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See detailCryopreservation of chicken primordial germ cells by vitrification and slow-freezing: a comparative study
Tonus, Céline ULg; Connan, Delphine ULg; Waroux, Olivier ULg et al

in Theriogenology (2017), 88

In the present study, we compare a classical slow freezing method and an aseptic vitrification technique to cryopreserve a stable Primordial Gem Cells (PGCs) line issued from the Ardennaise chicken breed ... [more ▼]

In the present study, we compare a classical slow freezing method and an aseptic vitrification technique to cryopreserve a stable Primordial Gem Cells (PGCs) line issued from the Ardennaise chicken breed. Viability immediately after warming was close to 80% and did not differ between the two cryopreservation methods. Proliferation tended to be slower for both cryopreservation methods compared to controls, but the difference was significant only for vitrification. No difference was found between the two methods after flow cytometry analysis of SSEA-1 expression and RT-PCR on several factors related to PGCs phenotype. After one week in culture, all cryopreserved cells reached controls main morphological and expanding (viability/proliferation) features. However, slow freezing generated more unwanted cells clusters than vitrification. After injection of the PGCs into recipient embryos, vitrified PGCs showed a clear, yet not significant, tendency to colonize the gonad at a higher rate than slow frozen PGCs. Slow freezing in cryovials remains simple, inexpensive and less technically demanding than vitrification. Nevertheless, the intrinsic advantages of our aseptic vitrification method and the present study suggest that this should be considered as safer than classical slow freezing for cryopreserving chicken PGCs. [less ▲]

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See detailStudy on reproductive performance of Holstein x Lai Sind crossbred heifers and cows at smallholdings in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
Nguyen-Kien, Cuong; Nguyen, Van Khanh; Hanzen, Christian ULg

in Tropical Animal Health and Production (2017), 49

The reproductive performance of Holstein x Lai Sind crossbred dairy heifers and cows was evaluated at small-holdings in Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC). The data of 232 heifers and 244 cows (261 lactations) from ... [more ▼]

The reproductive performance of Holstein x Lai Sind crossbred dairy heifers and cows was evaluated at small-holdings in Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC). The data of 232 heifers and 244 cows (261 lactations) from 35 small dairy farms was collected over a 2-year period, from 2013 to 2014. The overall mean for age at first service (AFS), days between first and last service (DFLS), and age at conception (AC) of heifers was 479 (±80), 38 (±80), and 517 (±114) days, respectively. Average number of services per conception (NSC), conception rate (CR), and conception rate at first ser-vice (CRFS) was 1.8 (±1.4), 55, and 58%, respectively. The overall mean for the waiting period (WP), DFLS, and days open (DO) of cows was 109 (±52), 133 (±114), and 242 (±129) days, respectively. The mean for NSC, CR, and CRFS was 4.3 (±2.7), 23, and 14%, respectively. A very sig- nificant decrease in AFS and AC according to the year of birth, and a significant increase in AFS according to body weight at first insemination (>320 kg) were observed. The CRFS of heifers inseminated in 2013 was significantly higher than in 2014. Monthly mean CR in heifers and cows was negatively correlated with THI. The WP, DFLS, DO, and NSC of cows significantly decreased according to the year of calving. Cows that calved in rainy season had a significant-ly longer WP than in dry season. The occurrence of postpar-tum (PP) diseases was accompanied by an increase in WP, DO, and NSC. A decrease in body condition score (BCS) between calving and 60th day (C60) and also between 60th and 120th day of lactation resulted in a significant increase in WP and DO. A decrease in BCS between C60 was also ac-companied by a considerable reduction in CRFS of cows. Season and BCS at insemination had a significant effect on NSC and CR of cows. Reproductive performance was satis-factory for heifers, but poor for cows. Losses of BCS during the first months of lactation and at insemination were the major risk factors for this poor performance. Moreover, the season had a more negative effect on fertility in cows than in heifers. [less ▲]

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See detailBreaking Bad News: the TAKE five program
VAN CAUWENBERGE, Isabelle ULg; GILLET, Aline ULg; Bragard, Isabelle ULg et al

Conference (2017, January 14)

Introduction For years, bad news delivery’s impact on patients or their relatives, as well as physicians’ stress has been a major concern. Based on studies claiming the efficacy of training courses to ... [more ▼]

