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See detailFully automated electrophoretically mediated microanalysis system for CYP1A1 activity monitoring
Farcas, Elena ULg; Servais, Anne-Catherine ULg; Lamalle, Caroline ULg et al

Conference (2015, May 28)

In order to evaluate the potentiality of capillary electrophoresis for CYP1A1 activity monitoring, an in-line method was developed with the well-known 7-ethoxycoumarin substrate. The electrophoretically ... [more ▼]

In order to evaluate the potentiality of capillary electrophoresis for CYP1A1 activity monitoring, an in-line method was developed with the well-known 7-ethoxycoumarin substrate. The electrophoretically mediated microanalysis approach was used with CYP1A1 supersomes to provide a rapid and fully automated method. The in-line homogenous enzyme assay was performed in physiological conditions (pH 7.4), whereas a MEKC buffer was used as background electrolyte. In order to reduce the analysis time, the short end injection was performed. Firstly a plug containing CYP1A1 supersomes was hydrodynamically injected into a fused silica capillary, followed by a plug of co-factor (NADPH) and substrate (7-ethoxycoumarin) and finally another plug of CYP1A1 (sandwich mode). The experimental conditions were finely investigated and tuned by design of experiment methodology. The metabolization rate measured in the optimized conditions was comparable with the one obtained after off-line metabolization. Finally, inhibition studies were conducted and a significant decrease of 7-hydroxycoumarin formation was observed using apigenin as CYP1A1 potent inhibitor. [less ▲]

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See detailQuelle marge de manœuvre pour l'Amérique latine face à la concurrence stratégique entre la Chine et l’Union européenne?
Wintgens, Sophie ULg

Scientific conference (2015, May 28)

Cet article interroge la marge de manœuvre conférée à l’Amérique latine par la concurrence stratégique entre la Chine et l’Union européenne, devenues deux importants partenaires extrarégionaux d’un sous ... [more ▼]

Cet article interroge la marge de manœuvre conférée à l’Amérique latine par la concurrence stratégique entre la Chine et l’Union européenne, devenues deux importants partenaires extrarégionaux d’un sous-continent traditionnellement tourné vers les États-Unis. [less ▲]

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See detailThe neural bases of proactive and reactive control processes in healthy aging
Manard, Marine ULg; François, Sarah ULg; SALMON, Eric ULg et al

Poster (2015, May 28)

Background. Research on cognitive control suggests an age-related decline in proactive control abilities (an anticipatory form of control) whereas reactive control (consecutive to conflict detection ... [more ▼]

Background. Research on cognitive control suggests an age-related decline in proactive control abilities (an anticipatory form of control) whereas reactive control (consecutive to conflict detection) seems to remain intact [1]. As proactive and reactive control abilities were associated to specific brain networks [2], this study investigated age-related effects on the neural substrates associated to each kind of control. Method. A modified form of the Stroop task was administered to 16 young and 16 older adults in an event-related fMRI experiment. In this version of the Stroop task, three different contexts were created: (1) a mostly congruent context (MC, inducing reactive control) with a majority of congruent items, (2) a mostly incongruent context (MI, inducing proactive control) with mainly interfering items, (3) a neutral context (MN) with mainly neutral items. Preprocessing and statistical analyses were performed with SPM8 (p<.001 uncorrected). Results. Behavioral results (p<0.05) indicated faster processing of interferent items in the MI than MC context in young participants only. With regard to neuroimaging data, the comparison of the two groups showed that the processing of interferent items in the MI context is associated to decreased activity in (mainly right-sided) frontal and temporal areas in the older group. On the contrary, in the MC context, increased activity was observed in bilateral frontal areas for older compared to younger participants. Discussion. Behavioral results confirm that older participants have difficulties with the implementation of proactive control that is associated to decreased brain activity (compared to young participants) in areas underlying Stroop performance. However, the recruitment of supplementary frontal areas we observed in the reactive control condition suggests compensation processes. So, aging seems to differentially affect the neural networks associated to the various kinds of cognitive control. [less ▲]

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See detailThe impact of ageing on episodic memory encoding: an fMRI study
François, Sarah ULg; Angel, Lucie; Salmon, Eric ULg et al

Poster (2015, May 28)

