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See detailCognitive rehabilitation : Past, present and future.
Majerus, Steve ULg

Conference (2014, October 04)

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See detailNEAR-DEATH EXPERIENCES IN PATIENTS WITH LOCKED-IN SYNDROME
Charland-Verville, Vanessa ULg; Lugo Ramirez, Zulay del Rosario ULg; Jourdan, Jean-Pierre et al

Poster (2014, October 04)

Near-Death Experiences (NDEs) are classically associated with positive emotions like peacefulness, happiness and joy [1-3]. To date, few negative NDEs reports have been documented [4]. Although NDEs ... [more ▼]

Near-Death Experiences (NDEs) are classically associated with positive emotions like peacefulness, happiness and joy [1-3]. To date, few negative NDEs reports have been documented [4]. Although NDEs classically arise in the context of an acute severe brain damage, their associated memories are reported as being phenomenologically very rich and detailed [5]. To date, no satisfactory explanatory model exits to fully account for the rich phenomenology of NDEs following a severe acute brain injury [6]. Neurobiological hypotheses include cerebral hypoxia [7, 8] and temporal lobe dysfunctions [9] to account for some of the features occurring during NDEs. However, it has been recently shown that anoxic/hypoxic, traumatic and other supratentorial brain lesions do not seem to influence the content of a NDE when assessed with a standardized tool (i.e., Greyson NDE scale; [1]). Due to their particular brain lesion (i.e., pontine brainstem), locked-in syndrome (LIS) patients provide a unique opportunity to further investigate the neural correlates of NDEs. We here aimed at retrospectively characterizing the content of NDEs in patients with LIS having suffered from an acute brainstem lesion (cerebrovascular accident (CVA) or trauma; i.e., “LIS NDEs”) and to compare these experiences to those collected in a cohort of matched NDE experiencers after coma with supratentorial lesions (CVA or trauma; i.e., “classical NDEs”). [less ▲]

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See detailNeuropathies proximales du membre supérieur
WANG, François-Charles ULg

Conference (2014, October 04)

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See detailL'épaule un carrefour complexe
WANG, François-Charles ULg

Conference (2014, October 04)

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See detailEt si ce n'était pas un canal carpien
FERON, Frédéric ULg; WANG, François-Charles ULg

Conference (2014, October 04)

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See detailDiscussion de cas cliniques et atelier pratique
WANG, François-Charles ULg

Conference (2014, October 04)

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See detailOblitérations. Contacts et frictions dans "A Humument" de Tom Phillips
Delville, Michel ULg; Belloi, Livio ULg

Conference (2014, October 03)

Cette intervention examine "A Humument" de Tom Phillips en termes de contacts et de frictions entre le texte-source (un roman victorien) et sa réinterprétation par l'auteur.

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See detailWhat's happening in Adenoma Valley
Beckers, Albert ULg

Scientific conference (2014, October 03)

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See detailMultibody Modelling of Mechanical Transmission Systems in Vehicle Dynamics
Virlez, Geoffrey ULg

Doctoral thesis (2014)

This thesis addresses the dynamic modelling of automotive driveline components by means of the nonlinear finite element method for flexible multibody systems. Starting from a detailed study of an ... [more ▼]

This thesis addresses the dynamic modelling of automotive driveline components by means of the nonlinear finite element method for flexible multibody systems. Starting from a detailed study of an industrial application, the TORSEN differential, several contributions are proposed in the field of contact modelling. The contact between rigid bodies in several geometric configurations is investigated and the influence of the squeeze film of lubricating oil is studied. A contact formulation between flexible bodies modelled as superelements is also developed and applied to the modelling of 3D flexible gear pairs. [less ▲]

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See detailDétection précoce de la souffrance psychique chez l’adolescent
Malchair, Alain ULg

Scientific conference (2014, October 03)

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See detailFunction of the chloroplastic hydrogenase in the microalga Chlamydomonas reinhardtii: A trvel from dark to light
Godaux, Damien ULg

Doctoral thesis (2014)

The decreasing availability of fossil energy stocks and the eventuality of tragic climate changes caused by greenhouse gases lead to search for alternative renewable energy sources. Biological hydrogen ... [more ▼]

