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See detailThe diversity and tolerance to osmotic stress of East Antarctic filamentous Cyanobacteria
Obbels, Dagmar; Verleyen, Elie; Tytgat, Bjorn et al

Poster (2013, July)

Filamentous cyanobacteria are keystone species in Antarctic lake ecosystems; they are the basis of the simple foodwebs, play a crucial role in biogeochemical cycling and form the structure of benthic ... [more ▼]

Filamentous cyanobacteria are keystone species in Antarctic lake ecosystems; they are the basis of the simple foodwebs, play a crucial role in biogeochemical cycling and form the structure of benthic microbial mats which act as habitats for other prokaryotic and (micro-eukaryotic biota. Despite this, little is known about their diversity, adaptation and survival strategies in the extreme Antarctic conditions. We studied the uncultivated prokaryotic diversity using a 454 metagenomic analysis at the 16S rRNA level (V1-V3 region) in Continental Antarctic lakes situated along a conductivity gradient (0.014-142.02 mS/cm). The quality and length of the amplicons was analyzed with a custom-made Mothur pipeline and the resulting sequences were mapped against the Greengenes database, which includes CyanoDB. Almost 27% of the sequences could be assigned to the phylum of the cyanobacteria. The most abundant cyanobacteria in the dataset belonged to the genera Microcoleus, Leptolyngbya, Pseudanabaena, Nodularia and Phormidum. Some 16S rRNA types (at the 97% similarity level), such as sequences related to Leptolynbya antarctica, were present in both freshwater and hypersaline lakes. In order to further investigate this distribution, we isolated filaments of Leptolyngbya from seven lakes with conductivities ranging between 26.8 mS/cm and 0.038 mS/cm. The complete 16S rRNA and ITS genes of the isolates were subsequently sequenced. We found several 16S types related to different lineages of filamentous cyanobacteria in the seven lakes that were supported by ITS data. Two 16S types, belonging to a Leptolyngbya antarctica and Leptolyngbya sp., were each present in two different freshwater lakes. Two different 16S types, both belonging to Leptolynbya antarctica were present in a freshwater and hypersaline lake, which indicates a high ‘intraspecific’ molecular diversity. In order to better understand the adaptation and/or wide tolerance to osmotic stress, we are currently performing ecophysiological experiments with these isolates aimed at assessing the potential local adaptation of these strains to conductivity and desiccation. [less ▲]

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See detailBioregionalisation and biodiversity of Cyanobacterial communities in East- Antarctic lakes
De Carvalho Maalouf, Pedro ULg; Stelmach Pessi, Igor ULg; Verleyen, Elie et al

Poster (2013, July)

On the Antarctic continent, ice-free regions represent only 0.3% of the total surface area. In these regions, cyanobacteria are one of the dominant phototrophs and primary producers, forming cohesive ... [more ▼]

On the Antarctic continent, ice-free regions represent only 0.3% of the total surface area. In these regions, cyanobacteria are one of the dominant phototrophs and primary producers, forming cohesive benthic mats in lakes and other aquatic habitats. Using a recent compilation of published biodiversity data from Antarctica and the sub-Antarctic islands in combination with physical factors and expert-defined bioregions, Terauds et al. (2012) identified 15 biologically distinct ice-free Antarctic Conservation Biogeographic Regions (ACBRs). However, the degree and nature of bioregionalisation in Antarctic cyanobacterial communities is still largely unknown. In this study, cyanobacterial diversity was analysed using Denaturating Gradient Gel Electrophoresis (DGGE) on a partial 16S rRNA sequence (ca 400 bp) in 50 microbial mats originating from five of the seven ACBRs identified in East Antarctica. Comparison of the sequences with those available in GenBank was carried out to assess the geographical distribution of the taxa on both local and global scales. A total of 35 Operational Taxonomic Units (OTUs, group of sequences with more than 98.5% sequence similarity) was obtained for all samples. Moreover, the taxonomic turnover between the five ACBRs was relatively low, as 69.5% of the OTUs were present in 2 or 3 bioregions. Consistent with previous findings, a large proportion (37%) of the OTUs was restricted to the “cold biosphere”, and 17% appeared potentially endemic to the Antarctic continent. These results suggest that the patterns of bioregionalisation in East Antarctic cyanobacteria are different than the ACBR scheme. Therefore, it would be useful to study the microbial bioregionalisation in more detail and using less conserved molecular taxonomic markers than the 16S rRNA gene, such as the ITS region. Moreover, since DGGE only provides information on the dominant taxa in microbial assemblages, a high-throughput screening is currently being performed. [less ▲]

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See detailBiodiversity studies in Open-Top Chambers in continental Antarctica
Mano, Marie-José ULg; Namsaraev, Zorigto; Obbels, Dagmar et al

Poster (2013, July)

Open Top Chambers are passive warming systems used to experimentally assess the effect of climate change on terrestrial ecosystems, and they were used in several Antarctic regions to study the response of ... [more ▼]

Open Top Chambers are passive warming systems used to experimentally assess the effect of climate change on terrestrial ecosystems, and they were used in several Antarctic regions to study the response of biotic communities. In the BELSPO BELDIVA project, OTCs were used in continental Eastern Antarctica, where environmental conditions are very extreme. In January 2010, 8 Open-Top Chambers (OTC) were installed in four ice-free regions of the Sör Rondane Mountains, namely on the Utsteinen ridge, the Tanngarden granite outcrop, the Teltet nunatak and the fourth nunatak of the Pingvinane range. [less ▲]

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See detailJob satisfaction and self-efficacy to manage dementia in home caregivers: Effects of a three-day intervention
Marquet, Manon ULg; Missotten, Pierre ULg; Charlot, Valentine ULg et al

Poster (2013, July)

There is a growing need for interventions designed to help professionals who care for people with dementia. Nevertheless, most existing programs are developed for professionals working in institutional ... [more ▼]

There is a growing need for interventions designed to help professionals who care for people with dementia. Nevertheless, most existing programs are developed for professionals working in institutional settings. Thus, the objectives of our study are to evaluate the effectiveness of a three-day program aimed at training home help services (n=19). This intervention is targeted to enhance knowledge about dementia and help professionals to develop problem-solving strategies applicable to their everyday practice. Statistical analyses were based on self-report questionnaires administered before and after the intervention. Results indicate that participants find focused-problem coping to be more helpful after training and have better knowledge about dementia. Moreover, the program produces enhancement of job satisfaction and lower ageism scores. These findings are promising and suggest that a brief program can be effective to help caregivers of home-based services dealing with dementia problems. [less ▲]

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See detailStudies on the Influence of Different Grain-sized Titania Scattering Layers for Dye Sensitized Solar Cells
Thalluri, Venkata Visveswara Gopala Kris ULg; Henrist, Catherine ULg; Vertruyen, Bénédicte ULg et al

Poster (2013, July)

The efficiencies of dye sensitized solar cells (DSCs) are boosted up to 12% by NIR light harvesting dyes and with the usage of scattering layer in the device preparation.The importance of Titania ... [more ▼]

The efficiencies of dye sensitized solar cells (DSCs) are boosted up to 12% by NIR light harvesting dyes and with the usage of scattering layer in the device preparation.The importance of Titania scattering layers was studied as a part of this work. These scattering layers were prepared from two different grain-sizes (100 nm & 500 nm) for SQ2-NIR and N3-UV/Vis DSCs. The 100 nm grain-sized Titania paste was commercially supplied and 500 nm grain-sized Titania paste was prepared according to literature. The morphological and structural properties of these bigger grain-sized Titania layers were deliberated by using and Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) and X-Ray diffraction (XRD) measurements. The influence of these bigger grain-sized Titania scattering layers in SQ2-NIR and N3-UV/Vis DSCs were expounded by using various electro-optical characterization techniques such as light I-V, electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) shown in Figure 1 and external quantum efficiency (EQE) measurements. The importance of understanding the influence of these bigger grain-sized scattering Titania layers could pave a way for future design and optimizing of DSCs for increasing the amount of light harvesting. [less ▲]

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See detailDo fluid intelligence and executive functioning protect from age-related decline in cognitive control?
Manard, Marine ULg; Lorant, Caroline ULg; Collette, Fabienne ULg

Poster (2013, July)

Age-related studies on cognitive control suggest a decline in proactive control whereas reactive control remains intact (Braver, Gray, & Burgess, 2007). This study was designed to investigate the ... [more ▼]

Age-related studies on cognitive control suggest a decline in proactive control whereas reactive control remains intact (Braver, Gray, & Burgess, 2007). This study was designed to investigate the potential influence of fluid intelligence (Raven’s Advanced Progressive Matrices) and general executive functioning (Executive composite score from executive assessment) on cognitive control abilities during normal aging. Cognitive control was assessed using a computerized version of the Stroop paradigm in which proactive and reactive control processes were pseudo randomly engaged by varying the amount of interference across the task. Thirteen young and 27 older adults were included in this study. In the whole sample, results confirmed a significant age-related decline in proactive control. However, when older adults were divided in high- and low fluid intelligence subgroups, only older adults with low fluid intelligence showed a significant decline in proactive control compared to younger adults and this difference disappeared for older adults with high fluid intelligence level. When older adults were distinguished according to high and low executive capacities, the analysis revealed that, compared to the young ones, older adults with low executive functioning showed a general cognitive control decline (proactive and reactive processes). However, differences disappeared when young adults were compared to older adults with a high executive functioning. Accuracy results suggested that older adults have a slower but spared access to goal-representations that are necessary to correctly manage interference. So, this study confirmed the previous results obtained by Braver et al. (2007), but also suggest an influence of fluid intelligence and executive resources that seems important to take into account to investigate age-related decline in reactive and proactive cognitive control processes. [less ▲]

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See detailPerception of the Duration of time: a Developmental Semiology from 2:6 to 12 years, general population versus atypical, and elaboration of a parental questionnaire assessment
SCHOLL, Jean-Marc ULg; Delvenne, Véronique

Poster (2013, July)

Introduction The perception of time is usually considered from sequential time but there are not any semiological markers of the capacity to apprehend the duration of time. Hypothesis The “capacity to ... [more ▼]

Introduction The perception of time is usually considered from sequential time but there are not any semiological markers of the capacity to apprehend the duration of time. Hypothesis The “capacity to feel the passage of time” is determinable by “semiological markers” in everyday life. Method Elaboration of a parental questionnaire (Likert scale); 2 samples from 2:6 to 12 years: 827 in general population and 297 in transnosographic population with psychological therapy; logistic regression; percentiles curves. Results General population: perception of the passage of time is gradually acquired; full competence at 9 years. The apprehension of sequential time is quasi maximum at 4 years. Atypical population: perception of the passage of time delayed of 18 months; important difficulties remain at 13 years. The apprehension of sequential time is delayed; at 13 years it remains bad at percentile 95. No differences according to the sex. Presentation of a short questionnaire for assessment. [less ▲]

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See detailInfluence of emotional content of items on cryptomnesia
Beaufort, Aline ULg; Brédart, Serge ULg; Perfect, Timothy J. et al

Poster (2013, July)

Although the link between emotion and memory has been demonstrated for long, only one study has examined the impact of emotion on inadvertent plagiarism (cryptomnesia) up to now (Gingerich & Dodson, 2012 ... [more ▼]

Although the link between emotion and memory has been demonstrated for long, only one study has examined the impact of emotion on inadvertent plagiarism (cryptomnesia) up to now (Gingerich & Dodson, 2012). The Gingerich and Dodson‘s experiment examined the impact of mood on unintentional plagiarism. The present study examined the effect of emotional content of items on the occurrence of unintentional plagiarism using the Brown and Murphy paradigm (1989). In a first stage, same-sex dyads (96 participants, 48 men, mean age=21.5 years) were asked to generate alternately words corresponding to an emotional category. Three categories were proposed to our participants: positive, neutral and negative. Participants returned after a one week-delay and were instructed (1) to recall the items generated by themselves one week earlier (RO task), (2) to generate four new items for each category (GN task), and (3) to assign a confidence rating. In the RO task, almost 17% of responses were plagiarisms and the percentage almost reached 9% in the GN task. In the RO task, plagiarism was significantly higher for positive than neutral items. In addition, positive and negative items were better recalled than neutral one. These results demonstrate an impact of the emotional content on inadvertent plagiarism. [less ▲]

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See detailInternet-based physical activity promotion: Are older adults ready for this?
Mouton, Alexandre ULg; Cloes, Marc ULg

Poster (2013, July)

