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See detailOverview of the ground facilities for controlling the OUFTI-1 nanosatellite and for routing its radio-communications through the worldwide D-STAR repeater network
Werner, Xavier ULg; De Dijcker, Sébastien ULg; Broun, Valery ULg et al

Poster (2015, September)

Overview of the current state and upgrade plan of the OUFTI-1 nanosatellite ground segment. The OUFTI-1 project was initiated in September 2007. The OUFTI-1 nanosatellite is a one-unit (1U) CubeSat. Its ... [more ▼]

Overview of the current state and upgrade plan of the OUFTI-1 nanosatellite ground segment. The OUFTI-1 project was initiated in September 2007. The OUFTI-1 nanosatellite is a one-unit (1U) CubeSat. Its main payload is - in essence - a D-STAR repeater in space, potentially the first one ever. D-STAR is an amateur-radio (“ham”), digital radio-communication protocol (with associated equipment) allowing the simultaneous transmission of voice and data, such as GPS coordinates and call-signs. The satellite was tested in 2014 and 2015 within the ESA’s Education Office Fly Your Satellite! (FYS) project, and it is now fully qualified and ready for launch and operation in space. [less ▲]

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See detailSurface aeration in baffled stirred tanks: hydrodynamics, mixing and mass transfer characteristics
de Lamotte, Anne ULg; Delafosse, Angélique ULg; Calvo, Sébastien ULg et al

Poster (2015, September)

Biotechnological and chemical processes often need a supply of gas for acceptable product formation. In some applications - where either gas requirements/reactor volumes are relatively low, or bubbles are ... [more ▼]

Biotechnological and chemical processes often need a supply of gas for acceptable product formation. In some applications - where either gas requirements/reactor volumes are relatively low, or bubbles are undesirable - aeration through the liquid free-surface is enough to meet the demand. In case of sparged stirred tanks, aeration through the liquid free-surface is a factor to be determined when scaling-up /down processes. Gas-liquid transfer is strongly influenced by the hydrodynamic conditions. Two phenomena, occurring at different scales, can be coupled in order to explain mass transfer : (i) circulation (macroscale) and (ii) mixing/homogenization (microscale). Mixing/homogenization takes into consideration the small eddies responsible for the rippled liquid free-surface and for the concentration gradients surrounding it. Circulation determines the fluid path across the reactor as well as its contribution of the surface aeration and leads to periodic and local deformation of the liquid free-surface. Circulation also accounts for the design of the reactor, where the scaling problems are focused. The objective of this work is to develop an experimental approach able to fully (global and local quantities) characterize a chosen agitation configuration in terms of hydrodynamics, mixing and transfer, in order to assess the capability of computational methods to predict gas-liquid mass transfer due to aeration through the liquid free-surface. [less ▲]

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See detailBaseline data on the cyanobacterial diversity of Svalbard assessed by pyrosequencing
Laughinghouse IV, Haywood Dail; Stelmach Pessi, Igor ULg; Velázquez, David et al

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See detailAnalysis of the time-dependent electrical current in reverse-biased p-GeSn/n-Ge mesa diodes
Baert, Bruno ULg; Gupta, Somya; Gencarelli, Federica et al

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See detailDeciphering the molecular mechanisms underlying NLRP3 inflammasome activation by saturated fatty acids
Gianfrancesco, Marco ULg; Bloch, Katarzyna; Dehairs, Jonas et al

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See detailSound production in piranhas and relatives: comparisons between species
Melotte, Geoffrey ULg; Michel, Christian ULg; Parmentier, Eric ULg

Poster (2015, September)

Acoustic communication plays an important role in the life of many teleost species where it is mainly involved in agonistic and/or courtship behavior. Despite the large number of Serrasalmidae species (92 ... [more ▼]

Acoustic communication plays an important role in the life of many teleost species where it is mainly involved in agonistic and/or courtship behavior. Despite the large number of Serrasalmidae species (92), sound production has been described only in the genera Serrasalmus and Pygocentrus. The aim of this study was first to investigate the sound producing abilities of different Serrasalmidae species and then to describe and understand the corresponding mechanisms. One herbivorous species, Piaractus brachypomus, produces sounds composed of a single pulse. The mechanism would involve the vibration of the bladder due to the hypaxial musculature contraction. In contrast, the calls emitted by Serrasalmus rhombeus, Serrasalmus compressus, Serrasalmus marginatus, Serrasalmus elongatus, Pygocentrus nattereri and Pristobrycon eigenmanni are all harmonic sounds composed of several pulses without inter-pulse interval. They all show the same kind of mechanism: the sound results from the forced vibration of the swimbladder following the contraction of sonic muscles that are attached to a perpendicular tendon surrounding ventrally the bladder. A last species, Pygopristis denticulata, is able to produce another type of sounds. It consists of several pulses with irregular pulse period and is likely produced by a sonic muscle inserting on the skull and on the rostral part of the swimbladder. The relatively high diversity of sound types and mechanisms in Serrasalmidae will be used in the future to understand the evolutionary development of this particular behavior. Do the mechanisms evolve separately or is there a continuity between them? [less ▲]

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See detailQuantification of roots and crop residues by the use of near infrared hyperspectral imaging and chemometric tools
Eylenbosch, Damien ULg; Fernández Pierna, Juan Antonio; Baeten, Vincent et al

Poster (2015, September)

In studies on root system development in fields, manual sorting of roots and crop residues extracted from soil samples before quantification is a tedious and time consuming step. Discrimination and ... [more ▼]

In studies on root system development in fields, manual sorting of roots and crop residues extracted from soil samples before quantification is a tedious and time consuming step. Discrimination and quantification of roots and crop residues based on their Near Infrared spectral signature was tested as a new rapid and reliable method. [less ▲]

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See detailMagnesium-doped Cuprous Oxide (Mg:Cu2O) thin films as a transparent p-type semiconductor oxide
Avelas Resende, João ULg; Nguyen, Ngoc Duy ULg; Deschanvres, Jean-Luc et al

Poster (2015, September)

Oxide electronics is an important emerging area, notably for the development of transparent thin film transistors (TFTs) and other complex electronic circuits. The successful application of n-type oxides ... [more ▼]

Oxide electronics is an important emerging area, notably for the development of transparent thin film transistors (TFTs) and other complex electronic circuits. The successful application of n-type oxides to TFTs has motivated the interest in p-type oxide based semiconductors, also to be applied to TFTs or to complementary metal-oxide semiconductor (CMOS) technology. However, until now there is a lack of p-type oxide semiconductors with performance similar to that of n-type oxide. Among the different metallic oxides, Cu (I)-based oxides exhibit one of the lowest ionic character. These compounds are therefore one of the most promising candidates as p-type transparent semiconductors.Nevertheless, the band gap of 2,17eV is modest for transparent electronics applications, since the transmittance of Cu2O films is low on the visible part of the light spectrum. The incorporation of cations with large radii than Cu has been proposed as a way to achieve a higher band gap, by diminishing of three-dimensional Cu-Cu interactions, only possible with larger cations than Cu+. Therefore, cation doped Cu2O thin films were grown by metal-organic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD). The three doping elements studied (Sr2+, Sn2+ and La3+) were selected having in account theoretical predictions for the band structure and the deposition conditions of Cu2O. The study focus on thin films growth optimization combined with electronic transport analysis and optical transmittance measurements. [less ▲]

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See detailCell-based description of ventricular contraction in a model of the human cardiovascular system
Kosta, Sarah ULg; Negroni, Jorge; Lascano, Elena et al

Poster (2015, August 31)

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See detailExploring the schizophrenic hyperreflexivity on the Rorschach test
Englebert, Jérôme ULg; Bataille, Jennifer; Mormont, Christian ULg et al

Poster (2015, August 28)

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

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

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See detailWhy are flux avalanches deflected by a metallic layer?
Brisbois, Jérémy ULg

Poster (2015, August 27)

Sudden avalanches of magnetic flux bursting into a superconducting sample are deflected from their trajectories when encountering a conductive layer deposited on top of the superconductor. Remarkably, in ... [more ▼]

Sudden avalanches of magnetic flux bursting into a superconducting sample are deflected from their trajectories when encountering a conductive layer deposited on top of the superconductor. Remarkably, in some cases the flux is totally excluded from the area covered by the conductive layer. Even if experimental evidence of the phenomenon has been available for a few years, there is currently no theoretical model to describe it. Moreover, the question whether a single vortex would also undergo deflection when entering the region covered by a metallic layer is still unanswered. In this work we use the magneto-optical imaging (MOI) technique, based on the Faraday effect, to show that a conductive layer (Cu) can repel flux avalanches triggered in an underlying superconducting film (Nb). We present a simple classical model that accounts for the deflection of a single vortex and considers a magnetic monopole approaching a semi-infinite conductive plane. This model suggests that electromagnetic braking, arising from the eddy currents induced in the metal due to the moving vortex, is an important mechanism responsible for avalanche deflection. Furthermore, we have found that early theoretical descriptions for the vortex damping enhancement due to the metallic sheet need a correction at large vortex velocities, where a decrease of the damping coefficient is expected. [less ▲]

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See detailNegative Relative Clauses in Late Egyptian. A Functional Perspective
Sojic, Nathalie ULg

Poster (2015, August 26)

The poster contains a functional taxonomy of the negative relative clauses in Late Egyptian

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See detail"Reden und Rufe": are they kingly patterns?
Motte, Aurore ULg

Poster (2015, August 26)

Les discours des travailleurs, ou « Reden und Rufe », sont principalement connus grâce aux travaux d’Erman et Guglielmi [1]. Malgré quelques faiblesses, ceux-ci sont toujours les seuls ouvrages de ... [more ▼]

Les discours des travailleurs, ou « Reden und Rufe », sont principalement connus grâce aux travaux d’Erman et Guglielmi [1]. Malgré quelques faiblesses, ceux-ci sont toujours les seuls ouvrages de référence disponibles. Ce travail ambitionne de s’intéresser aux origines des discours des travailleurs. Quand, où, comment, pourquoi émergent-ils ? Autant de questions laissées jusqu’ici sans réponses. Après une brève remise en contexte des « Reden und Rufe », il sera montré que les discours des travailleurs sont une partie intégrante du « nouveau » programme décoratif royal, dont l’apothéose est atteinte sous Sahourê. Ce papier présentera également les premières réceptions de ces discours dans les tombes privées et leur évolution au sein de l’élite (mise en évidence de traditions phraséologiques, d’adaptation et d’innovation). Il sera montré que les discours des travailleurs s’inscrivent dans la tradition égyptienne de l’élite, qui reprend à son compte des motifs d’origine royale pour établir son propre programme décoratif. [1] A. ERMAN (1919), Reden, Rufe und Lieder auf Gräberbildern des Alten Reiches, Berlin (APAW philos.-hist. Kl., Abh. 15). W. GUGLIELMI (1973), Reden, Rufe und Lieder auf altägyptischen Darstellungen der Landwirtschaft, Viehzucht, des Fisch- und Vogelfangs vom Mittleren Reich bis zur Spätzeit, Bonn, Habelt (TÄB 1). [less ▲]

