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See detailApplication of NIR hyperspectral imaging combined to chemometrics to assess the impact of tillage on the root system development of a winter wheat crop
Fraipont, Guillaume ULg; Eylenbosch, Damien ULg; Baeten, Vincent et al

Poster (2016, July)

This poster presents de results of a study of the influence of tillage on the root development of a winter wheat crop. The originality of this research lies in the application of an innovative root ... [more ▼]

This poster presents de results of a study of the influence of tillage on the root development of a winter wheat crop. The originality of this research lies in the application of an innovative root quantification method based on the near infrared hyperspectral imaging. [less ▲]

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See detailInterspecific variation of warning calls in piranhas: comparative analysis
Mélotte, Geoffrey ULg; Michel, Christian ULg; Vigouroux, Régis et al

Poster (2016, July)

Fish sounds are often considered as species-specific with unique temporal and spectral features. Differences between acoustic signals of closely related species could be considered as pre-zygotic barrier ... [more ▼]

Fish sounds are often considered as species-specific with unique temporal and spectral features. Differences between acoustic signals of closely related species could be considered as pre-zygotic barrier and could be related to the evolutionary history of the species. In the present study, sounds were recorded and compared in eight piranha species (Serrasalmus elongatus, Serrasalmus marginatus, Serrasalmus compressus, Serrasalmus manueli, Serrasalmus spilopleura, Serrasalmus rhombeus, Serrasalmus eigenmanni and Pygocentrus nattereri) in order to evaluate the potential role of acoustic communication as a driving force in the clade diversification. The same kind of sound-producing mechanism was found in all the species: sonic muscles originate on vertebrae and attach to a tendon surrounding ventrally the bladder. Contractions of the sound-producing muscles force swimbladder vibration. Having the same kind of sound-producing mechanism, the calling features of the eight piranha species show logically many common characteristics. In all the species, the calls are harmonic sounds composed of several pulses without inter-pulse interval. It was possible to discern species-specific sounds, but the differences among species could be, in part, explained by the size. Only the sounds of S. elongatus and S. manueli are really distinguishable from the other species. Serrasalmus elongatus differed by having a higher number of pulses and high-pitched fundamental frequency, whereas S. manueli differed by having long pulse periods and a low fundamental frequency. In the framework of this study, acoustic communication cannot be considered as the main driving force in the diversification process of piranhas. Behavioral studies are however needed to clearly understand the eventual role of the calls during the spawning events. [less ▲]

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See detailGeochemistry and mineralogy approaches to characterize brick and its lake sediments sources: Antioch Roman City (Southern Turkey)
El Ouahabi, Meriam ULg; Hubert, Aurelia ULg; Benjelloun, Yacine et al

Poster (2016, July)

The Roman aqueduct of Antioch-on-the-Orontes (Southern Turkey) is situated close to the Antioch city. This last is located near the Amik Lake (Lake of Antioch) and close to the junction between the active ... [more ▼]

The Roman aqueduct of Antioch-on-the-Orontes (Southern Turkey) is situated close to the Antioch city. This last is located near the Amik Lake (Lake of Antioch) and close to the junction between the active Dead Sea fault and the East Anatolian fault. During the Roman period, the Amik Plain was more densely occupied than at any time in its history [1]. The study focuses on the bricks and the lake sediments characterization in order to determine the source area as well as the technical production used at this period. For this purpose, several bricks were sampled on different parts of the city's aqueducts. Furthermore, a core of about 6 m of sediments was also collected from the dried Amik Lake. The bricks were characterized through a mineralogical (XRD) and chemical (PIXE-PIGE) approaches. Unfired clay fraction remained as inclusion in the brick was separated and then analysed using XRD. Geochemical composition and clay mineralogy were performed on the raw sediments from the Amik Lake in order to compare the source area. Technological test will be performed on the raw clay sediments from the Amik Lake in the purpose to understand the production techniques used at this time. The age of the brick production was previously dated to the Roman Period [2]. The synthesis of all the data attested the Amik Lake sediment as the raw material for the bricks of the aqueduct. Clay mineral composition from the Roman period deposited in the lake is smectite, illite, kaolinite and small amount of mixed-layer clays. The similar clays composition is found in the remained clays on the brick used for the aqueduct construction. Fast and heterogeneous firing practice characterized the manufacturing of these materials due to the rapid need for the materials during the post-seismic repairs after earthquakes that are mentioned in historical written works. [1] J. Casana, Geomorphology, 101, 429-442 (2008) [2] Y. Benjelloun, J. de Sigoyer, J. Carlut, A. Hubert-Ferrari, H. Dessales, H. Pamir, V. Karabacak, Comptes Rendus Geoscience, 347, 170-180 (2015) [less ▲]