Despite the numerous health benefits, population physical activity (PA) levels are low and decline with age. In Belgium, people older than 60 years will represent more than a third of the entire ... [more ▼]

Despite the numerous health benefits, population physical activity (PA) levels are low and decline with age. In Belgium, people older than 60 years will represent more than a third of the entire population in 2050, with some major implications in terms of public health cost. Faced with this issue, innovative interventions to promote PA in older adults are of major interest. The Internet holds potential for delivering effective PA interventions. Besides, older adults are the largest-growing group of Internet users. Therefore, the main purpose of this study was to explore the opinion of older adults about Internet-based PA promotion. First, 75 older adults (73.75 ± 5.77 years) fulfilled a questionnaire about their PA stage of change, motivation about PA and opinion about several elements that could be included in an Internet-based PA website. Then, they were asked to participate in an unique session of “home exercising”. Finally, in a subsequent interview, they had to give their opinion about the inclusion of this kind of session in an Internet-based PA website. Only 48% of the participants met the official guidelines for PA. A regular access to the Internet was observed for 57.3% of the participants, with a significantly higher access for the younger ones (p = .014). Based on a 4-point Likert scale, the most popular topics for an Internet-based intervention were “PA social forum” (3.3/4), “PA local opportunities” (3.2/4), “PA local agenda” (3.1/4), “Benefits of PA” (3.1/4) and “PA programs” (3.1/4). According to the participants, the inclusion of “home exercising” in an internet-based PA website would be appreciated (7.85/10), adapted (8.78/10) and likely to be self-implemented at home (6.96/10). Findings suggest that an internet-based PA promotion may be acceptable for older people. Social and neighborhood environment elements appear to be essential in order to support the motivation for a regular PA practice. [less ▲]

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See detailNew format of the quality of life systemic inventory for children (QLSI-C): preliminary results
Toucheque, Malorie ULg; Tilkin, Caroline; Etienne, Anne-Marie ULg

Poster (2013, July)

Background: This study assesses the test-retest reliability of the QLSI-C iPad version. Methods: Sample consisted of 40 children aged 8 to 12 years which completed QLSI-C twice over a two-week delay ... [more ▼]

Background: This study assesses the test-retest reliability of the QLSI-C iPad version. Methods: Sample consisted of 40 children aged 8 to 12 years which completed QLSI-C twice over a two-week delay. Participants were divided into 3 groups: 13 participants completed iPad (T0) – paper (T1) version, 13 others filled paper (T0) – iPad (T1) and 14 answered iPad (T0) – iPad (T1). Findings: Analysis of variance indicates that group effect (F(2,37) = 1,27, p = 0,29) and time effect (F(2,37) = 0,04, p= 0,84) is not statistically significant nor the interaction effect (F(2,37) = 0,08 p = 0,92). Correlations for the 5 global scores between iPad – iPad version is from .63 to .91 and between the 2 different formats is from .40 to .87. Discussion: QLSI-C test-retest stability and paper – iPad version equivalence are good. This new format is more attractive for children, decreases time for administration and makes easier the encoding. [less ▲]

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See detailCHANGING THE ELECTRONIC DENSITY OF THE DISTAL PHENYL RING OF 4-ARYL-1,2,3,6-TETRAHYDROPYRIDINE DERIVATIVES TO INFLUENCE THE AFFINITY FOR 5-HT1A RECEPTORS
Liégeois, Jean-François ULg; Lespagnard, Marc; Meneses-Salas, Elsa et al

Poster (2013, July)

4-Phenyl-1,2,3,6-tetrahydropyridine(THP) moiety was shown to be favourable compared to the classical 4-phenyl-piperazine in terms of affinity for 5-HT1A receptors in a series of 4-arylpiperazine-ethyl ... [more ▼]

4-Phenyl-1,2,3,6-tetrahydropyridine(THP) moiety was shown to be favourable compared to the classical 4-phenyl-piperazine in terms of affinity for 5-HT1A receptors in a series of 4-arylpiperazine-ethyl carboxamides. The almost planar orientation found in the 4-phenyl-1,2,3,6-THP compounds appeared to be an important spatial requirement for an optimal interaction with the 5-HT1A receptor in this series. This orientation tends to stabilize the ligand binding by an edge-to-face CH-Π interaction between the phenyl ring of the 4-phenyl-1,2,3,6-THP compounds and the side chain of the Phe 6.52 residue in the binding pocket .In the present study, the electronic distribution of the distal benzene ring is modified by introducing substituents with different electronic and/or physicochemical characteristics to explore the impact on this interaction on the affinity for 5-HT1A receptors. These substituents were placed either in 4 or 3 and 5 position of the distal ring in order to avoid a sterical constraint if present in 2 or 6 position. In a quinoxalinamide series, the 3,5-dimethyl substituted analogue has the highest affinity for 5-HT1A receptors as expected. A reinforced interaction with the Phe 6.52 residue might explain this affinity but increased basicity and lipophilicity might also have a role. [less ▲]

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See detailMorphometric analyses of the normal suspensory ligament in Standardbreds
Shikh Al Sook, Mohamad Khir ULg; Antoine, Nadine ULg; Piret, Joëlle ULg et al

Poster (2013, July)

The suspensory ligament (SL) is composed of connective tissue (CT) with a variable proportion of muscle (MT) and adipose tissue (AT). The aim of our study is to quantify the CT, MT and AT within the SL in ... [more ▼]

The suspensory ligament (SL) is composed of connective tissue (CT) with a variable proportion of muscle (MT) and adipose tissue (AT). The aim of our study is to quantify the CT, MT and AT within the SL in sound horses. Right limbs from 11 horses were collected. Samples from 6 levels of the SL were embedded in paraffin or in Tissue-Tek®. Most of the paraffin sections were shredded. Using the cryosection, some artefacts appeared. Cryoprotection was carried out, which produced the best results. Hematoxylin–phloxine–saffron and Hematoxylin–eosin gave a good contrast of colours between the tissues allowing the use of an image analysis programme. The percentage of MT and AT decreased significantly (P < 0.0001), whereas the percentage of CT increased significantly (P < 0.0001) with age and when descending from the proximal to the distal level of the SL. The percentage of MT was significantly higher (P < 0.0001) in females than males, while the percentage of CT was significantly higher (P < 0.0001) in males than females. The percentage of AT was significantly higher (P = 0.0278) in pelvic limbs than in thoracic limbs. These results confirm the variation in tissue composition within the SL of sound horses. [less ▲]

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See detailInnovative analytical strategy using ion-mobility for structural or functional selenium isomers identification by ion mobility spectrometry
Far, Johann ULg; Kune, Christopher ULg; Lobinski, Ryszard et al

Poster (2013, July)

Selenium (Se) is a trace element which is both essential and toxic depending on its concentration and its chemical form. Se-rich yeast is one of the most popular Se source for supplementation. The ... [more ▼]

Selenium (Se) is a trace element which is both essential and toxic depending on its concentration and its chemical form. Se-rich yeast is one of the most popular Se source for supplementation. The classical method of speciation is related to multidimensional liquid chromatography (LC) hyphenated to mass spectrometry (MS) Recent advances in Se speciation led to greatly improve the Se speciation in these samples but isomers identification and quantification remain challenging. This work focuses on the elaboration of an innovative analytical strategy for the detection and the structural elucidation of isobaric selenium compounds present in Se-rich yeast. A specific complex formation agent acts as a chemical probe for the detection of chemical function. The addition of a complexing agent can improve the discrimination between structural or functional Se isomers using ion mobility techniques as Ion Mobility Spectrometry (IMS) by increasing the molecular weight (i.e. the m/z ratio in MS) and the collision cross section of a target ion after selective complexation. This Ion Mobility orthogonal separation improves the structural elucidation. Crown ethers used as shifting agents can specifically form complexes with primary amines. The addition of crown ether to different low molecular weight fractions obtained by multidimensional LC of a water extract from Se-rich yeast permitted to detect Se isomers and confirmed their structure using IMS. [less ▲]

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See detailDevelopment of an analytical strategy to measure major selenium-containing species in juvenile turtles (Trachemys scripta scripta) by SAX-HPLC-ICP MS
Far, Johann ULg; Dyc, Christelle; Das, Krishna ULg et al

Poster (2013, July)

Sea turtles are exposed to many environmental elements such as selenium (Se). Sea turtles are listed under the Red List of threatened species by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. It is ... [more ▼]

Sea turtles are exposed to many environmental elements such as selenium (Se). Sea turtles are listed under the Red List of threatened species by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. It is thus mandatory to use low-invasive tissue collection (skin, carapace, blood ) for estimating Se exposure in these highly protected turtles. For this purpose, a biological modal Trachemys scripta scripta (or slider turtle) was selected. For two months, juvenile turtles were dietary exposed to Se by spiking the food with Selenomethionine (SeMet) or Methionine as control groups. Individuals were sacrificed after different time of exposure and tissues (skin, liver, muscle, carapace and blood) collected to perform Se speciation and determine some biological endpoints. An analytical strategy was developed to cope with the very low amount of available sample. It is briefly consisting by reduction, alkylation and proteolysis of the entire freeze-dried tissues followed by sample clean-up using ultra-filtration membrane. Then anion exchange HPLC using salt and pH gradient was developed to prevent the introduction of organic solvents, which cause severe fooling of ICP MS and avoid ultra-trace analyses of sea water in routine analysis. This method successfully achieved the detection and quantification at ppm level of expected species (i.e SeMet, selenocysteine, inorganic Se) and also unknown species but their relative amounts were time and tissues dependent. [less ▲]

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See detailReferee education in Wallonia - The case of the team sports with interpenetration
Van Hoye, Martin ULg; Mottard, Baptiste; Cloes, Marc ULg

Poster (2013, July)

The referees are responsible for the proper progress of sports competitions. However, it is clear that very few studies are devoted to them, particularly with regard to their training. The aim of this ... [more ▼]

The referees are responsible for the proper progress of sports competitions. However, it is clear that very few studies are devoted to them, particularly with regard to their training. The aim of this study was to analyze the Wallonian situation in five federations: basketball, football, handball, hockey and rugby. We conducted semi-structured interviews with three officials of their refereeing commission. After the analysis of the data, subjects gave a feedback on the synthesis of the interviews (Friedberg, 1994). The SONAL software (v.1.6.11; Alber, 2010) allowed us to process the data. According to our subjects, no federation is genuinely interested by referees, as they prefer to focus more on other aspects ("sport for all", "promotion of their sport", "notoriety of the national team" …). The referee courses are purely theoretical and concluded with an examination (15/15). Then, supervisors follow the referees on the field but the lack of human resources is a real problem (15/15). Only the basketball federation offers learning levels, allowing a gradual advancement. The career-long learning is based on supervisions but also on seminars. The field's experience is the most important factor (15/15) to improve (Pizerra and Laborde, 2011). We noticed also that the football federation implemented refereeing training centers while the basketball federation has established a school of refereeing. In addition, the rugby referee educators must have a certificate of the international refereeing commission while any special skills are requested in the other federations. Except in hockey, all courses are free. In the five federations, the structures are extremely different. An identical framework with different invariable levels, as in coach education (Theunissen, 2007), could facilitate the implementation of interdisciplinary training. [less ▲]

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See detailEvaluating the psychological impact of practice dispatch-assisted cardiopulmonary instructions using the ALERT protocol: preliminary results in Liege dispatching centre.
Hirtz, Elodie; Ghuysen, Alexandre ULg; STIPULANTE, Samuel ULg et al

Poster (2013, July)

ABSTRACT Background. The ALERT algorithm, an effective compression-only phone cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) protocol has the potential to help bystanders initiate CPR. This study evaluates the ... [more ▼]

ABSTRACT Background. The ALERT algorithm, an effective compression-only phone cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) protocol has the potential to help bystanders initiate CPR. This study evaluates the psychological impact of the CPR’s practice on untrained persons (UP). Methods. This is a quasi experimental longitudinal study (n = 153). We used: demographics data, CPR’ emotional characteristics; the Peritraumatic Dissociative Experiences Questionnaire ; the Way of Coping Check List and the Impact of Event Scale. Findings. Two psychological profiles: UP at high risk to develop a post traumatic disorder (higher average scores ; high emotional distress during the CPR) versus UP at low risk. Discussion. These preliminary results highlight the importance of identifying the psychological profile of the UP. For a CPR, UP at high risk should be treated differently: first, take the time to reduce emotional distress and then only talk about the CPR. This step could reduce the risk for PTSD [less ▲]