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See detailCharacterization of talcschist's weathering Materials in Henguegue (Cameroon)
Woguia, Damaris Laure ULg; Ngo Bidjeck, Louise Marie

Poster (2015, August 25)

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See detailThe ‘Landscape’ of Nuclear Safeguards: a Comparative Analysis of the International and Regional Systems
Colussi, Ilaria Anna ULg

Poster (2015, August 24)

Nuclear proliferation poses a severe threat to the international community, and the role of the law in this area is crucial. The notion of ‘nuclear non-proliferation’ is twofold: (a)disarm or vertical non ... [more ▼]

Nuclear proliferation poses a severe threat to the international community, and the role of the law in this area is crucial. The notion of ‘nuclear non-proliferation’ is twofold: (a)disarm or vertical non-proliferation: measures for reduction of the number of existing arsenals; (b)horizontal non-proliferation: containment of the number of States and no State entities that do not have but are acquiring nuclear weapons, or developing the capability and materials for producing them. Different sources of the law exist at the international and regional level for addressing the issue. For the implementation of the principles and obligations embedded in the agreements, it is essential to set up a verification and safeguards system. Safeguards provisions are established at the international and regional level. Thus, the aim of this study to analyse, critically and comparatively, the different safeguards systems that have been legally adopted at the international and regional level so far. [less ▲]

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See detailDoes elevation in atmospheric CO2 concentration impact aphid alarm signaling?
Boullis, Antoine ULg; Appeldoorn, Claire; Oostrom, Marjolein et al

Poster (2015, August 24)

The effect of global atmospheric changes on interactions between vegetation and phytophagous insects is well studied since several years, but how does these changes affect the interactions between ... [more ▼]

The effect of global atmospheric changes on interactions between vegetation and phytophagous insects is well studied since several years, but how does these changes affect the interactions between herbivore insects and their natural enemies is less clear. Impact of an increase in CO2 concentration on aphids is also well documented, but few publications focused on their chemical ecology. When endegered, aphids emit an alarm pheromone (generally composed of only one molecule: (E)-Beta-Farnesene) to induce an escape behavior in the colony. Here, we studied how an increase in CO2 concentration affects the alarm signaling mechanisms of the aphid Acyrthosiphon pisum, focusing on the production, the emission (under attack) and the perception of this signal. [less ▲]

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See detailStudy of Developmental and Molecular Processes Regulated by Sorbs1 using a Combination of in vitro and in vivo models Alexandra Veloso1, Anouk Bleuart1, Maud Martin1, Jonathan Bruyr1, Marie-Ange Mavaccarella1, and Franck Dequiedt1
Bacquelaine Veloso, Alexandra ULg; Dequiedt, Franck ULg

Poster (2015, August 24)

SoHo proteins belong to a family that includes three members: Sorbs1 (Cbl associated protein CAP/ponsin), Sorbs2 (Arg-Binding Protein 2, ArgBP2) and Sorbs3 (Vinexin). These proteins share a similar ... [more ▼]

SoHo proteins belong to a family that includes three members: Sorbs1 (Cbl associated protein CAP/ponsin), Sorbs2 (Arg-Binding Protein 2, ArgBP2) and Sorbs3 (Vinexin). These proteins share a similar structure with a SoHo domain in N-terminal region and three SH3 domains in carboxy terminal region. These characteristic domains bind to several signaling molecules involved in a variety of cytoskeleton-related processes, and SoHo family members are thus thought to function as adaptor proteins. However, the precise role of these proteins in the cytoskeleton regulation and associated biological functions remains unknown. It is well established that cytoskeleton regulation is critical for various developmental events including angiogenesis, the process by which new blood vessels develop from pre-existing ones, and myogenesis, the process responsible for muscle formation and regeneration. The goal of this project is to identify the developmental function of Sorbs1 and characterize the underlying molecular events by exploiting a combination of in vivo (Zebrafish) and in vitro models. Phenotype analysis revealed that Morpholino-mediated knock-down of Sorbs1 induces abnormal development of cardiac, angiogenic and muscles structures. Knock-down zebrafish embryos were unable to form cardiac looping and present a cardiac edema. Also, it was noticed that tail morphology was altered by Sorbs1 knock-down suggesting that Sorbs1 plays a role in trunk muscle formation. Finally, the development of venous angiogenic structures, such as caudal vein plexus (CVP) and subintestinal veins (SIV), was specifically affected by Sorbs1inactivation. Interestingly, Sorbs1 seems to have a specific role in venous angiogenesis (CVP and SIV), since arterial angiogenic structures, such as Intersegmental vessels, were not affected in Sorbs1 morphants. In conclusion, these preliminary results of our work highlighted important developmental defects by consequence of Sorbs1 inactivation in Zebrafish. Some of these defects appear to be regulated by angiogenesis and myogenesis, two developmental processes for which the therapeutic implications are undeniable. [less ▲]

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See detailBacterial community composition in three freshwater reservoirs of di erent alkalinity and trophic status
Llirós, Marc; Inceoglu, Ozgul; Garcia-Armisen, Tamara et al

Poster (2015, August 23)

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See detailThe study of air-ice CO2 exchange emphasize the importance of gas bubble transport during sea ice growth
Kotovitch, Marie ULg; Moreau, Sébastien; Zhou, Jiayun et al

Poster (2015, August 20)

We report air-ice CO2 fluxes measured continuously using automated chambers over artificial sea ice from freezing to decay. We observed an uptake of CO2 as seawater was cooling down prior to sea ice ... [more ▼]

We report air-ice CO2 fluxes measured continuously using automated chambers over artificial sea ice from freezing to decay. We observed an uptake of CO2 as seawater was cooling down prior to sea ice formation. As soon as the first ice crystals started to form, we observed a shift from a sink to a source. Sea ice released CO2 until we initiated the ice decay by warming the atmosphere. Sea ice then returned to be a CO2 sink. Direct measurements of the fluxes were consistent with the depletion of dissolved inorganic carbon in sea ice. Measurements of bulk partial pressure of CO2 in sea ice and of atmospheric CO2 allowed us to assess a gas exchange coefficient for CO2 at the air-sea ice interface during the grow stage. We compared these observations with a 1D biogeochemical model. Discrepancies between the model and the observations lead us to emphasize the role of gas bubbles in CO2 transport through sea ice. [less ▲]

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See detailTwo differentiation trends and parent magmas at Calbuco volcano (CSVZ, Chille)
Montalbano, Salvatrice ULg; Schiano, Pierre; Cluzel, Nicolas et al

Poster (2015, August 19)

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See detailDepression in Women and in Men: Differences on Behavioral Avoidance and on Behavioral Activation
Wagener, Aurélie ULg; Baeyens, Céline; Blairy, Sylvie ULg

Poster (2015, August 06)

Depression is a well-known disorder characterized by e.g. sadness, loss of interest and pleasure, feelings of guilt or worthlessness. Depression is also characterized by a decrease of the level of ... [more ▼]

Depression is a well-known disorder characterized by e.g. sadness, loss of interest and pleasure, feelings of guilt or worthlessness. Depression is also characterized by a decrease of the level of engagement in activities also conceptualized as behavioral avoidance. Indeed, depressed patients less and less engage themselves in pleasurable activities (e.g. they spend more and more time in their bed, see their friends more rarely). Reciprocally, this decrease of the level of engagement in activities reinforces and maintains depressive symptoms. This relationship between depression and a low level of engagement in activities is well-established in the scientific literature but no study has, until now, discussed the reasons of this decrease of engagement in activities. According to theoretical models of depression (Beck, 2008; Lewinsohn, 1985; Watkins, 2009), five sets of psychological processes (PP) are involved in depressive symptomatology: negative repetitive thoughts, maladaptive emotion regulation strategies, low environmental rewards, negative self-image and inhibition. We hypothesize that these PP could be considered as explaining factors of the behavioral avoidance. Furthermore, we hypothesize that other PP could be considered as explaining factors of the behavioral activation (adaptive emotion regulation strategies, high environmental rewards, positive self-image, approach and high self-clarity). Then, our aim is to assess the links between behavioral avoidance as well as activation and the PP mentioned above. In order to reach this objective, we developed a model of these links based on the psychological model of mental ill-health of Kinderman (2005, 2013). According to this model, biological, social and circumstantial factors lead to mental disorders through their conjoint effects on psychological processes. Furthermore, because depression is different in women and in men, we assessed the adequacy of our model according to the sex. Clinical and community adults completed an online survey assessing the psychological processes mentioned above, avoidance and activation. Since several questionnaires were used to assess each PP, factorial scores were computed for each one. Preliminary analyses (confirmatory factor analyses) were realized with a sample of 393 women and 139 men. The results revealed differences between men and women. For women, on the one hand, low levels of environmental rewards, maladaptive emotion regulation strategies and negative repetitive thoughts are linked to behavioral avoidance, and on the other hand, high levels of environmental rewards and positive self-image are linked to behavioral activation. For men, on the one hand, negative self-image, maladaptive emotion regulation strategies and low environmental rewards are linked to behavioral avoidance, and, on the other hand, high levels of environmental rewards and positive self-image are linked to behavioral activation. The final results will be presented during the convention, as data-collection is on-going and will end in May 2015. Clinical implications of these results will also be discussed such as the relevance of working on the levels of environmental rewards. [less ▲]

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See detailSyntheses of nanogels of ionic liquids via controlled radical cross-linking copolymerization
Weiss-Maurin, Mathilde ULg; Taton, Daniel; Detrembleur, Christophe ULg

Poster (2015, August 06)

Cobalt-Mediated Radical Polymerization (CMRP) is one of the most efficient techniques to form sequenced copolymers between monomers of very different reactivities(e.g. vinyl acetate and acrylonitrile ... [more ▼]

Cobalt-Mediated Radical Polymerization (CMRP) is one of the most efficient techniques to form sequenced copolymers between monomers of very different reactivities(e.g. vinyl acetate and acrylonitrile). CMRP is used here to synthesize nanogels of vinylic ionic liquid monomers using different concentrations of cross-linking agent (here, divinyl imidazolium). The aim is to determine the difference in structure of the nanogels, in order to use them for the preparation of star-like and/or core-shell structures. [less ▲]

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See detailAlternatives to traditional valorisation ways for brewer’s spent grains
Villani, Nicolas ULg; Aguedo, Mario ULg; Richel, Aurore ULg