Introduction For years, bad news delivery’s impact on patients or their relatives, as well as physicians’ stress has been a major concern. Based on studies claiming the efficacy of training courses to help physicians delivering such news, many protocols, like SPIKES, BREAKS or SHARE, have emerged worldwide. However, training to such protocol might be time-consuming and not suitable with junior doctors or trainees’ turnover. We hypothesised that a standardized 5-hours training program could improve bad news delivery practice. Participants and methods This preliminary study was conducted in the ED of a tertiary care academic hospital accounting for 90000 ED census per year, 16 attending physicians, 10 junior residents, and 5 trainees per month. Data were collected between November 2015 and April 2016. The study included 3 phases over 4 weeks. Video recorded single role-playing sessions happened the 1st (T1) and the 4th (T3) weeks. A 3-hour theory lesson happened the second week (T2), introducing the basics of therapeutic communication and delivering bad news. Each role-playing session lasted almost 1 hour (10 minutes briefing and medical case reading, 10 minutes role-plays and 40 minutes group debriefing). Bad news delivery performance was evaluated by a 14-points retrospective assessment tool (1). We collected data about the status and impact of a stressful event at 3-days using the French version of the IES-R scale (2). We applied Student t-tests for statistical analysis. Results 14 volunteers (10 trainees and 4 junior emergency physicians) were included in the study. On average, bad-news delivery process took 9’45’’ at T1 and 10’20’’ at T3. From T1 to T3, bad-news delivery performance increased significantly for both junior emergency physicians and trainees (p=0.0003 and p=0.0006, respectively). Further analysis revealed that most relevant increases involved the “situation” (p<0.001), “presentation” (p=0.009), “knowledge” (p=0.037), “emotions” (p=0.01) and “summary” (p=0.001) steps. We also found a significant decrease of the impact of bad-news delivery on trainee physicians’ stress (p=0.006). Discussion and conclusion These preliminary results indicate some potential for this new standardized course of bad news delivery. Apart from allowing physicians increase their communications skills, we believe that this simple 5-hour simulation-training program could alleviate physicians’ stress when they happen to break bad news. References 1. Brunet, A. et al. (2003). Validation of a French version of the Impact of Event Scale-Revised. Can J Psychiatry, 48(1), 56-61. 2. Park, I. et al. (2010). Breaking bad news education for emergency medicine residents: A novel training module using simulation with the SPIKES protocol. J Emerg Trauma Shock, 3(4), 385-388. [less ▲]

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See detailThe added value of plasma or urinary NGAL concentrations in clinical practice
Gregoire, Emilien ULg; Claisse, Guillaume; GUIOT, Julien ULg et al

Poster (2017, January 13)

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See detailMicrobiological load of edible insects found in Belgium
Caparros Megido, Rudy ULg; Desmedt, Sandrine; Blecker, Christophe ULg et al

in Insects (2017)

Edible insects are gaining more and more attention as a sustainable source of animal protein for food and feed in the future. In Belgium, some insect products can be found on the market, and consumers are ... [more ▼]

Edible insects are gaining more and more attention as a sustainable source of animal protein for food and feed in the future. In Belgium, some insect products can be found on the market, and consumers are sourcing fresh insects from fishing stores or towards traditional markets to find exotic insects that are illegal and not sanitarily controlled. From this perspective, this study aims to characterize the microbial load of edible insects found in Belgium (i.e., fresh mealworms and house crickets from European farms and smoked termites and caterpillars from a traditional Congolese market) and to evaluate the efficiency of different processing methods (blanching for all species and freeze-drying and sterilization for European species) in reducing microorganism counts. All untreated insect samples had a total aerobic count higher than the limit for fresh minced meat (6.7 log cfu/g). Nevertheless, a species-dependent blanching step has led to a reduction of the total aerobic count under this limit, except for one caterpillar species. Freeze-drying and sterilization treatments on European species were also effective in reducing the total aerobic count. Yeast and mold counts for untreated insects were above the Good Manufacturing Practice limits for raw meat, but all treatments attained a reduction of these microorganisms under this limit. These results confirmed that fresh insects, but also smoked insects from non-European trades, need a cooking step (at least composed of a first blanching step) before consumption. Therefore, blanching timing for each studied insect species is proposed and discussed. [less ▲]

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See detailRegard juridique sur la fusion des communes : fondements, modalités et mise en œuvre d’une réforme controversée
Bouhon, Frédéric ULg

Conference given outside the academic context (2017)

Cette conférence destinée au grand public visait à exposer les enjeux, les fondements et les implications de la fusion des communes, opérée en Belgique en 1977.