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See detailEffect of bio-sourced compounds on activation of immune cells in the view of to improve immunotherapy of malignant pleural mesothelioma
Hamaïdia, Malik ULg

Poster (2013, July)

Glycans are macromolecules (O-glycosidic and N-glycosidic linkage of monosacharides) which can be extracted from various agricultural products (i.e. cellulose, lignin, starch, insect). Preliminary data ... [more ▼]

Glycans are macromolecules (O-glycosidic and N-glycosidic linkage of monosacharides) which can be extracted from various agricultural products (i.e. cellulose, lignin, starch, insect). Preliminary data indicate that glycans can stimulate inflammation without initiating an anti-inflammatory feedback loop. Notwithstanding, inhibition of immune response by anti-inflammatory cytokines is a major cause of cancer therapy failure in human. The goal of the project is to study the ability of glycans to modulate the functions of macrophages and dendritic cells in order to stimulate anti-tumor immune response. The project aims to assess this hypothesis in a high incidence cancer: Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma. Glycan extracts will be isolated from a variety of agroforestry resources and especially broadleaved trees of the different systems tested on the platform AgricultureIsLife (zones 1-3 : hedges, tree lines, agrisilviculture, short rotation coppice) and modified by physical, chemical, enzymatic or microbiotic approaches. [less ▲]

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See detailTiO2 templated films used as photoelectrode for solid-state DSSC applications: study of the pore filling by Rutherford Backscattering Spectroscopy
Dewalque, Jennifer ULg; Colson, Pierre ULg; Thalluri, Venkata Visveswara Gopala Kris ULg et al

Poster (2013, July)

Mesoporous anatase thin films are very promising materials to act as electrode in dye-sensitized solar cells. Randomly oriented nanocrystalline TiO2 particles are usually used to prepare photoelectrodes ... [more ▼]

Mesoporous anatase thin films are very promising materials to act as electrode in dye-sensitized solar cells. Randomly oriented nanocrystalline TiO2 particles are usually used to prepare photoelectrodes with a thickness of 10-15 µm. However, in solid-state DSSCs, TiO2 films thickness is limited to few µm allowing the adsorption of only a low quantity of photoactive dye and thus leading to a poor light harvesting and low conversion efficiencies. In order to overcome this limitation, templated-assisted dip-coating techniques are used to obtain thin films with high surface area. Moreover, templating is expected to improve the pore accessibility what would promote the solid electrolyte penetration inside the porous network, making possible efficient charge transfers. In this study, films prepared from different structuring agents are discussed in terms of microstructure properties (porosity, crystallinity) and impact on the dye loading and solid electrolyte filling. As-obtained templated films have been compared to nanocrystalline films prepared by doctor blade or screen printing as reference. Different techniques such as transmission electron microscopy (TEM), atmospheric poroellipsometry (AEP) and UV-visible absorption spectroscopy (UV-vis.) have been used to describe the microstructural features of the films. Solid electrolyte infiltration has been extensively investigated by Rutherford Backscattering Spectroscopy (RBS). Finally, templated films were evaluated as photoelectrode in solid-state DSSCs and compared to nanoparticles layers. [less ▲]

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See detailInhibition of Tax transformation activity using a small molecule targetting Tax/PDZ domain interactions.
Blibek, Karim ULg; Fujii, Naoki; Legros, Sebastien et al

Poster (2013, June 29)

Primate T-lymphotropic virus species comprise four members (HTLV-1 to -4) that have been discovered in human. Only the HTLV-1 infection leads to adult T-cell leukemia/lymphoma (ATLL). All the four viruses ... [more ▼]

Primate T-lymphotropic virus species comprise four members (HTLV-1 to -4) that have been discovered in human. Only the HTLV-1 infection leads to adult T-cell leukemia/lymphoma (ATLL). All the four viruses share a similar genomic organization and encode transforming Tax oncoproteins. In contrast to HTLV-2 and 4, HTLV-1 and 3 Tax proteins contain a PSD-95/Drosophila Discs Large/Zona Occludens-I (PDZ) binding motif at their C-terminal that has been shown to play crucial roles in the distinct transforming properties of the Tax proteins. Here, we used a collection of human full-length protein-coding open reading frames (ORFeome v3.1) to identify novel PDZ domain containing proteins that specifically interact with HTLV-1 Tax. Novel Tax interactors include syntenin-1 and -2, LNX2, DVL3, GIPC2, INTU, PDLIM4 and -7, RADIL and RGS3. These proteins are involved in diverse biological processes including cell division, cell fate determination and cell suvival. We further characterized interaction between Tax and syntenins and showed that, FJ9 a small molecule able to disrupt Tax/PDZ interactions, could antagonize Tax-transformation activity in rat-1 model. Our study identify novel PDZ-containg proteins interacting with HTLV-1 Tax and provides the first example where Tax protein-protein interactions whith PDZ-containing proteins and Tax-transformation capacity could be inhibited by a small molecule. [less ▲]

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See detailAn interaction map for HTLV-1 Tax and PDZ-containing proteins.
Blibek, Karim ULg; Rambout, Xavier ULg; beaufays, Jérôme et al

Poster (2013, June 29)

Human T-cell leukemia virus type 1 (HTLV-1) retrovirus encodes for the Tax protein, which has a transforming capacity in vitro. Tax contains at its C-terminus a binding motif for PDZ domain-containing ... [more ▼]

Human T-cell leukemia virus type 1 (HTLV-1) retrovirus encodes for the Tax protein, which has a transforming capacity in vitro. Tax contains at its C-terminus a binding motif for PDZ domain-containing proteins (PSD95-DLG1-ZO1). It has been shown that the C-terminal motif of Tax is involved in Tax oncogenic capacity. Ten different PDZ domain-containing proteins have been reported to interact with Tax, but the specificity of Tax-human PDZome interactions has not been investigated. The objective of this study is to obtain a comprehensive interactome map for Tax and the human PDZome and to determine a global role of Tax-PDZ interactions in HTLV-1 biology. [less ▲]

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See detailInhibition of Tax transformation activity using a small molecule targetting Tax/PDZ domain interactions.
Blibek, Karim ULg; Fujii, Naoaki; Legros, Sebastien et al

Poster (2013, June 29)

Primate T-lymphotropic virus species comprise four members (HTLV-1 to -4) that have been discovered in human. Only the HTLV-1 infection leads to adult T-cell leukemia/lymphoma (ATLL) and tropical spastic ... [more ▼]

Primate T-lymphotropic virus species comprise four members (HTLV-1 to -4) that have been discovered in human. Only the HTLV-1 infection leads to adult T-cell leukemia/lymphoma (ATLL) and tropical spastic paraparesis (TSP), an immune degenerative neurologic syndrome. All the four viruses share a similar genomic organization and encode transforming Tax oncoproteins. In contrast to HTLV-2 and 4, HTLV-1 and 3 Tax proteins contain a PSD-95/Drosophila Discs Large/Zona Occludens-I (PDZ) binding motif at their C-terminal that has been shown to play crucial roles in the distinct transforming properties of the Tax proteins. To systematically investigate PDZ-containing proteins roles in HTLV-1 biology, we initiated a global interactome network analysis of Tax and associated human PDZ-containing proteins. This was accomplished through the use of our framework of binary interactome mapping that includes stringent yeast two hybrid and pulldown screening, systematic retesting by protein complementation assay and evaluation of PDZ gene expression in T lymphocytes. [less ▲]

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See detailEFFECT OF RAW MATERIAL PROPERTIES ON THE KINETICS OF IRON ORES GRANULATION
Jaimes Contreras, Rafael Antonio ULg; van Loo, Fréderic; Douce, Jean-François et al

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See detailImpacts of past Human disturbances on present day tree species assembly in the tropical forests of South-East Cameroon
Vleminckx, Jason; Doucet, Jean-Louis ULg; Daïnou, Kasso ULg et al

Poster (2013, June 25)

Non-random spatial distribution of trees is the result of both neutral and deterministic factors. Neutral models suggest that species within a community are equally competitive, with spatial structures ... [more ▼]

Non-random spatial distribution of trees is the result of both neutral and deterministic factors. Neutral models suggest that species within a community are equally competitive, with spatial structures mainly due to dispersal limitation. Deterministic (or non-neutral) models consider species assemblages as the result of what we name “induced spatial dependence”, where forcing (explanatory) variables shape diversity organization. However, deterministic models have often included habitat variables only, without considering human disturbance which we know enhances the competitive advantage of heliophytic (light-demanding) species and therefore the floristic composition of phytocenoses. Based on charcoal abundance in the soil (used as an indicator of anthropogenic perturbation), species abundance, and environmental data from a forest of south-east Cameroon, we applied modern variation partitioning methods to assess the relative impact of human disturbance on floristic patterns, controlling for purely spatial and habitat effects. Significant signals of human influence have been found so far, and a new collection of data should establish with a better precision the importance of the anthropogenic impact on tree species assemblages. [less ▲]

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See detailTime Delays in Gravitationally Lensed Quasars
Eulaers, Eva ULg; Magain, Pierre ULg; Sohy, Sandrine ULg

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See detailSpontaneous language of extremely premature children : Specific deficits in an informative language task
Martinez Perez, Trecy ULg; Grooteclaes, Vanessa; Docquier, Laurence et al

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See detailField investigation of subacute rumen acidosis prevalence in walloon dairy herds
Lessire, Françoise ULg; Knapp, Emilie ULg; Theron, Léonard ULg et al

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Subacute ruminal acidosis (SARA) has been considered as a major metabolic disease in high producing dairy herds for years. However, different feeding practices However, different feeding practices and ... [more ▼]

Subacute ruminal acidosis (SARA) has been considered as a major metabolic disease in high producing dairy herds for years. However, different feeding practices However, different feeding practices and herd’s production levels are found in Wallonia. SARA prevalence in local herds was thus required 174 cows (164 Holstein and 10 Brown Swiss) out of 24 walloon herds were sampled from 2011 to 2012 for evaluation of their ruminal function. Selection of minimum 5 cows per herd was made on basis of days in milk (<150 DIM), or low milk fat % (F <3.2%), or fat/protein % (F/P≤1), or at farmer’s request (animal debilitated or chronically ill). Ruminal fluid was sampled 4-8 h after feeding using a Geishauser oro-pharyngeal probe, preventing saliva contamination. pH was measured by a portable pHmeter and values were reduced by 0.35 as proposed by Duffield (2004) because of the higher pH values in reticulum sampling site compared with rumenocentesis. Redox potential was determined by Methylene Blue Reduction Time (MBRT) and protozoa assessed by microscopy. Production values were obtained by the National Dairy Herds Improvement. Health scores were determined as described by Zaaier et al. (2001). RESULTS Mean production values ± SD of these animals (DIM: 106 ± 84) were 33.2 ± 8.9 kg milk, F = 3.47 ± 0.72%, P = 3.25 ± 0.25%, F/P = 1.07 ± 0.23. Mean BCS was 2.6 ± 0.6. Mean pH value ± SD was 6.50 ± 0.42. 10 animals (5.7%) from 6 herds were below 5.8, of which 4 cows from H8 (23 sampled cows). No result was < 5.5. MBRT was 4.16 ± 3.13 min. In 5 cows, value < 1min indicated a more amylolytic bacterial flora. In 24 samples, no reduction of MB occurred, demonstrating bacterial inactivity. Disappearance of large protozoa was observed in 6 samples, of which 5 abnormal specimens came from H8. No correlation between low pH values and F/P or %F could be found. CONCLUSION In no herd, prevalence was >25%, required for SARA diagnosis. Regarding these results, prevalence of SARA appears very low in Wallonia while on the opposite, ruminal flora inactivity seems far more common. [less ▲]

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See detailBiodegradable microspheres based on amphiphilic graft-copolymers of chitosan and polyesters
Demina, T; Drozdova, M.; Sevrin, Chantal ULg et al

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See detailMicroscopic techniques to study the interaction of new polymers within live cells
Smisdom, N.; Sanen, K.; Van Den Akker, N. et al

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See detailCharacteristics of Pregnancy-Associated glycoprotein (PAG) like proteins in red deer
Okuyama, MW; Melo de Sousa, Noelita ULg; Beckers, Jean-François ULg

Poster (2013, June 19)

The Pregnancy-Associated glycoproteins (PAGs) constitute an asparatic proteinase family and are divided into 2 groups; bovine PAG-1 (boPAG-1) group and boPAG-2 group. PAGs have been detected in many ... [more ▼]