Poster (2015, August 05)

Brewer’s Spent Grains (BSG) are a highly available and cheap food supply chain waste (FSCW) that is mainly used in low-valued feed applications. This residue represents around 85 % of the total amount of ... [more ▼]

Brewer’s Spent Grains (BSG) are a highly available and cheap food supply chain waste (FSCW) that is mainly used in low-valued feed applications. This residue represents around 85 % of the total amount of waste produced by breweries with an annual tonnage of 3.4 million tons (on a dry basis) in the European Union. Based on its composition, BSG could be valorised in a wide variety of value-added products. For example, cellulose and remaining starch could easily be turned into ethanol or used as solid state fermentation media or as platform molecules for further chemical synthesis. These alternative valorisation ways could lead to an important economic relief through the whole brewery industry. Herein is described a multistep fractionation of BSG into cellulosic pulp, free sugars, proteins, germs and lignin using an Organosolv acidic pretreatment. This extraction procedure has been optimised in order to allow the most efficient and complete valorisation of BSG. [less ▲]

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See detailEvidence of a fine-scale genetic structure for the endangered Pyrenean desman (Galemys pyrenaicus) in the French Pyrenees
Gillet, François ULg; Cabria Garrido, Maria Teresa; Blanc, Frédéric et al

Poster (2015, August 05)

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See detailDevelopment of cryopreservation methods for long-term preservation of cyanobacterial strains in the BCCM/ULC collection
Crahay, Charlotte ULg; Renard, Marine ULg; Mari, Maud et al

Poster (2015, August 03)

Long-term genetic and functional stability is a fundamental requirement for the maintenance of microorganisms and cryopreservation is the preferred method for the long-term storage of many micro-organisms ... [more ▼]

Long-term genetic and functional stability is a fundamental requirement for the maintenance of microorganisms and cryopreservation is the preferred method for the long-term storage of many micro-organisms, including cyanobacteria. The BCCM/ULC collection currently holds 200 cyanobacterial strains, but only 62 are cryo-preserved. The main limiting factors are the low levels of survival of some strains and the long periods required to recover from cryopreservation, and thus the inability to deliver rapidly cryopreserved strains to the user community. The devel-opment of improved cryopreservation protocols is therefore required for the future expansion and valorization of the collection. The BRAIN-be project PRESPHOTO (preservation of photosynthetic micro-algae in the BCCM collections) (www.presphoto.ulg.ac.be) aims to improve the preservation of cyanobacterial and diatoms in the BCCM/ULC and BCCM/DCG collections, respectively. [less ▲]

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See detailThe BCCM/ULC collection : a Biological Ressource Center for polar cyanobacteria
Wilmotte, Annick ULg; Renard, Marine ULg; Lara, Yannick ULg et al

Poster (2015, August 03)

In this study, during the 2013 MicroFun expedition, we sampled 72 locations around Svalbard including diverse biotopes such as glacial forefields, tundra soils, hot springs, soil crusts, microbial mats ... [more ▼]

In this study, during the 2013 MicroFun expedition, we sampled 72 locations around Svalbard including diverse biotopes such as glacial forefields, tundra soils, hot springs, soil crusts, microbial mats, wet walls, cryoconites, plankton and periphyton, in order to (1) assess the biodiversity of cyanobacteria around Svalbard, (2) verify the existence of biogeographical trends around the archipelago, and (3) compare these data with other polar (cold) areas, especially Antarctica. We used a pyrosequencing approach targeting cyanobacteria-specific 16S rRNA gene sequences to deeply study the cyanobacterial communities. [less ▲]

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See detailGenome sequencing of an endemic filamentous Antarctic cyanobacterium
Lara, Yannick ULg; Verlaine, Olivier ULg; Kleinteich, Julia et al

Poster (2015, August 03)

The strain Phormidium priestleyi ULC007 was isolated from a benthic mat located in a shallow freshwater pond in the Larsemann Hills (69°S), Western Antarctica. This strain belongs to a cyanobacterial ... [more ▼]

The strain Phormidium priestleyi ULC007 was isolated from a benthic mat located in a shallow freshwater pond in the Larsemann Hills (69°S), Western Antarctica. This strain belongs to a cyanobacterial cluster that appeared as potentially endemic (Taton et al. 2006). After obtaining an axenic isolate, we sequenced the genome of this strain in the frame of the BELSPO CCAMBIO project, in order to better understand the functioning, metabolism and adaptative strategies of cyanobacteria to the extreme Antarctic environment. [less ▲]

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See detailA next-generation approach to assess the cyanobacterial diversity and biogeography in the High Arctic (Svalbard)
Laughinghouse, Haywood Dail; Stelmach Pessi, Igor ULg; Velazquez, David et al

Poster (2015, August 03)

Polar ecosystems are extremely sensitive to global climate changes and human activities. Cyanobacteria are key photosynthetic organisms in these latitudes, due to their roles in soil aggregation, nitrogen ... [more ▼]

Polar ecosystems are extremely sensitive to global climate changes and human activities. Cyanobacteria are key photosynthetic organisms in these latitudes, due to their roles in soil aggregation, nitrogen fixation, carbon cycles, and secondary metabolite production, among others. Previous works indicate that different cyanobacterial taxa/communities have different impacts on the environment, in both biogeochemical cycles and bioactive compound productions. Furthermore, the presence of biogeographical patterns in microorganisms, as found in macroorganisms, is an ongoing debate. In this study, during the 2013 MicroFun expedition, we sampled 72 locations around Svalbard including diverse biotopes such as glacial forefields, tundra soils, hot springs, soil crusts, microbial mats, wet walls, cryoconites, plankton and periphyton, in order to (1) assess the biodiversity of cyanobacteria around Svalbard, (2) verify the existence of biogeographical trends around the archipelago, and (3) compare these data with other polar (cold) areas, especially Antarctica. We used a pyrosequencing approach targeting cyanobacteria-specific 16S rRNA gene sequences to deeply study the cyanobacterial communities. [less ▲]

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See detailContribution of cyanobacteria to the building of travertines in a calcareous stream
Wilmotte, Annick ULg; Golubic, Stjepko; Kleinteich, Julia et al

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The ambient temperature travertine deposits of the calcareous Hoyoux River (Modave, Belgium) and several tributaries are organized and promoted by the filamentous cyanobacterium identified by its ... [more ▼]

The ambient temperature travertine deposits of the calcareous Hoyoux River (Modave, Belgium) and several tributaries are organized and promoted by the filamentous cyanobacterium identified by its morphotype and ecological properties as Phormidium cf. incrustatum. A combination of techniques was used to study this biotope: physico-chemical parameters and CO2 measurements, Scanning and Transmission Electron Microscopy, RAMAN microspectroscopy. A molecular diversity study with pyrosequencing of the cyanobacterial 16S rRNA is in progress. A potential candidate was isolated in culture. [less ▲]

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See detailIs the Mehler reaction the main photoprotective mechanism occurring in Symbiodinium in hospite?
Roberty, Stéphane ULg; Beraud, Eric; Ferrier-Pagès, Christine et al

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The ecological success of reef-building corals throughout tropical oligotrophic waters relies on the symbiosis between cnidarians and photosynthetic dinoflagellates of the genus Symbiodinium. This ... [more ▼]

The ecological success of reef-building corals throughout tropical oligotrophic waters relies on the symbiosis between cnidarians and photosynthetic dinoflagellates of the genus Symbiodinium. This association allows the transfer of highly energetic compounds and an efficient recycling of growth-limiting nutrients. In the natural environment the holobiont have to cope with significant daily variations in light intensities that sometimes exceed Symbiodinium photosynthetic capacity. Fortunately, these organisms possess regulatory features that help to ensure that high light intensities can be endured without the accumulation of photodamage. Among them, it has been found recently that photoreduction of oxygen downstream PSI by the so-called Mehler reaction was the main alternative electron sink at the onset and steady state of photosynthesis in different cultured strains of Symbiodinium. In this study, we investigated the occurrence and the relative amplitude of this photoprotective mechanism in Symbiodinium cells living within the tropical coral Stylophora pistillata and the sea anemone Anemonia viridis. To this end, joint measurements of oxygen evolution, PSI and PSII activities were conducted. The impacts of CO2 limitation and CO2 fixation on the photoreduction of oxygen by PSI was also studied by using several inhibitors targeting the carbon concentrating mechanism and the Calvin-Benson-Bassham cycle. Conversely to cultured cells, these measurements revealed that the Symbiodinium located in S. pistillata, under control conditions, rely on other photoprotective mechanisms than the Mehler reaction to prevent over-excitation of the photosynthetic apparatus. However, we observed an increased O2 uptake capacity during photosynthesis when the efficiency of the carbon fixation was reduced in S. pistillata. [less ▲]

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See detailStroke Volume Estimation using Aortic Pressure Measurements and Aortic Cross Sectional Area
Kamoi, Shun; Pretty, Christopher G.; Chiew, Yeong Shiong et al

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Accurate Stroke Volume (SV) monitoring is essential for patient with cardiovascular dysfunction patients. However, direct SV measurements are not clinically feasible due to the highly invasive nature of ... [more ▼]

Accurate Stroke Volume (SV) monitoring is essential for patient with cardiovascular dysfunction patients. However, direct SV measurements are not clinically feasible due to the highly invasive nature of measurement devices. Current devices for indirect monitoring of SV are shown to be inaccurate during sudden hemodynamic changes. This paper presents a novel SV estimation using readily available aortic pressure measurements and aortic cross sectional area, using data from a porcine experiment where medical interventions such as fluid replacement, dobutamine infusions, and recruitment maneuvers induced SV changes in a pig with circulatory shock. Measurement of left ventricular volume, proximal aortic pressure, and descending aortic pressure waveforms were made simultaneously during the experiment. From measured data, proximal aortic pressure was separated into reservoir and excess pressures. Beat-to-beat aortic characteristic impedance values were calculated using both aortic pressure measurements and an estimate of the aortic cross sectional area. SV was estimated using the calculated aortic characteristic impedance and excess component of the proximal aorta. The median difference between directly measured SV and estimated SV was -1.4ml with 95% limit of agreement +/- 6.6ml. This method demonstrates that SV can be accurately captured beat-to-beat during sudden changes in hemodynamic state. This novel SV estimation could enable improved cardiac and circulatory treatment in the critical care environment by titrating treatment to the effect on SV. [less ▲]

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See detailThe hidden face of the human macrophage chitotriosidase: taking a new look at this enzyme based on the biochemical and phylogenomic analysis of its chitin binding domain
Crasson, Oscar ULg; Legrand, François; Léonard, Raphaël ULg et al

