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See detailOccurence of the new variant of rabbit haemorrhagic disease virus (RHDV2) in wild populations of rabbits in Southern Belgium
Volpe, Rosario ULiege; Lesenfants, Christophe ULiege; Paternostre, Julien ULiege et al

Poster (2016, October 07)

Rabbit haemorrhagic disease (RHD) is a highly infectious and fatal disease of the European rabbit (Oryctolagus cuniculus), responsible for important economic losses in the rabbit industry. The ... [more ▼]

Rabbit haemorrhagic disease (RHD) is a highly infectious and fatal disease of the European rabbit (Oryctolagus cuniculus), responsible for important economic losses in the rabbit industry. The aetiological agent of the disease is a RNA virus (RHDV, Lagovirus, Caliciviridae) first detected in China in 1984. Currently RHDV is endemic in most parts of Europe, Asia and North Africa. Phylogenetic analyses of RHDV strains have identified 3 distinct groups : the classic RHDV, the variant RHDVa and RHDV2. This latter has been detected in France for the first time in 2010 in domestic and wild rabbits (Le Gall-Reculé G et al., 2013) and since then has spread throughout Europe, replacing the circulating RHDV/RHDVa strains in most european countries. RHDV2 has already been detected in Belgium in rabbitries (Marlier D et al., 2014). Here, we report for the first time the presence of RHDV2 in wild rabbits in Southern Belgium. In november 2015, the Surveillance Network of Wildlife Diseases received seven dead wild rabbits for necropsy. The discovery of 7 fresh carcasses found at the same time in a same area (Hainaut province) emphasised the infectious or intoxication hypothesis as cause of death. Postmortem examinations were performed at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine (FVM) of the University of Liege according to a systematic protocol based on gross lesions, histopathological and targeted microbiological analysis. For necropsy, each rabbit (1) was weighted and age was determined by the presence/absence of the distal ulna protuberance, (2) stomach was investigated to exclude poison, (3) spleen was systematically driven into Yersinia CIN culture media for detection of Yersinia pseudotuberculosis, (4) lungs and livers were systematically (a) packaged into 10% formaldehyde solution for histopathology analysis (Service of Pathology, FVM) and (b) frozen at -20°C for RHDV analysis (Scanelis Laboratory,Toulouse, France) and finally (6) feces were gathered for parasitology (Service of Parasitology, FVM). At necropsy, animals (5 adults: 3 males/2 females and 2 juveniles: 1 male/1 female) were in good condition. No hematomas or broken bones were detected, only one displayed clues of diarrhoea. Examinations of the carcasses showed congestion of lungs/kidneys and livers were macroscopically normal. No foreign body or suspicious particles was seen in the stomachs, only one rabbit was hardly infested by tapeworms in the gut. Histopathological examination revealed haemorragic lung lesions in one animal while 5 of them presented severe necrotic hepatitis, sometimes associated with peri-angiocholitis. Only one animal presented an abnormal high rate of coccidia in feces. Samples of livers were sent to Scanelis Laboratory for RHDV RT-qPCR diagnostic. The results were positive for the new variant RHDV2 in 5 out of the 7 rabbit livers. All the samples were negative for the classic RHDV. To determine if RHDV2 was already present before 2015 in wild rabbits in the region, we tested a series of livers that had been collected in 2013 and 2014 for a retrospective study. Among the 25 rabbit livers checked, 12 presented necrotic hepatitis and were sent for analysis. Ten were confirmed positive by RT-qPCR for RHDV2. [less ▲]

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See detailAgeism among medical students
Corvol, Aline; Missotten, Pierre ULiege; Gentric, Armelle et al

Poster (2016, October 06)

Introduction Negative stereotypes concerning elderly persons are widespread in general population. When they are adopted by health care professionals, it can decrease the quality of care or even induce ... [more ▼]

Introduction Negative stereotypes concerning elderly persons are widespread in general population. When they are adopted by health care professionals, it can decrease the quality of care or even induce disability. That’s why medical curriculum should take the question of ageism in consideration. Though, little is known about ageism among medical students and its determinants. Method We conducted a study on Rennes University (France) medical students (year 2 to year 6) using on line questionnaire. Validated tools, such as Fraboni Scale of Ageism, and innovating ones, such as verbal fluency task about aging and youth, have been proposed. Results have been compared with those obtained in Liège, Belgium, and analyzed according to age, gender, year of study, and geriatric training. Results Response rate was above 90%, leading to 814 replies. Replies, especially at the verbal fluency task, demonstrate the strength of negative stereotypes, with similar results in Rennes and Liège. No effect of courses or internship in geriatrics has been identified. Negative stereotypes seem lower in female students, and in those who have regular contact with elderly persons, especially if these contacts are good. Key conclusion Ageism is widespread in French medical students, whatever the year of study. Enhancing positive contacts between elderly persons and medical students may be an effective way to prevent it, but may be challenging to implement. Further studies could focus on implicit stereotypes to underplay the social desirability bias. [less ▲]

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See detailPhenotypic plasticity in a fossorial toad from a Pacific xeric forest (Ecuador)
Székely, Diana ULiege; Szekely, Paul; Denoël, Mathieu ULiege et al

Poster (2016, October 06)

For amphibians, optimal size at metamorphosis is determined by a trade-off between opportunities for growth and risks of mortality in aquatic and terrestrial habitats, and many species show a high degree ... [more ▼]

For amphibians, optimal size at metamorphosis is determined by a trade-off between opportunities for growth and risks of mortality in aquatic and terrestrial habitats, and many species show a high degree of plasticity in time and size at metamorphosis that allow them to adapt to unpredictable environments. We used as model a neotropical anuran species, the Pacific horned frog, Ceratophrys stolzmanni, that inhabits the Tumbesian dry forests of southwestern Ecuador, and lays its eggs in lentic habitats of variable size and unpredictable duration. We investigated (i) how tadpoles time their metamorphosis in order to escape a rapidly drying aquatic habitat, and (ii) the consequences of metamorphosis plasticity on the immediate and mid-term fitness of individuals. We conducted two experiments; in the first one we exposed 36 tadpoles to one of three water levels treatments: constant high, decreasing and constant low. Tadpoles that were raised in decreasing or low water level metamorphosed on average 13% and 10% faster than the ones from constant high water level, but at a lower body size and mass. Growth rates were among the highest recorded for tadpoles and individuals from the constant high water level treatment grew at a much faster rate than the others. In a second experiment, we sampled 72 freshly metamorphosed (Gosner stage 45) C. stolzmanni individuals of assorted sizes (SVL between 23.8 and 47.9 mm, body weight between 1.2 and 11.9 g). From this spectrum of sizes, we selected the 21 largest and 22 smallest individuals and evaluated the effects of body size at metamorphosis on trophic and locomotory performance parameters. We determined their growth rate and survival over the course of an activity season (i.e., two months). Our results show that bigger size at metamorphosis is correlated with better survival chances and performance. Larger individuals were more mobile, had bigger gape width and better survival rates (95% compared to 64% for small individuals). Growth rates were not correlated with initial size, and small individuals were capable of increasing their size at a higher rate. This indicates that, although size at metamorphosis has an immediate impact on fitness, smaller individuals are able to compensate with an increased growth rate. [less ▲]

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See detailMise en place de pratiques agricoles de conservation: quel impact sur la vie du sol
Degrune, Florine ULiege; Boeraeve, Fanny ULiege; Vandenbol, Micheline ULiege et al

Poster (2016, October 04)

Le projet Farm4Future a été lancé en 2015 et consiste en un suivi intégré d’un réseau d’exploitations agricoles belges en cours de transition vers des pratiques dites « de conservation ». Les ... [more ▼]

Le projet Farm4Future a été lancé en 2015 et consiste en un suivi intégré d’un réseau d’exploitations agricoles belges en cours de transition vers des pratiques dites « de conservation ». Les exploitations étudiées dans le cadre de ce projet sont caractérisées par des changements de gestion incluant notamment : (1) des associations de culture, (2) des couverts permanents, (3) une réduction du travail du sol et (4) l’introduction de structures vertes telles que les haies ou les bandes fleuries. Afin d’évaluer le potentiel agronomique et écologique de ces systèmes agricoles, une série de mesures ont été effectuées dans deux types de sol aux propriétés texturales contrastées : sable limoneux et un limon sableux. Afin d’obtenir un point de comparaison, les mêmes mesures ont été effectuées sur les parcelles des agriculteurs voisins restés en intensif et conventionnel. Parmi ces mesures, nous étudions la réponse de plusieurs indicateurs biologiques de qualité des sols telle que la diversité microbienne. L’étude a démontré un effet du type de pratiques agricoles sur la diversité microbienne en fonction du type de sol. Nous avons également identifié les microorganismes sensibles au type de pratiques agricoles. Cependant, l’étude nous amène à démontrer une grande hétérogénéité de réponses au sein de chacun de ces groupes. En effet, même si certains grands groupes sont globalement plus abondants sous pratiques de conservation (ou conventionnel), la réponse des microorganismes au sein de ces groupes à des niveaux taxonomiques plus fins (genre ou espèce) n’est pas uniforme. Aujourd’hui, même si les outils moléculaires de séquençage à haut débit ont permis de mettre en lumière l’incroyable diversité microbienne des sols, les services écosystémiques rendus par ces microorganismes sont encore très peu connus car moins de 1% des organismes est cultivable en laboratoire. [less ▲]

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See detailThe functional-biogeography of the reef fishes in the Gulf of California: over-importance of a handful of sites
Olivier, Damien ULiege; Reyes Bonilla, Hector

Poster (2016, October 03)

Functional biogeography is a new discipline allowing to link biogeographical patterns of trait and species diversity. This new area of research has a role in conservation policy because it permits to ... [more ▼]

Functional biogeography is a new discipline allowing to link biogeographical patterns of trait and species diversity. This new area of research has a role in conservation policy because it permits to create functional maps to highlight hotspots of biodiversity. In this study, we evaluate the taxonomic and functional diversity of the reef-fishes in 30 “archipelagoes” widespread along the Gulf of California (GOC). The question before us is to highlight areas requiring a particular intention in conservation policy because they represent a large part of the legacy of reef-fish diversity in the GOC. To do so, we used a recently developed method to classify the reef-fishes species of the GOC in functional entities (FEs). The FEs are based on unique combinations of six categorical traits known to influence the functional role of fishes (e.g. size, diet…) and their number represent the level of functional diversity of the community. The results showed that the Baja California Sur has the most diversified reef-fishes community, both taxonomically and functionally (more than 90% of the species and of the functional diversity are represented). This result is mainly due to four archipelagoes that present a dazzling diversity, i.e. Carmen, San José, Espiritu Santo and Cerralvo. Each of these islands includes 60% or more of the taxonomic and functional diversity of the GOC. Two of these archipelagoes benefit of a protection level through the National Parks of Loreto and Espiritu Santo. However, the former is poorly functioning and the latter is under evaluation. The outcomes of the present study provide a global map of the reef-fishes diversity through the GOC, in term of species number and functional diversity. These results allow the identification of four major hotspots of diversity that should require a particular attention to preserve the legacy of reef-fishes diversity in the GOC. [less ▲]

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See detailADAM28 - Generation of a conditional ADAM28 knock-out mouse Implication of ADAM28 in metastasis dissemination
Gérard, Catherine ULiege; Rocks, Natacha ULiege; Carnet, Oriane ULiege et al

Poster (2016, October)

Introduction: ADAMs (a disintegrin and metalloproteinase) and ADAMTS proteinases (a disintegrin and metalloproteinase with thrombospondin motifs) are MMP (matrix metalloproteinase) -related enzymes ... [more ▼]

Introduction: ADAMs (a disintegrin and metalloproteinase) and ADAMTS proteinases (a disintegrin and metalloproteinase with thrombospondin motifs) are MMP (matrix metalloproteinase) -related enzymes, bearing a multi-domain structure. ADAM28 is a multipotent membrane-bound proteinase and its expression in tissues derived from the foregut in embryonic tissues suggests its involvement in the organogenesis of the respiratory tract. Moreover, ADAM28 is highly overexpressed in non-small-cell lung cancer samples. Notably through a global proteomic approach, we recently identified an upregulation of ADAM28 after induction of lung inflammation in a mouse model of asthma. In addition to data published in the literature and to our findings about ADAM28 expression in various pathological tissues, intrinsic characteristics of this proteinase argue for considering it as a potential regulator of cellular signalling pathways leading to an inflammatory pulmonary microenvironment and, eventually, to carcinogenesis. Indeed, ADAM28 bears an active catalytic domain and interacts in a non-proteolytic manner with some integrins (α4β1) and some P-selectin ligands involved in inflammatory cell migration. ADAM28 was also reported to display the capacity to cleave key mediators such as Von Willebrand factor, IGFBP3 (Insulin-like growth factor-binding protein 3) and CTGF (Connective Tissue Growth Factor). Very recently, ADAM28 was shown to shed pro-TNF-alpha suggesting an important role in tumour control. The present project aims at characterizing molecular mechanisms leading to tumour development in lungs. In the first part of this work, we intend to characterize the effects of ADAM28 depletion on physiological and pathological processes such as tumor development and metastatic dissemination in ADAM28 conditional knock-out mice. Methods: To understand the implication of ADAM28 in lung tumour development we instillated lungs of mice displaying a full knock-out genotype for ADAM28 with Lewis Lung Carcinoma cells and B16K1 melanoma cells. ADAM28 KO mice were also injected intravenously and a subcutaneously with these tumour cells. Results: There is no spontaneous phenotype for ADAM28 full knock-out animals. Preliminary results show an impaired lung tumors engrafment in ADAM28 wild type animals when compared to heterozygous or knock out littermates. Conclusion: This unique mouse strain provides a very precious tool to further investigate ADAM28 implication in various disease models including tumour growth and dissemination. The role of ADAM28 as a pro-tumor factor is widely described in the literature whereas our results suggest that ADAM28 has an anti-tumor function. [less ▲]

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See detailA simple method to predict methane emissions based on milk mid infrared spectra
Vanlierde, Amélie ULiege; Dehareng, Frédéric; Froidmont, Eric et al

Poster (2016, October)

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See detailThe peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor Alpha (PPARA) is expressed in non-somatotroph pituitary adenomas : a potential therapeutic target ?
Rotondi, S; Polidoro, MA; Morace, R et al

Poster (2016, October)