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See detailLandscape ecological consequences of the (sub)urbanization process in an African city: Lubumbashi (Democratic Republic of Congo)
Andre, Marie ULg

Doctoral thesis (2017)

If anthropogenic effect is a general term accounting for the influence of human activities on environment, it may also designate specific influences that may be inter- and intralinked. Thus, urbanization ... [more ▼]

If anthropogenic effect is a general term accounting for the influence of human activities on environment, it may also designate specific influences that may be inter- and intralinked. Thus, urbanization and suburbanization are anthropogenic processes contributing to the broad anthropogenic effect. They hide in turn other subprocesses of land transformation that will be called here the secondary spatial impacts. However, although the growing influence of the latter processes, they are still not defined consensually nor exist a comprehensive and applied-oriented methodology to delimit them. The general objective of this thesis is to develop a spatially explicit methodology to evaluate the landscape ecological consequences of the urbanization and suburbanization processes, taking a representative city of Sub-Saharan Africa as a case study: Lubumbashi (Democratic Republic of Congo), and the last decade as the period of study. That general objective is addressed through two themes, to which correspond specific objectives. The first theme concerns the evaluation of the anthropogenic land use and land cover dynamics and the second one proposes a methodology to evaluate the expansion of urban and suburban areas, in relation with consistent definitions of the areas in the urban-rural gradient. For both themes, the propositions are based on remote sensing techniques and landscape ecology metrics. Results show that the region of Lubumbashi underwent a global anthropisation increase mostly constituted of minor rises of anthropisation levels but impacting mainly the most natural landscape classes. Urban and suburban areas were located through the use of the proportion of built-up metric, the secondary spatial impact area through the use of adjacencies of the less natural landscape patches. The growth shape of the urban and suburban areas is concentric, except in the south-western part of the city where an affluent of the river Kafubu and its adjacent wetlands slow the urban expansion. The secondary spatial impact area dynamics seems determined, in the north-west, by the relief and, in the north-east, by a transportation axis. It is the latter dynamics that is dominant for the period. It corresponds to the so-called savanisation process, probably due to wood fuel and charcoal production. The methodologies developed here could be improved by taking connectedness into account, by using an additional configuration metric for the definition of urban areas or by taking advantage of spatially explicit socio-economic data. They could also be tested on mining sites, other cities and/or using images of different spatial resolution. [less ▲]

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See detailIron, zinc and manganese interaction within the frd3 Arabidopsis mutant
Scheepers, Maxime ULg; Spielmann, Julien ULg; Goormaghtigh, Erik et al

Poster (2017, January 12)

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See detailTracking the Subtle Mutations Thriving Host Sensing by the Plant Pathogen Streptomyces scabies
Deflandre, Benoit ULg; Jourdan, Samuel ULg; Francis, Isolde Maria et al

Poster (2017, January 12)

Le modèle de la pathogénicité végétale chez les Streptomyces, S. scabies est responsable de la maladie de la galle commune. La thaxtomine est la phytotoxine qui cause cette maladie. Il y a peu, la voie de ... [more ▼]

Le modèle de la pathogénicité végétale chez les Streptomyces, S. scabies est responsable de la maladie de la galle commune. La thaxtomine est la phytotoxine qui cause cette maladie. Il y a peu, la voie de production de la toxine a été découverte : celle-ci met en oeuvre un double mécanisme de régulation génétique. Cependant, certains aspects de la perception de son hôte par le pathogène sont toujours inconnus. Dans ce poster, nous proposons plusieurs hypothèses pour expliquer comment quelques éléments subtiles peuvent être à l'origine de ce mécanisme de pathogénicité. [less ▲]

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See detailWhat is the use of shaping a tang? Tool use and hafting of tanged tools in the Aterian of Northern Africa
Tomasso, Sonja ULg; Rots, Veerle ULg

in Archaeological and Anthropological sciences (2017)