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Carbohydrates recognition is a critical process involved in numerous aspects of the cell biology such as inflammation, innate immune responses and proliferation. Chitin is an homopolysaccharide composed ... [more ▼]

Carbohydrates recognition is a critical process involved in numerous aspects of the cell biology such as inflammation, innate immune responses and proliferation. Chitin is an homopolysaccharide composed of β-1,4-linked N-acetylglucosamine (GlcNAc) units that is an abundant structural component of various infectious organisms like protozoans, nematodes and fungi. As there is no endogenous chitin produced by mammals, this polymer appeared to be a strategic target for innate immune agents which is why various carbohydrate binding proteins, associated or not with catalytic domains, are synthetized by plants and animals and are known to play a crucial role in innate immunity. The macrophage chitotriosidase (HCHT) is one of the three active chitinases synthetized by humans and has triggered significant attention recently due to its association with various inflammatory disorders. HCHT belongs to the Glycosyl Hydrolase family 18 (GH18) and is known to be involved in innate immunity. Nevertheless, its precise physiological function remains unclear. As numerous GHs, HCHT is a modular protein composed of a catalytic domain (GH18) associated to a Carbohydrate Binding Module (CBM) which is essential to hydrolyse crystalline chitin. If the catalytic domain GH18 is highly common in other GHs from animals, plants, fungi, bacteria, archea and viruses, its CBM (named ChBD) is much less conserved which makes the association between these two domains particularly intriguing. This work aims to demystify HCHT’s physiological function. Firstly, using competitive inhibition assays, we have highlighted the ability of ChBD to interact with chitooligosaccharides (GlcNAc1-2-4-6) which suggests that ChBD can potentially act as a lectin domain. Secondly, to better understand the molecular basis for chitin recognition, we have used homology modelling to build, with high confidence, the 3D structure model of ChBD. Based on this model, a specific set of residues has been selected for alanine scan mutagenesis which has allowed us to define the minimum chitin binding interface of the protein. Thirdly, Phylogenomic studies were performed to analyse the evolutionary history of the isolated catalytic and ChBD domains and understand how these domains were combined. Based on all these results, we discuss a new way of looking at HCHT where its ChBD would be the key determinant that has guided the catalytic domain from a basic metabolic function to a critical component of innate immunity in human. Finally, we propose a mechanism that explains how this enzyme could act at the molecular level to defend us against chitin-containing pathogens. [less ▲]

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See detailApplication of next generation sequencing for study and diagnosis of plant viral diseases in agriculture
van der Vlugt, René; Minafra, Angelanotio; Olmos, Antonio et al

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See detailThe Hydroxyl Nightglow Emissions on Earth, Venus and Mars
Soret, Lauriane ULg; Gérard, Jean-Claude ULg; Piccioni, G. et al

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See detailDo Triclosan affect hearing development of Cyprinodon variegatus larvae?
Schnitzler, Joseph ULg; Benichou, Farida; Pinte, Nicolas et al

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The aquatic environment represents the final sink for many chemicals, including bactericidal agents. Among them Triclosan (TCS) has been shown to affect the thyroid system of teleost. Larval stages are ... [more ▼]

The aquatic environment represents the final sink for many chemicals, including bactericidal agents. Among them Triclosan (TCS) has been shown to affect the thyroid system of teleost. Larval stages are particularly vulnerable to deleterious effects of endocrine disrupters because of potential impairment of fish development and behaviour. Thyroid hormones are critical to the development of the brain and auditory system. Thus, TCS could affect the development of the brain and hearing. The aims of this study were: to investigate hearing development in sheepshead minnows (Cyprinodon variegatus) using the ABR technique (Auditory Brainstem Response) and to investigate the effects of triclosan on hearing development. Exposure to TCS was conducted from fertilization of eggs on at concentrations likely to be found in the environment: 20, 50 and 100 µgl-1. We characterized previously the ontogenic variation of thyroid hormones in embryos and larvae of sheepshead minnows. We observed an increase of thyroid hormones level around the 12th and the 15th day post hatching (dph), that may be associated with the transition from larval to juvenile stage during the development of this species. We concluded, that this period could be defined as a critical exposure window to pollutants. We determined hearing thresholds for sheepshead minnows of different ages. Our sheepshead minnows show ontogenic variations in the hearing ability during their development. At 30 days post hatching, their hearing ability is quite bad, with a narrow bandwidth of detected frequencies. But their hearing ability considerably enhance during their development to reach the adult hearing ability at around 80 days post hatching when this species reach sexual maturity. So we observe during the developmental phase of this fish species clear ontogenic improvements of the hearing ability and they showed an ontogenetic expansion in the frequency bandwidth they were able to detect. The effects of TCS in this development have yet to be determined but will be fully discussed. This study proposes an interesting new endpoint in thyroid disruption research. [less ▲]

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See detailPoly(ionic liquid)s via controlled radical cross-linking copolymerization
Weiss-Maurin, Mathilde ULg; Taton, Daniel; Detrembleur, Christophe ULg

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Cobalt-Mediated Radical Polymerization (CMRP) is one of the most efficient techniques to form sequenced copolymers between monomers of very different reactivities(e.g. vinyl acetate and acrylonitrile ... [more ▼]

Cobalt-Mediated Radical Polymerization (CMRP) is one of the most efficient techniques to form sequenced copolymers between monomers of very different reactivities(e.g. vinyl acetate and acrylonitrile). CMRP is used here to synthesize nanogels of vinylic ionic liquid monomers using different concentrations of cross-linking agent (here, divinyl imidazolium). The aim is to determine the difference in structure of the nanogels, in order to use them for the preparation of star-like and/or core-shell structures. [less ▲]

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See detailGenetic heritage of the Eastern Belgium Red and White breed, an endangered local breed
Colinet, Frédéric ULg; Bouffioux, Aude; Mayeres, Patrick et al

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See detailSensory quality of beef patties inoculated with strains of Carnobacterium maltaromaticum with potential as biopreservatives
Didimo Imazaki, Pedro Henrique ULg; Jacques-Houssa, Charlotte ULg; Kergourlay, Gilles ULg et al

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Biopreservation is the use of naturally occurring microorganisms and/or their inherent antimicrobial compounds to extend shelf life and to enhance the safety of foods. The aim of the present study was to ... [more ▼]

Biopreservation is the use of naturally occurring microorganisms and/or their inherent antimicrobial compounds to extend shelf life and to enhance the safety of foods. The aim of the present study was to perform a sensory evaluation of beef patties inoculated with strains of C. maltaromaticum with potential as biopreservatives. Three different strains of C. maltaromaticum (CM_824, CM_827 and CM_829) isolated from vacuum packaged beef with long shelf life were selected for this study. An untrained panel was requested to make a sensory evaluation of raw and cooked beef patties 8 and 10 days after inoculation with the selected strains at 104 and 106 UFC/g and storage in high O2 atmosphere. This preliminary study permitted to evaluate the effect of three C. maltaromaticum strains on the sensory quality of beef patties. Strain CM_827 did practically not change the sensory attributes of beef patties. Samples inoculated with strain CM_824 and CM_829 received the worst scores for several of the tested descriptors. Therefore, further research on the biopreservative capacity of C. maltaromaticum should be conducted with strain CM_827. [less ▲]

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See detailModelling of the Nonlinear End-Systolic Pressure-Volume Relation and Volume-at-Zero-Pressure in Porcine Experiments
Davidson, Shaun M.; Kannangara, D. Oliver; Pretty, Christopher G. et al

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The End-Systolic Pressure-Volume Relation (ESPVR) is generally modelled as a linear relationship between P and V as cardiac reflexes, such as the baroreflex, are typically suppressed in experiments ... [more ▼]

The End-Systolic Pressure-Volume Relation (ESPVR) is generally modelled as a linear relationship between P and V as cardiac reflexes, such as the baroreflex, are typically suppressed in experiments. However, ESPVR has been observed to behave in a curvilinear fashion when cardiac reflexes are not supressed, suggesting the curvilinear function may be more clinically appropriate. Data was gathered from 41 vena cava occlusion manoeuvres performed experimentally at a variety of PEEPs across 6 porcine specimens, and ESPVR determined for each pig. An exponential model of ESPVR was found to provide a higher correlation coefficient than a linear model in 6 out of 7 cases, and a lower Akaike Information Criterion (AIC) value in all cases. Further, the exponential ESPVR provided positive V0 values in a physiological range in6 out of 7 cases analysed, while the linear ESPVR produced positive V0 values in only 3 out of 7 cases, suggesting linear extrapolation of ESPVR to determine V0 may be flawed. [less ▲]

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See detailEffects of Music and Language Expertise on the Implicit Learning of Musical and Linguistic Structures?
Larrouy, Pauline ULg; DeChristen, Eleonore; Kolinsky, Régine

Poster (2015, August)

1. Background The cognitive consequences of music and language expertise are rarely compared. Recently, we observed different profiles in music and language experts in implicit learning of linguistic ... [more ▼]

1. Background The cognitive consequences of music and language expertise are rarely compared. Recently, we observed different profiles in music and language experts in implicit learning of linguistic structures of sung material (Larrouy-Maestri, Leybaert, & Kolinsky, 2013), with music experts performing better. Yet, as the language experts were speech therapists, this could reflect their formal, late language training. 2. Aims We aimed at comparing informal vs. formal language training and at examining the effect of dual expertise (in music and language) on the implicit statistical learning of musical and linguistic structures. We therefore used the sung material of Larrouy-Maestri et al. (2013) and tested the ability of music and/or language experts as well as of dual experts to implicitly learn the linguistic and/or musical structure of this material. 3. Method 14 music experts, 14 bi- or multi-linguals and 8 dual experts (bi- or multi-linguals also experts in music) were asked to listen attentively to 7.30 min of a continuous stream made out of 6 trisyllabic nonsense “words” sung on 6 three-tone melodies. Each “word” (defined by transitional probabilities) carried its specific melody, as melodic and linguistic transitional probabilities were congruent. A two-alternative forced-choice required choosing between “words” and “partwords”, either spoken (in the linguistic test) or instrumental (in the music test) was used to test participants’ learning of the linguistic or melodic structure. 4. Results Expertise modulated performance in the linguistic test when including the speech-therapists of our previous study (F(3, 49) = 5.92, p = .002, η2 = 0.28), who performed the worst. In the musical test, there was no significant group effect (p = .25), but one-sample t-tests showed that only the dual experts performed above chance, with 62.5% correct (p < .01). 5. Conclusions Whereas informal language training and music expertise lead to similar abilities to implicitly learn linguistic - but not musical - structure, this was not the case of formal language expertise. The combination of music and informal language expertise led to a particular profile, i.e., to the ability to learn simultaneously the musical and linguistic structures of sung material. [less ▲]