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See detailMultimodal Connectivity-Based Parcellation of the Brain
Reuter, Niels; Plachti, Anna; Genon, Sarah ULiege et al

Poster (2016, October)

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See detailUnexpected high levels of Cobalamin (Vitamin B12): Numerous interferences are decreased by PEG treatment.
LADANG, Aurélie ULiege; VRANKEN, Laura ULiege; CAVALIER, Etienne ULiege

Poster (2016, October)

Cobalamin (Vitamin B12) deficiency is a common cause of anemia. High levels of serum cobalamin is mainly due to cobalamin supplementation. It has also been associated with hematological malignancies ... [more ▼]

Cobalamin (Vitamin B12) deficiency is a common cause of anemia. High levels of serum cobalamin is mainly due to cobalamin supplementation. It has also been associated with hematological malignancies, liver or renal diseases. Cobalamin is sometimes found elevated in autoimmune disorders and infectious diseases but concerns are raised on the fact that those serum increases might be due to interference with immunoassays. Those data’s shed the lights on the high prevalence of interference in patients with unexpected high cobalamin level. Precipitation with PEG appears to be an easy and costless method to increase the reliability of cobalamin dosage. In accordance with our results, we recommand to treat systematically every serum with a cobalamin >1500 ng/L. [less ▲]

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See detailRobust discriminant analysis based on the joint graphcial lasso estimator
Aerts, Stéphanie ULiege; Croux, Christophe; Wilms, Ines

Poster (2016, October)

Linear and Quadratic Discriminant Analysis (LDA/QDA) are the most often applied classification rules under the normality assumption. When there is not enough data, the quadratic rule, which requires the ... [more ▼]

Linear and Quadratic Discriminant Analysis (LDA/QDA) are the most often applied classification rules under the normality assumption. When there is not enough data, the quadratic rule, which requires the estimation of one precision matrix in each class, is often replaced by the linear one, based on the homoscedasticity assumption. This strong assumption is however rarely verified in practice and ignores the intrinsic différences between groups that may be of particular interest in the classification context. In this aper, alternatives to the usual maximum likelihood estimates for the precision matrices are proposed that borrow strength across classes while allowing for heterogeneity at the same time. This results in a classifier that is intermediate between QDA and LDA. Moreover, our estimator is sparse: the undesirable effect of uninformative variables is reduced. The performance of the method is illustrated through simulated and real dataset examples. [less ▲]

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See detailA membrane-type- matrix metalloproteinase (MT1-MMP) - discoidin domain receptor 1 axis regulates collagen-induced apoptosis in breast cancer cells
Assent, Delphine; Bourgot, Isabelle ULiege; Hennuy, Benoit et al

Poster (2016, October)

During tumour dissemination, invading breast carcinoma cells become confronted with a reactive stroma, a type I collagen-rich environment endowed with anti-proliferative and proapoptotic properties. To ... [more ▼]

During tumour dissemination, invading breast carcinoma cells become confronted with a reactive stroma, a type I collagen-rich environment endowed with anti-proliferative and proapoptotic properties. To develop metastatic capabilities, tumour cells must acquire the capacity to cope with this novel microenvironment. How cells interact with and respond to their microenvironment during cancer dissemination remains poorly understood. To address the impact of type I collagen on the fate of tumour cells, human breast carcinoma MCF-7 cells were cultured within three-dimensional type I collagen gels (3D COL1). Using this experimental model, we demonstrate that membrane type-1 matrix metalloproteinase (MT1-MMP), a proteinase overexpressed in many aggressive tumours, promotes tumour progression by circumventing the collagen-induced up-regulation of BIK, a pro-apoptotic tumour suppressor, and hence apoptosis. A transcriptomic analysis was performed to decipher the molecular mechanisms regulating 3D COL1-induced apoptosis in human breast cancer cells. Control and MT1-MMP expressing MCF-7 cells were cultured on two-dimensional plastic plates or within 3D COL1 and a global transcriptional time-course analysis was performed. Shifting the cells from plastic plates to 3D COL1 activated a complex reprogramming of genes implicated in various biological processes. Bioinformatic analysis revealed a 3D COL1-mediated alteration of key cellular functions including apoptosis, cell proliferation, RNA processing and cytoskeleton remodelling. By using a panel of pharmacological inhibitors, we identified discoidin domain receptor 1 (DDR1), a receptor tyrosine kinase specifically activated by collagen, as the initiator of 3D COL1-induced apoptosis. Our data support the concept that MT1-MMP contributes to the inactivation of the DDR1-BIK signalling axis through the cleavage of collagen fibres and/or the alteration of DDR1 receptor signalling unit, without triggering drastic alterations of the transcriptome of MCF-7 cells. [less ▲]

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See detailRegulation of breast carcinoma cell proliferation and apoptosis by type I collagen aging and 3D confinement involves differential activation of DDR1
Saby, Charles; Rammal, Hassan; Magnien, Kevin et al

Poster (2016, October)

During breast carcinoma development, cells are confronted to a type I collagen-rich environment which induces anti-proliferative and pro-apoptotic effects (Maquoi et al., Oncogene, 2012). These effects ... [more ▼]

During breast carcinoma development, cells are confronted to a type I collagen-rich environment which induces anti-proliferative and pro-apoptotic effects (Maquoi et al., Oncogene, 2012). These effects occurred only in 3D cell matrix and involved Discoidin Domain Receptor 1 (DDR1) but not β1 integrin (Assent et al., PlosOne, 2015). During aging, type I collagen undergoes post-translational modifications which have a detrimental effect on type I collagen fibrillar organization (Aït-Belkacem, J Biomed Optics, 2012 ; Guilbert et al., Oncotarget, 2016). This property is well known to be requested to activate DDR1. Here, we address the effect of type I collagen aging on cell proliferation inhibition and apoptosis induction in breast carcinoma cells in 3D cell confinement system. Type I collagen was extracted from tail tendons of 2 months (adult) and 2 years (old) rats, and MCF-7 and ZR-75-1 cells were used as an experimental model. We provide evidence for a decrease in cell proliferation by adult collagen but not by old one. This effect involves a higher phosphorylation of DDR1 by adult collagen when compared to the old one. Inhibition of DDR1 kinase activity by the specific inhibitor DDR1-IN-1 induced an increase in cell proliferation to a level similar to that observed in old collagen. An increase in cell proliferation was also observed using siRNA targeting DDR1 mRNA. At the opposite of old collagen, adult collagen was also able to trigger apoptosis by inducing an increase in expression of the pro-apoptotic protein (BIK). Inhibition of DDR1 kinase activity induced a decrease in BIK expression and apoptosis. Our data support the concept that aging contributes to the loss of the growth suppression and apoptotic effect of collagen on breast carcinoma, but only in 3D cell confinement model, by inactivating the DDR1-BIK signaling axis via a downregulation of DDR1 activation. [less ▲]

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See detailStudy of the SV2A protein role in Epilepsy.
Bartholomé, Odile ULiege; Van Den Ackerveken, Priscilla ULiege; Wislet, Sabine ULiege et al

Poster (2016, October)

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See detailLRP4 mutations in bilateral renal agenesis with severe limb deficiencies
JACQUINET, Adeline ULiege; LEE, Anna F.; SWENERTON, Anna et al

Poster (2016, October)

Introduction : Severe limb deficiencies have been reported in association with bilateral renal agenesis in several syndromes. Recently, truncating mutations in LRP4 have been associated with a lethal ... [more ▼]

Introduction : Severe limb deficiencies have been reported in association with bilateral renal agenesis in several syndromes. Recently, truncating mutations in LRP4 have been associated with a lethal autosomal recessive form of Cenani-Lenz syndrome (CLS). The objectives of our study was to delineate the phenotype of the third fetus, and through a search of syndromes, identify a group of disorders with overlapping phenotypes that may be allelic with CLS or due to mutations in the same pathway. Results : A male fetus at 22 weeks’ gestation was found to have bilateral renal agenesis by ultrasound. The pregnancy was interrupted and autopsy and skeletal survey revealed shortening of forearms and legs below the knees, radioulnar synostosis, foreshortened triangular shaped tibia and fibula, and oligosyndactyly with disorganized metacarpals, metatarsals and phalanges. Bilateral renal agenesis, absent ureters and small bladder were confirmed. Additional features included downslanting palpebral fissures, high-arched palate, small mouth, low-set and posteriorly rotated ears, nuchal oedema, pulmonary hypoplasia, hypospadias and absent olfactory nerves. An autosomal recessive disorder was suspected, given a prior obstetric history of termination at 18 weeks for unilateral limb anomalies and cleft lip. Based on the aforementioned renal and limb anomalies, the lethal form of CLS was considered. Sequencing of LRP4 identified a paternally inherited variant (c.919+3G del) and a maternally inherited variant (c.4808T>A ;p.Ile1603Val). Both variants were rare in the general population and bioinformatically predicted to be damaging. We compared the phenotype with the two previously reported fetuses as well as with syndromes and disorders that may present prenatally with genitourinary anomalies plus acromesomelia of upper and lower limbs. We found significant overlap with a subset of cases of acro-renal-uterine-mandibular syndrome presenting with high-arched palate plus or minus micrognathia and microglossia, severe limb anomalies affecting the middle and distal segments, oligosyndactyly, renal agenesis, uterine anomalies and absence of olfactory nerves. Conclusion : Based on the clinical features seen in three lethal cases of CLS, we propose that acro-renal-uterine-mandibular syndrome may be allelic with CLS or due to mutations in the molecular pathway involving LRP4. [less ▲]

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See detailNovel innovative possibilities for the dairy industry opened by common format of FT-MIR instruments
Grelet, Clément ULiege; Fernandez Pierna, Juan Antonio; Dardenne, Pierre et al

Poster (2016, October)

FT-MIR technology is worldwide used for fast and cost effective determination of major milk components. However, due to the different individual response of each instrument the potential of this ... [more ▼]

FT-MIR technology is worldwide used for fast and cost effective determination of major milk components. However, due to the different individual response of each instrument the potential of this technology is currently underexploited as new tools cannot be easily ported to other instruments. Recently a standardization method was developed in order to harmonize the spectral response format between instruments of different brands and models but also across time for each spectrometer. The method matches monthly the infrared response of all spectrometers on the response of a reference instrument, making all machines talking a common language. The objective is to allow the creation and the use of common, new and innovative concepts by pooling resources and sharing data. Using this method, new tools for analysis of milk quality and milk technological properties have been created and shared within the network, as fatty acids and minerals predictions or milk coagulation properties. New concepts requiring a common spectral format have been developed like the untargeted detection of milk contaminant and abnormal milk or the determination of milk geographic origin. Models in relation with the status of the dairy cow were also created and shared as to predict ketosis, negative energy balance or methane emissions. Therefore models can be developed at one place and deployed within the entire network, in which 90 instruments are currently monthly standardized. [less ▲]

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See detailBreaking Bad News: the TAKE five program.
GILLET, Aline ULiege; VAN CAUWENBERGE, Isabelle ULiege; TUBES, Rebecca ULiege et al

Poster (2016, October)

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See detailStudy of the effect of thin ALD oxide coatings on the stability of silver nanowire based transparent electrodes
Aghazadehchors, Sara; Nguyen, Viet; Lagrange, Mélanie et al

Poster (2016, October)

Current research on new Transparent Conductive Materials focuses on emerging materials such as carbon-based materials, graphene or metallic nanowire networks. The latter concern mainly silver nanowires ... [more ▼]

Current research on new Transparent Conductive Materials focuses on emerging materials such as carbon-based materials, graphene or metallic nanowire networks. The latter concern mainly silver nanowires (AgNW). Although AgNW networks seem to approach ITO values in terms of optical transparency and electrical sheet resistance, (90% and 10 Ω/sq respectively) [1], overcoming a rather poor thermal and electrical stability still remains a challenge. While most device fabrication processes require thermal annealing steps to optimize their electrical properties, heating can modify AgNW network morphology. Moreover, when used as transparent heaters, an electrical current induces specimen heating (due to Joule effect) and then imposing AgNW network to be resistant to heat. One way to improve thermal stability of AgNW networks is to use a thin layer of a passivating metal oxide (such as ZnO or TiO2) which induces stability improvements [2]. So far, our group has studied the effect of a thin layer of TiO2 deposited by ALD on the thermal and electrical stability of AgNWs networks. Our studies show that even a TiO2 layer as thin as 5 nm can lead to an extension of thermal stability from 270 °C to 420 °C. The oxide coating also increases the value of the electrical failure voltage. This stability enhancement comes with nearly no change in optical transparency (less than 1%). Currently we are replacing the ALD deposition method with a new approach called Spatial ALD (SALD). This technique does not require vacuum, it is much faster than conventional ALD and is easily scalable [3]. Here we will present a comprehensive study of the effect of deposition parameters, passivation film thickness on the electrical and optical properties of AgNWs based transparent electrodes. Optimized parameters will allow the integration in devices such as transparent heaters. We will demonstrate that adding a passivation layer increases the breakdown voltage, making the devices stable at higher voltage or temperature. References: [1] Lagrange, M., Langley, D. P., Giusti, G., Jiménez, C., Bréchet, Y., & Bellet, D. (2015). Optimization of silver nanowire-based transparent electrodes: effects of density, size and thermal annealing. Nanoscale, 7(41), 17410- 17423. [2] Kim, A., Won, Y., Woo, K., Kim, C. H., & Moon, J. (2013). Highly transparent low resistance ZnO/Ag nanowire/ZnO composite electrode for thin film solar cells. ACS nano, 7(2), 1081-1091. [3] Muñoz-Rojas, D., & MacManus-Driscoll, J. (2014). Spatial atmospheric atomic layer deposition: a new [less ▲]

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See detailInvestigating the potential of Cymodocea nodosa (Ucria) Ascherson as a coastal carbon sink coupling marine habitat cartographies and in situ nondestructive sampling
Abadie, Arnaud ULiege; Richir, Jonathan ULiege; Pieraccini, Riccardo ULiege et al

Poster (2016, October)

Seagrass meadows are major carbon sinks, trapping about 10% of the total CO2 sequestrated in the oceans. In the Mediterranean, a major focus has been made on the climax species Posidonia oceanica (L ... [more ▼]