We present the results of detailed microscopic examination of tanged tools from the site of Ifri n'Ammar. The rock shelter has a particularly rich and well-preserved stratigraphy that has yielded a large ... [more ▼]

We present the results of detailed microscopic examination of tanged tools from the site of Ifri n'Ammar. The rock shelter has a particularly rich and well-preserved stratigraphy that has yielded a large variety of tanged tools, thus offering a possibility to test hypotheses on the possible links between tangs and hafting. Earlier methodological work has demonstrated that patterned wear forms on the non-active part of the tool as the result of hafted tool use, and that the characteristics of the wear traces depend on the exact hafting arrangement used. In the present study, wear analyses were combined with further experiments that involved the hafting of tanged tools with various materials and arrangements and aimed at understanding the development of this important morphological innovation. We suggest that functional data are needed to understand the relevance of the "Aterian tang" for hafting (or use), and whether this innovation was triggered by functional, cultural or environmental factors. [less ▲]

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See detailAtypical composition and structure of the mitochondrial dimeric ATP synthase from Euglena gracilis
Yadav, K.N. Sathish; Miranda Astudillo, Héctor Vicente ULg; Colina-Tenorio, Lili et al

in Biochimica et Biophysica Acta-Bioenergetics (2017), 1858(4), 267-275

Mitochondrial respiratory-chain complexes from Euglenozoa comprise classical subunits described in other eukaryotes (i.e. mammals and fungi) and subunits that are restricted to Euglenozoa (e.g. Euglena ... [more ▼]

Mitochondrial respiratory-chain complexes from Euglenozoa comprise classical subunits described in other eukaryotes (i.e. mammals and fungi) and subunits that are restricted to Euglenozoa (e.g. Euglena gracilis and Trypanosoma brucei). Here we studied the mitochondrial F1FO-ATP synthase (or Complex V) from the photosynthetic eukaryote E. gracilis in detail. The enzyme was purified by a two-step chromatographic procedure and its subunit composition was resolved by a three-dimensional gel electrophoresis (BN/SDS/SDS). Twenty-two different subunits were identified by mass-spectrometry analyses among which the canonical alpha, beta, gamma, delta, epsilon and OSCP subunits, and at least seven subunits previously found in Trypanosoma. The ADP/ATP carrier was also associated to the ATP synthase into a dimeric ATP synthasome. Single-particle analysis by transmission electron microscopy of the dimeric ATP synthase indicated that the structures of both the catalytic and central rotor parts are conserved while other structural features are original. These new features include a large membrane-spanning region joining the monomers, an external peripheral stalk and a structure that goes through the membrane and reaches the inter membrane space below the c-ring, the latter having not been reported for any mitochondrial F-ATPase. [less ▲]

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See detailLa transformation de la pensée politique dans les Pays-Bas entre xve et xvie siècles
Dumont, Jonathan ULg

Scientific conference (2017, January 11)

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See detailFermi-LAT kills dark matter interpretations of AMS-02 data. Or not?
Belotsky, Konstantin; Budaev, Ruslan; Kirillov, Alexander et al

in Journal of Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics (2017)

A number of papers attempt to explain the positron anomaly in cosmic rays, observed by PAMELA and AMS-02, in terms of dark matter (DM) decays or annihilations. However, the recent progress in cosmic gamma ... [more ▼]

A number of papers attempt to explain the positron anomaly in cosmic rays, observed by PAMELA and AMS-02, in terms of dark matter (DM) decays or annihilations. However, the recent progress in cosmic gamma-ray studies challenges these attempts. Indeed, as we show, any rational DM model explaining the positron anomaly abundantly produces final state radiation and Inverse Compton gamma rays, which inevitably leads to a contradiction with Fermi-LAT isotropic diffuse gamma-ray background measurements. Furthermore, the Fermi-LAT observation of Milky Way dwarf satellites, supposed to be rich in DM, revealed no significant signal in gamma rays. We propose a generic approach in which the major contribution to cosmic rays comes from the dark matter disc and prove that the tension between the DM origin of the positron anomaly and the cosmic gamma-ray observations can be relieved. We consider both a simple model, in which DM decay/annihilate into charged leptons, and a model-independent minimal case of particle production, and we estimate the optimal thickness of DM disk. Possible mechanisms of formation and its properties are briefly discussed. [less ▲]

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