The Pregnancy-Associated glycoproteins (PAGs) constitute an asparatic proteinase family and are divided into 2 groups; bovine PAG-1 (boPAG-1) group and boPAG-2 group. PAGs have been detected in many domestic ruminant species and their biochemical characteristics were reported. However, information in wild ruminant, especially in deer species is scarce. The aim of this study is to investigate the characteristics of placental protein extracted in red deer (cervus elaphus); placental proteins which belong to each type of PAG group were identified in purification steps. Fresh frozen placenta (fetal cotyledon (FC): 2,247 g, maternal cotyledon (MC): 2,255 g respectively) was used as following purification step; protein extraction, acid precipitation (pH 4.5), Ammonium sulfate precipitation (SA0-40%, SA40-80%) and anion exchange chromatography (DEAE-cellulose 0M, 0,02M, 0,04M, 0,08M, 0,16M and 0,32M NaCl). In every step, Immunoreactivity against anti-PAG antisera was checked by Radioimmunoassay with using anti-PAG-1 antiserum (AS706) and anti-boPAG-2 antiserum (AS438). After Ammonium sulfate precipitation, much higher concentrations were gained in SA40-80% step (AS706: 5.35 mg/FCkg and 6.73 mg/MCkg, AS438: 24.79 mg/FCkg and 84.6 mg/MCkg) than SA0-40% step (AS706: 0.64 mg/FCkg and 0.79 mg/MCkg, AS438: 1.3 mg/FCkg and 9.34 mg/MCkg) in both part of cotyledon. After DEAE chromatography, the highest concentrations of protein against AS438 were gained in 0.08M NaCl step (5.49 mg/FCkg and 17.8 mg/MCkg) and concentrations of protein against AS706 were almost same in 0.08M NaCl (1.01 mg/FCkg and 1.35 mg/MCkg) and 0.16M NaCl (0.93 mg/FCkg and 1.34 mg/MCkg). In many ruminants such as cattle, sheep and goat, PAGs are contained largely in fetal cotyledon and most amounts of PAGs are belonging to PAG-1 group. On the other hand, in red deer, much larger amount of PAGs was obtained from maternal cotyledon. And stronger immunoreactivity with anti-boPAG-2 antisera was detected than with anti-PAG-1 antisera. This characteristic is similar to the results which were reported in pig and dromedary. Therefore, these results suggest that PAGs in red deer have different characteristics from other ruminant species. [less ▲]

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See detailGaining speed in molecular dynamics simulations by implicit representation of water and membrane molecules
Steinhauer, Sven ULg; Crowet, Jean-Marc ULg; Brasseur, Robert ULg et al

Poster (2013, June 19)

Molecular dynamics (MD) is an appropriate method for investigation of peptide-membrane systems and helps in analyzing results from experiments. In many cases, the ability of viral fusion proteins and ... [more ▼]

Molecular dynamics (MD) is an appropriate method for investigation of peptide-membrane systems and helps in analyzing results from experiments. In many cases, the ability of viral fusion proteins and toxins for destabilizing the membrane is due to their hydrophobic profile, leading to particular membrane insertion. By now, many relevant processes for drug design, toxicological studies and other fields of application, are not feasible by MD simulations, when each atom is represented over time. Processes such as protein folding, often take place above the time scales reachable by MD simulations, which are of the order of micro seconds. The necessary time effort for carrying out such simulations stays considerable and depends mainly on (1) the complexity of the simulated system (2) the simulated time scale (3) the simulation method (4) the efficiency of used hardware and software algorithms. Nowadays, MD simulations can still take weeks of calculation on high end computers. Impala is an implicit water and lipids forcefield, initially developed by our laboratory. Implicit forcefields replace water and/or lipid molecules by a couple of simple and partially precalculable equations. Using this method, thousands of water and lipid molecules can be replaced in MD simulations using Gromacs software. This leads to a considerable reduction of system complexity. The original Impala algorithm based on the assumption of rigid peptides and used a Monte Carlo algorithm with the aim of finding the insertion characteristics of these molecules in membranes. Our current work is the integration of the Impala forcefield into Gromacs, a freely accessible MD software. Replacing the aqueous and lipid phase atomic description in Gromacs MD by an implicit forcefield is supposed to lead to a gain of speed compared to full atomistic simulations. A gain of precision compared to Impala is expected, too. This will be achieved by turning molecules flexible, when implementing Impala into Gromacs. [less ▲]

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See detailEnantioselective synthesis of thioesters as substrates for high-through put screening assays of Penicillin Binding Proteins
Simon, Justine ULg; Zervosen, Astrid ULg; Bouillez, André ULg et al

Poster (2013, June 19)

Excessive utilization of beta-lactam antibiotics like penicillin has created drug-resistant strains in bacteria. One of the main mechanisms of resistance is the production of drug resistant Penicillin ... [more ▼]

Excessive utilization of beta-lactam antibiotics like penicillin has created drug-resistant strains in bacteria. One of the main mechanisms of resistance is the production of drug resistant Penicillin Binding Proteins (PBPs) and the over expression of these proteins. The transglycosidase and transpeptidase activities of PBPs catalyze the last two steps of peptidoglycan biosynthesis, which is unique to bacteria, and lies outside the cytoplasmic membrane. PBPs are interesting targets and efforts are still done to find new inhibitors. A thioesterase activity has been described for various PBPs. For example, the thioester S2d is a substrate of PBP R39 of Actinomadura and of PBP2x of Streptococcus pneumoniae. The utilization of thioesters allows a rapid screening of active compounds in high-through put screening assays. Furthermore detailed kinetic studies using thioesters as reporter substrates are also possible. Here we will present the enantioselective synthesis of the thioesters and their application as substrates in high through put screening assays. [less ▲]

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See detailOptimization of biodegradable microparticles for tissue engineering
Drozdova, M.; Demina, T.; Sevrin, Chantal ULg et al

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See detailIn vitro study of fibroblasts (L929) and osteoblasts (MG-63) within networks differing in fiber density.
Lombart, François ULg; Alexandre, Diane ULg; de Bien, Charlotte ULg et al

Poster (2013, June 18)

Animal cells are typically cultivated in vitro on 2D surfaces therefore in conditions totally differing from their 3D in vivo environments. It is therefore really attractive to generate better in vitro ... [more ▼]

Animal cells are typically cultivated in vitro on 2D surfaces therefore in conditions totally differing from their 3D in vivo environments. It is therefore really attractive to generate better in vitro animal cell models where animal cells can adhere and proliferate within a 3D networks. When facing to a third dimension, the design of the scaffolds tailored to support the organization and communication of cells should favor at least cell adhesion, proliferation and differentiation, while promoting nutrient, gas (O2 / CO2) and waste product diffusion. In order to construct this in vitro model, we have compared the cell reactivity of two model cell lines fibroblaste L 929 and osteoblaste MG-63 within three 3D networks differing in fiber density. This parameter has been altered in order to increase progressively the total surface exposed to the cells, whilst increasing correspondingly the mean pore size and total porosity of the network, whilst keeping the same architecture and surface chemistry of the fibers within the scaffold. [less ▲]

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See detailStudy of the specific interaction between fluorescent PDMAEMA and Platelets compared to Erythrocytes
Flebus, Luca ULg; Lombart, François ULg; Martinez, Lucia et al

Poster (2013, June 18)

Nowadays synthetic polymers provide more and more functionalities in the biomedical world, in particular as part of medical devices and drug delivery systems. Looking for new applications in the ... [more ▼]

Nowadays synthetic polymers provide more and more functionalities in the biomedical world, in particular as part of medical devices and drug delivery systems. Looking for new applications in the cardiovascular field, our attention has been focused on the well-known poly(2-(dimethylamino)ethyl methacrylate polymer (PDMAEMA). This synthetic polycation has particularly been studied as a potential DNA carrier to promote cell transfection. However and surprisingly enough relative few studies have been published in order to better understand its hemoreactivity under a free form (thus not based on “PolyElectrolyte Complex”), but also its biodistribution and clearance kinetics. In order to facilitate the in vitro and in vivo monitoring of this polycation and especially to follow its reactivity with whole blood we have labeled it with fluorescein adopting a new chemical route of synthesis. After its thorough purification and full-characterization (NMR, SEC, fluorescent spectroscopy), we followed its interaction with erythrocytes and platelets using flow cytometry. Dose-response curves were established in whole blood and within incubation times ranging between 5 min to 3 h. Considering the largest area and more negative Zeta potential developed by red blood cells compared to platelets, we initially hypothesized that RBC should interact more quickly and efficiently with the polycation. Unexpectedly, platelets presented a higher affinity for the polycation with a saturation binding curve whilst a linear profile was observed for the erythrocyte adsorption curve. Aggregometry analyses also revealed this phenomenon, although displaying a weaker effect in whole blood compared to washed platelets. Ongoing research seeks to understand the molecular mechanism of interaction of this polymer with platelets. [less ▲]

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See detailSome natural products from aerial parts of Scrophularia imerethica
Getia, M; Mshvildadze, V; Dekanosidze, G et al

Poster (2013, June 17)

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See detailMasked hypertension is associated with a high cardiovascular risk in hypertensive kidney transplant recipients
XHIGNESSE, Patricia ULg; Saint-Remy, Annie ULg; BONVOISIN, Catherine ULg et al

Poster (2013, June 16)

Objective: High blood pressure (BP) is a major risk factor for graft function in kidney transplant recipients (KTs) Our aim was to evaluate BP control in the office, but also in the ambulatory and home ... [more ▼]

Objective: High blood pressure (BP) is a major risk factor for graft function in kidney transplant recipients (KTs) Our aim was to evaluate BP control in the office, but also in the ambulatory and home settings, in stable KTs, ali treated for hypertension, and to characterize patients with masked hypertension (MHT). Design and Method: Three BP measurement techniques were used in 70 late KT patients, (mean age 56.5 years; 43 males): ambulatory BP monitoring (ABPM-Spacelab 90207) office (OBP) and home BP monitoring (HBPM)- (OMRON M6). Carotid­ femoral pulse wave velocity was measured (Sphygmocor) as weil as a calcification score (arteries) and the systolic ankle brachial index (ABI) as recommended. The period since transplantation was 6.9±6.6 years, the mean GFR was 65.6±24±ml/min, Body Mass Index was 25.8±4.7 kg/m2 and the number of antihypertensive drug was 2.1±1 pills/d. Results: Uncontrolled hypertension (HTN) remained frequent in our treated population, 46 % were still hypertensive in the office, 39% using ABPM and 43% with HBPM. The proportion of MHT was 22% whatever the out-of-clinic method used, with more males, more overweight (BMI between, 25-30). lnterestingly when compared with controlled KTs (i.e both OBP and Daytime ABP controlled or both OBP and HBP controlled), using either ABPM or Home BP, patients with MHT had significantly higher PWV, a higher aortic augmentation pressure (AP), a higher calcification score and a higher ABI. However we did not find any significant impact of graft survival, immunosuppressive drugs, smoking habits, diabetes, or alcohol use. Conclusion: A high percentage of uncontrolled HTN was noted by OBP, but also by ABPM and HBPM despite antihypertensive treatment. MHT was frequently observed in KTs. This particular HT subtype, either defined by OBP vs ABPM or by OBP vs HBP, was significantly associated with major markers of arterial stiffness. So, MHT is associated with a high cardiovascular (cv) risk and therefore has to be manage to reduce incidence of cv events and graft loss. [less ▲]

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See detailPreliminary results of the Quality of Life Systemic Inventory for children in Pediatric Cystic Fibrosis: A tool for clinical interventions?
Toucheque, Malorie ULg; Etienne, Anne-Marie ULg

Poster (2013, June 14)

Objective: this study examined the generic and CF-specific QOL in CF children using a tool based on a modular clinical approach. Methods: Sample consisted of 12 CF children and 12 healthy children aged 8 ... [more ▼]