Seagrass meadows are major carbon sinks, trapping about 10% of the total CO2 sequestrated in the oceans. In the Mediterranean, a major focus has been made on the climax species Posidonia oceanica (L.) Delile, while other species remained little studied. In the framework of the STARECAPMED project, we thus chose to study Cymodocea nodosa (Ucria) Ascherson, a pioneer species with a rapid turnover and an expected high stocking capacity. Furthermore, the area covered by that species has been largely underestimated. In order to fill these two knowledge gaps, we first mapped all seagrass habitats within a Mediterranean bay (Calvi, Corsica, France) using side scan images, aerial photographs and ground truths. This cartography was followed by seasonal in situ density measurements and non-destructive shoot sampling (leaf cutting). Samplings were performed at different depths (5 to 23 m depth) in 6 contrasted stations (small patchy meadows to continuous beds) in order to cover all the existing facies of the bay. Elementary contents (carbon, nitrogen and stable isotope ratios) were measured in laboratory. This first work shows that C. nodosa meadows in Calvi Bay cover an area of 0.498 km2. Carbon stocks of the leaves reached 0.25 tons in winter and 2.72 tons in summer. Their nitrogen contents showed a marked seasonality with a maximum value of 0.020 mgN.m-2 in July and a minimum value of 0.005 mgN.m-2 in March. Some modifications in the trophic conditions of the water column at several stations were put in an obvious through the N stable isotopes values, mostly during the summer period. The actual underestimation of the area covered by that species in Calvi Bay has been properly mapped thanks to side scan sonar techniques revealing, together with elementary content analysis, its importance in the carbon balance of coastal areas. [less ▲]

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See detailCytology of reactional spleen may be misleading
Ramery, Eve ULiege; Vangrinsven, Emilie ULiege; Gommeren, Kris ULiege et al

Poster (2016, October)

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Orban De Xivry, Gilles ULiege; Jolivet, Aïssa ULiege; Huby, Elsa ULiege et al

Poster (2016, October)

Small angle coronagaphy, such as the vortex phase mask, is a key scientific driver for the coming generation of VLT-like instrument and for the future ELTs. It is appealing for the full scientific ... [more ▼]

Small angle coronagaphy, such as the vortex phase mask, is a key scientific driver for the coming generation of VLT-like instrument and for the future ELTs. It is appealing for the full scientific exploitation of ground-based telescopes for the detection and characterization of exoplanets and circumstellar discs. One key element to small angle coronagraphy is a precise low-order wavefront control to avoid any leak decreasing the contrast level and even possibly mimicking off-axis signal. In this contribution, we present our early on-going effort in using post- coronagraphic focal images to perform wavefront control with a vortex coron- agraph. First, I will present an empirical approach similar to PSF sharpening techniques, sometimes used in classical imaging to reduce NCPA aberrations, to post-coronagraphic images. Then, I will discuss an alternative based on the general weak-phase solution to retrieve the complex Efield in the Lyot plane using three images, and how we can use this to control the phase in the pupil plane. Finally, after presenting those two approaches and first simulations, I will discuss the possible implementation of such techniques on our bench, the vortex optical demonstrator for coronagraphic applications (VODCA). [less ▲]

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See detailDisplaement after Fukushima: a case of environmentally forced migraiton?
Hasegawa, Reiko ULiege

Poster (2016, September 29)

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See detailSystème d’exploitation et potentialités économiques des cuvettes oasiennes du sud-est du Niger
Malam Boukar, Awa Krou; Yamba, Boubacar; Lebailly, Philippe ULiege

Poster (2016, September 28)

Les cuvettes oasiennes du sud-est nigérien sont sources de production alimentaire (JAHIEL. 1998). C’est pourquoi, les populations locales sont dépendantes des cuvettes pour leurs productions alimentaires ... [more ▼]

Les cuvettes oasiennes du sud-est nigérien sont sources de production alimentaire (JAHIEL. 1998). C’est pourquoi, les populations locales sont dépendantes des cuvettes pour leurs productions alimentaires et leurs revenus (TYCHON B. et al. 2009). Cette étude vise à démontrer l’importance socio-économique des cuvettes oasiennes du sud-est nigérien. [less ▲]

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See detailDEVELOPMENT OF NOVEL CATIONIC AND LIGAND-GRAFTED ANIONIC LIPOSOMES FOR BRAIN-TARGETED DRUG DELIVERY
Karim, Reatul ULiege; Palazzo, Claudio ULiege; Laloy, Julie et al

Poster (2016, September 27)

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See detailInfluence of groundwater exchanges on the efficiency of Underground Pumped Storage Hydroelectricity plants using open pit mines
Pujades, Estanislao ULiege; Bodeux, Sarah ULiege; Orban, Philippe ULiege et al

Poster (2016, September 27)

Underground Pumped Storage Hydropower (UPSH) plants can be used to manage the production of electrical energy according to the demand. These plants consist in two reservoirs, the upper one is located at ... [more ▼]

Underground Pumped Storage Hydropower (UPSH) plants can be used to manage the production of electrical energy according to the demand. These plants consist in two reservoirs, the upper one is located at the surface while the lower one is underground. The energy is stored by pumping water from the lower to the upper reservoir and produced by releasing water from the upper to the lower one. As a result, the hydraulic head in the lower reservoir varies continuously. UPSH plants interact with the surrounding aquifers exchanging groundwater. These groundwater exchanges, which play an important role in the evolution of the hydraulic head inside the underground reservoir, are a fact of concern in the selection of pumps and turbines because their efficiency varies with respect to the head difference between the two reservoirs. Therefore, the aquifer parameters should be considered in the selection of pumps and turbines. In this context, with an UPSH plant made up by an open pit mine, we study numerically (1) the influence of groundwater exchanges on the efficiency and (2) how the hydraulic head evolution varies depending on the aquifer properties. The relation among the groundwater exchanges, the efficiency of pumps and turbines and the aquifer parameters is considered by comparing the numerical results of several simulations. It is shown that groundwater exchanges are not negligible when optimizing the efficiency of UPSH plants. A priori, low hydraulic conductivity geological media were preferred to decrease interactions with the open-pit or the cavity used as lower reservoir. Taking into account the pump/turbine performance curves, it appears that, on the contrary, the global efficiency would be increased if the surrounding medium facilitates large groundwater exchanges because hydraulic head variations are softened. [less ▲]

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See detailClimatic and management drivers of CO2 exchanges by a production crop: Analysis over three successive 4-year crop rotation cycles
Buysse, Pauline ULiege; Manise, Tanguy ULiege; De Ligne, Anne ULiege et al

Poster (2016, September 27)

Carbon dioxide (CO2) exchanges between crops and the atmosphere are influenced by both climatic and crop management drivers. The investigated crop, situated at the Lonzée Terrestrial Observatory (LTO ... [more ▼]

Carbon dioxide (CO2) exchanges between crops and the atmosphere are influenced by both climatic and crop management drivers. The investigated crop, situated at the Lonzée Terrestrial Observatory (LTO, candidate ICOS site) in Belgium and managed for more than 70 years using conventional farming practices, was monitored over three complete sugar beet/winter wheat/potato/winter wheat rotation cycles from 2004 to 2016. Continuous eddy-covariance measurements and regular biomass samplings were performed in order to obtain the daily and seasonal Net Ecosystem Exchange (NEE), Gross Primary Productivity (GPP), Total Ecosystem Respiration (TER), Net Primary Productivity (NPP), and Net Biome Production (NBP). Meteorological data and crop management practices were also recorded. Over the 12 years, NEE was negative (-4.34 kg C m-2) but NBP was positive (1.05 kg C m-2), i.e. as soon as carbon exportation by harvest and carbon importation (manure, slimes) are included in the budget, the site behaves as a carbon source. At the crop rotation scale (4 years) it was quite remarkable to observe that NBP was very similar over the three rotations (0.30-0.36 kg C m-2), despite climatic and management differences between years. Crop type impacted carbon exchanges, with sugar beet and winter wheat crops leading to higher net carbon sequestration than seed potato crops. For one given crop, larger growth length and cumulated global radiation drove larger cumulated NEE. Net carbon emissions were observed during intercrops, but growing mustard during these periods reduced their rates and provided carbon residues to the soil. NBP values suggest that one sixth of the total soil organic carbon stock at LTO (6.23 ± 0.16 kg C m-2 in [0, 60] cm) would be lost in 12 years. Large uncertainties (mostly due to biomass measurements) affect NBP estimates, but still, this figure is huge and should encourage cultural practices returning carbon to the soil. [less ▲]

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See detailMUCOADHESIVE SPONGES WITH PEGYLATED LIPOPLEXES: TOWARDS A SUSTAINED VAGINAL DELIVERY OF siRNA
Furst, Tania ULiege; Dakwar, Georges; zagato, Elisa et al

Poster (2016, September 26)

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See detailQuelles réponses face à la fatigue vocale? Variabilité inter-individuelle des modifications acoustiques de la voix au cours de la journée
Remacle, Angélique ULiege; Gerber, Silvain; Garnier, Maëva

Poster (2016, September 26)

Objectifs: 1) décrire l’évolution de 4 indicateurs acoustiques de la fatigue vocale au cours d’une journée de travail et examiner leur universalité dans l'échantillon, 2) déterminer si différentes ... [more ▼]

Objectifs: 1) décrire l’évolution de 4 indicateurs acoustiques de la fatigue vocale au cours d’une journée de travail et examiner leur universalité dans l'échantillon, 2) déterminer si différentes typologies de réponse à la fatigue vocale peuvent être distinguées. Population: 22 enseignantes enregistrées le matin et le soir après leur journée de travail, à 3 temps de l’année: octobre, décembre, et février. Tâche: voyelle [a] tenue produite 5 fois à intensité et fréquence confortables. Paramètres mesurés avec Praat et moyennés sur les 5 répétitions: F0 (Hz), rapport harmoniques/bruit (HNR, dB), local Jitter (%), et local Shimmer (%). Les variations des moyennes entre le soir et le matin (Δ) sont calculées pour chaque paramètre. Résultats: En accord avec la littérature, le Δ moyen pour les 22 participantes aux 3 temps montre une augmentation de F0 et HNR, et une diminution de Jitter et Shimmer au cours de la journée. Cependant, ces résultats ne sont pas généralisés dans notre échantillon. Une analyse hiérarchique ascendante permet d'identifier 3 typologies de réponse à la fatigue vocale, observées suite à la journée de travail. Typologie 1: tendance inverse à la littérature (ΔF0 et ΔHNR négatifs, Δjitter et Δshimmer positifs). Comportement hypofonctionnel en réponse à la fatigue vocale. Typologie 2: tendance et amplitude similaires à la littérature (ΔF0 et ΔHNR positifs, Δjitter et Δshimmer négatifs). Réponse attendue, adaptation saine à la fatigue vocale. Typologie 3: tendance similaire à la littérature mais d’amplitude très marquée. Comportement hyperfonctionnel, suspicion d’un trouble vocal. [less ▲]

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See detailSmall molecule ligands for the orphan GPR27
Dupuis, Nadine ULiege; Franssen, Delphine ULiege; Laschet, Céline ULiege et al

Poster (2016, September 26)

Background G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) are involved in many physiological processes and constitute the target of around 30% of marketed therapies. Nonetheless, ~100 human GPCRs have no known ... [more ▼]

Background G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) are involved in many physiological processes and constitute the target of around 30% of marketed therapies. Nonetheless, ~100 human GPCRs have no known ligand and are designated as "orphan". This project focuses on GPR27, a rhodopsin-like alpha orphan of the SREB family (Super conserved Receptors Expressed in the Brain), presumably involved in the regulation of insulin secretion [1]. Methods In order to identify small molecules activating GPR27, we developed a firefly luciferase complementation assay (based on [2]) to assess the binding of ß-arrestin2 to the activated GPCR. To increase the affinity for and strengthen the interaction with ß-arrestin2, a GPR27-V2R chimera has been used for library screening. Results Small molecules activating GPR27-V2 have been identified in the DiverSetTM library (ChemBridge). After exclusion of non-specific activities using another unrelated GPCR, two compounds sharing a common scaffold with activity in the low micromolar range were selected for further investigations. We confirmed their agonist profile by performing complete concentration-response curves on our arrestin complementation assay as well as orthogonal assays. These compounds show good specificity being inactive on GPR85-V2 and GPR173-V2 (the two other SREB members). With these original tools, we characterized the recruitment of ß-arrestin2 to activated GPR27 WT. Conclusion We identified small molecule ligands for GPR27 that will serve as valuable tools for studying the pharmacology of GPR27 as well as its physiological roles, for example in insulin secretion. 1 Ku G.M., Pappalardo Z., Luo C.C., German M.S., McManus M.T. An siRNA Screen in Pancreatic Beta Cells Reveals a Role for Gpr27 in Insulin Production. PLoS genetics. 2012, 8, e1002449. 2 Takakura H., Hattori M., Takeuchi M., Ozawa T. Visualization and Quantitative Analysis of G Protein-Coupled Receptor−β-Arrestin Interaction in Single Cells and Specific Organs of Living Mice Using Split Luciferase Complementation. ACS Chem. Biol. 2012, 7, 901−910. [less ▲]

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See detailAssessing the impact of climate change on terrestrial plants in Europe using a Dynamic Vegetation Model driven by EURO-CORDEX projections
Dury, Marie ULiege; Hambuckers, Alain ULiege; Henrot, Alexandra-Jane ULiege et al

Poster (2016, September 26)

While the combination of warmer and drier mean climatic conditions can have severe impacts on ecosystems, extreme events like droughts or heat waves that break the gradual climate change can have more ... [more ▼]

While the combination of warmer and drier mean climatic conditions can have severe impacts on ecosystems, extreme events like droughts or heat waves that break the gradual climate change can have more long-term consequences on ecosystem composition, functioning and carbon storage. Hence, it is essential to assess the changes in climate variability and the changes in frequency of extreme events projected for the future. Here, the process-based dynamic vegetation model CARAIB DVM was used to evaluate and analyse how future climate and extreme events will affect European terrestrial plants. To quantify the uncertainties in climatic projections and their potential impacts on ecosystems, the vegetation model was driven with the outputs of different regional climatic models, nested in CMIP5 GCM projections for the EURO-CORDEX project: ALADIN53 (Météo-France/CNRM), RACMO22E (KNMI), RCA4 (SMHI) and REMO2009 (MPI-CSC) RCMs. These daily climatic scenarios are at a high spatial resolution (0.11°, ≈ 12 km). CARAIB simulations were performed across Europe over the historical period 1971-2005 and the future period 2006-2100 under RCP4.5 and RCP8.5 emission scenarios. We simulated a set of 99 individual species (47 herbs, 12 shrubs and 40 trees) representing the major European ecosystem flora. First, we analysed the climatic variability simulated by the climatic models over the historical period and compared it with the observed climatic variability. Then, we evaluated change in climatic variability and extreme events projected by the climatic models for the end of the century. Finally, we assessed the change in species productivity and abundance. We evaluated the severity of projected productivity change for the period 2070-2099 relative to their current productivity variability (period 1970-1999). Mean changes were considered severe if they exceed observed variability. The projections of potential shifts in species distributions are directly dedicated to current forest management. [less ▲]