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See detailSolo vs. duet in different virtual rooms: On the consistency of singing quality across conditions
Fischinger, Timo; Kreutz, Gunter; Larrouy, Pauline ULg

Poster (2016, July)

Previous research on vocal pitch accuracy revealed insights into the fundamentals of singing. However, most of the research on singing focused on the analysis of single voices, whereas few aYempts have ... [more ▼]

Previous research on vocal pitch accuracy revealed insights into the fundamentals of singing. However, most of the research on singing focused on the analysis of single voices, whereas few aYempts have been made to tackle the challenge of analyzing mulTtrack recordings of singing ensembles. In addiTon, singers have to adjust their way of singing with respect to a given venue’s acousTcal environment (e.g., small room vs. a comparaTvely large space like a church). If it is common that musical performances are greatly influenced by room acousTcs, studies on the effects of room acousTcal features during ensemble singing are rare. In order to invesTgate singing performances across various condiTons, we manipulated the singing condiTon (unison, canon, solo) as well as the acousTcal feedback by applying diverging virtual rooms. Three duets with female singers (N = 6) were asked to sing three different melodies using headset microphones to record each singer separately. Recordings took place in the communicaTon acousTc simulator (CAS) at the House of Hearing (Oldenburg, Germany) to be able to provide different simulated acousTcal spaces (i.e., cathedral, classroom, and dry condiTon) to the singers. ObjecTve measures were performed on each recording and confirmed that the singers sang the melodies with high precision (small pitch interval deviaTons) hardly affected by singing condiTons or by the type of acousTcal feedback. However, the singers tended to driH (larger deviaTons of the tonal center) when singing in canon compared to solo and unison singing. Overall, the analysis of the pitch accuracy showed a general effect of condiTon (i.e., unison, canon, solo), but no general effect of acousTcal feedback and no interacTon between the two variables under study. [less ▲]

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See detailNew antimalarial compounds isolated from Poupartia borbonica, a Mascarene Islands endemic plant
Ledoux, Allison ULg; Jansen, Olivia ULg; St-Gelais, Alexis et al

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See detailA Frasnian palynological assemblage from the NE Iberian Chain
Rial, Gonzalo; Cascales-Miñana, Borja ULg; Gerrienne, Philippe ULg et al

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See detailObservational signatures of past mass-exchange episodes in massive binaries : The cases of LSS 3074 and HD 17505
Raucq, Françoise ULg; Rauw, Grégor ULg; Gosset, Eric ULg et al

Poster (2016, July)

Mass and angular momentum exchanges through Roche Lobe Overflow interactions within close massive binaries are known to play an important role in the subsequent evolution of the components of such systems ... [more ▼]

