract lignin: the organosolv treatment. [less ▲]

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See detailWater familiarization testing battery adapted for young children
Vandermeulen, Mary ULg; Schietecatte, Delphine; Delvaux, Anne ULg et al

Poster (2016, June 11)

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See detailFunctional analysis of PEBP genes in root chicory (Cichorium intybus)
Saintmard, Nicolas ULg; Tocquin, Pierre ULg; Périlleux, Claire ULg

Poster (2016, June 09)

Manipulating plant architecture is key to increase crop yield. In this perspective, basic knowledge on the molecular mechanisms regulating plant growth and development will be fundamental for the future ... [more ▼]

Manipulating plant architecture is key to increase crop yield. In this perspective, basic knowledge on the molecular mechanisms regulating plant growth and development will be fundamental for the future of agriculture. Recent progress indicates that a family of plant genes, homologous to POSPHADITYLETHANOLAMINE-BINDING PROTEINS (PEBP) in other eukaryotes, plays critical roles in controlling shoot development traits such as branching, flowering, bud dormancy or tuberization. Very little is known however on the functions of these genes in root development. The current research will attempt to answer this question in the case of Cichorium intybus, a biannual plant cultivated for the extraction of inulin (a polymer of fructose) from its root. Functional analyses will include expression kinetics, complementation tests in Arabidopsis mutants and creation of PEBP- overexpressing or silencing chicory plants. The preliminary steps of the project are the identification of PEBP genes in chicory by in silico analyses, the determination of the time of the storage root initiation and the establishment of a regeneration protocol for the genetic transformation. [less ▲]

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See detailThe Computer in German Literature at the Turn of the Millennium
Dupont, Bruno ULg

Poster (2016, June 09)

This poster shows how the representation of the computer in German literature since 1990 changes the very form and content of literary works. The social importance of the computer challenges the texts on ... [more ▼]

This poster shows how the representation of the computer in German literature since 1990 changes the very form and content of literary works. The social importance of the computer challenges the texts on three levels: their topical organisation, the language used for the transcription of the new reality, and the ideological positioning on new media. [less ▲]

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See detailMALDI-imaging guided microproteomics workflow for biomarker discovery of intra-tumor heterogeneity
Alberts, Deborah ULg; Longuespée, Rémi ULg; Smargiasso, Nicolas ULg et al

Poster (2016, June 09)

Introduction A single tumoral tissue can bear phenotypically different cell populations. This phenomenon called intra-tumor heterogeneity can lead to differential behaviors regarding metastasis seeding ... [more ▼]

Introduction A single tumoral tissue can bear phenotypically different cell populations. This phenomenon called intra-tumor heterogeneity can lead to differential behaviors regarding metastasis seeding and therapy resistance [Zardavas et al., Nature Rev. Clin. Onc. 2015]. MALDI imaging has proven its efficiency for revealing hidden molecular features offering an insight into distinct cellular regions based on their molecular content. Further, proteomics applied to these regions could allow depicting the molecular context associated to particular cells groups and enable the collection of qualitative, quantitative and spatial information for each protein. Methods Breast cancer Formalin Fixed and Paraffin Embedded tissues, from patients whose outcome had been recorded over a period of 10 years, were provided by the department of Pathology of University of Liège. After Citric Acid Antigen Retrieval and trypsin digestion, images were obtained by MALDI-TOF/TOF-MS (Bruker, Germany). From the obtained datasets, segmentation and analytical data analysis were applied using SCiLS (Bruker, Germany) and the cloud software Multimaging (ImaBiotech, France). Small tissue areas were obtained by laser microdissection (LEICA LMD 700, Germany), upon which a combination of chemical processes was applied to ensure optimal protein antigen retrieval, extraction and digestion. Finally, the tissue pieces obtained were analyzed by LC-MS/MS using UPLC Waters Nanoacquity and Thermo Q-Exactive instruments. Preliminary data Based on mathematical calculations for the MALDI imaging datasets of the breast cancer FFPE tissues, Regions Of Interest (ROIs) were detected in a single tumor, revealing intra-tumoral heterogeneity, which can be correlated to the level of aggressiveness of the affliction and to the final prognosis of the patient. We aimed to compare the proteomic profiles of each of the small ROIs. Until today, proteomics applied to tissues composed by a restricted number of cells is quite tedious due to possible tissue losses during their handling. Recently, Longuespée [Longuespée et al., Methods 2015] published a method in order to retrieve the identification of 1400 proteins from microdissected tissue pieces containing only 2700 cells. This whole procedure allowed us to identify a panel of protein that characterizes tissue heterogeneity within a single tumor. This proves the applicability of the combination of MALDI imaging for the discovery of intra-tumoral heterogeneity without a priori, on a mathematical basis, and classical proteomics applied on laser-microdissected tissue samples of very restricted areas. This method will now be applied to several MALDI datasets in order to retrieve commune ROIs and to associate their presence with the information of each patient, such as their prognosis. Those ROIs will then be microdissected and subjected to microproteomic methods that will allow us to retrieve the extensive molecular context associated to bad patient prognosis and/or therapy resistance. The possibility to identify protein/peptide markers will have the power to predict the outcome of the breast cancer patient at the beginning of their treatment, and thus, improve the clinical care for the benefit of the patients. Novel aspect The workflow combines the unique advantages of MALDI imaging for de novo molecular features characterization and LMD-based microproteomics. [less ▲]

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See detailCharacterization of FRD3, a iron and zinc homeostasis actor in Arabidopsis relatives
Scheepers, Maxime ULg; Charlier, Jean-Benoit; Spielmann, Julien ULg et al

Poster (2016, June 09)

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See detailTowards a Digital Philology. Creation, Spread and Apprehension of Knowledge through Digital Scholarly Platforms in Humanities
Mayeur, Ingrid ULg

Poster (2016, June 09)

This contribution aims to present and discuss my thesis project. I plan to study the concrete conditions of production, diffusion and reception of knowledges on digital scholarly platforms in Humanities ... [more ▼]

This contribution aims to present and discuss my thesis project. I plan to study the concrete conditions of production, diffusion and reception of knowledges on digital scholarly platforms in Humanities. This work will especially focus on the four plateforms of the portal OpenEdition: OpenEdition Books, Calenda, Hypothèses and Revues.org. The main problematic is: what are the uses of those platforms, and in what concrete way are they influencing the modes of scientific communication? To start with, I need to highlight the frameworks that structure the digital scholarly texts, that Jeanneret named ‘architexts’ (Davallon & al. 2003, Jeanneret 2014). Such frameworks contribute to configure the digital texts (e. g. with hypertext, flows aggregation), and their uses. Three aspects will then be taken into consideration in my analysis: (I) the articulation of temporal stratums within the plateform: how do archival materials deal with actualities (scientific monitoring, work in progress as grey literature)? What means of contextualization (Treleani 2013) or editorialization (Vitali Rosati 2016) could be given when an old document is used again (e.g. in “epi-revues” that collect scientific papers) ? (II) What are the genres and formats conveyed on the plateform, proper to the Web as blog post, commentary, etc., or still used in other medias as scientific article, advert, etc. (Maingueneau 2013)? (III) Who are the users of those plateforms (researchers, groups, professionals, etc.)? How do they deal with their digital identities? How can they appropriate and diffusing knowledges, by citing, reusing and discussing? How are emerging new ways for research in Humanities, through collective negociation or evaluation, interdisciplinarity – such actions that could be promoted by the technical device of the plateform? This last point will be treated by a philological approach concerning paratexts and quotations (Genette 1982, Compagnon 1979). Other indicators (users’ itineraries, interactions between members, etc.) could also be used, and treated with network’s visualization tool. In summary, this research project aims to explore the means of a digital philology (Crane, Bamann and Jonesin Schreibman 2008; Rastier 2011), not only based on making traditional philology with digital tools (i.e. semantic enrichment of antics or medieval texts), but also on a critical approach of the digital textuality and on an active as well as reflexive contribution from the users in building knowledges. References Davallon, Jean, Marie Després-Lonnet, Yves Jeanneret, Joëlle Le Marec, and Emmanuël Souchier. 2003. Lire, écrire, récrire : Objets, signes et pratiques des médias informatisés. Études et recherche. Paris: Éditions de la Bibliothèque publique d’information. Compagnon, Antoine. 1979. La Seconde main ou le Travail de la citation. Paris: Seuil. Genette, Gérard. 1982. Palimpsestes: La littérature au second degré. Paris: Seuil. Maingueneau, Dominique. 2013. « Genres de discours et web : existe-t-il des genres web ? » In Manuel d’analyse du web en Sciences Humaines et Sociales, 74 93. Paris: Armand Colin. Mounier, Pierre, and Marin Dacos. 2010. L’édition électronique. Paris: La Découverte. Rastier, François. 2011. La mesure et le grain. Sémantique de corpus. Paris: Honoré Champion. Treleani, Matteo. 2014. Mémoires audiovisuelles: les archives en ligne ont-elles un sens? Montréal: PUM. Vitali-Rosati, Marcello. 2016. « What is editorialization? » Sens public, janvier. http://www.sens-public.org/article1059.html, consulté le 10 février 2016. Crane Gregory, David Bamman, and Alison Jonesin Schreibman, “ePhilology: When the Books Talk to Their Readers” in Susan, et Ray Siemens, éd. 2008. Companion to Digital Literary Studies. Oxford: Blackwell Publishing Professional. URL : http://www.digitalhumanities.org/companion/view?docId=blackwell/9781405148641/9781405148641.xml&chunk.id=ss1-4-1&toc.depth=1&toc.id=ss1-4-1&brand=9781405148641_brand. Consulted on 10 fev. 2016.   [less ▲]