Objective: this study examined the generic and CF-specific QOL in CF children using a tool based on a modular clinical approach. Methods: Sample consisted of 12 CF children and 12 healthy children aged 8 to 12 years, matched by age and sex. The Quality of Life Systemic Inventory for Children (QLSI-C) assess both generic (20 items) and CF-specific (6 items) QOL. CF-specific module is empirically created from CFQ-R and discussion with medical staff. QLSI-C is a dynamic tool, using a VAS, which considers QOL (gap) like the difference between the present situation (state) and the expectations (goal). This difference is weighted by the importance (rank) that children assign for each life domains. QLSI-C is different from PedQoL, which consider QOL like an assessment of state score only. Results: Difference between CF and healthy children for the QOL score approached significance (F=3.63; p=0.07). Results by items show a significant difference for “autonomy” (F=4.30; p=0.05) and “frustration tolerance” (F=4.60; p=0.04) between the two groups. In addition, global scores in CF-specific module is correlated with global score in generic module for CF children (r=0.66 to 0.96). Assessment of QOL is the same for both generic (M=3.76) and CF-specific (M=3.76) module (p=0.53). Finally, descriptive statistics demonstrate that items which reflect the best QOL in CF children were based on social support unlike healthy children. Conclusion: QLSI-C is a clinical tool which distinguishes between children with CF and healthy children. Originality of this tool is strengthened by the consideration of individual life plan taking into account the particular situation of children with CF. [less ▲]

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See detailDistribution and identification of molecular interactions between tomato roots and bacterial biofilms
Debois, Delphine ULg; Jourdan, Emmanuel; Smargiasso, Nicolas ULg et al

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Some non-pathogenic microorganisms evolving in the root micro-environment can trigger a positive effect on plant, increasing host defense against disease or/and directly inhibiting growth of pathogen in ... [more ▼]

Some non-pathogenic microorganisms evolving in the root micro-environment can trigger a positive effect on plant, increasing host defense against disease or/and directly inhibiting growth of pathogen in soil (1). To initiate both phenomena leading to biocontrol activity, microorganisms use plant exudates to grow on roots and to produce in-situ active compounds. In Bacilli, cyclic lipopeptides of the surfactin, iturin and fengycin families represent important antibiotics involved in biocontrol (2). Recent studies in microbiology allowed a better understanding of plant microorganism interactions but few has been done at the molecular level. In this study, MALDI MS imaging has been used to study the nature of the secreted lipopeptide molecules, their relative quantity and their distribution in the root’s environment.Disinfected tomato seeds were first germinated at 28°C in sterile conditions for germination. Seedlings were then placed in Petri dish on ITO glass slide recovered with a thin layer of plant nutritive solution containing 1,75% of agar and treated with freshly-grown cells of Bacillus amyloliquefaciens S499. Petri dishes were incubated at 28°C with a 16h photoperiod. Different growth / incubation durations were studied: 10/3; 13/7; 21/14 and 39/32. For MALDI imaging experiments, the ITO slide was removed from the agar and dried in a dessiccator under vacuum. (HCCA, 5mg/mL in ACN/0.2% TFA 70:30) was used as matrix. UltraFlex II TOF/TOF and Solarix FT-ICR mass spectrometers were used to record molecular cartographies and perform MS/MS experiments for structural analysis purposes. The average mass spectra recorded around the tomato root (2-3 mm on both sides of the root) showed that lipopeptides were major compounds detected on the agar. The relative intensity of lipopeptides families varied with respect to the age of the root/biofilm system. In the 10/3 system, 3 homologues of surfactins were essentially detected (C13, C14 and C15), with very few iturins and fengycins. Their localizations were identical, whatever the considered homologue. Then the production of iturin and fengycin families increases in older systems (13/7 and 21/14) and a novel homologue of surfactin is detected (C12). Some variations in localizations within families may be observed (around the root or at the close vicinity of it in function of the considered homologue or alkali adduct). Then for the oldest system we studied, iturins and fengycins are not detected anymore and the localization of surfactins is less precise. In the 39/32 system, we also detected unknown compounds at 986.6, 1000.6, 1014.7 and 1028.7 m/z. The mass range of these compounds allied to the mass difference between two consecutive ion peaks let us think that these unknown compounds could be a new lipopeptide family. Tandem mass spectrometry experiments, performed on the dried culture medium, allowed to partially sequence these new lipopeptides. MS/MS results allied to exact mass measurements and isotopic pattern simulation give good confidence in the chemical structure we suggest. Nevertheless, to fully identify these new variants of surfactin, micro-extractions followed by (LC)-nano-ESI-MS/MS using a LESA module are in progress. MALDI Mass Spectrometry Imaging becomes a tool to decipher inter-species molecular communication. [less ▲]

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See detailDe novo sequencing of unusual non tryptic peptides thanks to 4-sulfophenylisothiocyanate derivatization by post-source decay MALDI-MS.
Echterbille, Julien ULg; Quinton, Loïc ULg; Escoubas, Pierre et al

Poster (2013, June 11)

Introduction Due to the specificity of trypsin, tryptic peptides contain basic residues on the C-terminal side. This feature provides good ionization efficiency, and facilitates fragmentation processes ... [more ▼]

Introduction Due to the specificity of trypsin, tryptic peptides contain basic residues on the C-terminal side. This feature provides good ionization efficiency, and facilitates fragmentation processes. In the case of non tryptic peptides, the absence of basic residues at one extremity implicates lower fragmentation ratio and poor MS/MS spectra. Several methods have been developed to circumvent this drawback. Derivatization of peptides with compounds containing positive charge has been studied; Chen et al. (RCMS, 2004, 18, 191) demonstrated the simplification of CID spectra of tryptic peptides modified by 4-sulfophenylisothiocyanate. The result is a predominance of y-type ions. In this work, we evaluate the potential of SPITC for the de novo sequencing of unknown non-tryptic peptides containing disulfide bridges, i.e. peptide toxins from animal venoms. Methods 2µL of peptide solution (100 µM) were diluted in 6µL NH4HCO3 50mM (pH 8.7). As peptide toxins often contain disulfide bridges, reduction (2µL DTT 50mM, 1h at 56°C) and alkylation (2µL IAA 500mM, 1h in darkness at RT) of peptides were performed before the derivatization reaction. Peptides were then adsorbed on a C18 ZipTip micro-column followed by 10 µL of 4-sulfophenylisothiocyanate (SPITC) 50mM. The column was then incubated for 6h at 56°C. Peptides were washed by TFA 0.2% and eluted in 10µL 50/50 ACN/FA 0.1%, before being spotted in 2,5-DHB. MS experiments were performed using a Bruker Ultraflex II MALDI-TOF/TOF. FlexControl 3.0, FlexAnalysis 3.0, BioTools 3.2 and SequenceEditor 3.2 softwares (Bruker Daltonics, Bremen) were used for data acquisition and interpretation. Preliminary data According to our first results, SPITC derivatization allows in positive mode to direct the fragmentation thanks to the acidic character of the sulfonate moiety present on the modified molecule. Indeed, a large series of y-type ions is found in the CID spectra allowing determining easily large sequence tags. Moreover, the number of C-terminus ions (b- and a-type ions) decreases, which improve the simplification of MS/MS spectra. Due to this fragmentation pattern, SPITC derivatization is clearly valuable for the sequencing of peptides that are not described in databases (de novo sequencing). For example, animal venoms are composed of several hundreds of peptides that are poorly studied, up to now. These peptides display a high importance for pharmaceutical applications and their sequencing is, as a consequence, of prime interest. Peptide toxins, which are not resulting from an enzymatic digestion, are however difficult to sequence by classical MS/MS methods. In this work, we demonstrate that the modification of peptide toxins with SPITC reagent is suitable for “real” de novo sequencing. The method was applied to isolated peptides as well as chromatographic fractions that contain up to 30 toxins. The perspectives of this work rest on the study of the SPITC modified peptides in negative mode. We expect to obtain a better sensitivity due to the presence of the negative sulfonic acid group at the N-terminus extremity, and also interesting MS/MS spectra including mainly a- or b-type ions. The final challenge will be the application of the protocol to high throughput sequencing of peptide toxins from a large variety of animal venoms. Novel aspect De novo sequencing of unusual non-tryptic peptides thanks to 4-sulfophenylisothiocyanate derivatization by post-source decay MALDI-MS [less ▲]

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See detailRevue de la littérature - Dépression, activation comportementale et processus psychologiques
Wagener, Aurélie ULg; Blairy, Sylvie ULg

Poster (2013, June 11)

Depression is a syndrome from which 12% of men and 20% women suffer. Behavioral activation (AC) is a structured and brief psychotherapeutic procedure which has shown its efficacy in the treatment of ... [more ▼]

Depression is a syndrome from which 12% of men and 20% women suffer. Behavioral activation (AC) is a structured and brief psychotherapeutic procedure which has shown its efficacy in the treatment of depression. It follows two objectives: 1. increase engagement in activities associated with feelings of pleasure and/or control; 2. reduce involvement in activities maintaining negative affects or increasing their risk. This psychotherapeutic approach is composed of different tools such as psychoeducation and activities monitoring. After completing a BA program, subjects reported significantly less anxiety and depression symptoms, but studies haven't focussed on the improvement of psychological processes (PP) which are often biased in anxiety and depressive disorders (eg, avoidance and ruminations). This literature review presents PP on which BA could have an impact. [less ▲]

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See detailCharacterization of new bacterial glycoside hydrolases isolated from agricultural soils using a functional metagenomic approach
Biver, Sophie ULg; Dubois, Benjamin; Stroobants, Aurore ULg et al

Poster (2013, June 10)

Microorganisms play key roles in soil ecosystem functioning, notably through their ability to degrade plant cell wall polymers. For this, bacteria and fungi produce various enzymes such as cellulases ... [more ▼]

Microorganisms play key roles in soil ecosystem functioning, notably through their ability to degrade plant cell wall polymers. For this, bacteria and fungi produce various enzymes such as cellulases, xylanases, glucosidases, esterases or laccases. Finding new enzymes hydrolyzing cellulose, hemicellulose or lignin is not only interesting for a better understanding of the roles of the soil microflora still largely unknown but these enzymes are also useful for various biotechnological applications such as the production of renewable energy from lignocellulosic material. So here, we used a functional metagenomic approach to isolate new bacterial β-glucosidases, which were then biochemically characterized. The new enzymes were identified by functional analysis of agricultural-soil metagenomic libraries hosted in Escherichia coli and screened on medium containing esculin. After sequence analysis and preliminary estimation of the activity of the new β-glucosidases using p-nitrophenol derivatives on intact bacterial cells, the coding sequences of three of them were cloned into a bacterial expression vector so as to overproduce and purify them by affinity chromatography. The chosen enzymes show only 52-64% sequence identity to known family 3 (GH3) or 1 (GH1) glycoside hydrolases of different phyla (Actinobacteria, Acidobacteria and Proteobacteria). Analysis of the E. coli cells expressing each of them revealed that both GH1 proteins (ASEsc9 and ASEsc10) are thermophilic enzymes more active at mildly acidic to neutral pH while the GH3 enzyme (ASEsc6) is an alkaline, mesophilic, β-glucosidase also displaying xylosidase activity. Their coding sequences have been cloned in fusion with a carboxy-terminal His-tag and placed under the control of the IPTG-inducible promoter of the pET-30b vector. The proteins will be overproduced and purified for further characterization. [less ▲]

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See detailInfluence of the mode of walk on walking speed in multiple sclerosis: are you walking comfortably?
PHAN BA, Remy ULg; DELRUE, Gaël ULg; Pierard, Sébastien ULg et al

Poster (2013, June 10)

Introduction : Walking speed (WS) is the most frequent gait variable taken into account when measuring gait dysfunction in neurological diseases. Influences of the mode of walk instructed to the subject ... [more ▼]

Introduction : Walking speed (WS) is the most frequent gait variable taken into account when measuring gait dysfunction in neurological diseases. Influences of the mode of walk instructed to the subject, i.e. « as fast as possible » (AFAP) or « at a comfortable pace » (PrP) have not been well characterized in multiple sclerosis (MS). Objectives : to compare those 2 mode of walk in a population of persons with MS (pMS) and healthy volunteers (HV). Methods: WS was measured with a new automated device along a 25 foot distance (T25FW) as part of a multimodal evaluation of gait in an MS ambulatory department. Results: Baseline demographics between HV and pMS were comparable. Our first results demonstrate that (i) WS is obviously significantly higher in AFAP than in PrP both for pMS and HV (p < 0.001 for all comparisons) and (ii) the relative difference between AFAP and PrP WS is significantly higher in HV than in pMS (p < 0.001). The AFAP-PrP WS correlation is higher in pMS (r = 0.87, p < 0.001) than in HV (r = 0.51, p < 0.001). Finally, the relative difference between AFAP and PrP WS is significantly and negatively correlated with the PrP WS in HV (r = -0.41, p < 0.001) and pMS with mild to moderate disability (EDSS 0-3.5, r = -0.49, p < 0.01) but not in pMS with high disability (EDSS 4-5.5, r = 0.008). Conclusions : these results suggests that heatlhy subjects have access to a higher range of PrP WS than pMS and questions the regulation of PrP WS that might be under psychological or behavioural influences. The demonstration of a lower PrP-AFAP difference in MS suggests that pMS are either adopting a natural WS closer to their maximum WS, or alternatively that they can’t reach their maximum WS because of neurological impairments. Our results also emphasize the importance of the instructed mode of walk in the quantification of gait disorders both for routine clinical practice and clinical trials. [less ▲]