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See detailGlucose production: influence of the datasets choice on LCA results
Gerbinet, Saïcha ULiege; Belboom, Sandra ULiege; Léonard, Angélique ULiege

Poster (2016, September 22)

The aim of this study is to have a good understanding of the environmental impact of glucose production. Glucose is generally produced from corn or wheat. Since agricultural processes are known to be ... [more ▼]

The aim of this study is to have a good understanding of the environmental impact of glucose production. Glucose is generally produced from corn or wheat. Since agricultural processes are known to be difficult to evaluate by LCA, the results obtained with two different LCA databases, Gabi and EcoInvent, are compared in this work. The production of glucose from raw materials can be divided in two steps: the agricultural step allowing the plant production, and the conversion step including the extraction of the starch from the plant and its hydrolysis into glucose. Preliminary results underline the high impact of the agricultural step, so a special attention has been paid to these data. Specific Belgian data collected by the Walloon Agricultural Research Centre (CRA-W) (2014) [1] have been used as primary data (yield, amount of fertilizers, etc.), either using EcoInvent or Gabi datasets background data to model fertilizers, diesel consumption, etc. A third model was built using only data available in Ecoinvent for corn and wheat cultures. For the conversion step, literature data have been used along with some industrial data. As few studies are available in the literature concerning starch hydrolysis, the focus has been placed on data validation (mass balance checks, cross-reference information, etc.). Based on these multiple sources, it is possible to compare the LCA results for the production of 1 kg of glucose for three different cases, summarized in the following table. Table 1: Summary of modelled cases Agricultural step Conversion steps Primary data Dataset Primary data Dataset Case 1 Belgian GaBi Literature + Industry GaBi Case 2 Belgian Ecoinvent Literature + Industry Ecoinvent Case 2 Ecoinvent Literature + Industry Ecoinvent The results obtained using these three models will be presented, at both the inventory and impact assessment steps. They show significant differences and highlight the need to understand in depth the involved assumptions when developing the datasets, in addition to the ones adopted for the inventory. [less ▲]

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See detailValorization of Seeds from Some Field Border Flowering Seeds
Paul, Aman ULiege; Danthine, Sabine ULiege; Mutwale Kapepula, Paulin ULiege et al

Poster (2016, September 20)

Flowering strips are now being increasingly cultivated along the fields to improve biodiversity. However after serving for the desired function, these plants have no utilization besides animal feed. It ... [more ▼]

Flowering strips are now being increasingly cultivated along the fields to improve biodiversity. However after serving for the desired function, these plants have no utilization besides animal feed. It could be really interesting to valorize some commonly grown plant in these strips to render food or health promoting compounds. With this objective in mind the seeds of Achillea millefolium, Anthriscus sylvestris and Prunella vulgaris were investigated for lipids, proteins and phenolic content. Further the lipids were analyzed for fatty acid profile using gas chromatography and the phenolic compounds in the methanolic extract of defatted seeds were identified using HPLC-DAD. The antiradical activity of the methanolic extracts obtained from defatted seeds was investigated using DPPH and ABTS assays. The anti-inflammatory potential of these seed extracts was evaluated on the reactive oxygen species (ROS) production by stimulated neutrophils and on the specific activity of myeloperoxidase (MPO), a pro-oxidant enzyme marker of inflammation. Seeds from all three plants were analyzed with interesting levels of lipids, proteins and phenolic content. Linoleic acid, oleic acid and alpha-linolenic acid were the major fatty acids analyzed in A. millefolium, A. sylvestris and P. vulgaris respectively. On the other hand different phenolic acid formed the major phenolic constituents. Seed extracts displayed high ABTS and DPPH radical-scavenging activities in a dose dependent manner. Also a strong dose dependent anti-inflammatory activity of all three extracts was observed against ROS production by neutrophils and MPO activity. Results indicate that these seed show a great potential to render lipids which could be utilized as human food, further the defatted seeds could be directly included in human diet due to interesting levels of proteins and anti-inflammation ability. [less ▲]

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See detailActivité professionnelle et santé cognitive des retraités : le rôle de la stimulation sociale et mentale
Grotz, Catherine ULiege; Adam, Stéphane ULiege; Meillon, céline et al

Poster (2016, September 20)

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See detailEcosystem services in Wallonie ... What's up?
Maebe, Laura ULiege; Nathalie, Pipart; Brogna, Delphine et al

Poster (2016, September 20)

In Wallonia, a growing amount of projects on ecosystem services (ES) are conducted. These projects implement the ES concept at different spatial scales (ranging from the country scale to the plot scale ... [more ▼]

In Wallonia, a growing amount of projects on ecosystem services (ES) are conducted. These projects implement the ES concept at different spatial scales (ranging from the country scale to the plot scale), focus on some particular ES or consider all of them and finally, rely on one or multiple valuation types (i.e. biophysical, social and economic). With their multiple dimensions they feed each other with reflexions and methods. The aim of the stand is to give an overview of these ongoing projects taking place in Wallonia. Their similarities and common objectives will be highlighted on posters while their specificities will be presented by means of games, activities, quiz, etc. We hope to stimulate discussions and debates on our methods and results, to foster networking and knowledge exchange. Hereunder, we give a short overview of these projects to give hints on the diversity addressed by our stand. At the Belgian scale, BELBEES, a project funded by BELSPO, aims to identify the factors responsible for the decline of wild bees. Different hypotheses are tested, including the impact of land-use changes and the reduction of floral resources availability at geographical and temporal scales. The results will allow tracking historical community-level changes in pollination service at a biogeographical scale. Such initiative is a step forward in the perspective of ecosystem service mapping. In Wallonia, various projects on ES are underway: Wal-ES, a federating platform between the Walloon administrations and the scientists, aims to create and disseminate decision support tools based on the ecosystem services concept. In order to build the common core for these tools, Wal-ES defines a conceptual framework, an integrated ecosystem services valuation framework and a database regrouping all the information needed to assess ES in Wallonia. This platform helps to conduct a practical application of its integrated ES valuation framework to land planning at a local scale. This application aims to define a methodology for impact assessment of land-consolidation plans based on ES while testing it on a case study covering three municipalities in Wallonia. LIFE IN QUARRIES aims to develop biodiversity and ecosystem services in Walloon active quarries. One of its actions is the assessment and the monitoring of ES provided by a quarry regarding the restoration, maintenance and management of the nature undertaken during the project. BIOECOSYS project is focused on qualitative and quantitative assessment of ecosystem services provided by grasslands according to their management and their territorial context. The field study aims to determine production services under different soils and climatic conditions while the goal of the regional study is the mapping of several ES (production and regulation services). Other projects focus on a more regional or local scale: The first one studies the impact of forest cover on regulating services at the regional scale. This study investigates the impact of forest cover on hydrological services (i.e. water supply, water damage mitigation) in terms of quantity, timing and quality. The methods studying the impact of forest cover on water quality and carbon storage regulation service will be presented as well as the results of the impact of forest cover on the quantity and timing aspects. Secondly, a PhD project is looking at sown wildflower strips in agricultural fields. In the project, it is tested whether increasing the functional diversity of the flower mixtures used in wildflower strips can be a tool to optimize pollination and biodiversity support services. Another PhD research project is underway, willing to explore the relationships between biodiversity, functional diversity and the delivery of ecosystem services (pest control and pollination) in agricultural landscapes. This project aims at identifying the role of landscape and its ecological infrastructures (mainly Agro-Environment Schemes) on the species and functional traits composition of different arthropods assemblages. We will then link these diversity patterns to the provisioning of the ecosystem services of interest. Ongoing work also addresses agricultural practices, by analysing the contribution of agroecological farming systems to the delivery of ecosystem services. This project relies on an integrated valuation including both a biophysical and a social valuation. Focusing on the same fields as the above project, this one attempts to develop an innovative method to assess ecosystem services in agricultural fields by means of unmanned aerial vehicles (drones). [less ▲]

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See detailImpact du nombre d’alternatives lors d’une tâche de reconnaissance à choix-forcé sur les processus de reconnaissance dans le vieillissement normal
Simon, Jessica ULiege; Gilsoul, Jessica ULiege; Bastin, Christine ULiege

Poster (2016, September 19)

Les tâches de reconnaissance à choix forcé sont classiquement utilisées pour évaluer la mémoire de reconnaissance. Cependant, aucune étude n’a spécifiquement investigué l’impact du nombre d’alternatives ... [more ▼]

Les tâches de reconnaissance à choix forcé sont classiquement utilisées pour évaluer la mémoire de reconnaissance. Cependant, aucune étude n’a spécifiquement investigué l’impact du nombre d’alternatives sur les performances mnésiques des participants âgés. Nous voulons déterminer, d’une part, si le nombre d’alternatives proposées - deux ou trois – et d’autre part, si le degré de similarité entre la cible et ses leurres ont un impact sur les stratégies de récupération mises en place au cours de la tâche. Pour ce faire, nous avons recruté 20 participants jeunes et 20 participants âgés. Lors de la tâche de reconnaissance, nous leur avons demandé de choisir, parmi deux ou trois photographies de visages, celui qui a été présenté précédemment. Certains couples cibles-leurres étaient plus similaires que d’autres (partage de 60% de caractéristiques communes, contre 40%). Pour chaque item sélectionné, les participants devaient expliquer ce qui a guidé leur choix. Les premières analyses (ANOVA à mesures répétées 2 (groupes) x 2 (alternatives) x 2 (similarité) sur les deux dernières mesures, p<0,05) montrent que les performances entre les groupes sont équivalentes pour la tâche de reconnaissance à deux alternatives. A l’inverse, nous avons observé que les participants jeunes avaient significativement de meilleures performances que les âgés dans la tâche de reconnaissance à trois alternatives. Les profils mnésiques des participants seront étudiés à la lumière des modèles à deux processus de la reconnaissance. Nous faisons l’hypothèse d’un recours plus fréquent à la recollection chez les jeunes dans la tâche de reconnaissance à trois alternatives (vs deux alternatives), alors que le choix de l’item se ferait chez les âgés, en comparant directement les degrés de familiarité associés à chaque item et en sélectionnant le plus familier (Norman & O’Reilly, 2003). [less ▲]

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See detailBeta cell regeneration from pancreatic ducts in adult zebrafish
Manfroid, Isabelle ULiege

Poster (2016, September 18)

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See detailOn-farm Evolution of Genetic Diversity of Four Old Varieties of Phaseolus vulgaris L.
Caproni, Leonardo; Raggi, Lorenzo; Klaedtke, Stephanie ULiege et al

Poster (2016, September 16)

On-farm evolution of crop genetic diversity has a key role in adaptation of agricultural systems to changes. The aim of this work was to understand how four different old common bean varieties, which ... [more ▼]

On-farm evolution of crop genetic diversity has a key role in adaptation of agricultural systems to changes. The aim of this work was to understand how four different old common bean varieties, which being made of different genotypes can be referred to as populations, evolved on-farm during three years of multiplication (from 2012 to 2014) in two different experimental sites (Brittany and Luxembourg) under organic farming conditions. The four populations (Flageolet Chevrier Vert, Rognon de Coq, Roi des Belges, Saint Esprit à Œil Rouge) were chosen among those grown by two small-scale organic seed farmers while the commercial variety (Calima) was included as control. In 2015 the initial and the evolved populations were grown in a common field and characterized with morpho-phenological traits. In the same year, young leaf tissues were collected from 94 samples per population (total of 470 samples) for DNA extraction and molecular characterization. Genotyping was carried out using 22 SSR loci and fluorescent PCR amplicons analysed on an ABI3130xl sequencer. Molecular data were then used for multivariate analysis, analysis of molecular variance and pair-wise Fst statistics calculation. Genotyping resulted in the production of about 20K data points. A total of 83 different alleles were identified in 16 polymorphic loci ranging from two (BMb293, BM156, BMd-44) to 18 (BMd-43). The first two axis of the Principal Coordinates analysis (PCoA) explained 76,13% of total diversity and clearly distinguished the five groups of populations. Analysis of Molecular Variance (AMOVA) showed that 76, 20 and 4% of total diversity is among populations, individuals and within individuals, respectively. Only for multiplications carried out in Luxemburg significant differentiation between the original populations and final populations were found in two old varieties (Flageolet Chevrier Vert and Rognon de Coq, Fst = 0.117 and 0.143, respectively, P≤0.001). The results showed that in Luxemburg farmer practices and pedo-climatic conditions significantly shaped the diversity of the two populations. This is confirmed by phenotypic observations, as these multiplications also significantly differed (p<0.05) for flowering date for all varieties except 'Roi des Belges'. [less ▲]

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See detailMetabolites from media supplemented with 3’-sialyllactose and fermented by bifidobacteria have an antivirulent effect against intestinal pathogens
Bondue, Pauline ULiege

Poster (2016, September 16)

Introduction Complex oligosaccharides from human milk (HMO) promote growth of bifidobacteria such as Bifidobacterium bifidum [1]. Whey, a by-product of dairy-industry, contents complex oligosaccharides ... [more ▼]