The decreasing availability of fossil energy stocks and the eventuality of tragic climate changes caused by greenhouse gases lead to search for alternative renewable energy sources. Biological hydrogen might be one promising renewable energy carrier. A specific and restricted group of microalgae developed the ability to produce hydrogen based on an oxygen-sensitive hydrogenase enzyme coupled to the photosynthetic pathway, acting as a putative valve for excess electrons in conditions where other electron acceptors are scarce. The unicellular green alga Chlamydomonas reinhardtii is widely regarded as a model organism for various biological processes, especially for photosynthesis. Moreover, the capacity of Chlamydomonas hydrogenase is claimed as the highest recorded in literature. Less than twenty years ago, a group of American scientists designed a new approach for sustained photobiological production of hydrogen, based on a two-stage protocol that temporally separates photosynthetic O2 evolution from the H2 production phase (Melis et al., 2000). The transition occurs upon sulfur deprivation of the culture and leads to an operating continuous production for several days, opening new possibilities in the aim of an economically rentable bioproduction. For these reasons, hydrogen photoproduction in Chlamydomonas reinhardtii has been extensively examined in the last decade as extension of photosynthesis research entailing the understanding of hydrogen metabolism in microalgae (for reviews, see Hankamer et al., 2007; Ghirardi et al., 2009; Ghysels and Franck, 2010). Despite the attractive trait of generating a renewable fuel from nature’s most plentiful resources, i.e. light and water, the physiological significance of such oxygen-sensitive enzyme coupled to oxygenic photosynthesis has been poorly investigated with the exception of some old studies (Kessler, 1973; Schreiber and Vidaver, 1974). In this work, hydrogenase implication in photosynthetic reactivation from dark and anoxic environment is investigated. In the first part of the work, by analyzing several strains affected in hydrogen metabolism (e.g. nda2-RNAi (Jans et al., 2008), pfl1 (Philipps et al., 2011), dum11 (Dorthu et al., 1992)), we show that the PSII–dependent photosynthetic electron flow upon dark to light shift is linearly related to the activity of hydrogenase, both for short and long-terms adaptation (Publication I). In agreement with this conclusion, a hydrogenase-deficient strain for the HydEF maturation factor (hydef, Posewitz et al., 2004) shows peculiar chlorophyll fluorescence induction kinetics after adaptation to dark and anoxia. Based on these findings, a novel imaging screening method is developed, allowing rapid identification of strains impaired in hydrogen metabolism. Compared to existing screens (for review, see Hemschemeier et al., 2009), our protocol is remarkably fast, sensitive and non-invasive. At this stage, application of this new screening method allowed us to isolate several hydrogenase-deficient strains, among which one was impaired for the hydrogenase maturation protein HydG (hydg-2 mutant). Chlamydomonas reinhardtii might frequently encounter period of dark and anoxia in its natural habitat, especially during the night when the microbial community respires the available oxygen. In the second part of my work, the physiological importance of hydrogenase is investigated in the context of photosynthesis induction at the onset of light upon anoxia. In such conditions, the plastoquinone pool is known as being overreduced. This triggers the process of state transitions which is described as allowing the redistribution of light capture between both photosystems to manage the redox poise of the photosynthetic pathway (for review, see Lemeille and Rochaix, 2010). We therefore revisit the impact of both state transitions and hydrogenase activity on the reactivation of photosynthetic electron flow (Publication II). Here we show that, in presence of hydrogenase, photosynthesis reactivation is slightly faster in stt7 mutant locked in state 1 (Depege et al., 2003) compared to wild type which is in state 2. However, photosynthesis reactivation is delayed in hydef stt7-9 double mutant compared to hydef mutant. This indicates that, in a hydrogenase-deficient context, state 2 promotes photosynthesis reactivation. Considered for a long time as being tightly interconnected (Finazzi et al., 1999; Finazzi et al., 2002; Finazzi and Forti, 2004), state transitions and PSI-CEF have recently been revealed as unrelated to each other (Takahashi et al., 2013). Nonetheless, the increasing of PSI antenna size in state 2 could even though enhance the PSI-CEF rate, in an indirect way, by enhancing PSI energy capture (Cardol et al., 2009; Alric, 2014). This reasonably raises the question of a possible involvement of PSI-CEF in photosynthesis induction. This possibility is further studied in the third and last part of the work. Thanks to mutants devoid of PSI-CEF (i.e. pgrl1 mutant (Tolleter et al., 2011)) and hydrogenase activity (i.e. hydg-2 mutant (Publication I)), we investigate the role played by PSI-CEF along with hydrogenase during photosynthesis reactivation during a shift from dark anoxia to light (Publication III). Herein, we demonstrate that Calvin cycle reactivation is proton gradient-dependent, most likely due to ATP requirement for carbon dioxide fixation. By measuring the PSI/PSII efficiency ratio during the re- illumination period, we point out the physiological occurrence of PSI-CEF within the first minutes of ilumination. We therefore propose a schematic model that assesses the electron flow through hydrogenase, PSI-CEF and Calvin cycle in function of the illumination period in all studied strains. Although lack of PSI-CEF does not appear to be essential for cell survival, photosynthesis reactivation is delayed in pgrl1 mutants. We also isolate a pgrl1 hydg-2 double mutant and demonstrate that the combination of both defects prevents any photosynthetic activity and strongly impairs growth. This highlights the importance for algae to keep both pathways in the course of evolution, being critical for the survival of Chlamydomonas reinhardtii in its natural environment. [less ▲]