It is now commonly accepted that a decline in episodic memory is observed with ageing: while recollection processes are impaired, familiarity seems to be relatively preserved (a). Older individuals appear ... [more ▼]

It is now commonly accepted that a decline in episodic memory is observed with ageing: while recollection processes are impaired, familiarity seems to be relatively preserved (a). Older individuals appear to recruit prefrontal areas bilaterally when their encoding is successful, while in young adults this activation is found to be left-lateralized (b). In this study, we were interested in the differences between younger and older participant regarding cerebral activity during encoding depending on whether the item elicited recollection or familiarity during the recognition phase. Twenty young volunteers (aged 19 to 29 years old) and 19 older volunteers (aged 60 to 78 years old) were presented visual stimuli depicting objects. During a first fMRI session, they were asked to make a size judgement about them. Then, in a second phase, the subjects were shown the items previously encountered during the encoding phase, as well as distractors. Participants' task was to determine which one were new and which one were seen earlier. For the latter, they also performed a Remember-Know judgement. Data were analysed using SPM8, with an event design comparing modifications in cerebral activity between the two subjects groups during encoding (1) for the items leading to recollection during the recognition phase compared to those leading to familiarity, and (2) for the items associated with familiarity during the recognition phase compared to those which were not recognized. Results show that older adults display a heightened activity in the right middle frontal gyrus, medial cingulate and paracingulate left gyri as well as in the precuneus, bilaterally when they engage recollection processes. Given that activations in these areas did not correlate with performance, they could be interepreted either as dedifferentiation or as an attempt of the ageing brain to compensate for a less elaborate encoding. However, no increase of activity was associated with familiarity processes in older adults, possibly because they are less demanding regarding attentional resources. (a) Bugaiska, A., Clarys, D., Jarry, C., Taconnat, L., Tapia, G., Vanneste, S., & Isingrini, M. (2007). The effect of aging in recollective experience: the processing speed and executive functioning hypothesis. Consciousness and Cognition, 16(4), 797-808. doi: 10.1016/j.concog.2006.11.007 (b) Duverne, S., Motamedinia, S., & Rugg, M. D. (2009). The relationship between aging, performance, and the neural correlates of successful memory encoding. Cerebral Cortex, 19(3), 733-744. doi:10.1093/cercor/bhn122 [less ▲]

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See detailThe effect of ageing and encoding instructions on episodic memory
Hagelstein, Catherine ULg; François, Sarah ULg; Manard, Marine ULg et al

Poster (2015, May 28)

During ageing, a decline in episodic memory is observed, characterized by decreased recollection (a). In this study, we investigated the influence of encoding instructions, intentional or incidental, on ... [more ▼]

During ageing, a decline in episodic memory is observed, characterized by decreased recollection (a). In this study, we investigated the influence of encoding instructions, intentional or incidental, on the performance of younger and older adults during an episodic memory task. Twenty young volunteers (aged 18 to 30 years old) and 20 older volunteers (aged 61 to 72 years old) participated in this experiment. The stimuli consisted of 300 black-and-white drawings of common objects. The task comprised two steps. During the encoding phase, 100 items were presented once ("hard" condition) and 100 other items were presented twice ("easy" condition). During recognition, the items from the encoding phase were presented again, as well as 100 new items. In each age group, half of the participants received incidental encoding instructions (they had to make size judgements about the objects depicted) while the other half were explicitly asked to memorize the objects presented because they would be asked to recognize them later on (intentional encoding). During recognition, they performed a Remember-Know judgement for the items they believed they had seen earlier. We carried out ANOVAs in order to test for the influence of instructions, age group and number of repetitions of the items in one hand on the percentage of recollection and on the other hand on the percentage of familiarity (p<.05). Results show a significant effect of age, with more correct recollection responses in young adults, whereas more correct familiarity was found in older adults. Furthermore, it was found that the items presented twice lead to more recollection than those presented only once. Finally, these results also suggest that in the older group of participants, only for the items presented twice, intentional encoding instructions lead to more recollection and less familiarity. This finding is consistent with previous work showing that the elderly do not easily use elaborate encoding strategies, and that they need more support (here, a second exposition to the material) in order to perform a deep encoding when they are encouraged to do so with intentional learning instructions (b). (a) Bugaiska, A., Clarys, D., Jarry, C., Taconnat, L., Tapia, G., Vanneste, S., & Isingrini, M. (2007). The effect of aging in recollective experience: the processing speed and executive functioning hypothesis. Consciousness and Cognition, 16(4), 797-808. doi: 10.1016/j.concog.2006.11.007 (b) Froger, C., Bouazzaoui, B., Isingrini, M., & Taconnat, L. (2012). Study time allocation deficit of older adults: the role of environmental support at encoding? Psychology and Aging, 27(3), 577-588. doi:10.1037/a0026358 [less ▲]

