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See detailElaboration of drug nanocarriers based on a glucosamine labeled amphiphilic polymer
Boyère, Cédric; Duhem, N; Debuigne, Antoine ULg et al

in Polymer Chemistry (2014), 5(8), 3030-3037

A new functional polymer micelle with high loading efficiency of a poorly soluble drug was made of biocompatible and/or biosourced compounds, i.e. cholesterol-poly(ethylene glycol)-glucosamine (Chol-PEG ... [more ▼]

A new functional polymer micelle with high loading efficiency of a poorly soluble drug was made of biocompatible and/or biosourced compounds, i.e. cholesterol-poly(ethylene glycol)-glucosamine (Chol-PEG-GlcNH2). A synthesis strategy combining enzymatic and metal-free click chemistry was developed in order to meet the increasingly stringent requirements of biomedical applications. After the self-assembly of the Chol-PEG-GlcNH2 amphiphilic polymer in water, the presence of glucosamine at the micelle surface confers an active targeting moiety to the nanocarriers whereas protonation of the peripheral primary amine delay their aggregation. The complete characterization of this novel functional amphiphilic bioconjugate is presented as well as its aqueous solution behaviour and encapsulation efficiency using ketoconazole as a model hydrophobic drug. [less ▲]

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See detailDual Mode of Action of Amylolysin, a Type-B Lantibiotic Produced by Bacillus amyloliquefaciens GA1
Arguelles Arias, Anthony ULg; Joris, Bernard ULg; Fickers, Patrick

in Protein & Peptide Letters (2014), 4

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See detail(Co)Polymerization of vinyl levulinate by cobalt-mediated radical polymerization and functionalization by ketoxime click chemistry
Allaoua, Imène; Eleuterio, Beatriz; Obadia, Mona M. et al

in Polymer Chemistry (2014), 5(8), 2973-2979

Vinyl levulinate is synthesized from levulinic acid by palladium-catalyzed vinyl exchange and is characterized by NMR and ESI-HRMS techniques. Homopolymerization of vinyl levulinate and random ... [more ▼]

Vinyl levulinate is synthesized from levulinic acid by palladium-catalyzed vinyl exchange and is characterized by NMR and ESI-HRMS techniques. Homopolymerization of vinyl levulinate and random copolymerization with vinyl acetate by cobalt-mediated radical polymerization affords well-defined ketone functionalized poly(vinyl ester)s. The impact of temperature, solvent and theoretical degree of polymerization on monomer conversion and control of the polymerization is studied by 1H NMR and size exclusion chromatography techniques. The ketoxime conjugation of O-benzylhydroxylamine with the pendant ketone functionality of poly(vinyl levulinate-co-vinyl acetate) is demonstrated. [less ▲]

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See detailLa Belgique, un pays complexe
Hermans, Michel ULg

in Perdigon, Marie-France (Ed.) Actes des VIIème entretiens sur l'identité européenne (2014, April 19)

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See detailParticipation au Jury du Festival philosophique du Film "Eidolon" (concours "lycéens" et "pro")
Herla, Anne ULg

Diverse speeche and writing (2014)

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See detailIncertitudes liées à la modélisation agro-environnementale en vue de développer des outils d'aide à la décision
Dumont, Benjamin ULg

Doctoral thesis (2014)

The European Nitrates Directive 91/6/76/EEC aims to ensure water quality by preventing pollution of surface and groundwater induced by nitrates originating from agricultural sources and by promoting ... [more ▼]