Mass and angular momentum exchanges through Roche Lobe Overflow interactions within close massive binaries are known to play an important role in the subsequent evolution of the components of such systems, and produce several observational signatures, such as asynchronous rotation and altered chemical compositions, that remain once the stars detach again. We have started to investigate these effects in a sample of massive O-star binaries that are thought to have previously experienced a Case A Roche Lobe Overflow episode. Using phase-resolved spectroscopy, we perform the disentangling of the optical spectra of the two stars. The reconstructed primary and secondary spectra re then analysed with the CMFGEN model atmosphere code to determine stellar parameters such as the effective temperatures, surface gravities and rotational velocities, and to constrain the chemical composition of the components. In this contribution, we present the results of our analyses of LSS 3074 (O5.5I + O6.5-7I, P = 2.1852 days), together with the analyses of its photometric lightcurve and orbital solution. We also present the first results of our analyses of the triple system HD17505 ([O7.5V + O7.5V, P = 8.57 days] + O6.5III). [less ▲]

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See detailChallenge testing with Brochothrix thermosphacta on minced pork meat shows interest to couple metagenetics to metabolomics to study food spoilage
Baré, Ghislain ULg; Cauchie, Emilie ULg; Leenders, Justine ULg et al

Poster (2016, July)

The spoilage of perishable foods is mainly caused by bacterial activity. The risk of unwanted bacterial growth is particularly high in the minced pork meat. In this work, the natural microbial ... [more ▼]

The spoilage of perishable foods is mainly caused by bacterial activity. The risk of unwanted bacterial growth is particularly high in the minced pork meat. In this work, the natural microbial contaminants of the minced pork meat were followed by 16S ribosomal DNA deep sequencing (metagenetics) during aging tests at different temperatures. Brochothrix thermosphacta MM008 strain was selected as one of the main contaminants responsible for the spoilage of the meat. Minced pork meat previously sterilized by gamma irradiation was inoculated with B. thermosphacta MM008 for challenge tests measuring growth and then incubated at different temperatures. Minced meat samples were taken and analyzed by H-NMR 1D at time 0 and at final time (from 14 to 19 days, depending on the incubation temperature). Orthogonal partial least square discriminant analysis (OPLS-DA) showed that samples, regardless of the incubation temperature, could be splitted into 3 groups according to their spectral profile: 1) samples taken at time 0, 2) samples inoculated with B. thermosphacta and taken at final time, 3) samples uninoculated, taken at final time. From the analysis of the metabolomics data, higher concentrations of glycerol, glucose, taurine, lactate, carnitine, betaine and glycine were identified in the samples of uninoculated minced pork meat and an increased production of creatine, acetate and acetone was found in the samples of minced pork meat inoculated with B. thermosphacta MM008. These observations showed that -omics technologies (metagenetics and metabolomics) could be used conclusively to study microbial spoilage of minced pork meat. [less ▲]

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See detailInternal structures of clusters in driven granular gas
Noirhomme, Martial ULg

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See detailPaleoenvironmental implications in the dried lake sediments (Amik Lake, Southern Turkey)
El Ouahabi, Meriam ULg; Hubert, Aurelia ULg; Vander Auwera, Jacqueline ULg et al

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The Amik Basin in the Eastern Mediterranean region has been continuously inhabited since 6000 – 7000 BC. The study focuses on the sedimentary record of the Amik Lake located in the central part of the ... [more ▼]