Introduction Complex oligosaccharides from human milk (HMO) promote growth of bifidobacteria such as Bifidobacterium bifidum [1]. Whey, a by-product of dairy-industry, contents complex oligosaccharides (BMO) similar to HMO, which are mainly represented in colostrum by 3’-sialyllactose (3’SL) [2]. Bifidobacterium crudilactis, a species of bovine origin, encodes for β galactosidases and α-glucosidases and could therefore be able to metabolise those BMO [3; 4; 5]. In addition, fermentation products from bifidobacteria can produce antivirulent activity against intestinal pathogenic bacteria [6; 7]. This study focused on capacity of bifidobacteria to metabolise BMO, more particularly 3’SL, and on potential antivirulent effect of cell-free spent media (CFSM) against virulence gene expression of pathogenic bacteria. Material and methods B. bifidum BBA1 and B. crudilactis FR/62/B/3 isolated respectively from breastfed children feces and from cow raw milk cheese were grown on media supplemented with BMO or 3’SL, as sole source of carbon. The CFSM were harvested after centrifugation of cells culture, freeze-dried and concentrated 10 fold. Next, their effects were tested against virulence gene expression using ler and hilA promoter activity of luminescent constructs of Escherichia coli 0157:H7 ATCC 43888 and Salmonella Typhimurium SA 941256, respectively. The effect was confirmed on wild type strains of E. coli O157:H7 ATCC 43890 and S. Typhimurium ATCC 14028 using RT-qPCR. Results Both strains were able to grow in presence of whey or 3’SL, but B. crudilactis showed the best growth compared to B. bifidum. The highest cell concentrations were observed with media containing whey (8.9 ± 0.6 log cfu/ml and 8.1 ± 0.3 log cfu/ml, respectively). CFSM from fermented media supplemented with 3’SL resulted in under-expression of hilA and ler genes for the luminescent constructs and in under-expression of ler (ratios of -15.4 and -8.1) and qseA (ratios of -2.1 and -3.1) genes for the wild type strain of E. coli O157:H7. No effect was observed for the wild type strain of S. Typhimurium. Discussion B. crudilactis presented the best growth potential probably because its genome encodes the enzymatic machinery to use BMO (β galactosidases and α-glucosidases) [3; 4; 5]. The positive effect of media supplemented with milk products on growth of probiotics has been demonstrated previously [8]. CFSM obtained from media supplemented with 3’SL down-regulate several virulence genes of E. coli O157:H7 and potentially S. Typhimurium. This effect has been observed previously with CFSM obtained from fermentation of lactic acid bacteria or bifidobacteria, by production of antivirulent metabolites [2; 3]. BMO combined with some bifidobacteria strains of bovine or human origin could therefore be an interesting synbiotic to maintain or restore the intestinal health of young children. These effects observed in vitro will be further investigated regarding the exact nature of the active molecules. References 1. Garrido D. et al. (2013). Microbiology 159: 649-664. 2. Urashima T. et al. (2013). Biosci Biotechnol Biochem 77: 455-466. 3. Sela D. A. (2011). Int J Food Microbiol 149: 58-64. 4. Milani C. et al. (2014). Appl Environ Microbiol 80: 6290-6302. 5. Bondue P. & Delcenserie V. (2015). Korean J Food Sci Anim Resour 35: 1-9. 6. Medellin-Pena M. J. et al. (2007). Appl Environ Microbiol 73: 4259-4267. 7. Bayoumi M. A. & Griffiths M. W. (2012). Int J Food Microbiol 156: 255-263. 8. Champagne C. P. et al. (2014). Can J Microbiol 60: 287-295. [less ▲]

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See detailObjective drowsiness monitoring to assess fitness for duty
François, Clémentine ULiege; Hoyoux, Thomas ULiege; Langohr, Thomas ULiege et al

Poster (2016, September 16)

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See detailDevelopment of a semiochemical-based control method against the walnut husk fly, Rhagoletis completa Cresson
Sarles, Landry ULiege; Lognay, Georges ULiege; Verhaeghe, Agnès et al

Poster (2016, September 15)

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See detailCHARACTERISATION OF THE STRUCTURAL, DYNAMIC AND AGGREGATION PROPERTIES OF THE W64R AMYLOIDOGENIC MUTANT OF LYSOZYME
Vettore, Nicola; Kumita, Janet; Moray, Joël ULiege et al

Poster (2016, September 15)

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See detailEffects of seed traits variation on seedling performance of the invasive weed, Ambrosia artemisiifolia
Monty, Arnaud ULiege; Mahy, Grégory ULiege; Ortmans, William ULiege

Poster (2016, September 14)

Seedling performance can determine the survival of a juvenile plant and impact adult plant performance. Understanding the factors that may impact seedling performance is thus critical, especially for ... [more ▼]

Seedling performance can determine the survival of a juvenile plant and impact adult plant performance. Understanding the factors that may impact seedling performance is thus critical, especially for annuals, opportunists or invasive plant species. Seedling performance can vary among mothers or populations in response to environmental conditions or under the influence of seed traits. However, very few studies have investigated seed traits variations and their consequences on seedling performance. Specifically, the following questions have been addressed by this work: 1) How the seed traits of the invasive Ambrosia artemisiifolia L. vary among mothers and populations, as well as along the latitude; 2) How do seed traits influence seedling performance; 3) Is the influence on seedlings temperature dependent. With seeds from nine Western Europe ruderal populations, seed traits that can influence seedling development were measured. The seeds were sown into growth chambers with warmer or colder temperature treatments. During seedling growth, performance-related traits were measured. A high variability in seed traits was highlighted. Variation was determined by the mother identity and population, but not latitude. Together, the temperature, population and the identity of the mother had an effect on seedling performance. Seed traits had a relative impact on seedling performance, but this did not appear to be temperature dependent. Seedling performance exhibited a strong plastic response to the temperature, was shaped by the identity of the mother and the population, and was influenced by a number of seed traits. [less ▲]

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See detailExtremophile plants as source of biopesticides against European damageable plant pathogens
Ben Kaab, Sofiène ULiege; Parisi, Olivier ULiege; De Clerck, Caroline ULiege et al

Poster (2016, September 14)

The use of plant-derived products in postharvest disease management may be a valid alternative to conventional chemical treatments (Pane et al., 2016). Unfavorable environmental conditions (such as salt ... [more ▼]

The use of plant-derived products in postharvest disease management may be a valid alternative to conventional chemical treatments (Pane et al., 2016). Unfavorable environmental conditions (such as salt and drought) increase production and accumulation of reactive oxygen species (ROS). Consequently, extremophile plants have developed adaptive responses including the synthesis of specific bioactive molecules used for medical and nutritional purposes (Ksouri et al., 2012). In that context, the main objective of the present study was the identification of effective plant extracts and essential oils from extremophile plants against the most important plant pathogens in Europe (in term of loss, treatment necessity and/or cost). The study began with the selection of four endemic medicinal species suspected to be antimicrobial due to their wealth of phenolic and terpene compounds, such as flavonoids, phenolic acids, and coumarins (Ksouri et al., 2012). Each of the aerial plant materials was grounded and macerated with solvent (methanol or chloroform) for 24 h. The solvent was then eliminated along rotavapor. The yield of plant extract varied between 1.56 and 6.7%. Kinetics of growth of the 3 pathogens cultivable in liquid medium was determined before testing the impact of plant extracts and essential oils. Methanolic and chloroform plant extracts (EM1, EM2, EC1 and EC2) and essential oils (EO1, EO2) were compared for their antifungal potential. The chemical composition of the essential oils obtained by hydrodistillation from the aerial parts was analyzed by GC/MS. Yield of essential oil varied between 0.7 and 1.2%. Therefore, antifungal activity of plant extracts and essential oils was evaluated using ELISA microplates with a blocked randomized design, as described previously (Parisi et al., 2013). The results obtained showed that EM2 at 7 mg/ml has a very high fungistatic activity against Fusarium culmorum, F. oxysporum and Penicillium italicum. It was characterized with a high amount of polyphenols, flavonoids and condensed tannins. Statistical analysis showed that the efficiency of methanol extracts significantly differed from those of the chloroform extracts. In addition, essential oils significantly reduced spores germination in a dose-dependent manner. Their fungistatic activity reached 100% at 6000 ppm. In conclusion, this work allowed us to open new perspectives on the application of extremophile plant extracts as novel biocontrol strategy against plant pathogens. [less ▲]

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See detailFirst come first served: “priority effect“ benefits Ambrosia artemisiifolia L. more than other ruderal Asteraceae species
Ortmans, William ULiege; Mahy, Grégory ULiege; Monty, Arnaud ULiege

Poster (2016, September 14)

Ambrosia artemisiifolia L. (common ragweed, Asteraceae) is an invasive weed causing a health crisis in Europe, due to its highly allergenic pollen. In Western Europe the invaded range covers most of ... [more ▼]

Ambrosia artemisiifolia L. (common ragweed, Asteraceae) is an invasive weed causing a health crisis in Europe, due to its highly allergenic pollen. In Western Europe the invaded range covers most of central and southern France, and northern Italy. Northwards beyond the edge of this range, occurrence of casual population have been described for years, but these populations do not appear to become invasive, and the species does not seem to spread. This situation raises the following question: Has the invaded range reached a limit or will the species continue its invasion northwards? To answer this question, we followed two complementary approaches. First we set up an experimental garden in Belgium, 250 km north to the current invaded range, to see if the local climate allows the completion of the species reproduction cycle. Second, we performed an in situ measurement campaign in 12 population located beyond the edge, within the range but near the margin, and in the center of the invaded range. The aim of this campaign was to test whether the species had reduced plant performance towards range margins. The results showed that the species is able to establish populations with high growth rates in Belgium. Furthermore, the species expressed similar performance across the considered areas, even beyond the current invasion front. No evidence of processes constraining the invasion was found, which suggests a great potential for invasion north to the current invaded range. In this uncertain situation, awareness actions should be considered in the northern countries. [less ▲]

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See detailInvestigation on dispersion and feeding behavior of non-native stink bugs, related to interactions with their environment
Serteyn, Laurent ULiege; Fingu Mabola, Junior Corneille ULiege; Bawin, Thomas ULiege et al

Poster (2016, September 14)

Halyomorpha halys Stål (Hemiptera, Pentatomidae) is an invasive stink bug coming from Eastern Asia. Besides causing important yields losses in orchards, crop and vegetable fields, it overwinters inside ... [more ▼]

Halyomorpha halys Stål (Hemiptera, Pentatomidae) is an invasive stink bug coming from Eastern Asia. Besides causing important yields losses in orchards, crop and vegetable fields, it overwinters inside houses as agglomerates of dozens. In the USA, this Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) has been first observed in Pennsylvania. Fifteen years later, it is well established in 41 states. In Europe, BMSB was accidentally introduced in Switzerland in 2007 and has been later observed in surrounding countries (France, Italy, Germany). Based on the US situation, we can reasonably fear that BMSB will have colonized most of Europe countries in less than a decade. This stink bug is not recorded in EPPO quarantine lists, though. According to our investigation on the interactions between stink bugs and their host plants, complementary behavioural and electrophysiological approaches were developed using BMSB. Also, comparative experiments with another non-native stink bug already well established in Europe, namely Nezara viridula L., were performed. After comparing the feeding and dispersion behaviours of both bugs, the impact of entomopathogenic fungi on bug behaviour was investigated. Our results will be discussed to present changes according to bug species, host plant and healthy/fungal infested status, in relation to potential biological control for these pests. [less ▲]

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See detailSynthesis and characterizations of non-isocyanate polyurethane (NIPU) hydrogels
Gennen, Sandro ULiege; Grignard, Bruno ULiege; Thomassin, Jean-Michel ULiege et al

Poster (2016, September 12)

Polyurethane (PU) is on of the most used polymers for the preparation of hydrogels due to its good biocompatibility, biodegradation and excellent mechanical properties. PU hydrogels are found in lot of ... [more ▼]

Polyurethane (PU) is on of the most used polymers for the preparation of hydrogels due to its good biocompatibility, biodegradation and excellent mechanical properties. PU hydrogels are found in lot of applications such as wound dressing, soft contact lenses, drug delivery and scaffolds for tissue engineering. Classicaly, PU is produced by a step-growth polymerization between diols and diisocyanates. However, in order to avoid the use of harmful isocyanates compounds and because of regulations which tend to ban the use of isocyanates, we developed hydrogels based on a non-isocyanate polyurethane (NIPU) chemistry by valorizing CO2-sourced cyclic carbonates and amines. Precisely, NIPU hydrogels were prepared by a solvent-free copolymerization between bifunctional hydrophilic polyethylene glycol cyclic carbonates and diamines in presence of a triamine as a crosslinker, followed by a water swelling of the obtained cross-linked gel. Parameters such as the cross-linking ratio and diamine’s nature were optimized. Different clay contents (cloiste 30B) as nanofiller were dispersed in the ideal cyclic carbonate/diamine/triamine formulation prior polymerization in order to reinforce the compression properties of NIPU hydrogels. Finaly, we were able to prepare NIPU hydrogels with water content up to 80 % and good compression properties using low clay content. [less ▲]

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

Poster (2016, September 12)

The design of drug delivery systems often requires biodegradable and biocompatible materials that allow safe retention and controlled release of the drug. In this respect, supramolecularly self-assembled ... [more ▼]

The design of drug delivery systems often requires biodegradable and biocompatible materials that allow safe retention and controlled release of the drug. In this respect, supramolecularly self-assembled amphiphilic block copolymers into spherical micelles are appropriate carriers for poorly soluble drugs. In that framework, we have designed novel functional poly(ethylene oxide)-b-polyphosphoester amphiphilic block copolymers able to cross-linked under UV and degrade in response to a reduction of the pH from neutral conditions. Therefore, an unsaturated alkene side-chain was introduced on the cyclic phosphate monomer according to a one-step reaction followed by its organocatalyzed polymerization initiated by a poly(ethylene oxide) macroinitiator. After self-assembly into water, the micelles were cross-linked by UV irradiation. Then, these cross-linked micelles have been loaded by doxorubicin, i.e. a drug used in cancer therapy. We observed that the doxorubicin loading increased with the number of double bonds on the polyphosphate block of non-cross-linked micelles. This diblock amphiphilic copolymer bearing pendant unsaturations appears thus particularly promising candidate to build micellar drug delivery systems for intravenous injection. [less ▲]

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See detailPAI Annual Meeting
Ouhib, Farid ULiege; Aqil, Abdelhafid ULiege; Dirani, Ali et al

Poster (2016, September 12)

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See detailOrganocobalt complexes as source of radicals for the controlled polymerization of unconjugated monomers
Demarteau, Jérémy ULiege; Cordella, Daniela ULiege; Kermagoret, Anthony et al

Poster (2016, September 12)

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See detailInvolvement of membrane remodelling induced by fatty acids in the regulation of the NLRP3 inflammasome activity in human macrophages
Gianfrancesco, Marco ULiege; Dehairs, Jonas; Bloch, Katerzina et al

Poster (2016, September 12)

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See detailc-Jun regulates altered pre-mRNA splicing in response to cisplatin
Deward, Adeline; Gabriel, Maude; Klinck, Roscoe et al