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See detailAg/SiO2 and Cu/SiO2 cogelled xerogel catalysts for benzene combustion and 2-butanol deshydrogenation
Mahy, Julien ULg; Claude, Vincent ULg; Tasseroul, Ludivine ULg et al

Poster (2016, June 08)

Tars are recognized as major impurities when biomass is gazified into Syngas (mixture CO + H2) or when the methane reforming was produced from sustainaible reagents [1]. Therefore, fundamental knowledge ... [more ▼]

Tars are recognized as major impurities when biomass is gazified into Syngas (mixture CO + H2) or when the methane reforming was produced from sustainaible reagents [1]. Therefore, fundamental knowledge of catalytic oxidation and deshydrogenation mechanisms can be valuable to develop effective methods to control syngas or methane pollution. A very important concern about cogelled catalysts is the accessibility of the active centers. Because the silver and copper is located inside silica particles, there is a risk that it may not be accessible. In the case of benzene oxidation, it was observed that the specific activity (mol s-1 g-1Ag) of Ag/SiO2 and Cu/SiO2 catalysts increases when the silver or copper loading decreases (Fig. 1). In fact, visual observations by TEM showed that in samples Ag0.25, Ag0.45, Ag1.05 and Cu1.00, there are not silver or copper particles located on silica particles external surface and then the metal dispersion values are greater in these samples. So, it is the proof that Ag and Cu particles located inside the silica particles are accessible for benzene in this catalytic system. In the case of 2-butanol dehydrogenation, the specific activity of Cu/SiO2 catalysts increases when the copper loading increases or when the metal dispersion values decreases (Fig. 2). However, in Cu1.00 sample, copper particles inside silica particles only are observed by TEM. It seems that these metallic particles are accessible for 2-butanol in this catalytic system. [less ▲]

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See detailMOISTURE CONTENT DETERMINATION OF FREEZE-DRIED PRODUCTS BY NEAR-INFRARED SPECTROSCOPY: A CASE STUDY FOR UNIVERSAL REGRESSION MODEL
Clavaud, Matthieu ULg; Roggo, Yves; Degardin, Klara et al

Poster (2016, June 06)

Karl Fischer titration is the reference method for moisture content determination in the pharmaceutical industry. Near-infrared spectroscopy is considered the most suitable alternative technique. Indeed ... [more ▼]

Karl Fischer titration is the reference method for moisture content determination in the pharmaceutical industry. Near-infrared spectroscopy is considered the most suitable alternative technique. Indeed, NIRS is a safe and fast method which does not require sample preparation. Nevertheless, the development and validation phases are time-consuming. In addition, the NIRS methods presented so far were mostly product specific. The main objective of this study is to highlight that an universal calibration model can be validated for several freeze-dried products in order to speed up the validation time. This objective was led in two steps. A universal model was first evaluated. A calibration set and a validation set were built up with three freeze-dried products. An antibody drug conjugate, a large molecule and a small molecule all packed in sealed vials were used to introduce more variability. Regression methods were then compared in order to optimize the prediction values. [less ▲]

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See detailOn the α-polarization of bacterial suspensions: SIP measurements on four bacterial strains
Pilawski, Tamara ULg; Tappe, Wolfgang; Zimmermann, Egon et al

Poster (2016, June 06)

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See detailModélisation d'une climatisation automobile multi-évaporateurs
Gillet, Thomas ULg; Rullière, Romuald; Haberschill, Philippe et al

Poster (2016, June 02)

La modélisation d’une climatisation automobile multi-évaporateurs, composées de deux évaporateurs et d’un refroidisseur de fluide secondaire, a été réalisée à l’aide du logiciel LMS Imagine.Lab Amesim® 1D ... [more ▼]

La modélisation d’une climatisation automobile multi-évaporateurs, composées de deux évaporateurs et d’un refroidisseur de fluide secondaire, a été réalisée à l’aide du logiciel LMS Imagine.Lab Amesim® 1D. Dans le but d’étudier le comportement de la boucle, des perturbations sous la forme d’échelon ont été simulées sur un point de fonctionnement à moyenne et haute charge. L’impact de ces perturbations sur la stabilité de la température d’air soufflé est analysé pour deux types de détendeur. Les premiers résultats montrent que les détendeurs thermostatiques peuvent engendrer des instabilités. [less ▲]

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See detailScreening of mahoran plants for cosmetic applications.
Saive, Matthew ULg; Frederich, Michel ULg; Fauconnier, Marie-Laure ULg

Poster (2016, June 01)

This study’s main aim is to identify plant species showing anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory and skin whitening properties. A selection of 89 samples from previous infield studies on the traditional uses of ... [more ▼]

This study’s main aim is to identify plant species showing anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory and skin whitening properties. A selection of 89 samples from previous infield studies on the traditional uses of plants in Mayotte were analyzed. The anti-oxidant activity was assessed using the α, α-diphenyl-β-picrylhydrazyl (DPPH) method developed by Blois [1]. The anti-inflammatory activity and the skin whitening activity were both assessed through the study of inhibition kinetics from specific enzymes: respectively, lipoxygenase (EC 1.13.11.12) due to its important role in the leukotriene pathway and tyrosinase (EC. 1.14.18.1) as it takes part in the melanogenesis pathway. The IC 50 value for each sample and for each activity was obtained using UV/Vis spectrophotometric technics. These IC 50 were then compared with the ones obtained from known molecules found in the literature: namely, (±)-6-Hydroxy-2,5,7,8-tetramethylchromane-2-carboxylic acid (IC50 = 4,388 µM) for the anti-oxidant activity, nordihydroguaiaretic acid (IC50 = 3,5µM) for the anti-inflammatory activity and kojic acid (IC50 = 722 µM) for the anti-tyrosinase activity. The most effective anti-oxidant activity was observed in fresh leaves from Acalypha wilkesiana Müll.Arg. (IC50 = 0,381 g/L) and Leea guineensis G. Don. (IC50 = 0,225 g/L) as well as in dried roots from Litchi chinensis Sonn. (IC50 = 0,346 g/L). All results are expressed in grams of fresh matter. According to the preliminary tests for the-anti-inflammatory and skin whitening activities, the crude extracts from Kalanchoe pinnata Lam. Pers., Litchi chinensis Sonn., Zingiber zerumbet (L.) Sm., Leea guineensis G. Don. and Paullinia pinnata L. are likely to show promising activities. [less ▲]

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See detailSpeech characteristic of French-speaking children with Dysarthria: Pilot study
MacLeod, andrea; Maillart, Christelle ULg; Ancelle, J. et al