The European Nitrates Directive 91/6/76/EEC aims to ensure water quality by preventing pollution of surface and groundwater induced by nitrates originating from agricultural sources and by promoting agronomical good practices. While the implementation of this Directive seems effective, it appears however that the use of nitrogen has still increased by 6% over the last four years in 27 European countries. Furthermore, agricultural sources would be still at the origin of 50% of the total amount of nitrogen discharged into surface waters (http://ec.europa.eu/environment/water/water-nitrates/index_en.html). In Wallonia (Belgium), the Nitrates Directive has been transposed under the Sustainable Nitrogen Management in Agriculture Program (PGDA). Launched in 2002, it involves different sets of actions, like rules definitions concerning fertilizers application, specific and appropriate crop management in vulnerable areas, the control of potentially leachable nitrogen (APL) levels in soils, etc. This is the global context in which lies the present thesis. The main aim is to optimise the nitrogen fertiliser practices to ensure that the needs of a winter wheat culture (Triticum aestivum L.) could be met while reducing the environmental pressure. It relies on the use of crop models, which describe the growth and the development of a culture interacting with its environment, namely the soil and the atmosphere. The major difficulty while working with crop models and model-based decision support tools lies in the fact that different sources of uncertainties have an impact on the modelled phenomena. Indeed, crop models are constituted by a consequent number of differential non-linear equations, involving a lot of parameters which need to be determined as accurately as possible in order to match as close as possible observed sequences of measurements. The first source of uncertainty is thus constituted by the parameters definition. Once the model has been correctly and robustly calibrated it can be used to perform predictions. However, in an agronomical context, the time-delay between sowing and harvest is consequent. As the end-season yield is often the expected output, the uncertainty linked to the non-knowledge of the future implies for the modeller to refer to different hypothesis concerning upcoming climatic scenarios. Finally, moving from models to decision systems dealing with N management involves a last source of uncertainty. Indeed the main problem is that the impact of a given practice is delayed in time from its realisation. In addition to the uncertainty linked to climatic projections themselves, it is highly important to consider the interactions between the practices and the climate. Furthermore, in a decision-making process, it could be highly relevant to know the uncertainty's estimation that could be tolerated on the decision.. Therefore, the present thesis aims to study these different sources of uncertainty in order to design an efficient decision support system. It is divided into five parts. In the first part, a Bayesian sampling algorithm, known as DREAM (DiffeRential Evolution Adaptative Metropolis) will be presented. It was successfully coupled with the STICS soil-crop model used in this study. The a posteriori probability density function of many parameters was sampled in order to improve the simulations of the growth of a winter wheat culture (Triticum aestivum L.). The DREAM algorithm offers different advantages in comparison to usual methods. Among these, it is possible to study i) the most probable a posteriori parameters distributions, ii) the parameters correlations, and iii) the uncertainties impacted on model outputs. Furthermore, a new version of the likelihood function was proposed, making an explicit use of the coefficient of variation. Results showed that it allowed the noise existing on measurements to be considered, but also the heteroscedasticity phenomenon usually encountered in biological growth processes. In parallel, assimilation data is another way to improve models simulations. These techniques allow considering measurements performed in real-time (e.g. remote measures of LAI or soil water content) in order to correct and adjust the possible drift of model simulations. In particular, a recently developed algorithm, known as variational filter, was evaluated. Its superiority, both in term of state variables simulations improvement and parameter resampling, was demonstrated. The third part of the research focuses on the real-time end season yield prediction. It involves building climate matrix ensembles, combining different time ranges of projected mean data and real measured weather originating from the historical records. As the crop growing season progresses, the effects of real monitored data plays a greater role and the prediction reliability increases. Our results demonstrated that a reliable predictive delay of 3-4 weeks before harvest could be obtained. Finally, using real-time data acquired with a micrometeorological station enabled to (i) predict, daily, potential yield at the local level, (ii) detect stress occurrence, and (iii) quantify yield losses (or gains). Being based on projected seasonal norms, this methodology is in opposition to another technique that consists to offer a panel of solution for what concerns the future. Such probabilistic technique relies on the use of stochastic weather generator (LARS-WG in this case). However, in the fourth part of this thesis, on the basis of the convergence in law theorem, it was demonstrated that in 90% of the climatic situations, both approaches were equivalent, exhibiting RRMSE and normalised deviation criteria inferior to 10%. Furthermore the two approaches offered similar predictive delay-time. The main difference between techniques lies in the finality. The first allows to quickly simulate the remaining yield potential, while the second aims to quantify the uncertainty level associated to the predictions. In the fifth and last part of this thesis, in order to quantify the uncertainty level associated to different modalities of N applications, the STICS model answers were studied under stochastic climatic realisations. It was demonstrated that, if no N was applied, under our temperate climatic conditions, the yield distribution could be considered as normal. However, with increasing N practices, the asymmetry level was found itself increasing. As soon as N was applied, not only were the yields higher, but also was the probability to achieve yields that were at least superior to the mean of the distribution. This undoubtedly reduced the risk for the farmer to achieve low yields levels. To summary all the researches conducted in this thesis, a N strategic decision support system was developed. In a general way, for what concerns the Hesbaye Region, the superiority of three fractions N protocols was demonstrated. In addition, the three rates fertilisation management based on the systematic applications of 60 kgN.ha-1 at tillering and stem extension stages and offering the possibility to adapt the flag-leaf fraction in real-time appeared as an optimal strategy. Within this tool, the uncertainty associated to climatic variability could be finely characterised, and the risk encountered by the farmer was quantified for different investigated practices. But far more important, it was demonstrated that N management could be optimised in real-time. In a general way, the research should be pursued by studying more fundamentally and systematically a wide range of different agro-environmental situations. In particular, it would be interesting to study of the Genotype × Environment × Cultural practices interactions to ensure food security in a climatic changing world. [less ▲]

