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See detailImproving adjuvant systems for polyclonal egg yolk antibody (IgY) production in laying hens in terms of productivity and animal welfare
Marcq, Christopher ULg; Marlier, Didier ULg; Beckers, Yves ULg

in Veterinary Immunology and Immunopathology (2015), 165(1-2), 54-63

The antibody production in the egg yolks of immunized laying hens is seen as a way of improving animal welfare compared with conventional production by mammals. Immunoglobulin Y (IgY) technology, however ... [more ▼]

The antibody production in the egg yolks of immunized laying hens is seen as a way of improving animal welfare compared with conventional production by mammals. Immunoglobulin Y (IgY) technology, however, has still to address welfare issues linked to the widespread use of an adjuvant in vaccines. Currently, Freund's adjuvants, complete (FCA) or incomplete (FIA), remain the standard. This study sought to evaluate various approaches used to enhance egg yolk antibody production in terms of both productivity and avian welfare. The outer membrane protein (OMP) of Salmonella Typhimurium was used as the prototype antigen. At 20 weeks of age, 56 ISA Brown hens, with specific-Salmonella-free status, were divided into seven groups (n = 8) and received an initial intramuscular immunization. Hens in the two negative control groups received phosphate buffered saline (PBS) or FIA alone. Hens in the other groups received 80 μg of Salmonella OMP emulsified with one of the following adjuvants: 200 μl of FIA alone (T1); 200 μl of FIA supplemented with 8 μg of C-phosphate-guanosine oligodeoxynucleotides (CpG-ODN) (T2); and 280 μl of Montanide ISA 70 VG (T4). Birds in the T3 group received the antigen in emulsion with FIA and were given the tested immunostimulatory component (l-carnitine) via their feed (100 mg/kg). A positive control group (PC) received FCA for the first and final immunizations and FIA for the other boosters. Immunization was repeated after 20, 46, 82 and 221 days. Eggs were collected regularly until 242 days after the first immunization and the anti-Salmonella Typhimurium activities in the yolk were determined by ELISA. After 242 days, the birds were euthanized and the injection sites were evaluated for gross and microscopic lesions. Among the tested immunostimulatory approaches, supplementation of FIA with CpG-ODN led to a significant and long-lasting enhancement of the specific antibody response. This treatment was even higher than the positive benchmark using FCA in the first immunization. The study results showed that a clinical examination of injection sites is insufficient for drawing conclusions about the local tolerance of vaccines. Tissue damage was noticeable in all treatment groups. The birds receiving the Montanide adjuvant, however, had fewer and less severe lesions. Given these limited side-effects, Montanide ISA 70 VG could provide the depot effect needed to ensure the immunomodulatory efficiency of CpG-ODN. The association of these two adjuvants could prove a promising alternative to Freund's adjuvants (FA). [less ▲]

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See detailLe binge drinking (biture expresse) est-il un phénomène récent ?
Demaret, Isabelle ULg; Quertemont, Etienne ULg

in Seutin, Vincent; Scuvée-Moreau, Jacqueline; Quertemont, Etienne (Eds.) L'alcool en questions (2015)

L’alcool remonte le moral. Une petite cuite n’a jamais tué personne. Boire un café atténue l’effet de l’alcool. Le binge drinking est un fléau nouveau… De nombreuses idées reçues, certaines fondées ... [more ▼]