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See detailReduced Order Modeling Techniques in Experimental Dynamic Substructuring
Roettgen, Dan; Dossogne, Tilàn ULg; Seeger, Benjamin et al

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See detailMathematical modeling of extracorporeal CO2 removal
Habran, Simon ULg; Dauby, Pierre ULg; Desaive, Thomas ULg et al

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Extra¬cor¬poreal CO2 removal devices (ECCO2R) can be used in clinics to decarboxylate blood externally for patients suffering from pulmonary insufficiencies like acute respiratory distress syndrome. In ... [more ▼]

Extra¬cor¬poreal CO2 removal devices (ECCO2R) can be used in clinics to decarboxylate blood externally for patients suffering from pulmonary insufficiencies like acute respiratory distress syndrome. In this work, a model of the respiratory system coupled with such a device is proposed to analyze the decrease of CO2 partial pressure in blood as a function of blood flow through the device. This model provides a mathematical tool which could help clinicians to choose the optimal settings of ECCO2R. [less ▲]

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See detailHow novice and expert drivers adjust their driving behavior when they feel drowsy?
Berastegui, Pierre ULg; Piette, Christine; François, Clémentine ULg et al

Poster (2015, July 29)

This paper aims to explore adaptive behaviors developed by drivers to prevent drowsiness. Specifically, we postulate that driving expertise is associated with better drowsiness awareness, allowing experts ... [more ▼]

This paper aims to explore adaptive behaviors developed by drivers to prevent drowsiness. Specifically, we postulate that driving expertise is associated with better drowsiness awareness, allowing experts to adequately adjust their driving behaviors when they feel drowsy. The present study was carried on a high-fidelity driving simulator coupled with an innovative system allowing objective sleepiness assessment based on EEG and Eye-tracking data. The Karolinska Sleepiness Scale was used to evaluate subjective drowsiness. The ratio between objective and subjective assessments gave an indicator of drowsiness awareness. Standard Deviation of Lateral Position (SDLP) was used as a measure of performance while driving speed and ocular fixations were recorded in order to highlight adaptive behaviors. 16 subjects were recruited from general population and categorized in two groups of expertise based on the Belgian Institute for Road Safety’s criteria. Our results show that expert drivers show better drowsiness awareness than novices and mobilize speed increasing and vigilance reallocation strategies to maintain satisfactory level of drowsiness. [less ▲]

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See detailProbing the conformational changes during desolvation of ions using orthogonal mobility methods (CE-IMS)
Far, Johann ULg; Kune, Christopher ULg; Delvaux, Cédric ULg et al

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The transfer of ions from the solution to the gas phase is a critical step to produce « native species ». Coming from a highly solvating medium, ionic species will tend to find a new equilibrium ... [more ▼]

The transfer of ions from the solution to the gas phase is a critical step to produce « native species ». Coming from a highly solvating medium, ionic species will tend to find a new equilibrium conformation in the gas phase. The pathway to reach the thermodynamically stable conformation involves crossing potential barriers of different heights. When these barriers are too high compared to the internal energy of the ions, it will result in “partial memories” (as structural preservation) of the conformation in solution. In order to evaluate the effect of the solvent evaporation and of the various collision processes encountered by the ions in the mass spectrometer, we developed two strategies: The first strategy consists in comparing in a single experiment the shape of the ions in solution and in the gas phase. Data are obtained by coupling capillary electrophoresis with Ion Mobility Mass Spectrometry. Drift times in solution and in the gas phase are directly compared. Deviations from their correlation points out changes in folding upon desolvatation. Preliminary results show that among peptides issued from tryptic digest of BSA some of them clearly change their conformation during desolvatation. The second strategy consists in probing changes of conformation once the ions are in the gas phase. The ions are rapidly heating by collisions ions during their transfer to the IMS. The heating is obtained by increasing their collision energy, rapidly followed by thermalisation in the IMS cell. The ions may be kinetically trapped in their new conformations. This allows comparing barriers between different ions geometries. In summary this work intends to evaluate the extent of conformational “memory” of the ions of different nature for best experimental condition allowing “native mass spectrometry” [less ▲]

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See detailClostridium difficile, a new zoonotic agent. Characterization and relatedness of C. difficile strains isolated from animals, food and humans in Belgium
Rodriguez Diaz, Cristina ULg

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Introduction: Clostridium difficile is an anaerobic spore-forming bacterium recognised as a major cause of nosocomial colitis and antibiotic associated diarrhea. Over the past few years, several studies ... [more ▼]

Introduction: Clostridium difficile is an anaerobic spore-forming bacterium recognised as a major cause of nosocomial colitis and antibiotic associated diarrhea. Over the past few years, several studies have focused on the possible role of animals and food as contamination routes for human C. difficile infections. Purpose: The aim of this study was to isolate and compare the C. difficile strains circulating in animals, food and humans in Belgium. Methods: Faecal samples of newborn pigs and calves were collected from breeding farms. Intestinal contents and carcasses samples were collected from cattle and pigs at slaughterhouse. Raw meat was obtained from the retail trade. Horse faecal samples were collected from hospitalized animals. Human C. difficile isolates were obtained from care home residents and hospitalized patients. C. difficile strains were compared with respect to the toxin gene profile, PCR-ribotyping, antimicrobial activity, multilocus sequence typing (MLST) and multiple-locus variable number tandem repeat analysis (MLVA). A neighbourd-joining phylogenetic three was constructed in order to determine the correlation between human, animal and food isolates. Results: A total of 127 isolates belonging to 32 different PCR-ribotypes were collected. The PCR-ribotypes most prevalent in terms of number of isolates were 078, 014 and 027. For a given PCR-ribotype, strains presented a similar susceptibility to the antimicrobials tested, irrespective of the isolation source. Phylogenetic analysis showed that human, meat and animal isolates with the same PCR-ribotype cluster in the same lineage. Significance: The overlap between strains from animal, food and human origins suggest a potential risk of interspecies and foodborne transmission. [less ▲]

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

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See detailIdentification of VZV ORF9p potential cellular partners that could be important for the viral egress.
Lebrun, Marielle ULg; riva, laura; Rambout, Xavier ULg et al

Poster (2015, July 26)

ORF9p (homologous to HSV-1 VP22) is a VZV tegument protein essential for the viral replication. During the lytic cycle it is the mostly expressed gene. We have recently demonstrated that it is a substrate ... [more ▼]

ORF9p (homologous to HSV-1 VP22) is a VZV tegument protein essential for the viral replication. During the lytic cycle it is the mostly expressed gene. We have recently demonstrated that it is a substrate of the viral kinase ORF47p and that its ORF47p-dependent phosphorylation is important for the secondary envelopment process. We also have identified an acidic cluster (AC) within the protein that is important for its correct localization in the infected cells and for the interaction with ORF47p. The recombinant VZV expressing ORF9p-ΔAC presents an accumulation of capsids in the perinuclear space. ORF9p seems then to play an important role in several steps of the egress process. In this context, we sought to identify cellular partners of ORF9p that might be important for these functions. We performed a yeast two hybrid screen against the human ORFeome 5.1. and picked out 44 candidates among which 5 proteins playing roles in membrane organization and targeting. We currently are trying to confirm these interactions in infected cells and to assess the role of these interactions for the viral lytic cycle. [less ▲]

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See detailExploratory study of narratives in children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder
Boulard, Aurore ULg; Pignatiello, Laure ULg; Leclercq, Cédric

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See detailCombining mindfulness and ACT to learn how to manage emotions and to engage in valued activities: Assessment of the feasibility of a training group and its efficiency
Wagener, Aurélie ULg; Dierickx, Christophe; Blairy, Sylvie ULg

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BACKGROUND Managing painful emotions could be an issue for a lot of adults. Indeed, learning how to manage painful emotions is an often-requested demand in psychotherapy. Mindfulness-based programs and ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND Managing painful emotions could be an issue for a lot of adults. Indeed, learning how to manage painful emotions is an often-requested demand in psychotherapy. Mindfulness-based programs and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) offer useful tools which aim to guide in this learning process. ACT also provide guidelines to engage in valued activities. In order to help community adults to manage their painful emotions and to engage themselves in valued activities, we offer training group cycles combining tools of mindfulness-based programs and ACT. This study aims to assess the feasibility of such training groups and their efficiency. METHODS A longitudinal design with three assessment-times (T0, T1 and T2) is employed. Participants to the training group attend to three three-hours training sessions on a six-weeks period. They are assessed before the training sessions (T0), directly after (T1) and at three-months follow-up (T2). Questionnaires assess these variables: sociodemographic data, mood, mindfulness, psychological flexibility, cognitive coping strategies and behavioural activation. Student t tests for paired samples are conducted. RESULTS Fifty-four adults participated to four training cycles (the cycles are all identical). Until now, 28 participants (21 women) completed the T0 and the T1 (mean age = 41.43, SD = 11.83). Student t test indicate a significant decrease of depression (t(25) = 4.53, p < 0,001), anxiety (t(25) = 6.23, p < 0.001) and non-adaptive cognitive coping strategies (t(24) = 3.76, p < 0.001). Student t test also indicate a significant increase in mindfulness (t(26) = -3.87, p < 0.001), psychological flexibility (t(26)) = -5.48, p < 0.001) and behavioural activation (t(26) = -4.86, p < 0.001). DISCUSSION Preliminary results indicate the feasibility of training groups combining tools of mindfulness-based programs and ACT. Results show a decrease in several variables (depression, anxiety and non-adaptive cognitive coping strategies) and an increase in other variables (mindfulness, psychological flexibility and behavioural activation). These results seem to indicate that participants benefit from the training groups. Data collection is still ongoing and a control group (waiting-list) is currently being composed. Results and clinical implications will be further discussed during the congress. [less ▲]

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See detailMetabolomics analysis of Galium odoratum (L.) Scop.: impact of the plant population origin and growth conditions.
Ledoux, Allison ULg; Martin, Bertrand; De Tullio, Pascal ULg et al

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Galium odoratum is a plant used in traditional medicine and to prepare beverages. This work aimed at studying the impact of plant origin and growth conditions on the metabolite content of the plant ... [more ▼]

Galium odoratum is a plant used in traditional medicine and to prepare beverages. This work aimed at studying the impact of plant origin and growth conditions on the metabolite content of the plant. Material and methods- Aerial biomass of Galium odoratum was collected from five natural populations (in situ conditions) and from controlled environment (ex situ conditions). Results- Quantitative analysis of selected phytochemicals including phenylpropranoids and iridoids showed clear differences between the plants from nature and those of controlled growth conditions as well as internal variation within the group. The metabolomic approach emphasized the decrease of the secondary metabolites pool paralleled by an increase of the carbohydrates in ex situ conditions. Conclusion- Metabolomics approaches using 1H-NMR and HPLC is worth to consider for studying the impact of climate factors on the regulation of the phytochemical profile in relation to the origin of the plant material. [less ▲]