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See detailLe donné phénoménal de Tim Crane
Gauvry, Charlotte ULg

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See detailExecutive functions in normal aging: Impact of cognitive reserve and objective physical activity
Gilsoul, Jessica ULg; Simon, Jessica ULg; Collette, Fabienne ULg

Poster (2015, May 28)

It is now acknowledged that there exists a large inter-individual variability in age-related cognitive changes. According to Stern (2009), the cognitive reserve built up throughout the life span will make ... [more ▼]

It is now acknowledged that there exists a large inter-individual variability in age-related cognitive changes. According to Stern (2009), the cognitive reserve built up throughout the life span will make seniors more or less resilient to the deleterious effects of aging on cognition, with seniors having a high level of cognitive reserve being more prone to successfully cope with cognitive and neuronal changes. Currently, few studies have focused on the specific effects of different factors of cognitive reserve on cognition. Consequently, the objective of this study is to determine the impact of four determinants of cognitive reserve on executive functions in normal aging. Sixty-eight healthy participants aged 60 to 80 were enrolled. Regarding executive functions, Inhibition (Stroop test, Hayling test, TAP Incompatibility subtest), Shifting (TAP Flexibility subtest, Plus-Minus task), and Updating (Letter-Number Sequencing subtest from MEM III, Letter memory task, 2-back task) were assessed (Miyake et al., 2000). Cognitive reserve was measured by questionnaires assessing educational level, occupation, leisure activities and physical activity. Moreover, an accelerometer allowed quantitative measure of physical activity by recording body movements during two weeks. Group comparisons (p<0.05) showed that seniors with a high level of cognitive reserve (measured by a global composite z-score) have better updating abilities (Letter memory task and updating composite score). In order to test the influence of each cognitive reserve factor on executive functions, simple linear regressions (p<0.05) were performed. The results showed that the educational level accounts for a significant part of the variance in flexibility (TAP Flexibility) and updating (Letter-Number sequencing, 2-back and composite score). The occupational level accounts significantly for the variance of the updating composite score. Regarding the quantitative physical activity, the mean number of minutes per day in moderate or intense physical activity significantly predicted the updating composite score. These results indicate that the level of cognitive reserve is related to abilities in some executive tests, particularly updating abilities. Importantly, all aspects of cognitive reserve are not associated with the three executive processes. This indicates a specificity of the protective effect of cognitive reserve on executive abilities. [less ▲]

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See detailPsychopathy and emotions: would emotional distancing make more efficient in cognitive tasks?
Grandjean, Sylvie; Dehon, Hedwige ULg; Blavier, Adelaïde ULg et al

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See detailBorderline Personality Disorder through the Rorschach test
Rommes, Jennifer; Englebert, Jérôme ULg; Blavier, Adelaïde ULg

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See detailChitosan enriched three-dimensional matrix reduces inflammatory and catabolic mediators production by human chondrocytes
Oprenyeszk, Frédéric ULg; Sanchez, Christelle ULg; Dubuc, Jean-Emile et al

in PLoS ONE (2015), 10(5),

This in vitro study investigated the metabolism of human osteoarthritic (OA) chondrocytes encapsulated in a spherical matrix enriched of chitosan. Human OA chondrocytes were encapsulated and cultured for ... [more ▼]