L’alcool remonte le moral. Une petite cuite n’a jamais tué personne. Boire un café atténue l’effet de l’alcool. Le binge drinking est un fléau nouveau… De nombreuses idées reçues, certaines fondées, d’autres pas, sont véhiculées à propos de l’alcool et de ses conséquences. L’alcool soulève aussi de multiples questions : L’alcool est-il une drogue ? L’alcool est-il aphrodisiaque ? L’alcoolisme est-il héréditaire ? Combien l’alcool coûte/rapporte-t-il à la société ? Peut-on guérir de l’alcoolisme ?… Ce livre a pour but de démont(r)er certaines idées reçues sur l’alcool et d’apporter des réponses aux questions que chacun se pose. Les auteurs ne se bornent pas à répondre par vrai ou faux, ils fournissent les explications, appuyées sur l’état des connaissances scientifiques actuelles, qui permettent d’infirmer ou de confirmer ces idées reçues ou de répondre à ces questions. Ils nuancent le propos lorsque la réponse n’est pas de l’ordre du tout ou rien. Il est indéniable que l’excès d’alcool est nuisible à la santé. Il existe cependant une littérature scientifique démontrant des effets positifs sur la santé de la consommation en quantités modérées de certaines boissons alcoolisées. Ce mélange d’effets positifs et négatifs explique que le public a développé une relation d’amour-haine avec l’alcool. Ainsi, les abstinents complets sont parfois qualifiés de rabat-joie. Les alcooliques chroniques (5 à 10 % des occidentaux, selon les études épidémiologiques !) sont, quant à eux, souvent trop vite jugés. Ce qui est certain c’est que l’alcoolo-dépendance est source de beaucoup de souffrances pour la personne et son entourage. Ces 41 réponses à des questions sur l’alcool visent à donner des balises au lecteur, littérature scientifique à l’appui. [less ▲]

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See detailLe droit européen de l’abus de position dominante en 2014
Petit, Nicolas ULg

in Contrats Concurrence Consommation (2015)

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See detailOut of Himalaya: the impact of past Asian environmental changes on the evolutionary and biogeographical history of Dipodoidea (Rodentia)
Pisano, Julie ULg; Condamine, Fabien L.; Lebedev, Vladimir et al

in Journal of Biogeography (2015), 42(5), 856-870

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See detailStrategies of regioselective radiolabeling of Nanofitin binder for imaging
Goux, Marine ULg; Dammicco, Sylvestre ULg; Becker, Guillaume ULg et al

Poster (2015, May)

Recently, new strategies emerged in the field of monoclonal antibodies radiolabeling for PET imaging with the use of positron emitter such as fluorine-18, zirconium-89 or gallium-68. Despite their ... [more ▼]

Recently, new strategies emerged in the field of monoclonal antibodies radiolabeling for PET imaging with the use of positron emitter such as fluorine-18, zirconium-89 or gallium-68. Despite their important role in the therapeutic world, antibodies have many disadvantages related to their structure. Moreover, conjugation of chelating agent often occurs on lysines, which is non-regioselective and leads to a heterogeneous mixture of products. In addition, the slow clearance of antibodies can be a problem to obtain a good contrast when they are used in imaging. To address these different limitations, we developed a chemistry-free chelating system consisting of a highly phosphorylatable peptide tag fused genetically to a Nanofitin. A specific phosphorylation step, with the alpha subunit of the casein kinase II, generates a nanocluster of 4 phosphates that can interact strongly with metal ion like zirconium or gallium. This strategy has already demonstrated its powerfulness for the stable and specific anchoring of protein on zirconium phosphonate-based microarray [1]. Considering this tag has been created to specifically anchoring protein on zirconium phosphonate-based microarray, we are currently working on a sequence derived from calcium-binding proteins to chelate specifically lanthanides[2]. As described by Pardoux et al.[3], our strategy is to functionalize this sequence with a phosphate nanocluster able to chelate zirconium or gallium. Our first results shown that a mono-phosphorylatable tag phosphorylated in vitro is able to chelate terbium(III) with a lower affinity than the wild type. Considering that terbium(III) is bigger than gallium(III) or zirconium(IV), we can suppose that the cage obtained is too small but suitable for other ions. In order to validate our hypothesis, we have planned to radiolabel those tags and determine their affinity for gallium(III). In order to validate the use of Nanofitin as a potent alternative tool for in vivo imaging, we have made biokinetic studies in mice with PET and MRI imaging. In these studies, we have radiolabelled with fluorine-18 a Nanofitin and we are currently making use of its specific binding to a cell-surface receptor to target a very precise cell population by using an animal model. Once the phosphorylatable tag optimized for regioselective radiolabelling and the Nanofitin targeting validated in an animal model, the next steps will be to combine these two approaches: we will fuse genetically the tag to the specific Nanofitin, radiolabel it with gallium-68 and perform the biokinetic study of this new radiopharmaceutical product. [1] M. Cinier, M. Petit, F. Pecorari, D. R. Talham, B. Bujoli, and C. Tellier, “Engineering of a phosphorylatable tag for specific protein binding on zirconium phosphonate based microarrays.,” J. Biol. Inorg. Chem., vol. 17, no. 3, pp. 399–407, Mar. 2012. [2] L. J. Martin, “Development of Lanthanide-Binding Tags (LBTs) as powerful and versatile peptides for use in studies of proteins and protein interactions,” 2008. [3] R. Pardoux, S. Sauge-merle, D. Lemaire, P. Delangle, L. Guilloreau, J. Adriano, and C. Berthomieu, “Modulating Uranium Binding Affinity in Engineered Calmodulin EF-Hand Peptides : Effect of Phosphorylation,” PLoS One, vol. 7, no. 8, 2012. [less ▲]