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See detailTranscranial magnetic stimulation in sleep consciousness
Gosseries, Olivia ULg; Niemienen, Jaakko; Jason, Samaha et al

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See detailEffects of protein source and cooking procedure on intestinal microbiota and on fermentation end-products in rats
POELAERT, Christine ULg; Despret, Xavier; Portetelle, Daniel ULg et al

Poster (2016, June)

Animal and plant proteins are major proteins sources in the human diet. After their enzymatic degradation in the upper gastro-intestinal tract, the undigested fraction of these proteins is available for ... [more ▼]

Animal and plant proteins are major proteins sources in the human diet. After their enzymatic degradation in the upper gastro-intestinal tract, the undigested fraction of these proteins is available for fermentation by the microbiota of the large intestine leading to the production of short-chain fatty acids (SCFA), branched-chain fatty acids (BCFA), ammonia, biogenic amines, sulphur metabolites, phenols and indoles. As some of these compounds have genotoxic and cytotoxic effects, protein fermentation is considered as detrimental to the host’s epithelial health. BCFA are usually used as a marker of intestinal protein fermentation. We studied in vivo the impact of proteins from animal and plant origin, raw or after a cooking procedure, on the composition of gut microbiota and on fermentation end-products. Weanling rats were used as models of the human gut microbiota. Eight experimental diets were formulated with beef meat (Longissimus dorsi), chicken meat (Pectoralis major), white pea beans (Phaseolus vulgaris), soybeans (Glycine max), used raw and cooked, as sole source of protein in the diet. One casein diet was used as control. All diets, formulated to contain 15% of raw protein, were given to seven rats for four weeks. After euthanasia, caecal contents were collected. Pyrosequencing analyses (Roche 454 GS Junior Genome Sequencer) were performed to study the microbial composition. SCFA and BCFA were measured using HPLC (Waters 2690). Microbial composition in the caecum is associated to the type of dietary protein and to the cooking procedure applied. The proportion of BCFA in the caecal content is mainly affected by the type of protein. So BCFA represent respectively 04-06% and 35-44% of total SCFA with diets based on plant and on animal proteins. In conclusion, both the type of protein and the cooking procedure could impact the gut microbiota in terms of composition and of fermentative capacity. [less ▲]

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See detailDevelopment of improved preservation techniques for cyanobacterial and diatom strains in the BCCM collections
Crahay, Charlotte ULg; Chepurnova, Olga; Day, John G et al

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See detailImpact d'un programme d'activation comportementale sur l'humeur, le niveau d'engagement dans des activités, les ruminations et les biais attentionnels chez des étudiantes universitaires
Krings, Audrey ULg; Wagener, Aurélie ULg; Blairy, Sylvie ULg

Poster (2016, June)

A Behavioral activation program was proposed to undergraduated students with difficulties to deal with their mood. Six sessions of a Martell's program was proposed with two evaluations, before (T0) and ... [more ▼]

A Behavioral activation program was proposed to undergraduated students with difficulties to deal with their mood. Six sessions of a Martell's program was proposed with two evaluations, before (T0) and after (T1) the sessions. Different psychological processes were evaluated (behavioral activation, avoidance, rumination and attentional biases). Compared to the control group, a significal reduction was observed for abstract rumination, avoidance and a significant enhancement of selective attention to positive faces in the dot probe task was also observed. [less ▲]

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See detailAnalogical reasoning in children with Specific Language Impairment: Evidence from a scene analogy task
Krzemien, Magali ULg; Jemel, Boutheina; Maillart, Christelle ULg

Poster (2016, June)

Analogical reasoning development maintains a mutual influence with language acquisition: the use of relational labels helps to resolve analogical reasoning tasks (Christie & Gentner, 2014) while ... [more ▼]

Analogical reasoning development maintains a mutual influence with language acquisition: the use of relational labels helps to resolve analogical reasoning tasks (Christie & Gentner, 2014) while analogical reasoning enables the acquisition of new linguistic concepts or structures (Gentner & Namy, 2006). This link has driven some authors to examine the analogical reasoning ability of children with Specific Language Impairment. Those children have poorer analogical reasoning performance than their age-matched peers without language disorders (Leroy et al., 2012 ; Leroy et al., 2014). So, children with SLI seem to have an analogical reasoning weakness which could be linked to their language disorders. Thus, our goal here is to measure the ability of children with SLI to solve analogies, and to compare it to chronological age-matched but also to linguistic age-matched peers without language disorders. Our hypotheses here are the followings: children with SLI have weaker analogical reasoning competence compared to chronological age-matched peers and similar or weaker analogical reasoning competence compared to language-matched peers. To test these hypotheses, we use a scene analogy task composed of pictures of 20 relations (Richland et al., 2006) varying in relational complexity (binary or ternary relations) and in perceptual distraction. Twenty children with SLI are matched to chronological age and linguistic age peers without language disorders. Children with SLI have poorer performance then their age-matched peers but they have similar performance to their language-matched peers. This data reinforces the idea of a link between analogical reasoning and language, also in children with SLI. However, the nature of this link should still be clarified. [less ▲]

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See detailMethodology to fish peptide ligands of nAChRs from Cone snail venoms by MALDI-TOF mass spectrometry
Echterbille, Julien ULg; Gilles, Nicolas; Araoz, Romulo et al

Poster (2016, June)

More than 50,000 of venomous species are currently indexed in the world. Each of their venom is composed of hundreds of toxins which potentially exhibit a high selectivity for membrane receptors such as ... [more ▼]

More than 50,000 of venomous species are currently indexed in the world. Each of their venom is composed of hundreds of toxins which potentially exhibit a high selectivity for membrane receptors such as GPCRs or ion channels. Among them, nAChRs are a target for drug discovery, primarily for treating central nervous system troubles. Therefore, the discovery of pharmacological tools and innovative drugs targeting nAChRs from animal venoms appears as an evidence. This study proposes the use a mass-spectrometry based methodology1 to discover new nAChRs ligands from cone snails venoms, and particularly -conotoxins (a-CTXs), known as potential antagonists of nAChRs2. in few words, Torpedo membranes, containing a high concentration of nAChRs, are incubated with BSA tryptic digests (>100 peptides) doped by small amounts of known a-CTXs. After two hours incubation, free (i.e. containing molecules remaining in solution) and bound (i.e. peptides bound to the membranes) fractions were analyzed with a MALDI-TOF/TOF mass spectrometer. The POC (positive and negative controls) as well as a real screening of Conus ermineus venom are presented. [less ▲]

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See detailDisentangling soil from plant methanol exchanges in a maize field: a first step
Bachy, Aurélie ULg; Mozaffar, Ahsan ULg; Aubinet, Marc ULg et al

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This poster presents the current research done in order to disentangle soil from plant methanol exchanges in a maize field. Methanol exchanges were calculated at ecosystem-scale (therefore including both ... [more ▼]

This poster presents the current research done in order to disentangle soil from plant methanol exchanges in a maize field. Methanol exchanges were calculated at ecosystem-scale (therefore including both components). It bases on the following observation: methanol exchanges on bare soil (measured when maize was at germination stage) were as important as when plants were fast growing (and thereby, when the highest methanol plant methanol emissions were expected), and this under similar weather conditions. The goal of this poster is thus to understand why emissions were similar at these two periods. First, it addresses the question of the actual contribution of maize plants in methanol exchanges, by comparing up-scaled methanol exchanges measured on maize at leaf-scale (Mozaffar A.) to those measured at ecosystem-scale. Then, it investigates methanol exchanges mechanisms in order to evaluate how did soil methanol emissions evolve along the maize growing season. At the end of this poster, the hypothesis of decreasing soil methanol emissions along the maize growing season is proposed. [less ▲]

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See detailPhotoionization as a Soft Ionization Source for Comprehensive Two-dimensional GC (GCxGC) and High-Resolution TOFMS
Ubukata, M; Cody, RB; Dane, J et al

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See detailBeyond stuttering : Speech disfluencies in normally fluent, French-speaking children at age four
Leclercq, Anne-Lise ULg; Suaire, Pauline; Moyse, Astrid

Poster (2016, June)

The aim of the present study is to establish normative data concerning the speech disfluencies existing in normally fluent children speaking French at age 4, an age at which stuttering has begun in 95% of ... [more ▼]