This in vitro study investigated the metabolism of human osteoarthritic (OA) chondrocytes encapsulated in a spherical matrix enriched of chitosan. Human OA chondrocytes were encapsulated and cultured for 28 days either in chitosan-alginate beads or in alginate beads. The beads were formed by slowly passed dropwise either the chitosan 0.6%- alginate 1.2% or the alginate 1.2% solution through a syringe into a 102 mM CaCl2 solution. Beads were analyzed histologically after 28 days. Interleukin (IL)-6 and -8, prostaglandin (PG) E2, matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs), hyaluronan and aggrecan were quantified directly in the culture supernatant by specific ELISA and nitric oxide (NO) by using a colorimetric method based on the Griess reaction. Hematoxylin and eosin staining showed that chitosan was homogeneously distributed through the matrix and was in direct contact with chondrocytes. The production of IL-6, IL-8 and MMP-3 by chondrocytes significantly decreased in chitosan-alginate beads compared to alginate beads. PGE2 and NO decreased also significantly but only during the first three days of culture. Hyaluronan and aggrecan production tended to increase in chitosan-alginate beads after 28 days of culture. Chitosan-alginate beads reduced the production of inflammatory and catabolic mediators by OA chondrocytes and tended to stimulate the synthesis of cartilage matrix components. These particular effects indicate that chitosan-alginate beads are an interesting scaffold for chondrocytes encapsulation before transplantation to repair cartilage defects. [less ▲]

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See detailJA d'Alsace et WPJ, rencontre au sommet de la montagne...
Dalcq, Anne-Catherine ULg

Article for general public (2015)

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See detailQuelle place accorder aux écritures de la réception dans le contexte de la formation initiale? Du comportement des futurs enseignants face à des médiations de la lecture à l'élaboration de dispositifs de formation
De Croix, Séverine ULg; Ledur, Dominique

Conference (2015, May 28)

L’exploitation des écritures de la réception en formation initiale des enseignants fait aujourd’hui l’objet d’un large consensus (Joole, 2013 ; Chabanne & Dufays, 2011; Mazauric, Fourtanier & Langlade ... [more ▼]

L’exploitation des écritures de la réception en formation initiale des enseignants fait aujourd’hui l’objet d’un large consensus (Joole, 2013 ; Chabanne & Dufays, 2011; Mazauric, Fourtanier & Langlade, 2011 ; Vanhulle & Schillings, 2004). Nous souhaitons nous interroger sur les moyens, les objectifs et les effets attendus de cette exploitation (axe 4 de l’appel à communications). Le présent projet porte, dans un premier temps, sur l’observation des réactions d’une centaine de futurs enseignants de français du secondaire, tous niveaux confondus, face à un corpus de médiations écrites de la lecture, produites par des élèves de 12 à 18 ans, lecteurs experts et en difficulté. Ces écrits relèvent de genres diversifiés (journaux de lecture, notes critiques, traces collectées à l’occasion d’un dévoilement progressif, réponses à des questions, etc.) et de statuts différents (écrits de travail ou productions finales susceptibles d’être évaluées). Les consignes d’analyse devaient conduire les étudiants à repérer les éventuelles difficultés des lecteurs (ou leurs réussites), à reconstruire les tâches, à relever différents positionnements face aux textes, etc. Nos constats mettent notamment en évidence une tendance à investir ces écrits de façon normative (prédominance des difficultés du lecteur, notamment linguistiques, au détriment d’une prise en compte des difficultés générées par les textes et/ou les tâches scolaires) et une faible conscience de la complexité de l’activité de compréhension/interprétation. L’analyse des données collectées à l’occasion de ce travail incite, dans un deuxième temps, à privilégier quatre directions pour apprendre aux futurs maitres de lecture à lire des écrits de la réception et pour les amener par ce biais à développer des compétences et gestes professionnels en didactique de la lecture littéraire : modéliser l’activité de compréhension/interprétation, identifier les éventuelles difficultés de lecture, sélectionner des textes pour la classe et les associer à des médiations adaptées, percevoir les caractéristiques et les visées des tâches (y compris anticiper les éventuels malentendus générés par celles-ci et organiser leur progression). Ces axes d’intervention seront illustrés par quelques exemples de dispositifs de formation. [less ▲]

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See detailEnvironmental impact assessment of rail freight intermodality
Merchan Arribas, Angel ULg; Belboom, Sandra ULg; Léonard, Angélique ULg

in Rasouli, Soora; Timmermans, Harry (Eds.) Current issues in transportation research - Proceedings of the BIVEC/GIBET transport research days 2015 (2015, May 28)