Poster (2016, September 11)

Genotoxic stress is a well-known inducer of pre-mRNa alternative splicing . In this work, we aim at identifying keys componants of the signaling cascade linking the DNA lesion to the splcing machiney.and ... [more ▼]

Genotoxic stress is a well-known inducer of pre-mRNa alternative splicing . In this work, we aim at identifying keys componants of the signaling cascade linking the DNA lesion to the splcing machiney.and thus gain better knowledge od the molecular mechanism controling large scale splcing decision in stress situation. Nous avons établi que C-Jun est important pour l'épissage alternatif de nombreux ARN pré-messagers. [less ▲]

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See detailSelf-defining memories and future projections as a means to facilitate reflection on life values in depressed adults: A preliminary study
Wagener, Aurélie ULiege; Brouette, Béatrice ULiege; Blairy, Sylvie ULiege

Poster (2016, September 10)

Introduction. In the Brief Behavioral Activation Treatment for Depression, depressed patients are lead to a reflection on their personal values per life domains (e.g., family relationships, employment ... [more ▼]

Introduction. In the Brief Behavioral Activation Treatment for Depression, depressed patients are lead to a reflection on their personal values per life domains (e.g., family relationships, employment). The aim of this reflection is to tailor behavioral assignments through valued activities. This reflection is usually difficult for depressed patients. The current study hypothesized that exercises on autobiographical memories might act as a means to facilitate the reflection on personal values. In this perspective, self-defining memories (SDMs) and self-defining future projections (SDFPs) appear to be particularly relevant. SDMs and SDFPs concern reflections on the past and on the potential future central goals, values and conflicts of one’s life. SDMs and SDFPs are vivid and well-rehearsed autobiographical memories related to a meaning-making (i.e., a learned lesson about oneself, others or the world). The emotional valence of SDMs and SDFPs can either be positive, neutral or negative. Further, SDMs and SDFPs can consist in either specific events or categorical ones. Due to the relevance of these memories for the self, it is to be expected that recalling SDMs and imagine SDFPs will help individuals to have a clearer view of their personal values which in turn might facilitate the selection of valued activities. Further, it is hypothesized that these exercises might decrease depression and disturbances of psychological processes (i.e., rumination, self-concept clarity, environmental satisfaction). Therefore, this study aims were two-fold. First, it aimed at assessing the feasibility for depressed patients to recall SDMs and to imagine SDFPs per life domains. Second, it aimed at assessing the impact of these exercises on depression and psychological processes. Method. Nineteen depressed patients and 17 paired healthy controls (25-60 years) were recruited (data collection is still ongoing). This study comprises four meetings. During the first and the last meetings, participants completed self-reported assessments of depression and psychological processes. During the third and fourth meetings, participants were asked either to recall SDMs or to imagine SDFPs per life domains. SDMs and SDFPs were rated on specificity, meaning-making and emotional. The impact of these exercises was assessed on depression and psychological processes. Results. Preliminary results indicate that depressed patients are as able as healthy controls to recall SDMs and imagine SDFPs per life domains. Depressed patients recall less SDMs and SDFPs with meaning-making than healthy controls. Depressed patients report less SDMs and less SDFPs related to employment and less SDMs related to hobbies than healthy controls. Preliminary results show a decrease of depression in depressed patients only. Discussion. Even though depressed patients are as able as the healthy controls to recall SDMs and to imagine SDFPs, preliminary results highlight significant differences between depressed patients and healthy controls on SDMs and SDFPs. Preliminary results indicate that SDMs and SDFPs positively impact depression in depressed patients. Experimental and clinical implications of these findings will be discussed during the conference. [less ▲]

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See detailInvolvement of Ikbζ in glioblastomas and its potential implication in radioresistance
Dubois, Nadège; Willems, Marie; Kroonen, Jérôme et al

Poster (2016, September 09)

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See detailSynthesis of cross-linked nanoparticles in supercritical carbon dioxide for protein delivery
Parilti, Rahmet ULiege; Jérôme, Christine ULiege; Howdle, Steven M.

Poster (2016, September 09)

Polymeric nanoparticles have been extensively investigated for their biomedical applications especially as drug carriers. There has been much research on multifunctional polymeric nanoparticles for the ... [more ▼]

Polymeric nanoparticles have been extensively investigated for their biomedical applications especially as drug carriers. There has been much research on multifunctional polymeric nanoparticles for the controlled release and targeted delivery of hydrophobic drugs. However, efficient encapsulation and delivery of hydrophilic therapeutics especially peptides/proteins still presents significant challenges. This project aims to develop a novel one-pot strategy to obtain well-defined cross-linked nanoparticles able to carry peptides/proteins in their core, as along with targeting and/or imaging agents on their surface. In addition to this objective, the polymerisations will be carried out in supercritical carbon dioxide (scCO2), which confers environmentally benign features to the process. Here, we investigate the feasibility of free radical dispersion polymerizations of 2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate (HEMA) in scCO2. In order to ensure the successful dispersion in scCO2 novel diblock CO2-philic surfactants are employed. These diblock surfactants are formed from two different segments, a CO2-phobic block which has an affinity to the growing particles and a second CO2-philic block that ensures surfactant solubility. [less ▲]

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See detailCyanobacterial Diversity In Antarctic Aquatic Microbial Mats
Stelmach Pessi, Igor ULiege; Lara, Yannick ULiege; Durieu, Benoit ULiege et al

Poster (2016, September 08)

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See detailWhy a culture collection of Cyanobacteria?
Wilmotte, Annick ULiege; Renard, Marine ULiege; Simons, Véronique

Poster (2016, September 08)

The BCCM/ULC public collection is funded by the Belgian Science Policy Office since 2011 and an ISO9001 certificate was obtained for the public deposition and distribution of strains, as part of the multi ... [more ▼]

The BCCM/ULC public collection is funded by the Belgian Science Policy Office since 2011 and an ISO9001 certificate was obtained for the public deposition and distribution of strains, as part of the multi-site certification for the BCCM consortium. The collection aims to gather a representative portion of the polar cyanobacterial diversity with different ecological origins (limnetic mats, soil crusts, cryoconites, endoliths…) and make it available for researchers to study the taxonomy, evolution, adaptations to harsh environmental conditions, and genomic make-up. It presently includes 226 cyanobacterial strains, with 120 being of (Sub) Antarctic origin (http://bccm.belspo.be/catalogues/ulc-catalogue-search). The morphological identification shows that the strains belong to the orders of Synechococcales, Oscillatoriales, Pleurocapsales, Chroococcidiopsidales and Nostocales. Continuous maintenance of living cultures, some of which are also cryopreserved, ensure the preservation and the possibility to rapidly deliver strains to clients for fundamental and applied research. [less ▲]

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See detailHow do droplets form?
Van Loo, Stéphanie ULiege; Stoukatch, Serguei ULiege; Kraft, Michael ULiege et al

Poster (2016, September 07)

In microfluidics, flow focusing is widely used to produce water-in-oil droplets in microchannels at high frequency. We here report an experimental study of droplet formation in a microfluidic cross ... [more ▼]

In microfluidics, flow focusing is widely used to produce water-in-oil droplets in microchannels at high frequency. We here report an experimental study of droplet formation in a microfluidic cross-junction with a minimum number of geometrical parameters. We mostly focus on the squeezing regime, which is com- posed of two distinct steps : filling and pinching. The duration of each step (and corresponding volumes of each liquid phase) are analyzed. They vary according to both water and oil flow rates. These variations provide several insights about the fluid flows in both phases. We propose several scaling laws to relate the droplet volume and frequency to the flow rate of both phases. We also discuss the influence of surfactant and channel compliance on droplet formation. [less ▲]

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See detailMagnetic shielding above 1 T at 20 K with bulk, large grain YBCO tubes made by Buffer-aided Top Seeded Melt Growth.
Wera, Laurent ULiege; Fagnard, Jean-François ULiege; Kumar, Nambury Devendra et al

Poster (2016, September 07)

A superconducting tube can be used as an efficient magnetic shield. The best shielding performance levels are usually achieved when the tube is closed at one or both extremities. The purpose of the ... [more ▼]

A superconducting tube can be used as an efficient magnetic shield. The best shielding performance levels are usually achieved when the tube is closed at one or both extremities. The purpose of the present work is to study experimentally the shielding performance of YBCO tubes obtained by Buffer-aided Top Seeded Melt Growth fabrication process (BA-TSMG). This fabrication process enables the tube to be closed at one extremity by a cap containing the seed and there is no air gap between the cap and the tube. The shielding effectiveness is characterized by two parameters: (i) the shielding factor, defined as the ratio between the applied magnetic induction and the local magnetic induction measured inside the shield, and (ii) the threshold induction, i.e. the applied magnetic induction above which a given value of the shielding factor cannot be achieved. The magnetic shielding performances of tubes with different geometry are characterized at 77 K in liquid nitrogen. Further magnetic shielding measurements are carried out on one tube at various temperatures ranging from 20 K to 77 K using a Physical Property Measurement System (PPMS). The tubes are subjected to a quasi-static (“DC”) uniform magnetic field. A Hall probe measures the axial component of the local magnetic induction along the axis of the tube as a function of the applied magnetic induction. In order to investigate how the cap prevents the magnetic flux from penetrating inside the tube, we also characterize open tubes where the cap is removed and compare their properties to those of closed tubes. Magnetic shielding measurements show that the threshold induction increases by a factor of 9 as temperature decreases from 77 K to 20 K. Measurements also show that the presence of the cap improves the shielding performance at the closed extremity of the order of 1000 as it reduces the penetration through the open end. Near the closed extremity, a threshold induction of 1.5 T was reached at 20 K. To our knowledge this threshold induction is the best value reported so far at 20 K, and is comparable in magnitude to the record threshold inductions reported for bulk MgB2 and Bi-2212 materials at lower temperatures. These results give evidence that efficient magnetic shields can be obtained with this fabrication technique. [less ▲]

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See detailAre Christmas tree plantations a suitable habitat for farmland birds?
Gailly, Robin ULiege; Paquet, Jean-Yves; Titeux, Nicolas et al

Poster (2016, September 06)

Over the last decade, nonfood perennial crops have been increasingly prevalent in European farming systems. Here, vegetation structure and crop management greatly differ from conventional crops and may ... [more ▼]

Over the last decade, nonfood perennial crops have been increasingly prevalent in European farming systems. Here, vegetation structure and crop management greatly differ from conventional crops and may likely impact farmland birds. Impacts on birds have been examined for bioenergy agricultural systems, such as miscanthus plantations and short rotation willow coppice. In Europe, the extend of Christmas tree plantations (CTP) has recently increased dramatically in farmland but their impacts on farmland birds remains largely unknown. We examined the extent to which CTP in southern Belgium alter bird species assemblages compared to traditional farmland. The presence and abundance of birds were recorded twice during a breeding season in randomly selected sites located in farmland areas with and without CTP. Results show that the conversion of traditional farmland into CTP modifies bird species assemblages and locally increases bird diversity and density without inducing biotic homogenization. This observed pattern indicates that CTP might constitute an interesting alternative habitat for farmland birds. However bird presence or abundance may be confounding indicator of habitat quality because individuals may be attracted to low-quality habitats in human modified landscapes. The European Stonechat Saxicola rubicola was chosen as a model species to investigate the quality of CTP as a breeding habitat in more details. Habitat quality in CTP was assessed with measures of reproductive success and survival. These measures were compared with those collected in traditional farmland. Although vegetation structure, field management and nest placement are highly different between habitat types, our first results suggest that CTP are not of lesser quality than traditional farmland for the European Stonechat. [less ▲]

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See detailUnusually high sea ice cover influences resource use by benthic invertebrates in coastal Antarctica
Michel, Loïc ULiege; Dubois, Philippe; Eleaume, Marc et al

Poster (2016, September 05)

Antarctica currently undergoes strong and contrasted impacts linked with climate change. While the West Antarctic Peninsula is one of the most rapidly warming regions in the world, resulting in sea ice ... [more ▼]

Antarctica currently undergoes strong and contrasted impacts linked with climate change. While the West Antarctic Peninsula is one of the most rapidly warming regions in the world, resulting in sea ice cover decrease, the sea ice cover of East Antarctica unexpectedly tends to increase, possibly in relation with changes in atmospheric circulation. Changes in sea ice cover are likely to influence benthic food web structure through modifications of benthic-pelagic coupling, disruption of benthic production and/or modifications of benthic community structure (i.e. resource availability for benthic consumers). Here, we studied shallow (0-20 m) benthic food web structure on the coasts of Petrels Island (Adélie Land, East Antarctica) during an event of unusually high spatial and temporal (two successive austral summers without seasonal break-up) sea ice cover. Using stable isotope ratios of C and N and the SIAR mixing model, we examined importance of 4 organic matter sources (benthic macroalgae, benthic biofilm, sympagic algae, suspended particulate organic matter) for nutrition of dominant primary consumers and omnivores. 14 invertebrate taxa including sessile and mobile polychaetes, gastropods, bivalves, sea stars, sea urchins and sea cucumbers were studied. Our results indicate that most benthic invertebrates predominantly relied on sympagic algae. Despite its very high abundance, trophic role of benthic biofilm seemed limited. However, interpretation of data was complicated by the peculiar ecophysiological features of Antarctic invertebrates, whose very low metabolic rates could be associated to low isotopic turnover and long time to reach isotopic equilibrium with their food items. Resource use by consumers from Adélie Land markedly differed from literature data about invertebrate diet in coastal Antarctica, suggesting 1) important influence of increased sea ice cover on benthic food web structure and 2) high spatial and/or temporal variation in the feeding habits of studied organisms, likely linked with a high degree of trophic plasticity. Our results provide insights about how Antarctic benthic consumers, which have evolved in an extremely stable environment, might adapt their feeding habits in response to sudden man-driven changes in environmental conditions and trophic resource availability. [less ▲]

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See detailFeeding ecology of Southern Ocean seastars inferred from stable isotopes ratios
Le Bourg, Baptiste ULiege; Blanchard, Alice; Danis, Bruno et al

Poster (2016, September 05)

The Southern Ocean is currently subjected to strong and contrasted impacts of climate change. The Western Antarctic Peninsula is one of the most rapidly warming regions of the world, resulting in sea ice ... [more ▼]