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See detailDevelopmental profiles of GFAP-positive astrocytes in sheep cerebellum
Salouci, Moustafa ULg; Antoine, Nadine ULg; Shikh Al Sook, Mohamad Khir ULg et al

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Astroglial cells make up the largest glial population in the brain and play a variety of vital functions in the development of the CNS. Defects in the development of these cells may induce various ... [more ▼]

Astroglial cells make up the largest glial population in the brain and play a variety of vital functions in the development of the CNS. Defects in the development of these cells may induce various neurodegenerative disorders and result in neural disease. The aim of this study is to investigate the normal development of astrocytes in sheep in various zones of the cerebellum during the different stages of gestation. 19 ovine fetuses, one lamb in the first postnatal week and three adult sheep. Sections of the cerebellum were embedded in paraffin and processed for immunohistochemistry for GFAP. The current study indicates that the first appearance of astrocytes occurs around the 8th week of gestation from restricted zones in the cerebellum. Bergmann cells were present around the 15th week of gestation. Our findings suggest that the maturation of astrocytes begins in the caudal parts of the cerebellum from their initial ventral regions to dorsal regions radially within the white matter followed by the more rostral parts of the cerebellum and that the astrocytes proliferate in the vermis before the cerebellar hemispheres. Our study provide a bases for future studies focusing on the pathological changes in the CNS of both human and sheep. [less ▲]

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See detailIsolation and identification of potential antimalarial compounds from endemic plants of Reunion Island
Bordignon, Annélise ULg; Cieckiewicz, Ewa ULg; Jansen, Olivia ULg et al

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Malaria is known as the most important parasitic disease around the world with 584 000 malaria deaths worldwide in 2013 [1]. Due to the problem of increased parasite resistance, natural products from ... [more ▼]

Malaria is known as the most important parasitic disease around the world with 584 000 malaria deaths worldwide in 2013 [1]. Due to the problem of increased parasite resistance, natural products from endemic plants of Reunion Island, hot spot of promising biodiversity, could represent an important source of new antimalarial drugs. The aim of this thesis research focuses on the evaluation of potential antiplasmodial activity of medicinal plants from Reunion Island. A global screening of plants extracts from Reunion Island was performed on Plasmodium falciparum 3D7 chloroquine-sensitive strain revealed by colorimetric method as described in previous reports [2]. Monimia rotundifolia was then selected due to its promising in vitro activity against Plasmodium. Bioguided fractionation was realized using Prep HPLC techniques and led to the isolation of aporphine-type alkaloids from Monimia rotundifolia leaves dichloromethane extract. Further investigations are in process to confirm the antiplasmodial activities of these alkaloids and to determine their structures. References: [1] WHO, World Malaria report 2014. [2] Jansen O. et al., Evaluation of 13 selected medicinal plants from Burkina Faso for their antiplasmodial properties. J Ethnopharmacol 2010, 130:143-150. [less ▲]

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See detailEarly Carboniferous events along the north-eastern Gondwanan margin: an example from the Mobarak Formation of the Central Alborz Mountains, Northern Iran.
Sardar Abadi, Mehrdad ULg; Da Silva, Anne-Christine ULg; Poty, Edouard ULg et al

Poster (2015, July 14)

The transition from the Late Devonian to the Early Carboniferous was marked by tectonic events, environmental change and global oceanic biological turnover that influenced sedimentary regimes. The end ... [more ▼]

The transition from the Late Devonian to the Early Carboniferous was marked by tectonic events, environmental change and global oceanic biological turnover that influenced sedimentary regimes. The end-Devonian faunal extinction event, for example, eliminated most of the reef building taxa, which, coupled with an increasing rate of subsidence in response to the opening of the Paleo–Tethys and a sea-ward shift of carbonate factories during the Lower Carboniferous, led to the formation of extensive carbonate ramp platforms along the Laurasian and Gondwanan margins. This development has already been reported from the western Gondwanan and southern Laurasian margins but not from northern to north-eastern Gondwanan margin yet. We aim to improve the knowledge on the main factors controlling the development and growth of carbonate ramps during the Lower Carboniferous by examining the Alborz basin along the northern margin of Gondwana. The Lower Carboniferous Mobarak Formation records the development of a storm-sensitive pervasive carbonate factory on the southern Paleo-Tethys passive margin following the opening of the Paleo-Tethys Ocean into the Alborz basin along the northern margin of Gondwana. Four outcrops in the central Alborz Mountains were studied: the Jaban, Aroo, Shahmirzad and Labnesar sections. Four events have been described as the principal factors controlling carbonate platform evolution in the Lower Carboniferous: (1) A transgression linked to global temperature rise in the Early Tournaisian (Middle Hastarain) resulted in the formation of thick-bedded argillaceous limestones. This interval is represented by massive beds of dark mudstones–wackestones to packstones that laterally interfinger with finely laminated limestones, and with bed thickness ranging on the centimeter to meter scale. This interval correlates with Lower Tournaisian nodular to argillaceous limestones of the Moravia Basin (Czech Republic), the Rhenish Slate Mountains (Poland) and the Dinant Basin (Belgium). (2) Late Hastarian–Early Ivorian glaciations were identified in Southern Gondwana but had not been evidenced in Northern Gondwana yet. This glaciation regime is recorded through the appearance of inner-ramp channel-form facies in mid– and outer-ramp settings. (3) During Late Ivorian–Early Visean?, a differentiation block faulting regime along the basin’s margin caused uplift of the westernmost parts of the Alborz basin and resulted in a sub-marine collapse in the eastern part of the central basin. This caused vast sub-aerial exposure and brecciation the top of the Mobarak Formation at the Jaban and Aroo sections. The sub-marine collapse was recorded through the occurrence of Zoophycos bearing fine-grained limestones in the top of the Labnesar and Shahmirzad sections. (4) Tectonic activity that coincided with considerable and abrupt sea level falls as an indirect consequence of the Viséan and Serpukhovian glaciations phases. This progressive sea level drop led to the stagnation of the carbonate factory, which is expressed as an erosional surface at the top of the Mobarak Formation. [less ▲]

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See detailDevelopment of a simple approach for ultrasensitive detection of bisphenols by multiplexed surface enhanced Raman scattering
De Bleye, Charlotte ULg; Dumont, Elodie ULg; Netchacovitch, Lauranne ULg et al

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A very simple, cheap and fast SERS method using functionalized silver nanoparticles was developed to detect bisphenols. This method was applied for the semi-quantitative detection of bisphenol A (BPA ... [more ▼]

A very simple, cheap and fast SERS method using functionalized silver nanoparticles was developed to detect bisphenols. This method was applied for the semi-quantitative detection of bisphenol A (BPA), bisphenol B (BPB) and bisphenol F (BPF) separately. Afterwards, a feasibility study of performing a multiplex SERS detection of BPA, BPB and BPF was successfully carried out. Finally, this developed method was applied on real samples which were solutions comprising cash receipts collected from different stores. [less ▲]

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See detailSmall Heat Shock Proteins (sHSPs), specific markers of exercise-induced muscle damage
Hody, Stéphanie ULg; Simonet, Arnaud ULg; Lacrosse, Zoé ULg et al

Poster (2015, July 12)

Unaccustomed eccentric (ECC) exercise may cause exercise-induced muscle damage (EIMD) whereas repeating submaximal ECC sessions is known to prevent this damage. The present study aimed to better ... [more ▼]

Unaccustomed eccentric (ECC) exercise may cause exercise-induced muscle damage (EIMD) whereas repeating submaximal ECC sessions is known to prevent this damage. The present study aimed to better understand the molecular mechanisms underlying EIMD and subsequent adaptation. C57BL adult mice were submitted to different treadmill running protocols: IEE (intense ECC exercise), ET (ECC training), CT (concentric training), LT (level training), ET+IEE, CT+IEE. A 2D-DIGE proteomic analysis on mouse quadriceps muscles revealed that HSP25 and alpha-crystallin B chain were significantly more abundant in IEE, CT+IEE, ET+IEE and ET groups compared to unexercised mice. Interestingly, immunofluorescence analysis highlighted that all damaged fibers also showed positive staining for sHSPs. In contrast, sHSPs+ fibers are not necessarily damaged, suggesting that the sHSPs response precedes increased sarcolemma permeability. Our data demonstrate that ECC exercise specifically increases sHSPs expression which may represent an early marker of damage and/or adaptation of the muscle fibers to ECC contraction. [less ▲]

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See detailOpen pits or deep mines used for Underground Pumped Storage Hydroelectricity (UPSH): impacts on groundwater exchanges
Pujades, Estanislao ULg; Willems, Thibault ULg; Orban, Philippe ULg et al

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UPSH using abandoned works is an attractive alternative to improve the efficiency of power plants, which cannot regulate the amount of electricity generated according to the demand (wind, solar or nuclear ... [more ▼]

UPSH using abandoned works is an attractive alternative to improve the efficiency of power plants, which cannot regulate the amount of electricity generated according to the demand (wind, solar or nuclear). UPSH plants can store (pumping water from an underground to an upper reservoir) or produce energy (releasing water from an upper to an underground reservoir) during the low or high demand periods. However, it is mandatory to determine 1) the impacts caused on aquifers and 2) the role played by the aquifer characteristics in order to assess the suitability of UPSH plants. Numerical simulations are developed in order to ascertain the groundwater flow impacts and the variables involved in the process. Given the earlier stages of our study, results are obtained considering regular pumping-injection cycles and simplifying the shape of the mine/open pit. The most noticeable effect consists in an oscillation of the groundwater. The hydraulic head around which groundwater oscillates, the magnitude of the oscillations and the time to achieve a pseudo-steady state (magnitude and head reached during oscillations do not vary anymore with time) depend on the boundaries, the parameters of the aquifer and the characteristics of the underground reservoir. [less ▲]

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See detailControlled clinical trial of repeated left prefrontal transcranial direct current stimulation in patients with chronic minimally conscious state
Thibaut, Aurore ULg

Poster (2015, July 08)

Thibaut A., Bruno MA., Wannez S., Donneau AF., Martial C., Chatelle C., Laureys S. Background: A recent study showed that single-session anodal transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) applied to ... [more ▼]