The Amik Basin in the Eastern Mediterranean region has been continuously inhabited since 6000 – 7000 BC. The study focuses on the sedimentary record of the Amik Lake located in the central part of the basin. Our objective is to constrain major paleo-environmental changes in the area over the last 4000 years and to unravel possible human impacts on the sedimentation. A diverse array of complementary methods was applied on the 6 m long record. Mineralogical (XRD), and geochemical (XRF) analyses were performed. The age of the record is constrained combining radionuclide and radiocarbon dating. A high sedimentation rate of 0.12 cm/yr was inferred at the studied site. The 4000 years (since ~1800 BC) long record shows that significant fluctuations of the lake level and the riverine system inflow into the Amik Lake occurred. The Late Bronze lowstand led to punctual dryings of the lake at the end of the Bronze/Iron Age transition. At that time, the rivers yielded a large terrigenous input linked to strong soil erosion related mainly to deforestation and exploitation of mineral resources. During the Roman and later periods, upland soils were partly depleted and the riverine system completely transformed by channelization (anthropic) that led to a marshification of the Amik Basin [1]. Chemical and mineralogical composition of sediments is quite diversified reflecting the significant geological variation of drainage basins. Periods with strong aggradation linked to major increase in erosion were identified and characterized by high amount of Cr, Ni and Zr. Levels relatively rich in fluorite, richterite, enstatite, hornblende and chrysotile are a result of the erosion of the ophiolitic rocks from the surrounding Amanos Mountains. These levels are interpreted as periods of relatively high physical erosion, while more humid periods led to more intensive weathering. Consequently, the dominance of kaolinite, muscovite/illite and talc indicates a climate with contrasting seasons. During the most recent period a marked increase in terrigenous minerals associated with a rise in dolomite indicates ungoing erosion as well as the drying-out of the lake. [1] T.J. Wilkinson, L. Rayne, Water History, 2, 115-144 (2010). [less ▲]

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See detailNew fossil evidence of Acrostichum from the Iberian Peninsula reveals the pioneering behaviour of this fern
Moreno-Domínguez, Rafael; Cascales-Miñana, Borja ULg; Diez, José B.

Poster (2016, July)

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See detailPlant-insect interactions from the Late Oligocene Ebro Basin (Estadilla, Huesca, Spain): A preliminary report
Moreno-Domínguez, Rafael; Cascales-Miñana, Borja ULg; Santos, A. A. et al

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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 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 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 detailThe implication of short-term memory in numerical magnitude processing: evidence from Turner syndrome
Attout, Lucie ULg; Noël, Marie-Pascale; Rousselle, Laurence ULg

Poster (2016, June 24)

Most studies on early magnitude representation focused on the visual modality with no possibility to disentangle the influence of visuo-spatial skills and short-term memory (STM) abilities on visual ... [more ▼]

Most studies on early magnitude representation focused on the visual modality with no possibility to disentangle the influence of visuo-spatial skills and short-term memory (STM) abilities on visual quantification processes. In order to specify the influence of visuo-spatial and STM processing on numerical abilities, a series of magnitudes comparison tasks differing on visuo-spatial processing requirement (no/high), on the nature of the magnitude to be processed (continuous/discrete/symbolic magnitude) and on WM demands (simultaneous/sequential presentation) were administred to twenty patients with Turner syndrome (TS), a genetic condition characterized by poor mathematical achievement, low spatial skills and reduced STM abilities. Our results showed a lower acuity than a control group matched on verbal IQ when participants with TS compared the numerical magnitudes of stimuli presented sequentially (low visuo-spatial processing and high STM load: Dot sequence and Sound sequence). No difference was observed in the numerical comparison of sets presented simultaneously or when comparing continuous and symbolic magnitude stimuli. Besides, the group difference in sequential tasks disappeared when controlling for STM abilities. These results highlight the importance of STM abilities to extract numerosity through a sequential presentation and underline the importance of considering the impact of format presentation on magnitude judgments. [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 detailUsing herbarium records to explore the ecological differentiation between closely‐related tree species in tropical Africa
Gorel, Anaïs ULg; Duminil; Doucet, Jean-Louis ULg et al

Poster (2016, June 20)

Background: Tree hypothesis are invoked to explain species distribution and evolutionary history of tree clades in tropical Africa: 1) The forest refuge hypothesis postulates that contractions of lowland ... [more ▼]