The European Commission’s White Paper on transport (European Commission, 2011) seeks to achieve an efficient and sustainable balance between the various transport modes. Environmental impact studies on ... [more ▼]

The European Commission’s White Paper on transport (European Commission, 2011) seeks to achieve an efficient and sustainable balance between the various transport modes. Environmental impact studies on intermodality transport show that rail freight transport is the land-based transport that has a higher environmental performance compared to intermodal road-rail and all-road transport (Fries and Hellweg, 2014), especially when electrified railway is used (Spielmann and Scholz, 2005). Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) methodology allows us to model as best as possible the environmental impacts of several pollutants in numerous categories. For other categories such as accident damages, noise impact and land use, new developments have to be performed. For the environmental impact assessment, all life cycle phases of rail freight transport operation, rail infrastructure, and rail equipment are taken into account (Spielmann et al., 2007). [less ▲]

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See detailRomantic relationship and delinquency : which desistance factor ?
Puglia, Rosa ULg; Lepas, Jennifer; Glowacz, Fabienne ULg

Poster (2015, May 28)

A large number of studies (Stouthamer-Loeber, Loeber, Wei, Farrington & Wikstrom, 2002) have shown that the quality of parent-child relationship influences delinquency behavior during adolescence. So, the ... [more ▼]

A large number of studies (Stouthamer-Loeber, Loeber, Wei, Farrington & Wikstrom, 2002) have shown that the quality of parent-child relationship influences delinquency behavior during adolescence. So, the poorer the quality of relationship between a parent and his child is, the higher the probability that the child adopts delinquent behavior. However, recent studies (Giordano et al., 2002 ; Laub et al., 1998 ; Meeus & al., 2004 ; Woordward et al., 2002) have questioned the persistence of this association when people involved in a romantic relationship. These research have shown that quality of parent-child relationship predict delinquency in adolescents and young adults who do not have an intimate partner. But in adolescents and young adults who have an intimate partner, quality of parent-child relationship becomes obsolete. To be involved in an intimate relationship leads to less delinquency. Furthermore, results are concordant with research about desistance from delinquency that have shown that marriage leads to less criminality (Forrest & Hay, 2011 ; Sampson & Laub, 1993). These studies (Meus & al., 2004 ; Sampson & Laub, 1993) specify that it is quality of relationship rather than simply being in a romantic relationship that have an impact on desistance from delinquency. From empirical research conducted with adolescents and young adults (N=283) aged from 16 to 22 years old, and from a clinical research, we have explored links between parental attachment, romantic attachment and delinquency. We wondered if romantic attachment promotes desistance from delinquency whatever parental attachment. Behavioral System Questionnaire (Wehner & Furman, 1999) and self-reported delinquency scale (Born & Gavray, 1994) have used in this context. It appears that most of the participants have been involved in a significant romantic relationship. This romantic relationship is mainly characterized by a secure attachment. So, it leads to less deviant behaviors. On the other hand, parental attachment does not lead to less deviant behaviors. It also appears that attachment style that one develops towards one’s parent is not unchangeable. Romantic relationship during adolescence and adulthood can bring emotional and relational modifications. [less ▲]

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See detailIs Büchi's theorem useful for you?
Rigo, Michel ULg

Conference (2015, May 28)

Almost a century ago, Presburger showed that the first order theory of the natural numbers with addition is decidable. Following the work of Büchi in 1960, this result still holds when adding a function ... [more ▼]

Almost a century ago, Presburger showed that the first order theory of the natural numbers with addition is decidable. Following the work of Büchi in 1960, this result still holds when adding a function $V_k$ to the structure, where $V_k(n)$ is the largest power of $k\ge 2$ diving $n$. In particular, this leads to a logical characterization of the $k$-automatic sequences. During the last few years, many applications of this result have been considered in combinatorics on words, mostly by J. Shallit and his coauthors. In this talk, we will present this theorem of Büchi where decidability relies on finite automata.Then we will review some results about automatic sequences or morphic words that can be proved automatically (i.e., the proof is carried on by an algorithm). Finally, we will sketch the limitation of this technique. With a single line formula, one can prove automatically that the Thue-Morse word has no overlap but, hopefully, not all the combinatorial properties of morphic words can be derived in this way. [less ▲]

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