Thibaut A., Bruno MA., Wannez S., Donneau AF., Martial C., Chatelle C., Laureys S. Background: A recent study showed that single-session anodal transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) applied to the left dorsolateral prefrontal cortex (LDLPF) transiently improves consciousness in 43% of patients in minimally conscious state (MCS) (1). We here test the potential effects and safety of repeated tDCS in severely brain-damaged patients with MCS. Methods: In this double-blind cross-over sham-controlled experimental design, we delivered two sessions of repeated (5 days of stimulation) tDCS, either anodal or sham in a randomized order. We stimulated the LDLPF cortex (Figure 1) during twenty minutes in 20 MCS patients (12 men, aged 48±16 years, time since onset 78±95 months, 12 post-traumatic). Consciousness was assessed by the French adaptation of the Coma Recovery Scale Revised (CRS-R; 2) before and after each stimulation (Figure 2). Results: A treatment effect was observed for the comparison between CRS-R total scores at baseline and after 5 days of real tDCS (p<0.01). Behaviorally, 10/20 patients showed a tDCS- related improvement; 5 patients responded after the first stimulation and 5 other patients responded after 2, 3 or 4 days of stimulation (Figure 3). No side effect (e.g. epilepsy, sign of pain, drowsiness) was reported. Conclusion: Our results demonstrate that repeated (5 days) anodal LDLPF tDCS is safe and might improve signs of consciousness in about half of patients in MCS. It is important to note that the first session is not predictive for a future positive effect of the efficacy of the non-invasive electrical stimulation. References: 1. Thibaut A, Bruno MA, Ledoux D, Demertzi A, Laureys S. tDCS in patients with disorders of consciousness: sham-controlled randomized double-blind study. Neurology. 2014 Apr 1;82(13): p. 1112-8. 2. Schnakers C, Majerus S, Giacino J, Vanhandenhuyse A, Bruno MA, Boly M, Moonen G, Damas P, Lambermont B, Lamy M, Damas F, Ventura M, Laureys S. A French validation study of the Coma Recovery Scale-Revised (CRS-R). Brain Injury. 2008 Sep ;22(10): p. 786-92. [less ▲]

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See detailPoly(ionic liquid)s-based nanogels via controlled radical cross-linking copolymerization
Weiss-Maurin, Mathilde ULg; Taton, Daniel; Detrembleur, Christophe ULg

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Cobalt-Mediated Radical Polymerization (CMRP) is one of the most efficient techniques to form sequenced copolymers between monomers of very different reactivities(e.g. vinyl acetate and acrylonitrile ... [more ▼]

Cobalt-Mediated Radical Polymerization (CMRP) is one of the most efficient techniques to form sequenced copolymers between monomers of very different reactivities(e.g. vinyl acetate and acrylonitrile). CMRP is used here to synthesize nanogels of vinylic ionic liquid monomers using different concentrations of cross-linking agent (here, divinyl imidazolium). The aim is to determine the difference in structure of the nanogels, in order to use them for the preparation of star-like and/or core-shell structures. [less ▲]

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See detailMethane distributions and sea-to-air fluxes in the South China Sea and the West Philippines Sea
Tseng; Chen; Borges, Alberto ULg et al

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See detailPhoto- and thermo-reversible crosslinked recyclable shape memory materials
Defize, Thomas ULg; Riva, Raphaël ULg; Thomassin, Jean-Michel ULg et al

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Shape memory polymers (SMPs) are remarkable materials able to switch from a stressed deformed state (temporary shape) to their initial relaxed state (permanent shape) by the application of a stimulus ... [more ▼]

Shape memory polymers (SMPs) are remarkable materials able to switch from a stressed deformed state (temporary shape) to their initial relaxed state (permanent shape) by the application of a stimulus; such as heat or light. Typically; the shape memory property is generally observed for chemically or physically cross-linked polymers that exhibit an elastomeric behavior above a phase transition; e.g. glass or melting transition. As an example; cross-linked semi-crystalline poly(ε-caprolactone) (PCL) is widely studied for the development of SMPs. As most of SMPs are irreversibly cross-linked material; their reprocessing is impossible preventing any recycling. Thereby; reversible reactions; allowing the formation/cleavage of the network; raise tremendous interest for the development of new SMPs. Recently, we reported the preparation reversibly cross-linked PCL-based SMP using the Diels-Alder (DA) reaction between furan and maleimide end-groups of 4-arm star-shaped PCL, well-known to create reversible bonds. After implementation, this shape memory material was demonstrated to be recyclable, and was characterized by excellent fixity and recovery before and after recycling experiments. However, the relatively low retro DA temperature of the furan-maleimide adducts led to an inelastic deformation during shape memory tensile cycles. In order to get rid of this drawback, an alternative approach was investigated. The substitution of the DA reaction by a photo-reversible reaction, typically the photo-induced (2+2) cycloaddition of coumarins, was proposed to prepare cross-linked PCL matrix presenting one-way and two-way memory properties, since photolabile adducts are supposed to be stable during shape memory tensile cycles. [less ▲]

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See detailMechanisms of cell fate specification by the ARP/ASCL factors in the zebrafish digestive system
Stern, David ULg

Poster (2015, July 01)

Recently, we discovered that pancreatic endocrine cell fate in zebrafish is not controlled by Neurog3 like in mouse but by a couple of ARP/Ascl factors, Ascl1b and Neurod1. Furthermore, we identified ... [more ▼]

Recently, we discovered that pancreatic endocrine cell fate in zebrafish is not controlled by Neurog3 like in mouse but by a couple of ARP/Ascl factors, Ascl1b and Neurod1. Furthermore, we identified Ascl1a as the cell fate determinant of the secretory lineage in the zebrafish intestine while this function is fulfilled by Atoh1 in the murine intestine. These data highlighted a striking diversity in the ARP/Ascl factors involved in the determination and differentiation of the endocrine cells and showed that the choice of these factors depends not only on the organ considered but also on the species. The next question was to understand this diversity and determine whether these ARP/Ascl factors are interchangeable. We first test whether expression of Atoh1 could rescue the loss of secretory cells in the gut of the pia/ascl1a mutant by using the inducible transgenic lines Tg(hsp70:atoh1a) or Tg(Hsp70:atoh1b-Myc). We found that both lines can rescue efficiently the loss of secretory cells in the gut of the pia/ascl1a mutant. Furthermore, this rescue can be also obtained using two others ARP/ASCL factors, namely neurod1 or Ascl1b, suggesting that all these ARP/Ascl factors are interchangeable. However, the phenotype of the rescued embryos is slightly different from wild type embryos as they display an excess of goblet cells and a reduced number of enteroendocrine cells and we are currently investigating the reasons of such difference. Interestingly, we also found that the overexpression of Atho1 factors leads to ectopic endocrine cells in the liver and the anterior endoderm and the characterization of these ectopic cells will give insights about the mechanism of cell specification by the ARP/ASCL factors. [less ▲]

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See detailTowards precision β-decay measurements with laser cooled 35Ar
Glover, Rohan ULg; Lenaers, Florence ULg; Velten, Philippe et al

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See detail« 11bouge » website: Principles of the designers and opinions of the practitioners
Andris, Morgane ULg; Pauly, Aurore; Mouton, Alexandre ULg et al

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See detailEvaluation of phosphorus bioavailability according to the soil organic matter content
Barbieux, Sophie ULg; Colinet, Gilles ULg

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Phosphorus (P) is an essential nutrient for plants. The organic matter contains significant amounts of P which can be mineralized and supply soil solution. We hypothesize that increasing P organic pools ... [more ▼]

Phosphorus (P) is an essential nutrient for plants. The organic matter contains significant amounts of P which can be mineralized and supply soil solution. We hypothesize that increasing P organic pools in soils is a way to improve its progressive release for plants and alleviate risks of immobilization in mineral forms. The main objective of this study is to evaluate the P bioavailability and its uptake by plants according to the soil organic matter (SOM) content. The experimental protocol is based on a micro-culture in pots. The test-plant used is ryegrass (Lolium perenne L.). Eight silty soils were selected from vegetable gardens (5) and from a long-term fertilization trial on field (3). They present a gradient of SOM (from 2 to 9 %) and available P content (from 5 to 55 mg/100g). Plants were first grown in pure sand and P-free Hoagland nutritive solution. Ten days after plant emergence, roots were brought into contact with the studied soil during about one month. The experiment was stopped after three harvests (every 10 days) and three growth cycles. At the end of the experimentation, analyses were performed on plant material (biomass, P content) and on soil (soluble P, available P, microbial P, pH, phosphatase activity, hot water carbon, nitrate). Besides this study, an incubation experiment was carried out with the same soils without plant to assess soil P status at each harvest time. Paper will present the main findings of the experiment. Especially, the following issues should find answers: (1) do higher levels of SOM and organic phosphorus modify the evolution of P content in soil solution and its uptake by plants?, (2) are the biological processes involved in P cycling promoted in soils with higher SOM content? [less ▲]

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See detailNew asteroseismic analysis of the subdwarf B pulsator PG 1219+534
Péters, M.-J.; Van Grootel, Valérie ULg; Dupret, Marc-Antoine ULg et al

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

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

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

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See detailLand erosion and associated evolution of clay minerals assemblages in Mediterranean region (Southern Turkey): Amik Lake
El Ouahabi, Meriam ULg; Hubert, Aurelia ULg; Lebeau, Helene et al

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Under Mediterranean context, continuous human occupation is attested in the Amik Basin (southern Turkey) since 6000-7000 BC. The Basin also is crossed by The Dead Sea Fault (DSF), a major neotectonic ... [more ▼]

Under Mediterranean context, continuous human occupation is attested in the Amik Basin (southern Turkey) since 6000-7000 BC. The Basin also is crossed by The Dead Sea Fault (DSF), a major neotectonic structure in the Middle East extending from the Red Sea in the south to the East Anatolian Fault Zone in the north. The study focuses on the mineralogy and clay mineralogy record of the Amik Lake occupying the central part of the Basin. Our objective is to constrain major mineralogical and clay minerals evolution in the area over the last 4000 years and assess changes that would be related to the different land uses during the different Bronze, Roman, Ottoman and Modern civilizations. Sediments were collected at 1 to 2 cm intervals in core sediments up to a depth of 6 meters in the clay deposits. Geochemistry (XRF), mineralogy (XRD) and clay mineralogy are applied to study the sediment records. The age of the record is constrained combining radionuclide and radiocarbon dating. Chemical and mineralogical composition of sediments is quite diversified reflecting the significant geological variation of drainage basins. Abundant mixed-layer and partly disordered minerals characterize the different sedimentary levels recorded in those cores. Levels relatively rich in chlorite, illite and quartz are interpreted as corresponding to relatively dry periods, while more humid periods lead to more intensive weathering and consequently to the dominance of clay minerals more advanced in the relative stability scale, such as kaolinite. Smectite is taken to indicate a climate with contrasting seasons and a pronounced dry season. The sedimentary record clearly shows two periods indicating strong soil erosion in the Lake catchment. The most recent erosion phase is modern. The oldest one would have started during the late Bronze period and lasted until the late Roman Period. The first and older period is attributed to a strong aggradation linked to major increase in erosion. Our study shows that this episode has specific characteristics: mixed-layer clay mineral, high percent in Ni, Cr and Mg coupled with significant amount of organic matter of terrestrial origin. Ni and Mg most probably come from the Amanos Mountains an ophiolitic belt indicating an intensive upland cultivation and possible exploitation of its mineral resource. The second period is attributed to the modern period. The signature of the increase in erosion is different, because most of the soil cover has already been eroded. Only a patchy thin and unmature soil cover exists since the Late Roman time. Erosion is associated with a marked increase of smectite-illite interstratified clay, goethite and hematite found in deep soil horizons. Moreover, a marked increase in Cr is showed and is probably related to an enhanced exploitation of its mineral resource and to a renew land exploitation of the Amanos Mountain Range. [less ▲]