Background: Tree hypothesis are invoked to explain species distribution and evolutionary history of tree clades in tropical Africa: 1) The forest refuge hypothesis postulates that contractions of lowland forests during the climatic oscillations of the Pleistocene could have driven allopatric speciation between fragmented populations; 2) The ecological gradient hypothesis states that environmental gradients promote parapatric speciation; 3) The vanishing refuge hypothesis reconciles the two previous hypotheses and postulated a diversification process through climate-driven habitat fragmentation and exposure to new environments. Disentangling the respective influence of environmental and historical factors requires information on phylogeny, as well as information on geography and the environmental space used by species. In this study, we aimed to determine the environmental factors constraining the distribution of African tree species in order to explore ecological divergence and speciation processes. Method: We focused on three African Erythrophleum species (Fabaceae, Caesalpinioideae) that are economically and socially important, providing timber and non-timber resources. Erythrophleum ivorense, Erythrophleum suaveolens and Erythrophleum africanum also show contrasted distributions in Africa. To determine species climatic niche, we used a combination of species presence data gathered from 606 herbarium records and environmental factors (19 BIOCLIM variables). We used Species Distribution Models (SDM, MaxEnt algorithm) in combination with similarity metrics to quantify the degree of niche divergence between species. Results: We showed that the distribution of Erythrophleum species are substantially determined by climate (especially annual rainfall and temperature range) and support the ecological gradient hypothesis. Moreover, the main traits (e.g. wood density and leaf area) and growth rates previously reported among Erythrophleum species confirmed a differential adaptation to drought. Conclusion: Herbarium data provide valuable information on the distribution of species over the whole range. In tropical regions where extensive inventories data are extremely rare, herbarium records in combination with presence-only SDM offer opportunities to explore speciation processes. [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

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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 detailSequence-based association analysis identifies coding and non-coding variants in HFM1, MLH3, MSH4, MSH5, RNF212 and RNF212B with large effects on male and female recombination rate in cattle
Kadri, Naveen Kumar ULg; Harland, Chad ULg; Faux, Pierre ULg et al

Poster (2016, June 15)

We herein study genetic recombination in three dairy cattle populations from France, New-Zealand and the Netherlands. We identify 2,395,177 crossover (CO) events in sperm cells transmitted by 2,940 sires ... [more ▼]

We herein study genetic recombination in three dairy cattle populations from France, New-Zealand and the Netherlands. We identify 2,395,177 crossover (CO) events in sperm cells transmitted by 2,940 sires to 94,516 offspring, and 579,996 CO events in oocytes transmitted by 11,461 cows to 25,332 offspring. When measured in identical family structures, the average number of CO in males (23.3) was found to be larger than in females (21.4). The heritability of global recombination rate (GRR) was estimated at 0.13 in males and 0.08 in females. The genetic correlation was equal to 0.66, indicating that shared variants are influencing GRR in both genders. Haplotype-based genome-wide association studies revealed seven genome-wide significant QTL. Variants identified by next-generating sequencing in 5 Mb windows encompassing the QTL peaks were imputed in order to perform a sequence-based association analysis. For four QTLs, we identified missense mutations in genes known to be involved in meiotic recombination among the most significantly associated variants. Most of the identified mutations had significant effects in both genders with three of them accounting each for approximately 10% of the genetic variance in males (the allelic substitution effect being approximately equal to one additional CO per genome). Thus, a large fraction of the genetic variance is associated with missense mutations in genes known to be involved in meiotic recombination. Our results are very different from reports of recombination in other species. For instance, in human, recombination rate is higher in females, distinct variants affect recombination rate in males and females, and the genetic correlation is close to 0, whereas in cattle, we observed a higher recombination rate in males controlled by shared variants effective in both sexes. [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

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See detailHOME BLOOD PRESSURE IN KIDNEY TRANSPLANT RECIPIENTS (Ktr)-VALIDITY OF DIFFERENT SCHEDULES OF SELF-MONITORING
Saint-Remy, Annie ULg; WEEKERS, Laurent ULg; BONVOISIN, Catherine ULg et al

Poster (2016, June 11)