The aim of the present study is to establish normative data concerning the speech disfluencies existing in normally fluent children speaking French at age 4, an age at which stuttering has begun in 95% of children who stutter (Yairi & Ambrose, 2013). [less ▲]

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See detailSome results about diametral dimensions
Demeulenaere, Loïc ULg

Poster (2016, June)

The diametral dimension is an important topological invariant, especially in the context of Köthe sequence spaces. This poster presents some results concerning the equality of the diametral dimension with ... [more ▼]

The diametral dimension is an important topological invariant, especially in the context of Köthe sequence spaces. This poster presents some results concerning the equality of the diametral dimension with one of its variants. It is based on a joint work with Françoise Bastin, Leonhard Frerick, and Jochen Wengenroth. Firstly, it gives sufficient conditions to have the equality between the two diametral dimensions for a Fréchet space. Secondly, it provides some examples of spaces verifying these conditions. Finally, it gives a family of Schwartz - or even nuclear - (non metrizable) locally convex spaces for which the two diametral dimensions are different. [less ▲]

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See detailEducation of instructors of a physical activity program for cancer patients and survivors: planning and evaluation of a poster presentation session
Rompen, Jérôme ULg; Korycki, Marta ULg; Ortmans, Sabine et al

Poster (2016, June)

Introduction The Belgian Foundation against Cancer proposes an adapted physical activity (APA) program for cancer patients and survivors, called Raviva (http://www.cancer.be/raviva-bouger-pour-se-sentir ... [more ▼]

Introduction The Belgian Foundation against Cancer proposes an adapted physical activity (APA) program for cancer patients and survivors, called Raviva (http://www.cancer.be/raviva-bouger-pour-se-sentir-mieux).The activities are supervised by instructors with inconstant trainings and experiences. Contrary to other countries, Belgian APA instructors do not necessarily need to follow specific education programs such those proposed by the ACSM (Schmitz et al., 2010).We were involved in the implementation of a specific training day for in-service Raviva instructors. As it is the case in sport coaches’ education (Erickson et al., 2008), interacting with colleagues seemed to be an appropriate method to improve APA instructors’ skills. Therefore, interactive methods were proposed to be used in order to increase the participants’ interest. The aim of this paper was to describe and analyse a poster presentation session as well as to identify good practices. Methods As part of the training day, the poster presentation session consisted to create groups of 4 to 5 persons and to ask them to imagine and share solutions to specific problems linked with psycho-emotional aspects of the instruction process with Raviva groups. Three methods were used to collect the data: interviews of the organizers (n=4), a questionnaire for all trainees (n=35) and participant observation. Results Examples of good practices were listed and exchanged between the participants. All trainees considered that the poster presentation session was interesting and most of them (94%) reported that appropriate themes were discussed. Moreover, 88.2% of the participants mentioned that they were able to share their experiences. Three expressed negative opinions about the organization. These opinions were supported by all organizers as well as by the observation. Conclusions This educational tool seems to be interesting. However, organizers should plan enough time for such activity. Moreover, the time allocation between each part of the session should be better prepared and controlled. [less ▲]

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See detailCan serum progesterone be used to decide altrenogest supplementation discontinuation in problem pregnancies in mares?
Parrilla Hernandez, Sonia ULg; Delahaut, Philippe; Ponthier, Jérôme ULg et al

Poster (2016, June)

Use of oral altrenogest as exogenous progesterone (P4) in mares in an effort to maintain high-risk pregnancies is a widespread practice. Treatment is sometimes initiated as early as 2 days after ovulation ... [more ▼]

Use of oral altrenogest as exogenous progesterone (P4) in mares in an effort to maintain high-risk pregnancies is a widespread practice. Treatment is sometimes initiated as early as 2 days after ovulation. Timing when it can safely be stopped is frequently uncertain and therefore, supplementation is often continued until 100-120 days, when the placental secretion of progestagens has taken over. The aim of this study was to determine if altrenogest interfered with progesterone assay and if timing of altrenogest administration discontinuation could be based on the blood concentration of P4. Data were obtained from 7 healthy standard breed mares in seasonal anoestrus and in dioestrus. Mares were considered anoestrus when no follicles larger than 15 mm in diameter or corpus luteum (CL) were found at 2 consequent ultrasound examinations 7 days apart. They were confirmed dioestrus based on an observed ovulation and the presence of a CL 2 days after. Mares were treated with 0.044 mg/kg of altrenogest (Regumate®, Intervet, Boxmeer, Netherlands) orally once per day during 12 days beginning at any time for the anestrus group and at day 2 after ovulation for the dioestrus group. Blood was collected at day 0, 6, 12, 18 right before altrenogest administration and the serum was stored at -20°C until analysis. P4 concentration was obtained by radioimmunoassay and altrenogest by liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry. Differences in P4 and in altrenogest concentrations between different sampling days were determined by Friedman non parametric test. Concentrations of altrenogest before treatment were almost not detectable (negative control). At day 6, they were significantly higher (p<0.05), and were back to basal, almost not detectable values at day 18, in both groups. P4 concentration was basal with values < 0.4 ng/ml all through the experiment in the anoestrus group. In the dioestrus group, P4 concentration was variable from one mare to another, but it was significantly higher in mid-dioestrus (day 6) as compared to the time of the impending next oestrus (day12). No cross-reaction between P4 and altrenogest assays was observed as illustrated by the fact that concentration of P4 during anoestrus remained basal with or without supplementation. Despite the treatment, the variation of P4 over time was as expected in both groups. Altrenogest was no longer detectable 6 days after the last administration. Further studies with larger numbers and sampling in dioestrus to compare P4 levels in treated and untreated mares to investigate the potential effect of altrenogest on endogenous P4 production by the CL are needed. However, our experiment shows that P4 levels assayed by RIA can be trusted to evaluate if the secondary CL’s have become functional and can thus maintain the pregnancy while oral altrenogest supplementation is discontinued. [less ▲]

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See detailMyoclonin-1 modulates the post-translational modification of microtubules
Medard, Laurie ULg; Coumans, Bernard ULg; Lakaye, Bernard ULg et al

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Juvenile myoclonic epilepsy is one of the most common forms of generalized genetic epilepsy. Genetic studies have shown that heterozygous mutations in Myoclonin1 are responsible for 3-9% of clinical cases ... [more ▼]

Juvenile myoclonic epilepsy is one of the most common forms of generalized genetic epilepsy. Genetic studies have shown that heterozygous mutations in Myoclonin1 are responsible for 3-9% of clinical cases worldwide. This protein contains three DM10 domains of unknown function and an EF-hand domain. We have previously demonstrated that Myoclonin1 is a microtubule-associated protein involved in cell division and radial migration during neocortex development. In cells, this protein co-localized with specific structures rich in microtubules (MTs) such as the centrosome, the poles of the mitotic spindle or the motile cilia but not with cytoplasmic MTs. This suggests post-translational modifications (PTM) of MTs may be important for the interaction between Myoclonin1 and MTs. We have co-express the different enzymes catalyzing PTM of MTs with Myoclonin1 in U2OS cell line. With one of these enzymes, we observed a strong increase in PTM in the presence of Myoclonin-1. This suggests that Myoclonin1 may interact with and modulate the activity of this enzyme. By using luciferase complementation assay and pull down experiments, we could demonstrate that it is indeed the case. Interestingly, the effect is observed even when a DM10 domain alone is co-expressed with the enzyme, suggesting for the first time a role for this domain. In conclusion our data suggest myoclonin-1 modulates specific PTM of MTs. This is of prime importance for microtubule dynamic and notably for neuroblast precursor migration during neocortex development. This could be the mechanism that explains why pathological forms of myoclonin-1 affect brain development. [less ▲]

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See detailIntegrated microfluidic device for gold nanoparticles synthesis
Emonds-Alt, Gauthier ULg; Malherbe, Cédric ULg; Monbaliu, Jean-Christophe ULg et al

Poster (2016, May 31)

In order to perform the analysis of organic pollutant in trace by Raman spectroscopy, it is necessary to develop SERS substrates, such as noble metal nanoparticles (NPs). The synthesis of gold or silver ... [more ▼]