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See detailKnowledge transfer from Belgian government to medical doctors
MORTELMANS, Katrien; REMMEN, Roy; BERKEIN, Philip et al

Conference (2014, October 02)

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See detailManuel d'analyse qualitative. Analyser sans compter ni classer
Lejeune, Christophe ULg

Book published by De Boeck (2014)

La méthode qualitative s'est dotée d'outils et de techniques : journal de bord, propriété, dimension, catégorie, échantillonnage, saturation, scénario, mémo et compte rendu, codage (ouvert, axial et ... [more ▼]

La méthode qualitative s'est dotée d'outils et de techniques : journal de bord, propriété, dimension, catégorie, échantillonnage, saturation, scénario, mémo et compte rendu, codage (ouvert, axial et sélectif). Cet ouvrage présente le rôle respectif de chacun de ces éléments et permet à tous de s'approprier la logique qui les sous-tend. S'appuyant sur des exemples issus de recherches réelles, il expose avec clarté comment conduire sa propre recherche. Il fournit des astuces développées par les praticiens les plus aguerris et permet ainsi au lecteur d'évaluer sa propre avancée dans le monde passionnant de la recherche qualitative. [less ▲]

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See detailLes biomarqueurs du remodelage osseux
CAVALIER, Etienne ULg

Conference (2014, October 02)

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See detailIl ne suffit pas de lire les étiquettes, mais bien de discuter avec le producteur
Ozer, Pierre ULg

Article for general public (2014)

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See detail6 interventions dans la presse écrite et radio au sujet des Moocs, du 22 mai 2013 jusqu'au 2 octobre 2014
Verpoorten, Dominique ULg

Diverse speeche and writing (2014)

Ces interventions témoignent du suivi attentif et critique des initiatives en matière de moocs.

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See detailRational Design of a Safe and Efficacious Attenuated Recombinant Vaccine Against Cyprinid Herpesvirus 3 Using Prokaryotic Mutagenesis and In Vivo Imaging System
Boutier, Maxime ULg

Conference (2014, October 02)

Cyprinid herpesvirus 3 (CyHV-3) is the causative agent of a lethal disease in common and koi carp. Since its emergence, in the late 1990s, CyHV 3 has caused severe economic losses worldwide creating a ... [more ▼]

Cyprinid herpesvirus 3 (CyHV-3) is the causative agent of a lethal disease in common and koi carp. Since its emergence, in the late 1990s, CyHV 3 has caused severe economic losses worldwide creating a need for a safe and efficacious vaccine. With this goal in mind, recombinant strains deleted for single gene were produced using prokaryotic recombination technologies. While producing such a recombinant for ORF134, we unexpectedly obtained a clone deleted for ORF56 and ORF57 in addition to the expected deletion of ORF134. Interestingly, this triple deleted recombinant replicated efficiently in vitro, exhibited an attenuated profile and induced an immune protection against a lethal challenge in vivo. To determine the role of each deleted locus in the phenotype of the triple deleted recombinant, a series of recombinant were produced and tested in vivo. Firstly, to investigate the role of ORF134 deletion, a double ORF56-57 deleted recombinant and an independent triple ORF56-57-ORF134 deleted recombinant were produced. These experiments revealed that ORF134 deletion did contribute significantly neither to the attenuation nor to the immune protection observed for the triple deleted recombinant. Secondly, to determine the relative importance of ORF56 and ORF57 deletion in the attenuation observed, two single deleted recombinants were produced for ORF56 and ORF57. These experiments demonstrated that ORF57 deletion, in contrast to ORF56 deletion, correlates with an attenuated phenotype. Based on its safety-efficacy profile, the ORF56-57 double deleted recombinant was selected as a candidate vaccine. Complementary experiments were performed to further investigate the potential of this strain as a safe and efficacious attenuated recombinant vaccine. The results obtained can be summarized as follows: (i) In vivo imaging (IVIS) of vaccinated fish challenged with a wild type strain expressing luciferase as a reporter gene, suggested that vaccination induces a sterile immunity at the portal of entry. (ii) Study of viral tropism by qPCR, IVIS, and histopathological analyses, demonstrated that in comparison to the wild type parental strain, the vaccine strain replicates at lower level, at later time post-infection and for a shorter period of time. (iii) Transmission studies demonstrated that there is no detectable spread of the vaccine from freshly vaccinated fish to naive fish located immediately down stream of vaccinated fish (water sharing). All together, the results of the present study demonstrate the potential of ORF56-ORF57 double deleted CyHV-3 recombinant strain for safe and efficacious mass vaccination of carp. [less ▲]

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