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See detailGoro Gheri as the "perfect secretary"?
Miesse, Hélène ULg

Conference (2016, March 19)

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See detailClinical and molecular classification of glioblastoma patients
Lambert, Jérémy ULg; Kaoma, Tony; Van Dyck, Eric et al

Poster (2016, March 19)

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See detailLes PCSK9 : la mort des statines ?
RADERMECKER, Régis ULg

Conference (2016, March 19)

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See detailThe Islamic coinage of Barqa from the conquest up to the advent of the Fatimids
Bauden, Frédéric ULg

Conference (2016, March 19)

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See detailLes pays émergents : vecteur de sécurité alimentaire en Afrique ? le cas du Brésil au Mozambique
WCusson, Gabrielle ULg

Conference (2016, March 19)

Cette communication a pour objectif d’analyser le rôle des pays émergents dans la coopération agricole en Afrique pour assurer la sécurité alimentaire et énergétique du continent, et plus particulièrement ... [more ▼]

Cette communication a pour objectif d’analyser le rôle des pays émergents dans la coopération agricole en Afrique pour assurer la sécurité alimentaire et énergétique du continent, et plus particulièrement celui du Brésil au Mozambique. Parmi les pays émergents, la Chine, l’Inde et le Brésil s’affichent dorénavant comme des puissances agricoles à l’échelle internationale et détiennent une expertise particulière qu’ils souhaitent partager avec l’Afrique afin de soutenir sa révolution agraire et son insertion au marché mondial. Cependant, cette coopération Sud-Sud (CSS) ne semble pas exempte de bénéfices politiques et commerciaux à l’égard des pays donateurs. Ainsi, les pays émergents proposent-ils un modèle de coopération et de développement différent et solidaire ou reproduisent-ils la structure d’aide traditionnelle Nord-Sud soutenue par les institutions financières internationales? Quels sont les intérêts des puissances émergentes à participer à la nouvelle révolution verte en Afrique ? Plus précisément, cette analyse portera sur la stratégie de CSS du Brésil au Mozambique via le projet ProSAVANA, un projet de coopération triangulaire développé avec le Japon qui vise le transfert du savoir-faire technique et technologique agraire du Brésil dans les savanes africaines à des fins de production de biocarburants; un enjeu clé pour le Brésil. Pour répondre à la question de recherche, nous confronterons le discours officiel du Brésil en terme de CSS avec la réalité qui se dessine au Mozambique. Pour ce faire, nous nous appuierons sur les théories critiques de la nouvelle économie politique. [less ▲]

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See detailModulating effect of COMT genotype on brain areas underlying cognitive control processes
Collette, Fabienne ULg; Jaspar, Mathieu ULg

Conference (2016, March 18)

Catechol-O-methyltransferase (COMT) is an important enzyme which degrades catecholamines, such dopamine, notably in the prefrontal cortex. A large number of studies reported an effect on executive ... [more ▼]

Catechol-O-methyltransferase (COMT) is an important enzyme which degrades catecholamines, such dopamine, notably in the prefrontal cortex. A large number of studies reported an effect on executive functioning of COMT genotype, each genotype being associated with a different COMT enzymatic activity. In this talk, I will present some of our studies that explored the neural substrates of inhibitory processes according to COMT genotype. These studies showed that COMT genotype modulates the brain-level implementation of proactive and reactive inhibitory control processes. We will discuss how individual differences related to DA-mediated signaling can differently influence inhibition in function of the form of cognitive control required by the task, but also regarding the specific inhibitory mechanism induced by the task. [less ▲]

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See detailUnderstanding Usage Behaviour in a Peer-to-Peer Task Community
Deliège, Fanny ULg; Ates, Zelal ULg; Benoit, Sabine et al

Scientific conference (2016, March 18)

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See detailProcedural learning as a measure of functional impairment in a mouse model of ischemic stroke
Linden, Jérôme ULg; Van de Beek, Lise; Plumier, Jean-Christophe ULg et al

in Behavioural Brain Research (2016), 307

Basal ganglia stroke is often associated with functional deficits in patients, including difficulties to learn and execute new motor skills (procedural learning). To measure procedural learning in a ... [more ▼]

Basal ganglia stroke is often associated with functional deficits in patients, including difficulties to learn and execute new motor skills (procedural learning). To measure procedural learning in a murine model of stroke (30min. right MCAO), we submitted C57Bl/6J mice to various sensorimotor tests, then to an operant procedure (Serial Order Learning) specifically assessing the ability to learn a simple motor sequence. Results showed that MCAO affected the performance in some of the sensorimotor tests (accelerated rotating rod and amphetamine rotation test) and the way animals learned a motor sequence. The later finding seems to be caused by difficulties regarding the chunking of operant actions into a coherent motor sequence; the appeal for food rewards and ability to press levers appeared unaffected by MCAO. We conclude that assessment of motor learning in rodent models of stroke might improve the translational value of such models. [less ▲]