In order to perform the analysis of organic pollutant in trace by Raman spectroscopy, it is necessary to develop SERS substrates, such as noble metal nanoparticles (NPs). The synthesis of gold or silver NPs is used for analytical applications. It is therefore important to precisely control the synthesis of these SERS substrates to achieve reproducible measurements. Microfluidics is a very attractive technology for the control of the synthesis parameters such as temperature, reaction time and mixing conditions which affect both the size and the morphology of NPs. The synthesis of gold or silver NPs in microreactor is a technique we are already developing in the laboratory. We develop a method for the continuous synthesis of gold and silver NPs in a segmented regime capillary microreactor. The residence time and temperature have a significant effect on the size of the NPs, enabling to prepare different sizes of NPs using the same microreactor and the same precursor solutions. [less ▲]

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See detailGC×GC-HRTOFMS to better understand cloak-and-dagger activities of Madagascar Mantella frogs
Stefanuto, Pierre-Hugues ULg; Brasseur, Catherine; Cecchini, Harisoa et al

Poster (2016, May 30)

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See detailPeak dispersion evaluation and optimization in GC×GC
Stefanuto, Pierre-Hugues ULg; Dimandja, Jean-Marie; Focant, Jean-François ULg

Poster (2016, May 30)

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See detailEstetrol, a natural SERM exhibiting combined estrogenic and anti-estrogenic properties on mammary gland and breast cancer
Gallez, Anne ULg; Gérard, Céline ULg; BLACHER, Silvia ULg et al

Poster (2016, May 30)

The increased risk of breast cancer and thromboembolism in women who take hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is a major public health problem. The discovery of new drugs with better safety profile would ... [more ▼]

The increased risk of breast cancer and thromboembolism in women who take hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is a major public health problem. The discovery of new drugs with better safety profile would provide useful advances for patient care. Estetrol (E4) is a liver friendly promising candidate for HRT. In preclinical and/or clinical studies, E4 has been effective against the main symptoms of menopause from a starting dose of 0.3 mg/kg/day. The aim of this study was to define the impact of E4 on mammary gland and breast cancer development. Our preclinical data show that E4 is less efficient than estradiol (E2) to induce mammary gland growth. Treatment with several concentrations of E4 has shown that E4 did not increase tumor development, when it is used at 0.3 mg/kg/day. However, at 3 mg/kg/day, E4 increased tumor growth similarly to E2 (0.08 mg/kg/day). E4 presents also some anti-estrogenic effects on mammary gland and antitumor activity on breast cancer by decreasing the strong proliferative effect of E2. While ERα is the predominant receptor mediating its effects, the dual weak-estrogenic/anti-estrogenic feature of E4 results from differential signaling pathways activation. Both nuclear and rapid extra-nuclear signaling pathways are necessary for a complete estrogenic effect of E4. However, the antitumor action of E4 is not due to a capacity to antagonize E2-induced nuclear activity. In conclusion, our results support that E4, if it is used in strictly controlled clinical applications, could have no or only limited impact on breast and breast cancer. [less ▲]

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See detailGC×GC-TOFMS for forensic blood VOC profiling
Dubois, Lena ULg; Perrault, Katelynn ULg; Stefanuto, Pierre-Hugues ULg et al

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See detailSubstrats cérébraux du contrôle proactif et réactif dans le vieillissement non pathologique
Manard, Marine ULg; François, Sarah ULg; Salmon, Eric ULg et al

Poster (2016, May 27)

Les recherches sur le contrôle cognitif proposent l’apparition d’un déclin lié à l’âge dans les capacités de contrôle proactif (forme anticipatoire de contrôle comportemental) alors que le contrôle ... [more ▼]

Les recherches sur le contrôle cognitif proposent l’apparition d’un déclin lié à l’âge dans les capacités de contrôle proactif (forme anticipatoire de contrôle comportemental) alors que le contrôle réactif (forme réactionnelle à la détection d’un conflit) semble rester intact [1]. Ces deux formes de contrôle ont été associées à des aires cérébrales différentes [2], cependant peu d’études ont étudié les effets de l’âge sur les régions cérébrales sous-tendant chacun de ces deux types de contrôle. Pour ce faire, une version adaptée de la tâche de Stroop a été administrée à 16 jeunes (18-30 ans) et 16 adultes (60-75 ans) en IRM fonctionnelle. Cette version de la tâche variait la quantité d’items interférents, permettant la création de trois contextes (Mostly Congruent « MC », Mostly Incongruent « MI » et Neutre) favorisant respectivement la mise en place des deux types de contrôle (réactif = congruent / proactif = incongruent). Les analyses ont été réalisées avec SPM8 (p<.001 non-corrigé). Les résultats comportementaux révèlent un traitement plus rapide de l’interférence dans le contexte « MI » que « MC » pour les jeunes adultes uniquement. Au niveau cérébral, le traitement de l’interférence en MI semble associé à une diminution d’activité (surtout à droite) dans les régions frontales et temporales chez les volontaires âgés par rapport aux plus jeunes, alors qu’en MC, les âgés montrent une augmentation d’activité bilatérale au niveau frontal. Ainsi, les résultats comportementaux montrent que les adultes âgés semblent avoir plus de difficultés à implémenter un contrôle proactif (associé à une diminution d’activité) que les jeunes dans les régions sous-tendant la performance à cette tâche. Cependant, le recrutement supplémentaire de régions frontales observé lors du contexte MC postulé pour favoriser le contrôle réactif, suggère la présence de mécanismes de compensation. Pour conclure, le vieillissement semble affecter de manière différentielle l’activité des régions cérébrales sous-tendant les différents types de contrôle. [less ▲]

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See detailSingle molecule force spectroscopy on helical foldamers
Devaux, Floriane ULg; Li, Xuesong; Huc, Ivan et al

Poster (2016, May 27)

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Drapier, Thomas ULg; Geubelle, Pierre ULg; Bouckaert, Charlotte et al

Poster (2016, May 26)

L-glutamic acid is the major excitatory neurotransmitter in the brain. It exerts its effects through metabotropic and ionotropic receptors. Among the latter, three subtypes have been identified: NMDA ... [more ▼]

L-glutamic acid is the major excitatory neurotransmitter in the brain. It exerts its effects through metabotropic and ionotropic receptors. Among the latter, three subtypes have been identified: NMDA, AMPA and KA receptors. It is now well established that a deficit in glutamatergic signaling may be responsible for neurological disorders such as mild cognitive impairment, schizophrenia, depression, and ADHD. Enhancement of the signal through positive allosteric modulators of AMPA receptors might be a therapeutic issue for these diseases. These compounds are expected to exert a fine tuning of the signal. Since they require the presence of the endogenous ligand to be active, they are expected to induce less toxicity than agonists. In this context, based on the structure of known allosteric modulators of AMPA receptors such as cyclothiazide and IDRA 21, the Laboratory of Medicinal Chemistry (University of Liège) has developed a series of 1,2,4-benzothiadiazine 1,1-dioxides with high potency as AMPA receptor potentiators. Crystallographic data obtained by the Department of Drug Design and Pharmacology (University of Copenhagen) highlighted those potentiators bind to two contiguous sites at the dimer interface of the ligand binding domain (LBD) of the AMPA receptor1,2. Based on these data, we may expect that the synthesis of dimeric molecules could lead to further improvement in affinity and activity. This assumption was reinforced by docking experiments conducted with virtual examples of dimeric compounds on the GluA2-LBD (collaboration with NAMEDIC). The present work is thus focusing on the preparation of a family of dimeric benzothiadiazine dioxides. Moreover, in collaboration with GIGA-Molecular Pharmacology, we are developing a pharmacological in vitro assay based on the measurement of Ca2+ inflow through a fluorimetric method. This medium-throughput screening will enable the characterization of our new compounds and the validation of our working hypothesis. [less ▲]

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See detailAbnormal bodily experiences in schizophrenia: a phenomenological study
lancellotti, Elisa; Englebert, Jérôme ULg

Poster (2016, May 24)

Our study focuses on Abnormal Bodily Experiences [ABE] in people with schizophrenia. We have created a specific questionnaire for this study – based on the study of Stanghellini et al. (2012) and the ... [more ▼]