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See detailEmission of sulfur-containing volatiles from Arabidopsis thaliana (L.) Heynh Col-0 related to diamondback moth (Plutella xylostella (L.)) infestation
Hien, Truong Thi Dieu ULg; Delaplace, Pierre ULg; Francis, Frédéric ULg et al

Poster (2013, June 10)

Herbivore-infested plants often release a variety of volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Here, we studied the effects of feeding Plutella xylostella (L.) (0, 3, 9, 20 pest larvae within 0-4 h and 4-8 h ... [more ▼]

Herbivore-infested plants often release a variety of volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Here, we studied the effects of feeding Plutella xylostella (L.) (0, 3, 9, 20 pest larvae within 0-4 h and 4-8 h infestation, respectively) on the emission of sulfur-containing VOCs in Arabidopsis thaliana (L.) Heynh Col-0 (A.t. Col-0) by headspace solid-phase micro-extraction coupled to gas chromatography - mass spectrometry (HS-SPME-GC/MS). The analytical results showed that the relative emission of sulfur-containing metabolites increased significantly in Arabidopsis plants subjected to P. xylostella infestation according to the density and residence duration of pest larvae on shoot organs. The main compound from infested plants was dimethyl disulfide. We suggest that the correlations between the stress level (density and time infestation) and the sulfides observed in this study provide a means to understand the changes of VOCs profile of plant under chewer infestation. [less ▲]

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See detailStudy of bacterial diversity in the topsoil and below the hardpan in an agricultural soil by metagenomics following by two analysis pipelines
Stroobants, Aurore ULg; Lambert, Christrophe; Degrune, Florine ULg et al

Poster (2013, June 10)

On earth, Bacteria are ubiquitous and even present in extreme environments (pH, temperature,…). In soils in particular, bacteria are very abundant (up to 109 cells per gram of soil) but still poorly ... [more ▼]

On earth, Bacteria are ubiquitous and even present in extreme environments (pH, temperature,…). In soils in particular, bacteria are very abundant (up to 109 cells per gram of soil) but still poorly characterized. Thus, it is of paramount importance to use relevant study and analysis procedures to ensure that the results obtained closely reflect the real-life conditions. In the present work, we analyze the bacterial diversity in the topsoil and below the hardpan in an agricultural soil using the metagenomics approach, with the Ion Torrent PGM sequencer. The soil samples was collected at three depths : 10 cm (topsoil), 25 cm (topsoil above the hardpan) and 45 cm (below the hardpan), in a tilled and a no tilled plot. The taxonomic analysis of the reads obtained are carried out according to two different procedures with the RDP classifier program and with a confidence score threshold of 0 and 0.99. The 0 threshold is used to assign a species to all reads, each read being therefore assigned to its most closest known species. The threshold of 0.99 enables us to focus on reads being assigned to a species with a high degree of confidence. In this case, each read is assigned to the most specific rank having a confidence score higher than 0.99. The bacterial diversity was then compared between the different conditions. Results obtained demonstrate that the bacterial communities were not the same in the two horizons. For example, some classes of Acidobacteria were up to 11 fold more numerous in topsoil while others was until 12 fold more represented below the hardpan. The biomass and the bacterial diversity (Shannon index) were also greatly different between the two depths. [less ▲]

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See detailThe time evolution of O2(a1Δ) individual observations acquired by VIRTIS-M on board Venus Express
Soret, Lauriane ULg; Gérard, Jean-Claude ULg; Piccioni, Giuseppe et al

Poster (2013, June 10)

The O2(a1Δ) nightglow emission at 1.27 µm may be used as a tracer of the Venus upper mesosphere dynamics. This emission has been observed with VIRTIS-M-IR on board Venus Express. Previous studies showed ... [more ▼]

The O2(a1Δ) nightglow emission at 1.27 µm may be used as a tracer of the Venus upper mesosphere dynamics. This emission has been observed with VIRTIS-M-IR on board Venus Express. Previous studies showed that the emission maximum is statistically located close to the antisolar point at ∼96 km. This airglow results from the production of oxygen atoms on the Venus dayside by photodissociation and electron impact dissociation of CO2 and CO, which are then transported to the nightside by the subsolar to antisolar general circulation, where they recombine to create metastable O2(a1Δ) molecules. Their radiative deexcitation produces the O2(a1Δ) nightglow with a maximum near the antisolar point. However, VIRTIS individual observations indicate that the O2(a1Δ) nightglow emission is highly variable, both in intensity and location. Individual observations acquired every hour during a short period of time can also be grouped sequentially. Bright emission patches can thus be tracked and both their displacement and intensity variations can be analyzed. The peak intensity can vary from 1 to 6 megaRayleighs. We show that the emission peak moves with a mean value of ~80 m s-1, in good agreement with an earlier study by Hueso et al. (2008). The velocity vector in intensity and direction is evaluated approximately every 40 min. These displacements are highly variable, but some dynamical characteristics can be deduced from the observations. These results will be compared with other results of velocity determination in the upper mesosphere. [less ▲]

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See detailFunctional screening of a winter and a spring genomic DNA libraries obtained from soils in a winter wheat crop
Stroobants, Aurore ULg; Portetelle, Daniel ULg; Vandenbol, Micheline ULg

Poster (2013, June 10)

Soils are very rich environments where the diversity of microorganisms is very high. These microorganisms play important role in the degradation of organic matter with enzymes able to degrade it. The aim ... [more ▼]

Soils are very rich environments where the diversity of microorganisms is very high. These microorganisms play important role in the degradation of organic matter with enzymes able to degrade it. The aim of this work is to discover by functional screening new enzymatic activities of microorganisms from soils collected in winter and spring in a winter wheat crop. The genomic DNA was extracted from both soils to construct two libraries in Escherichia coli. These libraries were then screened for several enzymes such as lipase, beta-glucosidase, cellulase, α-amylase,… At this time, 2 beta-glucosidases and 3 lipases have already been found in the winter library and 3 beta-glucosidases and 1 lipase in the spring library. Sequence analyses with the BLASTX program revealed that two beta-glucosidases have less than 65% of sequence identity with known beta-glucosidases, one have 64% of identity with a known beta-galactosidase and one have 59% of identity with a glycoside hydrolase. The fifth seems to be a phosphorylase kinase (54% identity) which have a glucoamylase domain responsible for the activity. This ORF is interrupted by a transposase. Three of the four lipases have less than 60% of sequence identity with known lipases/esterases. The fourth show 55% of identity with a known beta-lactamase. [less ▲]

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See detailLong term measurements of VOC exchanges above a maize field at Lonzée (Belgium)
Bachy, Aurélie ULg; Aubinet, Marc ULg; SALERNO, Giovanni ULg et al

Poster (2013, June 10)

For the last decades, VOC had arisen scientifict interest due to their important role in the atmospheric chemistry and their final impact on air pollution and climate change. Terrestrial ecosystems being ... [more ▼]

For the last decades, VOC had arisen scientifict interest due to their important role in the atmospheric chemistry and their final impact on air pollution and climate change. Terrestrial ecosystems being the main VOC source, evaluation of current and future biogenic VOC emissions through VOC exchange modeling is thus necessary to better estimate future climate and assess future air pollution risks. BVOC exchanges depend on edaphic variables and are plant species specific. Therefore, their modeling and global budget evaluation requires a comprehensive understanding of production and exchange dynamics under a wide panel of climatic conditions and ecosystems, which necesserily implies BVOC exchange measurements under varied conditions. In that perspective, forest and non pastured grasslands have been largely studied for the last decade, but knowledge about BVOC fluxes from croplands remains still scarce. As a consequence, crop species-specific standard emissions that feed bottom-up BVOC emission models are still often assigned to a default value that is in addition kept constant for the entire growth season, although recent research has shown that plant phenology, acclimation and stress can drastically influence BVOC emissions. To help filling this knowledge gap, we run a project that aims to study VOC fluxes from two major croplands, maize (2nd most important culture worldwide) and winter wheat (1st most important culture worldwide), and a pastured grassland. We present here a specific study focussing on the VOC exchanges between a maize field and the atmosphere. VOC fluxes were measured at ecosystem-scale during the whole 2012 growing season using the eddy covariance by mass-scaning technique with a proton-transfer-reaction mass spectrometer. Together with VOC fluxes, we also recorded a wide set of ancillary data including CO2 fluxes, meteorological variables and biomass evolution. As far as we know, we are the first study dealing with BVOC measurements on maize at ecosystem scale and spanning all the phenological stages of the crop. Although first results show half-hourly bidirectionnal exchanges among all the preselected compounds, in average methanol is the greatest emitted VOC, followed by green leaf volatiles. Acetic acid and acetaldehyde are the greatest taken up VOC. Small isoprene and monoterpene fluxes are also observed. A diurnal pattern is found for all those VOC, with greater emission/uptake during the day, suggesting a flux dependence on environmental parameters. Influence of environmental controls, biomass evolution (including growth primary production) and phenology on fluxes is currently under investigation. Our research allows to quantify BVOC exchanges by a maize field throughout a whole growing season. Hence, obtained results will refine the understanding of the BVOC exchanges mechanisms by including both environmental and phenological parameters. Such results are expected to be very useful for BVOC modeling, especially for oxygenated compounds such as methanol. [less ▲]

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See detailIdentification of chemical probes and signaling pathways for the orphan GPCR GPR27
Dupuis, Nadine ULg; Gilissen, Julie ULg; Pirotte, Bernard ULg et al

Poster (2013, June 06)

The largest family of membrane receptors is represented by G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs), which are characterized by 7 transmembrane domains. Even if marketed drugs currently target only 10% of all ... [more ▼]

The largest family of membrane receptors is represented by G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs), which are characterized by 7 transmembrane domains. Even if marketed drugs currently target only 10% of all GPCRs, they represent more than 30% of all small molecules based therapies. The physiological and pathophysiological role of a GPCR is defined by its expression pattern, signaling pathway and specific ligand[1]. GPCRs which have not yet been associated to a physiological ligand are called orphan GPCRs and represent ~100 of the ~370 human non-odorant GPCRs[2]. This project aims at identifying and developing pharmacological tools for GPR27 (SREB1), one of these orphan receptors. GPR27 has recently been shown to have a role in the regulation of insulin promoter activity and insulin secretion[3]. Nevertheless, the pharmacology of GPR27 remains elusive and the lack of appropriate pharmacological tools dramatically restricts the understanding of its function and its validation as a drug target. Thus, we plan to study its signaling pathway and to develop screening methods that will allow us to identify small molecules able to interact with GPR27. These are important steps toward understanding its function and evaluating GPR27 as a potential drug target, for instance in insulin-related metabolic disorders such as type II diabetes or in other pathologies where it might be involved. References 1) Wise, A., et al. (2002). Drug discovery today, 7, 235 2) Fredriksson, R., et al. (2003). Molecular pharmacology, 63, 1256 3) Ku, G. M., et al. (2012). PLoS genetics, 8, e1002449 [less ▲]

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See detailThe coping strategies to fight against the food insecurity in the Republic of Niger
Andres, Ludovic ULg; Lebailly, Philippe ULg

Poster (2013, June 06)

During the last decade, the Niger’s population has been affected by the food crisis (2001, 2004-2005, 2008, 2010-2011). Each year, she is subjected to many structural and temporary shocks. The structural ... [more ▼]