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See detailPreparation of polyaniline-modified local clay and study of its sorption capacity
Benhebal, Hadj; Chaid, Messaoud; Léonard, Angélique ULg et al

in Journal of Nanostructure in Chemistry (2014), 4(98), 6

Clay minerals are frequently used in adsorption processes with aqueous solution; it was found that the adsorption properties of clays change when the samples are modified. In this context, polyaniline ... [more ▼]

Clay minerals are frequently used in adsorption processes with aqueous solution; it was found that the adsorption properties of clays change when the samples are modified. In this context, polyaniline-modified clay nanocomposite (at 10 %) was prepared by in situ polymerization processes. The structural and morphological characteristics of the synthesized material are systematically examined by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, thermo-gravimetry, differential scanning calorimetry and infrared spectroscopy techniques. The adsorption property of the modified clay was evaluated for the removal of a reactive dye (methylene blue) from aqueous solution at room temperature (25 C) via batch adsorption. [less ▲]

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See detailRéaction immédiate à l'alcool
LIBON, Florence ULg; DEZFOULIAN, Bita ULg; NIKKELS, Arjen ULg

Poster (2014, April 17)

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See detailAtrial Natriuretic Peptide in cardiac horses
Leroux, Aurélia ULg; Al-Haidar, Ali; Remy, Benoît ULg et al

in Voorjaarsdagen Proceedings (2014, April 17)

Background: Natriuretic peptides are cardiac biomarkers that have been shown to have high potential for diagnosis, prognosis, and guidance of treatment in human and small animal cardiology. However, their ... [more ▼]

Background: Natriuretic peptides are cardiac biomarkers that have been shown to have high potential for diagnosis, prognosis, and guidance of treatment in human and small animal cardiology. However, their diagnostic and prognosis value in the equine species has only been studied in a limited number of cases. Objective: To investigate the plasma atrial natriuretic peptide concentration (ANPPl) in a large group of horses with various degrees of valvular regurgitation (VR) and heart failure (HF). Animals: Ninety-one horses, admitted at the equine teaching hospital of the University of Liege, and with no, mild, moderate or severe VR and presenting various stages of HF, according to human and canine grading system (A: no VR, B1: asymptomatic VR without cardiac remodelling, B2: asymptomatic VR with cardiac remodelling, C: symptomatic VR). Methods: All horses underwent clinical and Doppler echocardiographic examination, which allowed determining the presence, nature, and severity of VR, and the HF stage. The ANPPl was measured using a commercially available human RIA test. The mean values of body weight, age, ANPPl and each echocardiographic parameter were compared between horses in stage A, B1, B2 or C of HF and between horses with no, mild, moderate or severe VR, using a one-way ANOVA test. Then, correlations between ANPPl and each echocardiographic parameter were assessed using a Pearson’s product-moment analysis. Results: Horses with severe and moderate VR had significantly higher ANPPl than horses with mild or no VR. ANPPl was significantly higher in horses at stage B2 and C of HF than horses at stage A and B1. Moreover, ANPPl was significantly correlated with most of the measured echocardiographic variables. This correlation was especially strong with the left atrial diameter and its percentage of dilation. Conclusions and Clinical Importance: Those results suggest that ANPPl in horses suffering from VR could have a high diagnostic value of HF, especially in horses with tricuspid or mitral insufficiency and with enlargement or dysfunction of the atria. [less ▲]

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See detail"Belgique, quo vadis ?" (conférence donnée dans le cadre des 'Grandes conférences liégeoises')
Behrendt, Christian ULg; Sinardet, Dave; Quatremer, Jean

Conference given outside the academic context (2014)

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