Our study focuses on Abnormal Bodily Experiences [ABE] in people with schizophrenia. We have created a specific questionnaire for this study – based on the study of Stanghellini et al. (2012) and the third dimension of the EASE scale (body experiences) (Parnas et al. 2005). Our research follows an analytical method called “empirical-phenomenological”. Our population is made up of 50 schizophrenic subjects. The average age of subjects was 37 years. There are no exclusion criteria regarding gender or control sample. Analyzes are qualitative. We observed that ABE are very present symptoms in people with schizophrenia. Indeed, in our sample, only one patient was asymptomatic. We also observed that all categories and subcategories were present in our sample. These results should help to refine and clarify the diagnosis of schizophrenia and open up significant opportunities for psychotherapeutic dimension. [less ▲]

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See detailLife cycle assessment of hemp concret blocks
Groslambert, Sylvie ULg; de Mahieu, Jean-Baptiste; Léonard, Angélique ULg

Poster (2016, May 24)

Buildings notably contribute to global environmental negative impacts due to consumption of both embodied energy and natural resources as well as various emissions during their whole life cycle. It is ... [more ▼]

Buildings notably contribute to global environmental negative impacts due to consumption of both embodied energy and natural resources as well as various emissions during their whole life cycle. It is therefore necessary to develop practices to reduce these impacts, mainly by reducing the part of non-renewable resource in material as well as by ensuring the lowest energy consumption possible during their lifetime. New developments in natural fibres and their use in insulating materials can lead to significant improvement in building environmental impact. For this purpose, assessment of environmental performance is needed to support both the design and the production of (new) fibre based insulation solutions. In this context, the Life Cycle in Practice (LCiP) project helps SMEs to reduce the environmental impacts of their products and services across the entire life cycle. Within the frame of this project, Isohemp (BE) hemp concrete block impact is evaluated in a cradle-to-gate LCA. Functional unit is a pallet of hemp concrete blocks ready for shipping. It represents about 1.3 m³ of blocks. Hemp blocks are made by pressing a mix of hemp shives, hydraulic and hydrated limes, and water. Long term carbon storage due to lime carbonation induces a large benefit in Climate Change (CC) category. The balance of the CC indicator for hemp cultivation is also favorable due to carbon dioxide uptake by the photosynthesis occurring during the plant growth. Life Cycle Assessment of hemp concrete blocks ready to ship has also highlights some improvements that can easily be made at the packaging level in order to lower the global environmental impact and increase the sustainability of this insulation material. Data are processed in SimaPro 8 software, with Ecoinvent 3 and ELCD 3 databases, and analyzed with the CML IA method. This method is compliant with the indicators required by EN15804 standard in order to communicate on the environmental performance of Isohemp blocks. [less ▲]

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See detailA phenomenological approach of anorexia nervosa
Minguet, Eugénie; Englebert, Jérôme ULg; Helinski, Adam et al

Poster (2016, May 24)

Introduction: from a phenomenological perspective, anorexic female patients seem to experience difficulties regarding the subjective feeling of their own body (embodiment) and their personal identity ... [more ▼]

Introduction: from a phenomenological perspective, anorexic female patients seem to experience difficulties regarding the subjective feeling of their own body (embodiment) and their personal identity, which lead to an intersubjectivity impairment within social interactions. Following these findings, this study investigates the “body-for-others” concept (Sartre, 1943) and altruistic hypotheses from the ethologist Albert Demaret (1973) in a sample of anorexic female patients. Two main hypotheses are tested: anorexic patients are expected to define themselves mostly through the gaze of others and as more altruistic than control participants. Method: this study included 67 anorexic female patients (based on the DSM-IV criteria) and 246 control female participants. Three self-reported questionnaires were used: the Eating Disorder Inventory: EDI-II of Garner (French version), the Identity and Eating Disorders questionnaire: IDEA of Stanghellini (French version translated and adapted by us) to assess the “body-for-others” concept and 17 complementary items for the altruistic dimension. Mann-Whitney non-parametric tests were used to compare the two groups. Results: results show that anorexic patients obtain higher scores than the control group for the three questionnaires (p<0,001 for all measurements). Discussion: the IDEA questionnaire enriches the knowledge relative to the body-self relationship and the first-person perspective, which is essential for a phenomenological approach. Furthermore, the promising results concerning the altruistic dimension in anorexia nervosa should be evaluated in future research. Nevertheless, a better validity of the items assessing the altruistic dimension is needed. [less ▲]

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See detailWould you care for some integrated care in your fragmented health system? A participatory action research to improve integration between levels of care in a Belgian urban setting.
Belche, Jean ULg; Duchesnes, Christiane ULg; Darras, Christian et al

Poster (2016, May 24)

Integration between levels of care is not facilitated by the Belgian health system. Indeed, patients have uninhibited access to every level of care, there is no gatekeeping system, and no structural ... [more ▼]

Integration between levels of care is not facilitated by the Belgian health system. Indeed, patients have uninhibited access to every level of care, there is no gatekeeping system, and no structural coordination between levels of care. Meanwhile, on one hand, the occurrence of more complex care situations in the ambulatory setting is enhancing the need for coordination while on the other hand, hospitals face financial constraints to provide care in the community. The aim of the research was to organize coordination between levels of care at the local level, in an urban setting. We used the “Local Health System” model (LHS) that aims at integrating hospital and primary care activities for a defined population at the local level. We chose the participatory action research (PAR) methodology and its spiral plan-do-study-act cycles, to ensure the participation and implementation of results by the targeted actors (hospital and local general practitioners (GP) organizations). [less ▲]

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See detailHéboïdophrenia: The hazardous interplay of psychosis and psychopathy
De Page, Louis; Englebert, Jérôme ULg

Poster (2016, May 24)

Introduction The diagnostic entity of heboidophrenia has been consigned to oblivion despite its clinical, prognostic, criminogenic value. At the core of this diagnosis lies specifics interactions between ... [more ▼]

Introduction The diagnostic entity of heboidophrenia has been consigned to oblivion despite its clinical, prognostic, criminogenic value. At the core of this diagnosis lies specifics interactions between psychosis and psychopathy. The diagnosis was first coined by Kalhbaum in 1890, was revived by Anglo-Saxon literature in the first half of the 20th century, and by French psychiatrists in the late 90’. Method We integrated literary sources, clinical experience and an own pilot study as a stepping-stone for a more in-depth research. Cases (n=20) were selected out of samples of Mentally Disordered Offenders in Belgian Medium and High Risk Forensic Facilities. Files, records and therapist’s experiences were quantitatively analysed iteratively to cull subtypes from each other. We here present preliminary qualitative results, more indepth qualitative and quantitative results will be produced. Results The diagnosis subsumes more than a mere DSM-IV-TR Axis I & II comorbidity, it can be seen from a developmental perspective, or from a structural perspective. Both vantage points suggest an interplay between the (paranoid) psychotic process and the antisocial behaviour, where both trigger and induce each other. At this point, we found evidence for three subtypes modes of interplay; 1) mood instability patterns induced either psychopathic or psychotic phenotypic presentation, 2) according to personality organization and its defensive functioning (were psychopathy defends against psychosis), and 3) phenotypic expression of both components (psychopathy and psychosis) linearly co-dependent. Discussion Despite its incremental value, little is known about the therapeutic prospects of this diagnosis. Current results indicate that these patients do question competency to answer for their deeds in a peculiar manner, relapse more often, reoffend more often, do evade treatment opportunities (if they have any), act out more often (in both antisocial and psychotic ways), induce a particular negative counter-transference in psychiatric teams, etc. Because of these particularities and their versatile phenotype presentation, heboidophrenia patients cannot simply be assimilated to the “high risk & high care” population, but need special supervision and clinical insight. In this research, we aim(ed) at discerning semiologic signs in order to support the diagnostic process. [less ▲]

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See detailIntimate partner violence: Perseverance vs Dropout from treatment programs targeting male batterers
Di Piazza, Laetitia ULg; Kowal, Cécile; Hodiaumont, Fabienne et al

Poster (2016, May 24)