During the last decade, the Niger’s population has been affected by the food crisis (2001, 2004-2005, 2008, 2010-2011). Each year, she is subjected to many structural and temporary shocks. The structural shocks are caused by the chronicle difficulties (income) while the temporary shocks are tied at the "natural" disasters such as the hydrometeorological disasters, demographic crisis. The risk that the people fall in a state of food insecurity because of structural and temporary shocks is characterized by food vulnerability. The food vulnerability is defined as “the analysis of coping strategies and reactions faced with the structural or/and temporary shocks, if the coping strategies are not effectives, the people have in a temporary or structural food vulnerability” (Andres L. and Lebailly Ph., 2011). The target of this paper is to demonstrate the diversity of coping strategies in the different departments of Niger. The database is created as from an annual survey realized by the Early Alert System (EAS) and the Statistical National Institute of Niger (INS). This survey characterizes the state of food insecurity of households of Niger. The investigations of the household are based on stratified sampling. It exists two levels: region and enumeration areas. The investigations of the household are based from the database of the population census of 2001. This population census has determined the “enumeration areas”. These “enumeration areas” are defined as a “geographical area of 200 households on average” (INS, 2007). The sample of this investigation is established from a significant sample a point of view of the departments of Niger. The time period studied is spread the 2008 at 2011. The results have demonstrated that the departments of Tchintarabaden, Abalak, Tessaoua and Magaria have weakest number of collective meals, and the highest percentage of household practicing of selling the goods and land. Furthermore, the Niger’s population develops many strategies to struggle against the shocks. [less ▲]

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See detailLife history traits related to hydraulic functioning in 211 African tropical woody species
Morin-Rivat, Julie ULg; Fayolle, Adeline ULg; Doucet, Jean-Louis ULg et al

Poster (2013, June 06)

In the context of global change understanding the interactions between plant ecology and plant physiology remains a crucial issue. In this study we aimed at analyzing the vascular characteristics involved ... [more ▼]

In the context of global change understanding the interactions between plant ecology and plant physiology remains a crucial issue. In this study we aimed at analyzing the vascular characteristics involved in the ecological traits of woody species from the northern Congo Basin. We crosschecked three databases: the botanical inventories (857 spp.) and the database of life history traits (464 spp.) produced during the CoForChange project, and the anatomical database Inside Wood (761 spp. and genera for tropical Africa). A total of 211 shared species was obtained. We performed correspondence analyses between the tangential diameter of the vessel lumina (40-43), the number of vessels per mm² (46-50) and five life history traits: leaf phenology, light requirement, seed dispersal, tree size and wood density. Species were distributed along a gradient from species with numerous small vessels to species with few large vessels. This distribution was correlated to a gradient in leaf phenology and light requirement: from evergreen shade-tolerant species to deciduous non-pioneer and pioneer light-demanding species. Dispersal followed this distribution in a lesser extent: from zoochoria to autochoria via anemochoria. Finally, a gradient in size was observed, from small shrubs to tall trees, as well as a gradient in wood density, from dense to light woods. We conclude that the ecological traits of the African tropical woody species are closely related to their hydraulic functioning. The strategies adopted by plants regarding light and water availability can thus be deduced from their vascular characteristics. On this basis we anticipate that climate change will foster light-demanding tree species as better competitors than shade-tolerant species, especially as drought stress is concerned. Further research is needed to increase the input of wood anatomy in explaining the life history traits in African tropical species. [less ▲]

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See detailL’abeille à miel au Gabon: de la cueillette à l’apiculture
Fabre Anguilet, Edgard ULg

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See detailValidation d'une méthode d'analyse quantitative de l'équol dans le lait par UPLC-MSMS
Daems, Frédéric ULg; Jasselette, Christophe; Lognay, Georges ULg et al

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See detailHot gas distribution in the wind of ζ Pup and ζ Ori
Herve, A.; Rauw, Grégor ULg; Nazé, Yaël ULg

Poster (2013, June 01)

We have developped a new X-ray modelling code based on embedded shocks which computes synthetic spectra as a function of plasma temperature, abundances and localization of the X-ray emitting shell in the ... [more ▼]

We have developped a new X-ray modelling code based on embedded shocks which computes synthetic spectra as a function of plasma temperature, abundances and localization of the X-ray emitting shell in the wind. We have also included a proper treatment of the radial dependence of the X-ray opacity of the cool matter as well as a treatment forthe Forbiden Inter combination Resonance (FIR) lines of He-like ions. Our code combines several synthetic spectra in order to fit all the lines of an X-ray spectrum simultaneously and coherently. Our results on two O-type stars ζ Pup and ζ Ori reveal non-porous winds with a mass loss rate consistent with studies in the optical domain as well as non-solar abundances for the CNO elements as expected for evolved stars. More important, the X-ray plasma starts emitting close to the stellarsurface. An improved version of our code allowing an analysis of the radial dependence of the hot gas filling factor reveals for ζ Ori a non continuity of the X-ray emission regions associated to high values of the hot gas filling factor. [less ▲]

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See detailSpectral Modelling with Interaction Effect of the Binary System Spica
Palate, Matthieu ULg; Koenigsberger, G.; Harrington, D. et al

Poster (2013, June 01)

Massive binary systems are crucial to improve our knowledge of the fundamental properties of massive stars, and synthetic spectra modelling with theoretical stellar atmospheres is commonly used in ... [more ▼]

Massive binary systems are crucial to improve our knowledge of the fundamental properties of massive stars, and synthetic spectra modelling with theoretical stellar atmospheres is commonly used in deriving some of these properties. However, the current stellar atmosphere models are designed for single spherical stars and therefore neglect interaction effects that occur in close binaries. We have developed a combined model that uses the TIDES code for computing the surface and the velocity field and the CoMBiSpeC model for the synthetic spectrum computation. This 2-in-1 model allows us to account for the interactions between the stars. We can now simulate the impact of the binarity on the spectra and refine the physical parameters of the binary systems. This model is presented here through the example of the spectral computation of Spica. In this particular system, the strongest effects due to the binarity appear in the line profile variations and the shape of the radial velocity curve. [less ▲]

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See detailThe Chandra Delta Ori Large Project: Occultation Measurements of the Shocked Gas in the Nearest Eclipsing O-Star Binary
Corcoran, Michael; Nichols, Joy; Leutenegger, Maurice et al

Poster (2013, June 01)

Delta Ori is the nearest massive, single-lined eclipsing binary (O9.5 II+OB, P=5.7324d). High resolution X-ray spectrometry offers a unique opportunity to geometrically measure the dynamics of the shocked ... [more ▼]

Delta Ori is the nearest massive, single-lined eclipsing binary (O9.5 II+OB, P=5.7324d). High resolution X-ray spectrometry offers a unique opportunity to geometrically measure the dynamics of the shocked gas around the primary star. We summarize our recent campaign of phase-constrained high-resolution X-ray spectra obtained with the CHANDRA/HETGS plus high-precision photometry with MOST. These observations provide local measurement of the distribution of the embedded, X-ray emitting shocks in the wind of an O star via radial velocity variations and occultation effects, along with standard f/i ratio diagnostics, and enable us to look for correlations with the broad-band photometric variability. We discuss how these observations can help determine the primary star's clumping-corrected mass loss rate, and resolve critical uncertainties in our understanding of the connection between stellar and mass loss parameters. [less ▲]

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See detailA HYDROGEN BOND INFLUENCES THE 5-HT1A/D4 SELECTIVITY OF WAY-100635 ANALOGUES: AN IN SILICO APPROACH
Dilly, Sébastien ULg; Liégeois, Jean-François ULg

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WAY-100635 is widely used in vitro and in vivo as an antagonist of 5-HT1A receptors. In terms of pharmacological tools and pharmacological investigations, the ideal reference molecule would be highly ... [more ▼]

WAY-100635 is widely used in vitro and in vivo as an antagonist of 5-HT1A receptors. In terms of pharmacological tools and pharmacological investigations, the ideal reference molecule would be highly selective for its target over other related and non-related targets. However WAY-100635 displays affinity for and activity at D4 dopamine receptors, and that "off-target" activity confounds its use in pharmacological studies, particularly when both receptors are present. In this context, we carried out various chemical modifications of the WAY-100635 structure in order to improve its 5-HT1A versus D4 selectivity. An important increase of selectivity was obtained when the basic side chain of WAY-100635 was replaced by a 4-phenylpiperazine or a 4-phenyl-1,2,3,6-tetrahydropyridine moiety. In contrast, the introduction of nitrogen atoms in the acyl group decreased the selectivity by reducing the affinity for 5-HT1A receptors, on the one hand, and enhancing the affinity for D4 receptors on the other hand. In order to explain the reduced 5-HT1A/D4 selectivity of aza-derivatives, the binding modes of the compounds were explored by docking analysis on homology models of the two receptors. It appears that the formation of an additional hydrogen bond within D4 receptors could be the key of the decreased selectivity. These results will be very helpful for developing molecules with an improved 5-HT1A/D4 selectivity. [less ▲]

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See detailTo Be Afraid or to Be Proud? The Impact of Emotional Valence and Response Efficacy on Persuasion in Anti-Drink Driving Advertising
Hazee, Simon ULg

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Social marketers traditionally use negative emotions although they can be ineffective on persuasion. However, few social marketers use positive emotions while commercial marketers use them extensively ... [more ▼]

Social marketers traditionally use negative emotions although they can be ineffective on persuasion. However, few social marketers use positive emotions while commercial marketers use them extensively. Accordingly, this study aims to understand the impact of positive versus negative emotional appeals on persuasion of young adults in a road safety context through a 2 (pride versus fear) × 2 (low versus high response efficacy) factorial design. ANCOVA results show the significant role of both types of emotions on persuasion, regardless the level of response efficacy. Surprisingly, “fear” is more persuasive than “pride”. Hence, social marketers should consider using emotions when building future models and communication campaigns targeting young adults. Future research should investigate under which conditions ‘pride’ can be the most persuasive. [less ▲]

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See detailUse of VIS- and nir-infrared spectroscopy to determine cheese properties
Troch, Thibault ULg; Vanden Bossche, Sandrine; De Bisschop, Céline et al

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Cheese processing is one of the possibilities of farm diversification. From 30 cow milks were made 60 cheeses on which several parameters were measured and on which NIR spectra were obtained. Our results ... [more ▼]

Cheese processing is one of the possibilities of farm diversification. From 30 cow milks were made 60 cheeses on which several parameters were measured and on which NIR spectra were obtained. Our results show that cheese spectra could be discriminated between different ripening times of cheeses and the access to pasture or not for the animals which had produced the milk from which the cheese was made. Moreover, highly significant correlations were obtained for the color and the texture of cheeses between the values measured in the laboratory and the NIR spectra. [less ▲]

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See detailA Pathway closely related to the D-tagatose pathway of Gram-Negative Enterobacteria Identified in the Gram-Positive Bacterium Bacillus licheniformis
Van Der Heiden, Edwige ULg; Delmarcelle, Michaël ULg; Lebrun, Sarah ULg et al

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We report the first identification of a gene cluster involved in d-tagatose catabolism in Bacillus licheniformis. The pathway is closely related to the d-tagatose pathway of the Gram-negative bacterium ... [more ▼]

We report the first identification of a gene cluster involved in d-tagatose catabolism in Bacillus licheniformis. The pathway is closely related to the d-tagatose pathway of the Gram-negative bacterium Klebsiella oxytoca, in contrast to the d-tagatose 6-phosphate pathway described in the Gram-positive bacterium Staphylococcus aureus. [less ▲]

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See detailOscillations in the basal ganglia: illustration of a cellular effect at the network level
Dethier, Julie ULg; Drion, Guillaume; Franci, Alessio et al

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Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a neuro-degenerative pathology affecting the basal ganglia (BG), a set of small subcortical nervous system nuclei. The hallmark of the disease is a dopaminergic denervation of ... [more ▼]

Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a neuro-degenerative pathology affecting the basal ganglia (BG), a set of small subcortical nervous system nuclei. The hallmark of the disease is a dopaminergic denervation of the striatum, al- tering information patterns along movement-related ganglia-mediated path- ways in the brain. Severe motor symptoms result from the pathological state: tremor at rest, bradykinesia, akinesia, and rigidity. The transition to the disease state correlates with a switch in the firing mode of the neurons in the BG, from tonic pacemaker activity to burst firing. At the network level, macro-electrode recordings reveal excessive oscillations in the beta (8- 30Hz) frequency band. The oscillations generation mechanism and their functional role remain under debate. We propose a network model where a cellular mechanism controls the dynamical state of the network. In our model, the oscillatory state impacts the neural information processing prop- erties of the network. The network model predicts that a single decrease of the dopaminergic level in the parkinsonnian condition switches the network into an abnormal oscillatory dynamical and globally insensitive state. The brief dopaminergic increase prior to voluntary movements suppresses beta oscillations to drive the network to a conductive state to sensory processing and cognition. [less ▲]