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See detailLa robinsonnade d’anticipation. Sur une forme composite et ses péripéties
Stienon, Valérie ULg

in Nineteenth Century French Studies (2015), vol. 43(n°3-4), 250-266

In nineteenth-century French literature, adventure novels and futuristic fictions share various narrative and thematic features which generate an extensive set of “science fiction adventure” novels that ... [more ▼]

In nineteenth-century French literature, adventure novels and futuristic fictions share various narrative and thematic features which generate an extensive set of “science fiction adventure” novels that have not attracted much critical attention to date. However, such hybrid narratives lead us to reconsider a certain kind of futuristic fiction as it is defined as much by a geographical shift as by time travel. The particular and prolific case of the robinsonnade, regarded as a pivotal subgenre of adventure, facilitates highlighting such generic interferences. This paper examines four novels related either to utopian travel literature or to Jules Verne’s literary and editorial paradigm of the “voyages extraordinaires” in order to shed light on the dynamics framing the earliest forms of science fiction built on the topic of remote, flying, or spatial island. (In French) [less ▲]

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See detailDetermination of Stress and Strain Fields in Cast and Heat Treated Bimetallic Rolling Mill Rolls
Neira Torres, Ingrid; Tchuindjang, Jérôme Tchoufack ULg; Sinnaeve, Mario et al

in Proceedings of the Iron & Steel Technology Conference and Exposition (AISTech 2015 & ICSTI) (2015, May)

Efficient work rolls for Hot Strip mill roughing stands are usually produced as bimetallic spun cast rolls with a core material made of Spheroidal Graphite Iron (SGI) and a shell material made of High ... [more ▼]

Efficient work rolls for Hot Strip mill roughing stands are usually produced as bimetallic spun cast rolls with a core material made of Spheroidal Graphite Iron (SGI) and a shell material made of High Chromium Steel alloy, semi-High speed steel or adapted High Speed steel chemistry. In this paper, the evolution of stress fields and microstructure during post casting cooling and subsequent heat treatment of a standard high chromium steel is targeted. This knowledge is a first step to analyze the different events that could happen during these production stages and provides the residual stress fields as well as the final roll microstructure which are interesting data for roll service life. As far as roughing mill work rolls for roughing mills are concerned, current trends in terms of work roll design are forcing the roll producer to go towards higher usable shell thicknesses or increased residual shell thickness after scrap diameter in order to delay potential fatigue phenomena at the shell-core interface. One important parameter could not be evaluated in this study, it concerns the pollutions of the core material by alloying elements of the shell during production, which could affect to some extent the mechanical properties and microstructure of the core. The macroscopic thermo-mechanical-metallurgical Finite Element model used to perform simulations, takes into account coupled effects. Input data parameters are identified by experimental tests such as compression tests at constant strain rate and numerical procedures such as inverse method. After the model presentation, the material data set is commented. Whole experimental campaign could not be presented, however interested readers are referred to [1] where more details on the material study of High Chromium Steel alloy can be found. The section of simulation results show the phase transformation histories and stress profiles of a typical roll of diameter 1.2 m and shell thickness of 0.08 m. An additional sensitivity analysis of the results to some material data such as induced plasticity transformation coefficient and shift of the martensitic transformation start temperature parameters is reported. Finally, some conclusions analyze the interest and drawbacks of the described model and its results. [less ▲]