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See detailDevelopment of quantification methods applied to HSS alloys for carbides volume fraction and grain size assessments
Tchuindjang, Jérôme Tchoufack ULg; Paydas, Hakan ULg; Hashemi, Seyedeh Neda ULg et al

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High speed steels (HSS) are used in applications where enhanced mechanical properties together with hot oxidation and wear resistances are required. Such an improved physico-chemical behaviour is mainly ... [more ▼]

High speed steels (HSS) are used in applications where enhanced mechanical properties together with hot oxidation and wear resistances are required. Such an improved physico-chemical behaviour is mainly due to the presence of primary carbides within the microstructure. Depending of the initial chemical composition several types of carbides can precipitate in HSS such as MC (Nb and V-rich), M2C (Mo and W-rich), Cr-rich M7C3, etc. Two groups of HSS were analysed in this study, which are the so-called cast HSS grades that are manufactured by a centrifugal casting process and the cladded HSS manufactured by laser cladding. Purpose: Quantify the carbide volume fractions and the grain size within HSS grades in order to set correlations between the microstructure and both the mechanical and the tribological properties of the materials. Findings: The metallurgical features such as carbides nature and shape have been determined that are related to the manufacturing process of the studied material, and several methods have been used to quantify the carbide volume fractions and to assess the grain size. [less ▲]

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See detailDriving Pulsation Modes in Models of the Two Pre-ELM Helium-Core White Dwarfs WASP 0247-25B and WASP 1628+10B
Van Grootel, Valérie ULg; Fontaine, G.; Brassard, P. et al

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Multi-periodic pulsations have recently been detected in two pre-extremely low mass (pre- ELM) helium-core white dwarfs as reported in Maxted et al. (2013, Nature, 498, 463) and Maxted et al. (2014, MNRAS ... [more ▼]

Multi-periodic pulsations have recently been detected in two pre-extremely low mass (pre- ELM) helium-core white dwarfs as reported in Maxted et al. (2013, Nature, 498, 463) and Maxted et al. (2014, MNRAS, 444, 208). As such, they define a new class of pulsating stars in the HR diagram. Both objects are the secondary components in eclipsing close binaries, with solar-type main sequence stars as primaries. They are believed to be the remnants of former red giant stars stripped down of most of their mass through an active phase of binary evolution. The first of those is WASP 0247-25B, characterized by M = 0.186 ± 0.002 Mʘ, log g = 4.576 ± 0.011, and Teff = 11,380 ± 400 K (Maxted et al. 2013). Three pulsation modes have been detected so far, with periods of 381 s, 406 s, and 421 s. The second one, showing two modes with 669 s and 755 s, is WASP 1628+10B, with M = 0.135 ± 0.020 Mʘ, log g = 4.49 ± 0.05, and Teff = 9200 ± 600 K (Maxted et al. 2014). Adiabatic calculations using suitable evolutionary models have been presented in these publications, showing that the pulsation periods correspond to low-degree, mid-order p-mode oscillations (probably including radial modes). The question of the driving mechanism, however, has been left open, and we address that issue here. [less ▲]

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See detailSPECIFICITY OF CLASS I TAGATOSE 1,6-BISPHOSPHATE ALDOLASE ENHANCED TOWARD TAGATOSE 1,6-BISPHOPHATE
Freichels, Régine ULg; Delmarcelle, Michaël ULg; Colarusso, Andrea et al

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Class I tagatose 1,6-bisphosphate aldolase catalyzes the reversible condensation of dihydroxyacetone phosphate and glyceraldehyde 3-phosphate to produce four D-ketohexoses 1,6-bisphosphate: D-tagatose 1,6 ... [more ▼]

Class I tagatose 1,6-bisphosphate aldolase catalyzes the reversible condensation of dihydroxyacetone phosphate and glyceraldehyde 3-phosphate to produce four D-ketohexoses 1,6-bisphosphate: D-tagatose 1,6-bisphosphate, D-fructose 1,6-bisphosphate, D-psicose 1,6-bisphosphate and D-sorbose 1,6-bisphosphate. These four sugars are diastereoisomers and differs from each other in their stereochemistry at carbons 3 and 4. The structure determination of three class I tagatose 1,6-bisphosphate aldolases has afforded new insight into their catalytic mechanism as well as their evolution. However, the determinant(s) that allow(s) the enzyme to be so unspecific at carbon 4 have remains unknown. The aim of this project is focused on the characterization of the structural features of tagatose 1,6-bisphosphate aldolases that determine the specificity of the enzyme towards tagatose versus fructose 1,6-bisphosphate (carbon C4). [less ▲]

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See detailIdentification of the main parameters controlling the plasticity of ceramic pastes: The case study of the Marrakech region (Morocco)
El Boudour El Idrissi, Hicham ULg; Daoudi, Lahcen; Fontaine, François ULg et al

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Numerous traditional ceramic workshops occur within a range of 10 to 80 km around the city of Marrakech. Our study aims to identify the main parameters controlling the plasticity of pastes used by the ... [more ▼]

Numerous traditional ceramic workshops occur within a range of 10 to 80 km around the city of Marrakech. Our study aims to identify the main parameters controlling the plasticity of pastes used by the artisans. To reach this goal, we characterize by X-ray diffraction, granulometry and plasticity index (PI) the local raw clayey material. <br />The investigation of 26 whole pastes shows the dominance of quartz (20 to 50%) and clay minerals (25 to 60%) with K-feldspar (2 to 17%), plagioclase (2 to 25%), calcite (0 to 18%), dolomite (0 to 15%), goethite (0 to7%) and trace of hematite and anhydrite (< 3%). Amphibole occurs in trace (< 5%) but only in some samples. The clay minerals are diversified, including illite (10 to 40%), kaolinite (2 to 15%), mixed-layer (ML) (0 to 10%), smectite, vermiculite and chlorite (0 to 5%), and pyrophyllite-talc association (0 to 8%). Sepiolite (12%) is only present in one paste. The grain size is made by variable proportions of sand (5 to 65%), silt (12 to 53%) and clayey fraction (18 to 66%). <br />The Plasticity index (PI) indicates the presence of two principals groups of pastes. <br />(1) The first group is characterized by PI values ranging between 15 to 18. Their moderate plasticity behavior is related either to the low rate of clayey fraction and/or to the absence of plastic clays like smectites and mixed layer with smectitic sheets. <br />(2) The PI of second group ranges between 20 to 32. The high plasticity values are influenced by the presence of specific clayey minerals like talc-pyrophyllite or sepiolite, or by the high content of smectite plus smectitic mixed-layers within the clayey (< 2 micron) fraction. Only one sample without any of these plastic minerals but with a high content of clayey fraction is characterized by a high PI value (24). <br />We concluded that the workability of ceramic paste in Marrakech region is controlled by a combination of factors, dominated by the grain size distribution and the content in plastic clay minerals within the fine fraction. [less ▲]

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See detailComplex Magnetocapillary Microswimmers
Grosjean, Galien ULg; Vandewalle, Nicolas ULg; Lagubeau, Guillaume ULg et al

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When particles are suspended at air-water interfaces in the presence of a vertical magnetic field, dipole-dipole repulsion competes with capillary attraction. Magnetocapillary self-assemblies, composed of ... [more ▼]

When particles are suspended at air-water interfaces in the presence of a vertical magnetic field, dipole-dipole repulsion competes with capillary attraction. Magnetocapillary self-assemblies, composed of N soft-ferromagnetic beads, have been studied as a way to produce controllable micro swimmers at low Reynolds numbers. We hereby investigate the different dynamical behaviors obtained for various self-assemblies. The dynamic interaction of a pair of particles (N = 2) generates a rich behavior at the origin of a non-reciprocal motion, being the major physical ingredient for low Reynolds locomotion. By adding particles to this elementary system up to N = 8, we create new symmetries relevant to generate translational and rotational motions. We propose a model for describing the motion driven by an external field, being the basis for developing elaborated collective behaviors. [less ▲]

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See detailThe Period-Effective Temperature Relation for DBV White Dwarfs
Fontaine, G.; Van Grootel, Valérie ULg; Bergeron, P. et al

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See detailScreening of medicinal plants from Reunion Island for antimalarial activity
Ledoux, Allison ULg; Bordignon, Annélise ULg; Campos, Pierre-Éric et al

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See detailClose-in planets around sdB stars: A step toward constraining their masses ?
Charpinet, S.; Grandjean, A. H. M. J.; Fontaine, G. et al

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See detailQuasar radio polarizations align with large quasar group major axes
Pelgrims, Vincent ULg; Hutsemekers, Damien ULg

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Using quasar polarizations and a sample of large quasar groups drawn from the SDSS DR7, we showed that at HIGH REDSHIFTS (z ~ 1.5) the spin axis orientations of black holes are correlated to the major ... [more ▼]

Using quasar polarizations and a sample of large quasar groups drawn from the SDSS DR7, we showed that at HIGH REDSHIFTS (z ~ 1.5) the spin axis orientations of black holes are correlated to the major axes of the groups to which they belong. Inside very rich groups the BH spins are aligned with the major axes. When the richness decreases, the spin axes become preferentially perpendicular. [less ▲]

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See detailCan we trust Type Ia Supernovae as cosmological tools? - Critical analysis and alternative processing of SCP Supernovae data
Hauret, Clémentine ULg; Magain, Pierre ULg

Poster (2015, July)

Current processing to standardize Type Ia Supernovae SCP data produces a significant bias in favour of a particular cosmological model, the flat ΛCDM model. To reduce this bias, we develop an alternative ... [more ▼]

Current processing to standardize Type Ia Supernovae SCP data produces a significant bias in favour of a particular cosmological model, the flat ΛCDM model. To reduce this bias, we develop an alternative, model-independent, methodology. [less ▲]

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