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See detailIsolation and cultivation of cellulolytic and xylanolytic bacteria and molds extracted from the gut of the termite Reticulitermes santonensis (3DV.1.14)
Tarayre, Cédric ULg; Bauwens, Julien ULg; Mattéotti, Christel et al

Poster (2013, June)

Biofuel production can be based on the use of agro-residues, consisting in a complex lignocellulosic structure which is not easily hydrolysable. The digestive tract of the termite Reticulitermes ... [more ▼]

Biofuel production can be based on the use of agro-residues, consisting in a complex lignocellulosic structure which is not easily hydrolysable. The digestive tract of the termite Reticulitermes santonensis contains a diversified microflora able to hydrolyze the wood components. Bacteria, molds and protists form efficient consortia, able to break the lignocellulosic complex by producing enzymes, such as xylanases and cellulases. Our purpose is the isolation of microbial strains from termite guts in order to evaluate their potential for hydrolysis of lignocellulosic materials. Termites were fed using different diets chosen to improve the xylanolytic and cellulolytic microflora: wood, microcristalline cellulose (added with lignin or not), α-cellulose (added with lignin or not) and birchwood xylan. Then, dissections were realized to isolate the potential xylanolytic and cellulolytic strains. This approach led us to isolate and to study several strains of bacteria (Bacillus sp. strain CTGx and Chryseobacterium sp. strain CTGx) and molds (Trichoderma virens strain CTGx and Sarocladium kiliense strain CTGx). These microorganisms were able to hydrolyze starch, xylan, cellulose, carboxymethylcellulose, esculin, β-glucan and Whatman® filter paper. They can produce glucose and xylose monomers and oligomers which can be further fermented to produce bioethanol. [less ▲]

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See detailMaladie hémolytique néonatale modérée due à un anti‐RH46
MONFORT, Mélanie ULg

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See detailIMMUNE AND NEURO-ENDOCRINE RESPONSES OF GRAVID EURASIAN PERCH TO CHRONIC CONFINEMENT AND SOCIAL ISOLATION STRESS
Mandiki, SMN; Douxfils, Jessica; Massart, Sophie et al

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See detailLack of generalization as explicative factor of morphosyntactic difficulties in children with SLI: a longitudinal study
Leroy, Sandrine ULg; Parisse, Christophe; Marchat, Aurélie et al

Poster (2013, June)

Background. Constructivist approach (Goldberg, 2006; Tomasello, 2003) postulates that children build their linguistic system from their own linguistic experience. To be productive with their language ... [more ▼]

Background. Constructivist approach (Goldberg, 2006; Tomasello, 2003) postulates that children build their linguistic system from their own linguistic experience. To be productive with their language, children have to generalize construction schemas to never heard items. Because children with SLI show limited morphosyntactic creativity and variability, we hypothesized that they would have difficulties to generalize their construction schemas, which would hinder their access to the most abstract level of the linguistic competence. Our aim was to test whether children with SLI had more difficulties than children with TLD to generalize a schema to new items. Methods. Seven children with SLI matched with 6 children TLD based on linguistic age were recorded for this study. Two steps were repeated at three different moments spread out three years. The first step consisted in a recording of a parent/child interaction at their house. All interactions were transcribed and analyzed. The second step consisted in the creation of two tasks from each child’s own productions: an utterance repetition task and a priming task. Tasks were individualized. Items were created from schemas considered as “acquired” and schemas considered as “non-acquired”. Results. Priming task. Current statistical analyses revealed a significant “Group” effect, a significant “Time” effect and a no significant “Group” by “Time” effect. Analyses revealed a significant “Structure” effect and a significant “Group” by “Structure” effect. Difference between the two groups was more marked for items with “non-acquired” schemas. Repetition task. The same results were obtained; except for “Time” variable (no significant effect). Discussion. The two groups had more difficulties to generalize non-acquired schemas to new items, but children with SLI seemed to have more difficulties, which could mean that their productivity with new schemas was more hindered. Consequently, results are compatible with our hypothesis suggesting that children with SLI have more difficulties for generalizing a schema to new items. [less ▲]

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See detailDo we plagiarize more often when the content of the to-be-remembered material is emotional?
Beaufort, Aline ULg; Brédart, Serge ULg; Perfect, Timothy J. et al

Poster (2013, June)

This study examined the impact of the emotional content on rates of cryptomnesia using the Brown and Murphy (1989) paradigm. In a first stage, dyads of young (mean age = 21.5 years) participants (n = 96 ... [more ▼]

This study examined the impact of the emotional content on rates of cryptomnesia using the Brown and Murphy (1989) paradigm. In a first stage, dyads of young (mean age = 21.5 years) participants (n = 96, 48 females) were asked to generate alternately words corresponding to an emotional category (i.e.,“positive”, “negative” or “neutral”). One week later, participants were instructed (1) to recall the items that were generated by themselves and not by the other member of the dyad (Recall-Own task), (2) to generate four news items (Generate-New task) for each category and (3) to assign confidence ratings to their responses. About 17% of responses were plagiarisms in the recall-own task and the percentage almost reached 9% in the Generate-New task. No significant effects of valence were found on rates of plagiarism in Generate-New task nor on the confidence ratings assigned to the participants' responses. However, cryptomnesia was significantly higher for positive than neutral items while it did not differ significantly across negative and neutral items. Confidence ratings were lower for plagiarized responses than for correct responses but these ratings were higher for plagiarized items than for intrusions. [less ▲]

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See detailValidation of an accelerometer-based approach to quantify gait events
Boutaayamou, Mohamed ULg; Schwartz, Cédric ULg; Stamatakis, Julien et al

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Researchers rarely provide solid performance and validation information about their acceleometer-based approaches to human gait analysis. We present here a novel signal processing and analysis algorithm ... [more ▼]

Researchers rarely provide solid performance and validation information about their acceleometer-based approaches to human gait analysis. We present here a novel signal processing and analysis algorithm that automatically extracts four consecutive fundamental events of walking: heel strike (HS), toe strike (TS), heel off (HO), and toe off (TO). In addition, we validate this accelerometer-based technique by comparing these extracted gait events with those obtained by a kinematic 3D analysis system and a force plate, used as gold standards. [less ▲]

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See detailThermal adaptation of the ribosomal chaperone trigger factor
Godin, Amandine ULg; Schmidpeter, Phillip; Schmid, Franz et al

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See detailBiomass hydrolyzing enzymes identified by functional screening of a metagenomic library from algal biofilms.
Martin, Marjolaine ULg; Biver, Sophie ULg; Barbeyron, Tristan et al

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Biomass hydrolyzing enzymes are increasingly searched for the production of biofuels and renewable chemical compounds using biomass. Microorganisms living on algaes are an interesting reservoir of biomass ... [more ▼]

Biomass hydrolyzing enzymes are increasingly searched for the production of biofuels and renewable chemical compounds using biomass. Microorganisms living on algaes are an interesting reservoir of biomass hydrolyzing enzymes, as they are in constant interaction with algal biomass. Therefore, we are interested in looking for some of those enzymes synthesized by the microflora living on the surface of the brown algae Ascophyllum nodosum. Algae samples were collected in the winter 2012 and a microbial DNA extraction method was developed. The whole extracted microbial genomes of the microorganisms living on the algae were restricted, inserted in a cloning vector and ligated products were used for transformation of cultivable Escherichia coli host cells. This metagenomic library was then screened for diverse enzymatic activities (lipolytic enzymes, cellulases, beta-glucosidases, alpha-amylases, arabinanases, xylanases and proteases) on agar plates with specific substrates. Five putative lipolytic enzymes, one cellulase and one beta-glucosidase were identified. Sequence analysis revealed low (<50%) sequence identities with known enzymes sequences, meaning new enzymes from unknown genomes have been discovered. To our knowledge this is the first functional screening that was realized with a metagenomic library from algal biofilms and this is the first cellulase identified by marine metagenomics. A second library has been constructed from algae sample from summer 2012 and is currently being screened. New enzymatic tests are being developed for the identification of enzymes degrading specific algal polysaccharides like agarases, carrageenases, alginate lyases, laminarinases,… Those very specific enzymes aren’t well known yet, and our metagenomic approach will probably help us to identify new families and structures of those algal biomass hydrolyzing enzymes. [less ▲]

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See detailROBOT-ASSISTED SURGERY: THE MULTICENTER BELGIAN EXPERIENCE
GOFFIN, Frédéric ULg; Traen, koen; TIMMERMANS, Marie ULg et al

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See detailChange in viability of Acetobacter senegalensis cells during gluconic acid fermentation at high temperature
Zarmehrkhorshid, Raziyeh ULg; Shafiei, Rasoul ULg; Thonart, Philippe ULg

Poster (2013, June)

Introduction: Gluconic acid (GA) is a multifunctional carbonic acid with versatile applications in food, beverage and pharmaceutical industries. Although the production of GA and its derivative dating ... [more ▼]

Introduction: Gluconic acid (GA) is a multifunctional carbonic acid with versatile applications in food, beverage and pharmaceutical industries. Although the production of GA and its derivative dating backs decades, but use of this acid and its derivatives due to high prices is currently restricted. Using a thermotolerant bacterium in production of this acid at high temperature can provide a new option for industrially cost effective production. However, fermentation productivity may be negatively affected by factors (such as high temperature) leading to loss of cell viability. Objectives: In this study, the ability of a thermotolerant bacterium, Acetobacter senegalensis, in gluconic acid production at high temperature and its survival responses to some factors including temperature and carbon sources were evaluated. Materials and Method: Different batch fermentation processes were carried out at 38 °C, and then cell viability (total dehydrogenase activity) and culturability were assessed using flow cytometry and plate counting techniques, respectively. Results: A. senegalensis oxidized 95 g/L of glucose to gluconic acid at 38 °C. In exponential growth phase, cells were less subjected to damages; but upon transition of cells to stationary phase, cell viability and culturability reduced. Consequently, due to the lack of dehydrogenase activity the specific rate of glucose consumption and gluconic acid production decreased dramatically. High temperature (38 °C), oxidation of high amount of glucose and accumulation of inhibitory compounds (possibly gluconic acid) were dominant inducers leading cells into a viable but non-culturable state (VBNC) during the course of stationary phase. In contrast, presence of ethanol accompanied with glucose, and low incubation temperature assisted in resuscitation of senescent cells of stationary phase. Conclusions: A. senegalensis is able to produce gluconic acid at 38 °C. But, due to entrance of cells into VBNC state during stationary phase, the performance of batch fermentation is adversely affected. [less ▲]

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See detailThe hidden half of flowering
Bouché, Frédéric ULg; Mistiaen, Kevin ULg; D'Aloia, Maria ULg et al

Poster (2013, June)

Flowering is one of the most important developmental steps in plant life cycle and is therefore tightly controlled by environmental cues. The involvement of the aerial part of the plant in the molecular ... [more ▼]

Flowering is one of the most important developmental steps in plant life cycle and is therefore tightly controlled by environmental cues. The involvement of the aerial part of the plant in the molecular mechanisms leading to floral transition is well documented while participation of the roots received less attention. Nevertheless, the induction of flowering by photoperiod is known to involve systemic signals that move in phloem sap towards sinks, throughout the plants, including the roots. Transcriptomic analysis of roots tissues during the floral induction of flowering by a single long day of in Arabidopsis thaliana by a single long day allowed us to identify a large number of differentially expressed genes. How mutations We subsequently selected in some candidate genes affect plant development - including root architecture and flowering time - is being to analyze their flowering timefurther analyzed. Further analysis of those genes will permit us to unravel their role in the flowering induction process. [less ▲]

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See detailDynamic Modeling and control of a pilot CO2 postcombustion capture plant
Léonard, Grégoire ULg; Cabeza Mogador, Bruno; Belletante, Ségolène et al

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A dynamic model of a post-combustion capture pilot plant is developed using Aspen Plus Dynamics. An innovative process control strategy is studied for regulating the water balance of the process. A ... [more ▼]

A dynamic model of a post-combustion capture pilot plant is developed using Aspen Plus Dynamics. An innovative process control strategy is studied for regulating the water balance of the process. A washing section where the flue gas from the absorber is washed with cold water is included to the process in order to reduce the emissions of amine to the air. Control of the water balance in the solvent loop is successfully achieved by changing the washing water temperature. In previous publications regarding CO2 capture pilot plants, the regulation of the water balance always required a water make-up flow which appears here as unnecessary. Rejection of disturbances and different load reduction scenarios are tested to confirm the efficiency of this strategy. Potential operational problems of this control strategy are identified and solved. [less ▲]

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