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See detailUne histoire de la mobilité à Liège : dates et événements-clés
Frankignoulle, Pierre ULg

in Frankignoulle, Pierre (Ed.) Quand la mobilité fait la ville (et inversement) (2015)

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See detailDo Customers Dare to Share? Exploring Risk Perception and Reduction in Access-Based Services
Hazee, Simon ULg; Delcourt, Cécile ULg; Van Vaerenbergh, Yves

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See detailA spectroscopic investigation of the O-type star population in four Cygnus OB associations. II. Determination of the fundamental parameters
Mahy, Laurent ULg; Rauw, Grégor ULg; De Becker, Michaël ULg et al

in Astronomy and Astrophysics (2015), 577

Aims: Having established the binary status of nineteen O-type stars located in four Cygnus OB associations, we now determine their fundamental parameters to constrain their properties and their ... [more ▼]

Aims: Having established the binary status of nineteen O-type stars located in four Cygnus OB associations, we now determine their fundamental parameters to constrain their properties and their evolutionary status. We also investigate their surface nitrogen abundances, which we compare with other results from the literature obtained for galactic O-type stars. Methods: Using optical spectra collected for each object in our sample and some UV data from the archives, we apply the CMFGEN atmosphere code to determine their main properties. For the binary systems, we have disentangled the components to obtain their individual spectra and investigate them as if they were single stars. Results: We find that the distances of several presumably single O-type stars seem poorly constrained because their luminosities are not in agreement with the "standard" luminosities of stars with similar spectral types. The ages of these O-type stars are all less than 7 Myr. Therefore, the ages of these stars agree with those, quoted in the literature, of the four associations, except for Cyg OB8 for which the stars seem older than the association itself. However, we point out that the distance of certain stars is debatable relative to values found in the literature. The N content of these stars put in perspective with N contents of several other galactic O-type stars seems to draw the same five groups as found in the "Hunter" diagram for the O and B-type stars in the LMC even though their locations are obviously different. We determine mass-loss rates for several objects from the Halpha line and UV spectra. Finally, we confirm the "mass discrepancy" especially for O stars with masses smaller than 30 Msun;. [less ▲]

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See detailAnatomic features underlying wood density, in 110 rainforest tree species from central Congo basin
de Haulleville, Thalès ULg; Rousseau, Mélissa; Morin-Rivat, Julie ULg et al

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Investigate the influence of fiber thickness and vessel diameter on the wood density in 110 rainforest tree species, and the relationships between wood density, wood water content and shrinking ratio.

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See detailMolecular analysis of miRNA expression profiles in AIP mutation positive somatotropinomas
Falk, N; Daly, Adrian ULg; Beckers, Albert ULg et al

in Endocrine Abstracts (2015, May)

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See detailThe Clinical characteristics of X-linked acro-gigantism syndrome
Daly, Adrian ULg; Trivellin, G; Rostomyan, Liliya ULg et al

in Endocrine Abstracts (2015, May)

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See detailRecurrence of GH-secreting pituitary adenoms during puberty in children with germline AIP mutations : a clinical challenge
Filliponi, S; Esposito, V; Daly, Adrian ULg et al

in Endocrine Abstracts (2015, May)

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See detailLes réseaux lettrés du diplomate-écrivain Marcel-Henri Jaspar dans les années 1960. De la raison de Renan à l’ésotérisme de De Becker
Genin, Vincent ULg

in Textyles : Revue des Lettres Belges de Langue Française (2015), 46

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