Introduction: The Dropout phenomenon has been studied extensively in general psychotherapy and in more specific domains. Therapeutic programs for male batterers across Europe, United States or Canada also ... [more ▼]

Introduction: The Dropout phenomenon has been studied extensively in general psychotherapy and in more specific domains. Therapeutic programs for male batterers across Europe, United States or Canada also have their share of problems in their attempts to maintain users in treatment. The purpose of this study is to identify potential intrapsychic variables associated with dropout and completion of this kind of treatment. Method: Fifty one male offenders enrolled in a group treatment for domestic violence took part in the study (23 who abandoned and 28 who completed). Before the start of therapy, they were surveyed using questionnaires and structured clinical interview to collect sociodemographic data and to assess specific psychological variables, namely emotional distress (BDI), impulsive behavior (BIS-11), early relationship with their parents (PBI), life events (LEDS) and alexithymia (TAS-20), the inability to experience and express subjective emotions. Results: Correlational analysis showed that age, paternal parenting behaviors and the number of significant events reported in the past six months are the only variables correlated with treatment dropout. The younger the participants, the most likely they were to dropout of the group therapy. Moreover, men who completed treatment reported fewer difficulties in their life and less autonomy support by their father than men who prematurely terminated their therapy. Discussion: The present findings pose a serious challenge for all actors involved in specifics treatment programs. Indeed, if all individuals who committed violent acts have the same intrapsychic variables, how do we predict, especially retain and motivate, the users likely to dropout? [less ▲]

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See detailPeptidoglycan fragments separation by CE/LC-MS
Boulanger, Madeleine ULg; Delvaux, Cédric ULg; Far, Johann ULg et al

Poster (2016, May 24)

In Bacillus licheniformis 749/I, the induction of BlaP beta-lactamase relies on a complex regulation system. During this process, the intracellular repressor BlaI is inactivated by a dipeptide coming from ... [more ▼]

In Bacillus licheniformis 749/I, the induction of BlaP beta-lactamase relies on a complex regulation system. During this process, the intracellular repressor BlaI is inactivated by a dipeptide coming from the peptidoglycan (PG) degradation via an “AND Gate” regulation. This regulation involves the cellular stress induced by the beta-lactam, the membrane receptor BlaR1 and the PG turnover. Briefly, the induction occurs when the extracellular domain of BlaR1 is acylated by the antibiotic which leads to a reorganization of the transmembrane segments and the receptor autocleavage. Simultaneously, the beta-lactam partially inhibits the penicillin-binding protein 1 (PBP1), triggering increased PG turnover and accumulation of PG fragments. Some of these fragments could enter in the cytoplasm and undergo enzymatic degradations which lead to the formation of the pro co-activator (tripeptide L-Ala-D-Glu-m-A2pm). This pro co-activator generates the co-activator, the dipeptide D-Glu-m-A2pm. Nowadays the nature and the concentration of PG fragments inside the cytoplasm are unknown. Therefore, the development of different analytical methods is required in order to identify those cytoplasmic fragments. In this poster, three different ways to separate PG fragments are discussed. [less ▲]

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See detailMaternal sense of competence in a context of precariousness
Halin, Stéphanie ULg; Glowacz, Fabienne ULg

Poster (2016, May 24)

The exercise of parenthood is threatened by the precarious context in which parents and children live. Precariousness is defined by the lack or the absence of basic securities, such as housing, employment ... [more ▼]

The exercise of parenthood is threatened by the precarious context in which parents and children live. Precariousness is defined by the lack or the absence of basic securities, such as housing, employment, financial, emotional security, etc. In such a context, the emotional availability of a parent can be reduced, so that the quality of parent-child interactions decreases and multiple dimensions of the child development are impacted. Therefore, policies of prevention and intervention have been developed in order to overcome the difficulties experienced by parents from birth and, sometimes, from pregnancy. However, little is known about the parenting sense of competence of mother living in such a precarious context, and the possible mediating effect of perceived social support. In this study, we investigate parenting sense of competence in a sample of 38 adult mothers raising alone their children in a context of poverty. Subjects completed the French versions of the “Parenting Sense of Competence Scale (P.S.O.C.)” and the “Social Provisions Scale”, and a socio-demographic questionnaire. Results indicate that, in average, mothers report a high parenting sense of competence (μ=69.18), characterized by a high level of self-efficacy (μ=32.76) and an average level of satisfaction (μ=36.42). Mothers also report low perceived social support (T=41, percentile 21). Results also indicate a significant negative correlate between self-efficacy and the need to feel useful and necessary, while the satisfaction dimension is positively correlated with all the perceived social support dimensions, except from the “need to feel useful” dimension. In conclusion, mothers raising alone their children in a context of poverty report high levels of parenting sense of competence. However, withdrawal and isolation are associated with poorer parental satisfaction. This suggests that the social dimension of poverty is a significant aspect to consider in parenting support policies. [less ▲]

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See detailIncarceration and parenting : is parenting a desistance factor?
Puglia, Rosa ULg; Servaes, Anne; Halin, Stéphanie ULg et al

Poster (2016, May 24)

Incarceration leads to a break between an individual and one’s social environment, inducing significant losses of identity (Touraut, 2014). Tough delinquent identity remains prominent, during their ... [more ▼]

Incarceration leads to a break between an individual and one’s social environment, inducing significant losses of identity (Touraut, 2014). Tough delinquent identity remains prominent, during their incarceration, some inmates invest their role of father. Investing his role of father and thus his father’s identity allows the inmate to break away with delinquent’s identity (Tripp, 2009; Walker, 2009). Moreover, research on desistance underlines that turning point like job, marriage or parenthood supports the transition from criminal life to conventional life (Laub et Sampson, 2003; Lebel, Burnett, Maruna & Bushway, 2008). Indeed, becoming parent is a stage in life cycle that can shape one’s lifestyle. From qualitative researches conducted with father inmates since at least 6 months, we have identified the link between investment in parenting and desistance. The hypothesis is that investment in parenting has a positive impact on father’s prison experience, parenting sense of competence and it will support desistance process. A semi-structured interview and several questionnaires assessing relational and social life have been used in this context (WHOQOLbrief, EPS, ESUL, educational attitudes, QAECEP). First results highlight that parenting during incarceration can be difficult. Some inmates try to keep it with visits between inmate fathers and their children. These visits are influenced by different factors and have a positive impact on prison experience. Indeed, with these visits, inmates maintain a link with their children. That is a source of support and hope during incarceration. That allows investment in one father’s identity. [less ▲]

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See detailFe2O3 nanoparticle-functionalized N-doped carbon with interconnected, hierarchical porous structures as high-performance electrode for lithium ion batteries
Alkarmo, Walid ULg; Ouhib, Farid ULg; Aqil, Abdelhafid ULg et al

Poster (2016, May 23)

Thanks to their fascinating physical properties such as high surface area, multidimensional electron transport pathways and good mechanical strength, three dimensionally (3D) interconnected carbon porous ... [more ▼]

Thanks to their fascinating physical properties such as high surface area, multidimensional electron transport pathways and good mechanical strength, three dimensionally (3D) interconnected carbon porous frameworks have emerged as attractive materials for various electrochemical energy storage/conversion devices, including Li-ion batteries (LIBs), Li−O2 batteries, Li−S batteries, supercapacitors, and fuel cells. A hierarchically structured macro- and mesoporous N-doped carbon with dispersed Fe2O3 nanoparticles (NDC@Fe2O3) is prepared by thermal treatment of a novel composite composed by PMMA particles decorated by graphene oxide (GO), PPy and iron salts. The NDC@Fe2O3 composite exhibited high surface area with a hierarchical pores structure. Integrated as a lithium ion battery anode, NDC@Fe2O3 exhibited high reversible capacity of 930 mA h/g over 200 cycles. The combination of Fe2O3 nanoparticles with porous carbon to form hybrid anode has been an efficient way to maintain the electronic integrity of the whole electrode since the carbon acts as a buffer layer to accommodate the volume variation and to provide multidimensional electron transport pathways during the charge/discharge process. [less ▲]

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See detailSynthesis of novel poly(vinylamine)-based copolymers with controlled compositions
Dréan; Guégan, Philippe; Detrembleur, Christophe ULg et al