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See detailThe impact of dopaminergic genes on inhibitory processes and cognitive control.
Jaspar, Mathieu ULg; Muto, Vincenzo ULg; Meyer, Christelle et al

Poster (2016, March 18)

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See detail"L'Afrique du Nord, relais d'influence pour la Turquie »
Bayramzadeh, Kamal ULg

Scientific conference (2016, March 18)

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See detailWill Big Data Deliver Its Promised Productivity Growth?
Artige, Lionel ULg

Conference (2016, March 18)

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See detailRegain of fitness through in vitro replication for a recombinant murine norovirus
de Oliveira-Filho, Edmilson; Ludwig, Louisa ULg; Toffoli, Barbara et al

Poster (2016, March 18)

INTRODUCTION Molecular mechanisms driving norovirus evolution are the accumulation of point mutations and recombination. Recombination can create considerable changes in viruses, allowing for complete ... [more ▼]

INTRODUCTION Molecular mechanisms driving norovirus evolution are the accumulation of point mutations and recombination. Recombination can create considerable changes in viruses, allowing for complete antigenic shifts, host jumps and fitness and pathogenesis modifications. Mathijs et al. recently isolated a viable recombinant murine norovirus (RecMNV) in vitro after coinfection of two parental MNV strains (MNV1-CW1 and -WU20) in a mouse leukaemic monocyte-macrophage cell line (RAW 264.7). The ensuing RecMNV possessed reduced in vitro fitness compared to its parental strains but has also been shown to have retained in vivo infectivity (Mathijs et al, submitted). The aim of this study was to follow the replicative and genetic adaptations of RecMNV over serial in vitro passages in order to characterise its capability of replicative fitness adaptation. MATERIALS AND METHODS: RecMNV was serially replicated in vitro in monolayers of RAW 264.7 cells over ten passages. Following a first initial infection at an MOI of 0.05, cell layers were consecutively infected with 100 μl neat supernatant of the preceding passage. Two independent lysis plaque assays were performed in triplicate with RecMNV progenies resulting from the first (early) and tenth (late) passage (RecE and RecL). Viral plaque sizes of RecE and RecL were measured with image processing program Image J and statistical analyses of plaque size diameters were subsequently performed. To obtain the complete genome sequences of RecE and RecL, a sequencing strategy was developed in which the MNV genome was divided into seven regions and amplification was performed using overlapping primers. Nucleotide sequences of RecE and RecL were analysed via BioEdit Sequence Editor. Growth curves of RecE and RecL progenies were established for high (10) or low MOI (0.01). RESULTS After ten in vitro passages, viral lysis plaque size diameters had increased significantly. Molecular analysis of RecMNV and both parental strains showed nine nucleotide mutations in the RecMNV genome, comprising three non-silent mutations. In addition, a mutation at position 7245 (A187G) introduced a stop codon, resulting in a 20 AA shorter VP2 in RecMNV (for both RecE and RecL). A comparison of RecE and RecL revealed four non-silent mutations in the NS1-2 and NS7 region of ORF1, two of which were present in the latter region (G1384D and S1393N). DISCUSSION This is the first study in which the fitness of a recombinant NoV strain was evaluated in vitro. Our data provides evidence of viral adaptation to a new environment (here a cell culture system) after a recombination event. Evidence of gain-of-function of RecMNV was demonstrated by differences in growth curves and viral lysis plaque size. In addition, non-silent mutations associated to the gain-of-function/in vitro adaptation were detected. It is noteworthy, that the mutation causing a shorter VP2 in RecE and RecL did not compromise its ability to infect and replicate either in vitro or in vivo (Mathijs et al, submitted). As a perspective we should like to characterise the precise mutation(s) responsible for the fitness regain via infectious clone assay. [less ▲]

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See detailChecklist of Aphidiinae (Hymenoptera: Braconidae) and Aphelinus (Hymenoptera: Aphelinidae) species from Belgium with respectively four and three new records
Chevalier Mendes Lopes, Thomas ULg; Libert, Pierre-Nicolas; Starý, Petr et al

in Zootaxa (2016), 4092(4)

Aphid parasitoids have good potential for crop protection. However, they have been poorly studied in Belgium, especially in terms of species diversity. Therefore, the aim of this work was to establish the ... [more ▼]