Office blood pressure (OBP) coupled with 24-h ambulatory monitoring (24-h ABPM) or home self-monitoring (HBPM) allow a more accurate assessment of BP control in treated hypertensive patients and ... [more ▼]

Office blood pressure (OBP) coupled with 24-h ambulatory monitoring (24-h ABPM) or home self-monitoring (HBPM) allow a more accurate assessment of BP control in treated hypertensive patients and identification of different phenotypes of BP. ESH/ESC guidelines (2013) recommended 7 days of home measurements (3 days at least) but that duration is questioned. The present study examined if we can reduce, and to what extent, the 7-days schedule for home measurements in treated hypertensive kidney transplant recipients (ktr) while keeping a reliable assessment of their BP status? [less ▲]

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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

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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

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

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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 detail50Hz EMF and public health policy: The involvement of the Belgian BioElectroMagnetics Group
Ledent, Maryse ULg; Maes, Annemarie; De Ridder, Maurits et al

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The BBEMG website (www.bbemg.be) aims to present the results of the research teams of the Belgian BioElectroMagnetics Group, to inform about electric and magnetic fields and their potential health effects ... [more ▼]

The BBEMG website (www.bbemg.be) aims to present the results of the research teams of the Belgian BioElectroMagnetics Group, to inform about electric and magnetic fields and their potential health effects, and to become a centre of documentation and education able to provide understandable and correct information regarding 50 Hz electric and magnetic fields to the general public, physicians, scientists, public officials... This paper is focusing on the involvement of the BBEMG through its website in the Belgian public policy, its identified goals and how it is implemented and evaluated. Challenges will also be analysed. [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

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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

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

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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 detailPhysiological response to training and competition in 1-star to 4-star eventing horses
KIRSCH, Katharina; Düe, Michael; Holzhausen, Hermann et al

Poster (2016, June)

Abstract 034 – Physiological response to training and competition in 1-star to 4-star eventing horses – Post Review Authors’ names and affiliations Author 1: Katharina Kirsch* (German Olympic Committee ... [more ▼]

Abstract 034 – Physiological response to training and competition in 1-star to 4-star eventing horses – Post Review Authors’ names and affiliations Author 1: Katharina Kirsch* (German Olympic Committee for Equestrian Sports, Germany and PhD Student, University of Liège, Belgium) Author 2: Michael Düe (German Equestrian Federation, Germany) Author 3: Hermann Holzhausen (Olympic Support Center Westphalia – Warendorf, Germany) Author 4: Stephanie Horstmann (German Olympic Committee for Equestrian Sports, Germany) Author 5: Markus Scharmann (German Equestrian Federation, Germany) Author 6: Charlotte Sandersen (University of Liège, Belgium) *Address of the presenting author: Katharina Kirsch, Freiherr-von-Langen-Str. 15, 48231 Warendorf, GERMANY E-mail of the presenting author: kkirsch@fn-dokr.de Abstract Physiological response to training and competition in 1-star to 4-star eventing horses To prepare horses for the requirements of international eventing competitions and simultaneously maintain their health and welfare, appropriate training is mandatory. Specific training and competition management necessitates information about exercise intensities and fitness, which are usually assessed by standardized exercise tests. Our purpose was to identify parameters whose measurement can be largely integrated in the daily training and competition routine and which provide information on fitness and adequacy of applied training. Further, we evaluated training and competition intensities of eventing horses, based on data generated by a proportionally large group of horses over several years. Data of 187 horses from 1-star to 4-star level over a time period of six years were collected during 410 training sessions and 916 Cross Country rides, including measurement of covered distance and speed (GPS, Fidelak EquiPILOT), continuously recording of heart rate (HR) (Polar T52H) and determination of blood lactate concentrations (BLC) (Dr. Lange photometer). Characteristics of the track, altitude profile, ambient temperature and humidity were recorded at each session. The results of the one-way ANOVA indicated a significant effect of competition level on HR (F3,373=23.29; p<0.001) and BLC (F3,763=46.12; p<0.001). Under competition conditions, HR and BLC increased from 1-star to 3-star level (1-star: HR=194±9 bpm, BLC=7.7±5.6 mmol/l; 2-star: HR=198±9 bpm, BLC=9.6±6.2 mmol/l; 3-star: HR=205±10, BLC=15.6±9.8 mmol/l; 4-star: HR=207±2 bpm, BLC=12.4±9.3 mmol/l), while under training conditions, they decreased with increasing competition level (1-star: HR=184±29 bpm; BLC=18.9±11.1 mmol/l; 2-star: HR=182±19 bpm; BLC=12.1±9.0; 3-star: HR=174±25 bpm; BLC=6.9±7.1 mmol/l; 4-star: HR=161±24 bpm, BLC=4.0±5.6 mmol/l). On 1-/2-star level, BLCs after training exceeded those after competition. Reverse applied for 3-/4-star level. On 3-star level, the percentage of HRs above 200 bpm during Cross Country was considerably greater than on lower levels (1-star: 33%; 2-star: 54%; 3-star: 94%). The competition format (CCI/CIC) had no significant effect on the progress of HR. The altitude profile however, had a significant effect on HR (F1,201=26.72, p<0.001) and BLC (F1,89=25.56; p<0.001). Evaluation of physiological response to training and competition through implementation of measurement technology allows an assessment of the different impacts on exercise intensities and should be more commonly used to assess appropriateness of training and competition management in eventing horses. It should be further investigated if the detected discrepancies in the response to training and competition between levels are a result of different fitness ore varying training strategies. LP To meet the demands of international Eventing competitions, a systematic training of horses is necessary. Close monitoring of physiological response to exercise during training and competition can help to improve training. Keywords Exercise physiology; training; eventing; heart rate; lactate. [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