Poster (2016, May 23)

Metal binding, pH sensitivity and polyelectrolytes complexation are key characteristics of amine-containing polymers. Among them, poly(vinylamine)s presenting high amine densities are particularly useful ... [more ▼]

Metal binding, pH sensitivity and polyelectrolytes complexation are key characteristics of amine-containing polymers. Among them, poly(vinylamine)s presenting high amine densities are particularly useful in many fields such as coatings , water purification and gas membrane separation. The properties of such polymers strongly depend on the nature of the amines and can thus be adjusted by incorporating different types of amines along the backbone. In this perspective, we developed a strategy for synthesizing poly(vinylamine)-based (co)polymers containing primary and secondary amines as well as imidazole moieties in predictable proportions. First, radical (co)polymerizations of N-vinylacetamide, N-methylvinylacetamide and vinylimidazole were performed followed by deprotection of the amine functions via acidic hydrolysis of the pendant amides. We determined the reactivity ratios of each comonomer pairs and developed the corresponding Skeist’s model, allowing the prediction of the copolymer compositions and distributions. Following this straightforward approach, novel amine-containing copolymers with predictable and precise compositions were made available and should contribute in the future to the development of the above-mentioned applications. [less ▲]

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See detailPolyphosphoester containing amphiphilic block copolymers as drug nanocarriers
Yilmaz-Ergül, Zeynep ULg; Vanslambrouck, Stéphanie; Thiry, Justine ULg et al

Poster (2016, May 23)

The design of drug delivery systems (DDS) often requires biodegradable and biocompatible materials that allow safe retention and controlled release of the drug. In this respect, poly(ethylene oxide)-b ... [more ▼]

The design of drug delivery systems (DDS) often requires biodegradable and biocompatible materials that allow safe retention and controlled release of the drug. In this respect, poly(ethylene oxide)-b-polyphosphoester amphiphilic block copolymers are known to self-assemble into polymer micelles when placed in water are appropriate drug carriers. In this work, an unsaturated alkene side-chain was introduced on the cyclic phosphate monomer according to a one-step reaction followed by its organocatalyzed polymerization initiated by a poly(ethylene oxide) macroinitiator. After self-assembly into water, the micelles were cross-linked by UV irradiation. Then, these cross-linked micelles have been loaded by doxorubicin, which is a drug to use in cancer therapy. We observed that the doxorubicin loading increased with the number of double bonds on the polyphosphate block of non-cross-linked micelles. This diblock amphiphilic copolymer bearing pendant unsaturations appears thus particularly promising candidate to build micellar drug delivery systems for intravenous injection. [less ▲]

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See detailTuning morphology and surface properties of emulsion-templated porous polymers by controlled radical polymerization
Mathieu, Kevin ULg; Jérôme, Christine ULg; Debuigne, Antoine ULg

Poster (2016, May 23)

Macroporous polymer monoliths with interconnected structures have attracted considerable interests in the last decades and sustain many applications in the fields of supported catalysis, chromatography ... [more ▼]

Macroporous polymer monoliths with interconnected structures have attracted considerable interests in the last decades and sustain many applications in the fields of supported catalysis, chromatography, microfluidic, water purification, membrane separation, tissue engineering, to name but a few. A very popular and straightforward synthetic approach for such open-cell polymers is the High Internal Phase Emulsion (HIPE) polymerization method. The latter consists in three steps: (i) stabilization of an emulsion in which an internal phase with a volume fraction higher than 74% is dispersed within a minor continuous phase containing a polymer network precursor, (ii) curing of the polymer phase by polymerization or crosslinking reactions, (iii) removal of the internal phase to release the porosity. The surface properties and morphology of the polyHIPEs are important features that must be controlled and adjusted for each applications. In this context, we prepared by controlled radical polymerization a series of well-defined amphiphilic copolymers having different hydrophilic-lipophilic balance (HLB) and chain-ends, used it as stabilizers for the emulsion-templated polymerizations and demonstrated the crucial effect of the structure of the macromolecular surfactant on the morphology of the polyHIPEs. Finally, the physical and chemical anchoring of the macromolecular surfactants at the surface pores were also considered for tuning the surface properties of the porous monoliths. [less ▲]

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See detailSynthesis of CO2-sourced hydrogels by using the non-isocyanate polyurethane (NIPU) chemistry
Gennen, Sandro ULg; Grignard, Bruno ULg; Thomassin, Jean-Michel ULg et al

Poster (2016, May 23)

Polyurethane (PUs) is one of the most important polymers and finds applications as elastomers, coatings, adhesives and sealants for automotive or construction. PU is also a material of choice in the ... [more ▼]

Polyurethane (PUs) is one of the most important polymers and finds applications as elastomers, coatings, adhesives and sealants for automotive or construction. PU is also a material of choice in the biomedical domain due to its good biocompatibility, biodegradation and mechanical properties. Especially, PUs hydrogels have been developed in the last years for biomedical applications such as soft contact lenses, wound dressing, drug delivery systems and scaffolds for tissue engineering. Traditionally, PUs are synthesized by a step-growth polymerization between diols and diisocyanates. Because of toxicity issues and a possible interdiction of isocyanates, we focused on developing new PU hydrogels using a non-isocyanate route (Figure 1). The polyurethanes formed by this route are called NIPU (for Non-Isocyanate PolyUrethane). Firstly, chemically cross-linked NIPU gels were synthesized by solvent-free polycondensation between a hydrophilic CO2-sourced polyethyleneglycol bi-cyclic carbonate and a diamine in the presence of a crosslinker. Then, NIPU gels were swelled in water till water equilibrium before characterization of their mechanical properties by compression tests. The influence of the cross-linking ratios (diamine/crosslinker ratio) and diamine structure on the swelling and the compression properties were studied. To reinforce the compression properties of NIPU hydrogel (increase in stress at break, strain at break and compression modulus), a nanofiller was dispersed in the cyclic carbonate/diamine/crosslinker formulation prior to polymerization. For the first time, nanocomposite NIPU hydrogels with high water contents (up to 80%) and good compression properties have been prepared by using low clay content. [less ▲]

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See detailA novel unsupervised clustering approach with multiple data types to reveal fine-level structure
Chaichoompu, Kridsadakorn ULg; Tongsima, Sissades; Shaw, Philip James et al

Poster (2016, May 21)

Introduction: Several methods exist to identify population substructure that is due to shared genetic ancestry or regional proximity. These may be SNP-based or haplotype-based (Price et al. 2006, Lawson ... [more ▼]

Introduction: Several methods exist to identify population substructure that is due to shared genetic ancestry or regional proximity. These may be SNP-based or haplotype-based (Price et al. 2006, Lawson et al. 2012). Here, we present a flexible unsupervised clustering approach that is built on the ipPCA machinery (Intarapanich et al. 2009). Methods: Our method supports both numeric and categorical data, and can be applied to panels of SNPs and/or haplotypes, or gene-based integrative summaries (Fouladi et al. 2015). Unlike ipPCA, our method involves an iterative process using binary and ternary splits based on multivariate Gaussian mixture modeling of PCs and Clustering EM (CEM) estimation as in (Lebret et al. 2015). To assess performance, we considered different simulated scenarios of FST=[0.0005,0.006], 5,000-20,000 independent SNPs in HWE, 500-8,000 individuals, and 2-4 populations (Balding and Nichols 1995), with 100 replicates for each scenario. SNPs were treated as categorical or continuous (including ancestry-corrected SNPs). Haplotype-based runs used HapMap 3 data: CHB-JPT (FST=0.007) and CEU-TSI (FST=0.004). Result and Conclusion: In simulated scenarios of extremely subtle structure (FST=[0.0009,0.002]), a population classification accuracy of 92.56% or greater was obtained, which was superior to ipPCA. Promising results to detect fine structure were also obtained in case of the HapMap populations. We believe that the ability of our approach to detect subtle structure, including outlier individuals, will be important in molecular reclassification studies of patients from whom underlying population patterns have been removed. Grants: KC and KVS acknowledge FNRS, AS acknowledges ANR, ST acknowledges NSTDA, and PJS acknowledges TRF. [less ▲]

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