The Southern Ocean is currently subjected to strong and contrasted impacts of climate change. The Western Antarctic Peninsula is one of the most rapidly warming regions of the world, resulting in sea ice cover decreases. Increasing seawater temperature and sea ice cover reduction in Western Antarctic Peninsula and associated regions will likely impact food web functioning through temperature-related changes in consumer physiology, modifications of benthic community structure (e.g. expansion of exogenous species such as predatory crabs), modifications of benthic-pelagic coupling intensity or disruption of benthic production. Asteroids (Echinoderms) are an important group of southern benthos. This group also has a great trophic variability and is potentially more resistant than other organisms to temperature changes (Peck et al. 2008). Consequently, they will be likely impacted by modifications in food webs functioning rather by direct warming and investigating their trophic ecology is necessary to infer how climate change will impact them. In this context, the aim of this study is to use stable isotopes ratios of C, N and S to infer sea stars trophic ecology. 16 species of sea stars spanning 10 different families sampled in multiple and contrasted habitats across Subantarctic (South Georgia, South Sandwich Islands, Falkland Islands) and Antarctic (South Shetland Islands, South Orkney Islands, Western Antarctic Peninsula) locations. In total, tegument samples from 213 specimens was analysed. Diversity and plasticity of asteroid diet along Southern Ocean coasts were explored through isotopic niche parametrisation (e.g. niche width and overlap between species and/or populations; Jackson et al. 2011). The data will also be used in a larger scale research project on the trophic ecology of Antarctic sea stars. This project will notably compare trophic resources supporting asteroid communities in Western Antarctic Peninsula, where sea ice cover is decreasing, and in Terre Adélie, where sea ice cover is increasing (Parkinson & Cavalieri 2012). Ultimately, this project will help understanding which ecological processes determine how an animal group copes with environmental modifications linked to climate change. [less ▲]

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See detailContribution of Cross-linking and Ion-mobility for the study of protein and complex structures
Baumans, France ULiege; Grifnée, Elodie ULiege; Hage, Christoph et al

Poster (2016, September 05)

The tridimensional structures of proteins and the mapping of protein-protein interactions are precious sources of information for the understanding of their function. Different techniques such as X-ray ... [more ▼]

The tridimensional structures of proteins and the mapping of protein-protein interactions are precious sources of information for the understanding of their function. Different techniques such as X-ray cristallography or nuclear magnetic resonance are usually used to achieve this goal. In the field of mass spectrometry, several tools were also developped. The one presented here is the chemical cross-linking in which two reactive residue side chains, spatially close, are linked thanks to a bifunctional chemical, called crosslinker. Ion-mobility coupled to mass spectrometry has also been investigated for the study of cross-linked products. The first results tend to show that cross-linkers allow to fix the shape of the protein in solution, leaving it intact when analysed in the gas phase. [less ▲]

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See detailIntegrated Project with Focus on Energy Transition and Circular Economy for Developing Engineering Students' Soft Skills
Léonard, Grégoire ULiege; Pfennig, Andreas ULiege; Toye, Dominique ULiege et al

Poster (2016, September 05)

The present work reports the experience of an integrated project developed at the University of Liege for master students in chemical engineering. The goals are to promote the acquisition of soft skills ... [more ▼]

The present work reports the experience of an integrated project developed at the University of Liege for master students in chemical engineering. The goals are to promote the acquisition of soft skills and to consolidate technical knowledge by integrating and linking chemical engineering disciplines usually taught separately. A case study was selected to address some of the challenges related to energy transition: students had to design the energy system of a remote island and make it as energy independent and CO2-neutral as possible by 2030. The course of action during the academic year, the assessment of soft skills, and the tools offered to ease the mentoring and encourage the acquisition of soft skills are described. Not all implemented techniques performed equally well, and this project finally appeared to be a challenge for the teaching team as well. 1 Introduction and background Over the last few years, University authorities, industrial partners as well as national and international experts that evaluated the education quality of our Department (AEQES, CTI) strongly suggested that opportunities should be offered to students to increase their soft skills as part of their curriculum. Moreover, many developments in chemical engineering are related to energy transition and circular economy, which are both transdisciplinary to conventional lectures. In this paper, we present methods and mentoring tools developed to teach students technical and soft skills for multi-disciplinary topics. 2 Description of the integrated project Objectives and constraints were defined at the onset of the project for both technical and soft skills. The technical objective was to propose an energy system that would make Reunion Island as energy independent and CO2-neutral as possible by 2030. This idea originated in the challenge set by the Eurecha 2015 student contest[1], for which students had to design facilities for a sheikhdom: electricity, water recycling, production of fertilizers… In our case, Reunion Island (~850 000 inhabitants) was considered as a case study as it is remote, has large biomass resources and high potential for renewable energies. Besides the objectives mentioned above and in order to force students to look at chemical engineering processes, the treatment of wastewater was imposed as well as the use of a synthetic liquid fuel as energy carrier. The targeted soft skills included working in large groups of minimum 4 students, efficient communication of results in English - both written and oral -, ability to integrate knowledge from various disciplines, development of critical mind and demonstration of independent and creative thinking. 3 Course of actions A team of 8 professors and senior scientists mentored the project and contributed to its assessment. The 10-ECTS project was divided in two parts. In the fall semester, students made global energy balances to design the energy system that would fulfill the objectives. As a result, a Sankey diagram of the energy flows on Reunion Island by 2030 was produced to allow for an overview of the available Island’s resources and needs, as well as of processes that can make the link between resources and needs. In the spring semester, two processes identified in the first part, namely the synthesis of bio-ethanol and bio-methanol, were modelled in more details using commercial software. Different tools were used to encourage student initiatives and work: • The use of a shared on-line portfolio for students to gather their documents improved their internal communication, but this remained a marginal channel for communication with teachers • In the fall semester, students orally presented progress reports every two weeks. After a feedback to students, the teaching team met to discuss the achievements and set the objectives for the next two weeks. This was very positive for the communication inside the teaching team. However, presentations every fortnight implied a work overload for students that had to constantly focus on preparing the presentations. • From the beginning, students were strongly encouraged to reach out to field experts whose contacts were provided. However, they preferred to rely mostly on Internet as their main source of information and reached out only rarely for help and usually very late. • In the fall semester, students had to designate new team leaders in turn every fortnight. This was abandoned as it prevented the establishment of clear structures in the group, reducing its efficiency. • In the spring semester, work tables allowed students to work directly with the teacher specialized in their task. This was appreciated by students and teachers, and it needs to be further encouraged. • Help in the group organization and interactions was provided by the PSGO (psychology of groups and organizations). This also included videoscopy, i.e. filming the students during their presentations and analyzing the records with them. This help was appreciated by students. The assessment was based on technical results for 60%, and soft skills for 40%. The evaluation of technical skills was done partly by all teachers equally and partly by teachers whose expertise was the closest to the technical sub-tasks. For soft skills, efficient communication, creativity in the work and results and links with conventional lectures were assessed. Critical thinking was evaluated through the relevance of qualitative and quantitative results and discussions. Group work was assessed by the teachers as well as by students through mutual evaluation. 4 Conclusions and perspectives The integrated project gave students a first opportunity to improve their soft skills along with their technical knowledge. It also improved their communication skills and their fluency in English. The teaching team proposed different mentoring techniques to encourage efficient work, with varying results. Finally, as the assessment ignored soft skills improvements, it may be modified by evaluating soft skills all year long so both the final result and the observed improvements contribute to the grade. Reference Eurecha, The European Committee for the Use of Computers in Chemical Engineering Education, 2015. Announcement for student contest problem competition 2015. http://bari.upc.es/eurecha/. [less ▲]

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Marchal, Antoine ULiege; Lejeune, Philippe ULiege; De Bruyn, Nico

Poster (2016, September 04)

Ecological monitoring provides basic information on population status and distribution that is crucial for conservation, research and management strategies. Studies using tracks are controversial due to ... [more ▼]

Ecological monitoring provides basic information on population status and distribution that is crucial for conservation, research and management strategies. Studies using tracks are controversial due to past misuses tainted with subjectivity. Advances in photogrammetry literally add another dimension to the recording techniques, and geometric morphometrics provides an appropriate approach for the study of track shape variation. Tracks are back on track in conservation! [less ▲]

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Grayaa, Marwa; Hammami, Hedi ULiege; Hanzen, Christian ULiege et al

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See detailComputed tomographic findings of a far lateral lumbar disc extrusion in a dog
Rizza, Maïlis ULiege; Bouvy, Bernard ULiege; Shimizu, Naomi ULiege et al

Poster (2016, September 01)

Introduction In human medicine, far lateral lumbar disc extrusion (FLLDE) represents 7 to 12% of all disc herniations and MRI is the method of choice for diagnosis. MRI findings of a FLLDE has been ... [more ▼]

Introduction In human medicine, far lateral lumbar disc extrusion (FLLDE) represents 7 to 12% of all disc herniations and MRI is the method of choice for diagnosis. MRI findings of a FLLDE has been reported in one dog and the aim of this case report is to describe computed tomographic (CT) findings of a FLLDE in a dog. Methods A six-year-old neutered female Beagle with a good general health status was presented with a month history of left hind limb pain with shivering of this limb. Clinical examination revealed a left hind proprioceptive deficit but no pain was elicited at palpation. Results A CT scan pre- and post- contrast studies of the lumbosacral spine and a myelographic-CT were performed. A 1.3x0.6x0.3 cm homogeneous hyperattenuating (+/- 350 HU) ovoid structure was observed at the left lateral aspect of L6-L7 intervertebral disc space. The L6-L7 intervertebral disc nucleus pulposus was calcified but the annulus fibrosus had a normal non-calcified attenuation and seemed intact apart from a very thin hyperattenuating line next to the ovoid structure. This change was well circumscribed by an even hyperattenuating rim (1000HU) mimicking a thin dense cortex and was in close proximity with the annulus fibrosus and the left transverse process of L7. Perineural fat was not observed and contrast enhancement was visualized at the level of the left sixth lumbar nerve root with impingement and thickening of this root. No compression of the spinal cord was observed at this level on the myeloCT. These findings were suggestive of a dystrophic mineralization or an osteochondromatosis. FLLDE was considered less likely because of the almost normal appearance of the annulus fibrosus. At surgery some mixed gelified calcified material consistent with disc material was removed at the level of the left L6-L7 nerve root tract and disc fenestration was performed. The histological analysis confirmed the presence of degenerated herniated vertebral disk. Discussion/Conclusions In human medicine, MRI and CT scan are the main diagnostic modalities employed for diagnosis of FLLDE. In veterinary medicine, CT is often used to assess spinal diseases because of its availability. To the authors’ knowledge, CT findings of a FLLDE have not been described previously in dogs. Moreover, the thin dense cortex appearance surrounding the disc material was surprising. In conclusion, FLLDE should be included in the differential diagnosis of a calcified ovoid structure lateral to the spine even if the annulus fibrosus appears normal and if this structure is in close relation with the vertebral transverse process. [less ▲]

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See detailComputed tomography-guided injection of muscle-derived mesenchimal stem cells in the intervertebral disc of dogs affected by natural disc degeneration: clinical safety and intervertebral disc imaging assessment
Liotta, Annalisa Pia ULiege; Sandersen, Charlotte ULiege; Ceusters, Justine ULiege et al

Poster (2016, September 01)

Introduction/Purpose: Pre-clinical randomized controlled animal trials have been conducted to evaluate the effects of mesenchymal stem cell (MSCs) transplantation on intervertebral disc (IVD) degeneration ... [more ▼]

Introduction/Purpose: Pre-clinical randomized controlled animal trials have been conducted to evaluate the effects of mesenchymal stem cell (MSCs) transplantation on intervertebral disc (IVD) degeneration. According to their histological results and to imaging assessment of the IVD, intradiscal injection of MSCs is effective, arresting or slowing IVDD process, and is associated with a low complication rate. Few of these studies have been conducted on canine artificially degenerated IVD, using bone marrow or adipose-derived MSCs. Therefore a systematic study on naturally degenerated IVD using MSCs obtained from autologous muscular tissue in dogs is still lacking. The aims of this study were to evaluate the clinical effects of intradiscal injection of muscle-derived MSCs and its effects on imaging features of the intervertebral disc. Methods: Eight experimental dogs were randomly included with the approval of the University’s Animal Care and Use Committee. The final inclusion criteria were the presence of naturally degenerated lumbosacral IVD detected on low-field magnetic resonance (MRI) images and the obtaining of 3 x 106 autologous muscle-derived MSCs. A computed tomography (CT) and MRI examination was performed before and 2 months after the procedure and 13 imaging parameters were assessed. Mesenchymal stem cells diluted in 0,2 ml of FRS Hypothermosol were injected in the lumbosacral IVD under CT-guidance. Clinical examinations were performed regularly during 1 month after the procedure. Results: Six dogs met the inclusion criteria. The remaining 2 dogs did not undergo intradiscal injections, but were used as control group. No major or minor complications were reported during the procedure. No abnormalities were noticed during the clinical examinations. No statistically significant variations of IVD imaging features were noticed before and after the injections. Discussion/Conclusions: Intradiscal injection of muscle-derived MSCs is clinically safe and it is not associated with any progression of the IVD degeneration, detected by CT or low-field MRI imaging. Further studies are needed to assess its efficacy as treatment for the canine natural IVD degeneration. [less ▲]

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See detailVisuo-spatial STM impairment link to a serial order component deficit in children with Velocardiofacial syndrome
Attout, Lucie ULiege; Vossius, Line ULiege; Noël, Marie-Pascale et al

Poster (2016, September 01)

Some previous studies showed that verbal short-term memory (STM) is better preserved than visuospatial STM in the velocardiofacial syndrome (VCFS), a neurodevelopmental disorder resulting from a 22q11.2 ... [more ▼]

Some previous studies showed that verbal short-term memory (STM) is better preserved than visuospatial STM in the velocardiofacial syndrome (VCFS), a neurodevelopmental disorder resulting from a 22q11.2 deletion. This deficit is generally assigned to a more global visuospatial skills deficit. However, for verbal STM, previous study suggested a specific deficit in the serial order component, processing considered as independent of modalities. In this study we proposed to explore the serial order component in visuospatial STM by contrasting simultaneous vs. sequential presentation of stimuli to maintain in children with VCFS, in order to see in what extent the deficit is global and resulting from visuospatial deficit or whether this deficit is specific to the serial order component. We tested a group of 27 children and adolescents with VCFS to a control group, matched on verbal IQ performance estimated. The VCFS group showed impaired performance on the sequential configuration but similar performance on the simultaneous condition. These results support the idea of an amodal serial order component in STM. The implication of serial order STM deficits on numerical cognition will be discussed. [less ▲]