Aphid parasitoids have good potential for crop protection. However, they have been poorly studied in Belgium, especially in terms of species diversity. Therefore, the aim of this work was to establish the first checklist for the country. To complete the list, aphid parasitoids were sampled in wheat and pea fields near Gembloux (Belgium), in 2013 and 2014. Among the identified species, Aphelinus asychis Walker, Aphelinus daucicola Kurdjumov, Aphelinus fusciscapus (Förster), Aphidius asteris Haliday, Aphidius eadyi Starý, Gonzalez & Hall, Praon barbatum Mackauer, and Trioxys auctus (Haliday) were recorded for the first time in Belgium. Thirty-two Aphidiinae and seven Aphelinus species were included in the checklist. It is hoped this study will stimulate further research, as species diversity is still low compared with neighbouring countries. [less ▲]

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See detailRecollection versus familiarity in normal aging and in mild cognitive impairment: Impact of test format
Gilsoul, Jessica ULg; Simon, Jessica ULg; SALMON, Eric ULg et al

Poster (2016, March 18)

Objectives. Memory retrieval typically involves a combination of recollection and familiarity. However, test format can promote one or the other process (Norman & O’Reilly, 2003). The aim of this study ... [more ▼]

Objectives. Memory retrieval typically involves a combination of recollection and familiarity. However, test format can promote one or the other process (Norman & O’Reilly, 2003). The aim of this study was to investigate the impact of test format on recollection and familiarity in normal aging and in mild cognitive impairment (MCI). Methods. Seventy young participants (18-30 years), 65 “younger-old” (55- 69 years), 53 “older-old” (70-85 years), and 13 MCIs (55-82 years) were enrolled. In the “forced-choice” task, they had to recognize which picture, among three, was presented during the encoding stage. In the “yes/no” task, they had to judge whether each item, successively presented, was previously seen or not. In each task, they had to give a “Remember/Know/Guess” judgment. Results. Group × Format repeated measures ANOVAs revealed that young people had better recognition performance (d’) than “younger-old”, which were better than “older-old” and MCIs. Moreover, young people used familiarity more accurately than both groups of old participants and MCIs, with MCIs being equivalent to “younger-old” and “older-old”. However, MCIs displayed a high rate of familiarity-based false alarms. The resort to recollection decreased with age and in MCIs. Finally, Group × Format interaction revealed that young people (but not the other groups) could use recollection more often in the “forcedchoice” task compared to the “yes/no” task. Conclusions. Recollection and familiarity decline progressively in healthy aging. In MCI, recollection is more affected than familiarity, but patients demonstrated a more liberal use of familiarity. Finally, test format did not influence strongly the results. [less ▲]

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See detailL’artiste commissaire dans son histoire et son actualité
Bawin, Julie ULg

Scientific conference (2016, March 18)

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See detail“Everything was losing definition and outline”: Re-membering Trauma Fiction in Gail Jones’s Sorry
Belleflamme, Valérie-Anne ULg

Conference (2016, March 18)

In an article, Australian novelist and essayist Gail Jones confesses of her novel Sorry that it has “a political-allegorical aspect – as one would expect, claiming such a title” (2008, 79). Published in ... [more ▼]

In an article, Australian novelist and essayist Gail Jones confesses of her novel Sorry that it has “a political-allegorical aspect – as one would expect, claiming such a title” (2008, 79). Published in 2007, that is, one year prior to the formal apology delivered by the Australian government to the Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders, Sorry engages in a reflection on the ethics of reconciliation. Written in response to Jones’s wish to acknowledge the debt to the Stolen Generations, the novel also offers new possibilities of ethical mourning, allowing the dead to return and the voiceless to speak. My paper will seek to explore the ways in which Jones draws on trauma fiction to bypass not only the unsayable dimension of Australia’s history and what she elsewhere criticises as the trauma model’s “transferential gesture of victim surrogacy” symptomatic of postcolonising settler cultures (2004, 162) but also the representational difficulties inherent in trauma. Moreover, it is by introducing into her novel the concept of traumatic time, “a time that is broken, and […] recursive” (qtd. in Block 2008) and which mirrors on the level of form and structure the effects that trauma exerts on its victims, that Jones she recreates a narrative model that echoes an Australian discourse pre-dating the Bringing Them Home report – that is tinged with amnesia, fragmented memories, and silence –, against which she will assert her own counter-discourse. Works Cited: - Block, Summer. 09 May 2008. “Interview: Gail Jones.” Interview. January Magazine. Web. 16 Jan. 2013. - Jones, Gail. 2004. “Sorry-in-the-Sky: Empathetic Unsettlement, Mourning, and the Stolen Generations.” In Imagining Australia: Literature and Culture in the New New World, edited by Judith Ryan and Chris Wallace-Crabbe, 159-171. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press. - Jones, Gail. 2007. Sorry. London: Harvill Secker. - Jones, Gail. 2008. “Speaking Shadows: Justice and the Poetic.” In Just Words?: Australian Authors Writing for Justice, edited by Bernadette Brennan, 76-86. St Lucia: University of Queensland Press. [less ▲]

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