Poster (2016, June)

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 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 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 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 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 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 detailSeasonal variation in human COGNITIVE brain responses
Meyer, Christelle; Muto, Vincenzo ULg; Jaspar, Mathieu ULg et al

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See detailSome results about diametral dimensions
Demeulenaere, Loïc ULg

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

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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 detailImportance de l’utilisation du Système d’Information Géographique pour les vastes sites de plein air du Paléolithique moyen en France septentrionale. L’Exemple de Caours (Somme, France) et Beauvais (Oise, France).
Moreau, Gwénaëlle ULg; Locht, Jean-Luc

Poster (2016, June)

During the middle Palaeolithic, the northern France was only occupied by Neanderthals groups. However, successions of glacial and interglacial cycles explain a complex and discontinuous settlement ... [more ▼]

During the middle Palaeolithic, the northern France was only occupied by Neanderthals groups. However, successions of glacial and interglacial cycles explain a complex and discontinuous settlement, raising complication in the study of its dynamics at a regional scale. Therefore, some aspects of Neanderthals behaviour are still mischaracterize: in most cases, the function of the site and its territorial management over the northern France have to be specified. The spatial analysis of open air sites from northern France will help us to answer those questions. However, for Middle Palaeolithic sites, we can’t see systematically on the field the spatial organisation directly, we sometimes need modelization. Therefore, we started to build a spatial analysis protocol adapted to this site and applied to such sites. The sites of Caours (Somme, France) and Beauvais (Oise, France) are two open air sites that are exceptionally well preserved and displaying a large amount of faunal and lithic rests. Both are perfect candidate to apply and test the new protocol. First results proved that for each site the existence of a spatial organisation as remains concentration zones. Then, we characterize this areas – number, distribution. Finally, we were able to associate them to human activity areas like hearths, butchery or knapping areas. [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 detailAnalogical reasoning in children with Specific Language Impairment: Evidence from a scene analogy task
Krzemien, Magali ULg; Jemel, Boutheina; Maillart, Christelle ULg

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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 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

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

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

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

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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

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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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