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See detailTEACHING VETERINARY RADIOLOGY: DOES COMPARISON HELP?
Etienne, Anne-Laure ULiege; Delguste, Catherine ULiege; Busoni, Valeria ULiege

Poster (2016, September 01)

Introduction/Purpose Comparison learning is an approach for learning complex visual tasks. As described in human medicine, by comparing radiographs with pathology and without pathology, veterinary ... [more ▼]

Introduction/Purpose Comparison learning is an approach for learning complex visual tasks. As described in human medicine, by comparing radiographs with pathology and without pathology, veterinary students could learn to discriminate relevant disease-related information to recognize the disease. We hypothesized that exposure to a training by side-by-side comparison of normal to abnormal radiographs would lead to higher visual diagnostic accuracy and possibly to a higher ability to describe the features of a known disease on canine thoracic radiographs. Material and methods Twenty veterinary students were randomly assigned to either a group that compared radiographs showing thoracic disease with normal images (group 1) or to a group that only studied abnormal radiographs (group 2). All students had their theoretical radiology teaching and 13 of them had also received the practical teaching of the study curriculum, evenly distributed between the 2 groups. Twenty-nine radiographs of small animal thorax were used. The procedure consisted in three experimenter-supervised phases: 1. training, 2. visual recognition test, 3. feature description test. In the training phase, each screen showed two radiographs with the name of the disease present in each. In the group 1 (pathology/normal condition), a radiograph of a patient and a normal image were shown next to each other. In the group 2 (pathology/pathology condition), two radiographs of patients with the same disease were shown next to each other. The 9 screens were presented twice, with the diseases in a different order for the first and second runs. A Mann-Whitney test was used to compare the success rates of groups of students. Results On visual recognition test, there was no statistical difference in visual diagnostic accuracy between groups. When students gave the wrong answer, they often diagnosed the item as another disease of similar distribution (diffuse or focal). Students who received the practical teaching and students of group 1 had a higher accuracy for normal thoracic radiographs. On feature description test, no significant effect of comparison learning was found, but focal diseases were better described than diffuse diseases with a significant difference between these. Discussion/Conclusions Results show that comparison with normal images did not help in recognizing or describing thoracic pathologies but helps to recognize normal images. [less ▲]

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See detailSIMULATION AND ANALYSIS OF RECEPTOR DYNAMICS IN A BMP REGULATORY NETWORK
Germain, Morgan ULiege; Bolander, Johanna; Ji, Wei et al

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See detailRadioscopy laboratory diagnostic of epizootic diseases in Belgium and European countries
Cargnel, Mickaël ULiege; Roelandt, Sophie; Van der Stede, Yves et al

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See detailFunctional properties of extracellular polysaccharides produced by Enterobacter A47 grown on agro-food industry by-products
Antunes, Silvia; Freitas, Filomena; Alves, Vitor et al

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See detailSynthesis of hollow PtNi/C nanoparticles for oxygen reduction: direct evidences of the nanoscale Kirkendall effect and the galvanic replacement
Asset, Tristan ULiege; Chattot, Raphaël; Dnerc, Jakub et al

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See detailRefractive and diffractive contribution of linear chromatic aberration (LCA) on depth-of-focus with trifocal intraocular lenses (IOLs)
Loicq, Jerôme ULiege; Gatinel, Damien

Poster (2016, September)

Purpose: To investigate the refractive and diffractive contribution of LCA on depth of focus extension of trifocal IOLs in polychromatic light conditions Setting: University of Liège, Belgium; Fondation ... [more ▼]

Purpose: To investigate the refractive and diffractive contribution of LCA on depth of focus extension of trifocal IOLs in polychromatic light conditions Setting: University of Liège, Belgium; Fondation Ophtalmologique A. de Rothschild, Paris Methods: The LCAs associated with the three focal points of hydrophobic and hydrophilic diffractive FineVision trifocal IOLs (PhysIOL SA, Liège, Belgium), were simulated in an Arizona eye model and experimentally measured on an optical bench at 480, 546 and 650 nm. The effect of Abbe number and aperture on different IOL materials was also evaluated. Based on wavelength–dependent MTF through-focus curves and PSF properties, polychromatic behavior of the trifocal IOLs was assessed under mesopic and photopic conditions. Results: LCA amplitude and sign were different for each of the trifocal IOL focal points. The diffractive LCA for near and intermediate was independent of IOL material (GFree versus hydrophilic acrylic, 26%), while far vision LCA appeared to be controlled by the material Abbe number. Under polychromatic conditions, the LCA contributed to depth of focus extension with different types of lens material, providing maximal visual acuity under white light conditions at all distances. Conclusions: Diffractive trifocal IOLs show chromatic aberrations with an increase in depth of focus under polychromatic light. This effect likely contributes to the extended range of vision. [less ▲]

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See detailIsolation of bacteriophages against Klebsiella pneumoniae and in vivo activity
Thiry, Damien ULiege; Passet, Virginie; Dufour, Nicolas et al

Poster (2016, September)

Klebsiella pneumoniae is a bacterial pathogen able to induce severe healthcare-associated or community-acquired infections in humans and animals. The constant emergence of antibiotic resistant strains ... [more ▼]

Klebsiella pneumoniae is a bacterial pathogen able to induce severe healthcare-associated or community-acquired infections in humans and animals. The constant emergence of antibiotic resistant strains reinforces the need to find alternatives to antibiotic treatments. The use of bacteriophages is a promising approach. The aim of this study was to isolate bacteriophages directed against K. pneumoniae strains and to test their efficacy in a murine model. Bacteriophages against five different K. pneumoniae (2 of capsular type K1 and K2 and 1 undetermined) were isolated and purified from waste water collected in Paris area. The morphology of plaques (zones of bacterial killing) was recorded and several of them were purified three times by successive replating. Phage titers were determined by serial dilutions on their respective hosts as well as on 18 other Klebsiella strains to identify their host range. Kinetics of bacterial lysis were monitored during 15h at 3 multiplicities of infection, in triplicates. For in vivo experiment, a total of 10 mice were inoculated with 200 µl of K. pneumoniae (4.6E+07 CFU) by oral gavage and the level of K. pneumoniae in fecal samples was monitored for 10 days. Five mice did not receive any treatment and 5 other mice received a cocktail of three bacteriophages (8E+07 PFU) at day 4 post-inoculation. A total of 54 bacteriophages were isolated and purified with titers ranging from 2E+5 to 3.6E+10 PFU/ml. The host range study showed that bacteriophages against K. pneumoniae have a specificity related to the capsular type of their bacterial host. Lysis kinetics of bacteria suggested that different phages were isolated. Despite difficulties with the murine intestinal model, evidence was obtained that bacteriophages are able to reduce intestinal carriage. Our results show that bacteriophages isolated against K. pneumoniae are specific for a given capsular type, although further studies are necessary to provide more details on this capsular specificity and its molecular determinants. To fully address the in vivo potential of phages, a reliable mouse model of intestinal carriage of K. pneumoniae strains needs to be established. [less ▲]

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See detailTargeted mutagenesis of orphan GPCRs of the SREB family
Laschet, Céline ULiege; Dupuis, Nadine ULiege; Soni, Arvind ULiege et al

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See detailA new method for identifying experimental and Palaeolithic hafting adhesives using GC×GC-HRTOFMS
Cnuts, Dries ULiege; Perrault, Katelynn ULiege; Dubois, Lena ULiege et al

Poster (2016, September)

Hafting adhesives can be seen as an indication of the cognitive and technical capabilities of the manufacturers and therefore play a key role in the debate on human evolution [1], [2]. These adhesives are ... [more ▼]

Hafting adhesives can be seen as an indication of the cognitive and technical capabilities of the manufacturers and therefore play a key role in the debate on human evolution [1], [2]. These adhesives are mainly from plant origin (resins, gums or tar) and are often mixed with beeswax and other additives in order to make them less brittle. Archaeological evidence indicates that these adhesives were already in use in the Paleolithic from at least 120.000 years ago [3]. Discoveries for this period are however very rare and only become abundant from the Neolithic onwards [4]. Their longer exposure to biochemical alteration processes limits the chance of survival in the archaeological record. If they are present on Paleolithic stone tools, they appear often in such small quantities that they are challenging to identify by traditional gas chromatography – mass spectrometry (GC-MS) or even to remove them effectively from the stone tool. The destructive nature of traditional GC-MS analysis can damage these rare samples for other analyses. Our study aims to overcome this problem by using headspace solid phase microextraction (HS-SPME) for sample extraction and analysis by comprehensive two-dimensional gas chromatography –high-resolution time-of-flight mass spectrometry (GC×GC-HRTOFMS), which has the benefit of analyzing the volatile organic compound (VOC)s from the substance and it does not destroy the complete matrix of the adhesive. We present the results of a pilot study intended to examine the potential of this technique for analyzing Palaeolithic adhesives. The study involved (1) an examination of experimental compound adhesives (containing pine and spruce resin, acacia gum and birch tar; beeswax and additives like charcoal, flax or ochre), (2) a blind test on experimental samples to test the reliability of the method and to determine the minimal quantity necessary for analysis, and (3) the analysis of different Palaeolithic adhesives and of experimental samples of at least 15 years old. The analysis was done on extracted and non-extracted adhesives. A unique chromatographic fingerprint was obtained for all experimental adhesive samples. The VOC profile of these adhesives proved to be extremely complex and therefore benefitted significantly from multidimensional separation techniques. GC×GC-HRTOFMS provided an optimal chromatographic separation of adhesive components. HRTOFMS data was used in order to obtain high-resolution mass spectral data to contribute to compound identification. Our study demonstrates that GC×GC-HRTOFMS is a well suited method for identifying small quantities of compound adhesives with significant potential for Palaeolithic contexts. The additional sensitivity afforded by this technique in comparison to traditional GC-MS is a substantial benefit for these quantities. Furthermore, by only analyzing the VOCs of the adhesives, these rare archeological samples are not destroyed and can still be used for other types of analysis. [1] L. Wadley, ‘Compound-Adhesive Manufacture as a Behavioral Proxy for Complex Cognition in the Middle Stone Age’, Curr. Anthropol., vol. 51, no. s1, pp. S111–S119, Jun. 2010. [2] L. Barham, From Hand to Handle: The First Industrial Revolution. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013. [3] P. P. A. Mazza, F. Martini, B. Sala, M. Magi, M. P. Colombini, G. Giachi, F. Landucci, C. Lemorini, F. Modugno, and E. Ribechini, ‘A new Palaeolithic discovery: tar-hafted stone tools in a European Mid-Pleistocene bone-bearing bed’, J. Archaeol. Sci., vol. 33, no. 9, pp. 1310–1318, Sep. 2006. [4] M. Regert, ‘Investigating the history of prehistoric glues by gas chromatography-mass spectrometry.’, J. Sep. Sci., vol. 27, no. 3, pp. 244–54, Feb. 2004. [less ▲]

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See detailDomestic tools, hafting, and the evolution of technology: The Upper Palaeolithic of Hohle Fels as a case study
Taipale, Noora ULiege; Conard, Nicholas J.; Rots, Veerle ULiege

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Innovations relevant to human evolution often involve subsistence technology, which can affect the success of individual groups, and Homo sapiens in general. However, Palaeolithic technologies include ... [more ▼]

Innovations relevant to human evolution often involve subsistence technology, which can affect the success of individual groups, and Homo sapiens in general. However, Palaeolithic technologies include more than just hunting tools, and a proper understanding of hunter-gatherer ways of living requires knowledge of the organisation of diverse tasks and activities, including the manufacture and maintenance of tools and other equipment. One central aspect of technological evolution is the development of tool hafting [1, 2], which is not only restricted to hunting and gathering implements, but also affects so-called domestic tool categories. We present the results of an on-going project that focuses on hafting and use of stone tools in the Upper Palaeolithic through detailed functional analysis of selected assemblages from European key sites (Hohle Fels, Abri Pataud, Maisières-Canal), which have yielded rich lithic and organic assemblages from secure chronological contexts. Here the focus is on classic Upper Palaeolithic tool categories, such as endscrapers and burins, from the Gravettian and Magdalenian levels of the cave site Hohle Fels (Germany) [3, 4]. We suggest that domestic tools can offer a valuable source material, since for most of them, hafting is not a necessity as it is for spear and arrow tips. An increase in hafting implies an increase in time investment, which has implications for task organisation and specialisation. The Hohle Fels assemblage offers an interesting case study for temporal changes (or continuity) in the frequency and techniques of tool hafting. The projectile technology shows a clear shift from the Gravettian to the Magadalenian, marked by the introduction of a microlithic technology (backed bladelets). For other tool categories, the changes seem more subtle. Our goal is to characterise the tools used in manufacture and maintenance tasks, and to evaluate whether the Gravettian to Magdalenian transition witnesses changes in tool design and use that go beyond hunting equipment. The observed differences between tool classes and time periods are explained with a reference to details of tool use, such as the rate of edge wear development and stone tool exhaustion, as well as shifts in treatment of organic raw materials. The results suggest that domestic tools can aid in understanding long-term technological evolution, and create a baseline against which we can (re)assess the role of shifts observed in technologies that are more susceptible to morphological change, such as projectiles. References: [1] Rots, V., 2013. Insights into early Middle Palaeolithic tool use and hafting in Western Europe: The functional analysis of level IIa of the early Middle Palaeolithic site of Biache-Saint-Vaast (France). J. Archaeol. Sci. 40, 497–506. [2] Barham, L., 2013. From Hand to Handle: The First Industrial Revolution. Oxford University Press, Oxford. [3] Conard, N. J., Bolus, M., 2003. Radiocarbon dating the appearance of modern humans and timing of cultural innovations in Europe: New results and new challenges. J. Hum. Evol. 44, 331–371. [4] Taller, A., Bolus, M., Conard, N. J., 2014. The Magdalenian of Hohle Fels Cave and the Resettlement of the Swabian Jura after the LGM. In: Otte, M., Le Brun-Ricalens, F. (Eds.), Modes de contacts et de déplacements au Paléolithique eurasiatique: Actes du Colloque international de la commission 8 (Paléolithique supérieur) de l'UISPP, Université de Liège, 28–31 mai 2012. Centre National de Recherche Archéologique, Luxembourg. [less ▲]

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