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See detail18F-FPRGD2 PET/CT imaging of integrin αvβ3 in renal carcinomas: Correlation with histopathology
WITHOFS, Nadia ULg; SIGNOLLE, NICOLAS; SOMJA, Joan ULg et al

in Journal of Nuclear Medicine (The) (2015)

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See detailRésistance aux antibiotiques : le retour à l’ère prébiotique ?
Galleni, Moreno ULg; Kerff, Frédéric ULg; Rigali, Sébastien ULg

Conference (2015, February 05)

Aujourd’hui, la résistance des bactéries aux antibiotiques relève d'une préoccupation croissante dans le domaine de la santé publique et s'impose plus que jamais comme une priorité. Ce problème a un coût ... [more ▼]

Aujourd’hui, la résistance des bactéries aux antibiotiques relève d'une préoccupation croissante dans le domaine de la santé publique et s'impose plus que jamais comme une priorité. Ce problème a un coût, sociétal et économique en Europe: 25.000 décès annuels par septicémie et 1,5 milliard d’euros d’augmentation du coût des traitements. Bien que le besoin de nouveaux agents antibactériens en milieu clinique est urgent, seules deux nouvelles classes d’antibiotiques ont pu être proposées durant ces 30 dernières années. En effet, la découverte et le développement de nouveaux antibiotiques posent des défis scientifiques, cliniques et financiers importants. [less ▲]

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See detailQuaternary prevention, an answer of family doctors to overmedicalization
Jamoulle, Marc ULg

in International Journal of Health Policy and Management (2015), 4((X)), 1-4

In response to the questioning of Health Policy and Management (HPAM) by colleagues on the role of rank and file family physicians in the same journal, the author, a family physician in Belgium, is trying ... [more ▼]

In response to the questioning of Health Policy and Management (HPAM) by colleagues on the role of rank and file family physicians in the same journal, the author, a family physician in Belgium, is trying to highlight the complexity and depth of the work of his colleagues and their contribution to the understanding of the organization and economy of healthcare. It addresses, in particular, the management of health elements throughout the ongoing relationship of the family doctor with his/her patients. It shows how the three dimensions of prevention, clearly included in the daily work, are complemented with the fourth dimension, quaternary prevention or prevention of medicine itself, whose understanding could help to control the economic and human costs of healthcare [less ▲]

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See detailMechanisms of metal hyperaccumulation in A. halleri
Hanikenne, Marc ULg

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See detailLo “stratega” delle immagini. Cosimo I de’ Medici e gli artisti della Firenze ducale
Geremicca, Antonio ULg

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See detailSite-specific height-diameter allometry of Central African moist forests
Loubota Panzou, Grâce Jopaul ULg; Doucet, Jean-Louis ULg; Fayolle, Adeline ULg

Poster (2015, February 04)

In this study we aimed to identify the variation in height-diameter allometry between forest types and among species in Central African moist forests. We also examined the consequences on biomass ... [more ▼]

In this study we aimed to identify the variation in height-diameter allometry between forest types and among species in Central African moist forests. We also examined the consequences on biomass estimation. Two forest sites in southern Cameroon with contrasting levels of deciduousness. Height and diameter were measured for a total of 521 trees belonging to 12 timber species over a large range of diameter, 10-240 cm for the Ma’an site and 11-182 cm for the Mindourou site. Non-destructive height measurements were calibrated with destructive measurements for a total of 60 trees, 30 in each site. Commercial forest inventory data (n=7253 0.5ha plots) were gathered for the Ma’an (n=34 samples and 2101 plots) and Mindourou (n=117 samples and 5152 plots) sites. A total of ten allometric models (including asymptotic and non-asymptotic models) were fitted to the height-diameter data at species (n=12) and site (n=2) level. Biomass estimates were computed based on forest inventory data and general allometric models using both site-specific and published height-diameter equations. Given the strong correlation between the non-destructive and destructive height measurements we had confidence in using the non-destructive height measurements to establish site- and species-specific height-diameter allometric equations. The height measurements performed over a wide range of diameters, 10-240 cm, tended to support an asymptotic shape (and most often the Michaelis Menten model) for the height-diameter allometry either at species and site level. We identified a significant difference in height-diameter allometry between the two study sites. For a given diameter, trees tended to be taller in the more semi-deciduous Mindourou site than in the more evergreen Ma’an site, with a maximum height of 39.5 and 46.5 m, respectively. The two sites significantly differed in stand structure and biomass. This difference is due to the variation in height-diameter allometry. Height-diameter allometry strongly varies between sites and site-specific height-diameter allometric equations should be developed to further improve the estimation of biomass and carbon stock contained in tropical forests. [less ▲]

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See detailSuppression of Limit Cycle Oscillations using the Nonlinear Tuned Vibration Absorber
Habib, Giuseppe ULg; Kerschen, Gaëtan ULg

in Proceeding IMAC XXXIII A Conference and Exposition on Structural Dynamics, Orlando 2-5 February 2015 (2015, February 03)

The objective of the present study is to mitigate, or even completely eliminate, the limit cycle oscillations in mechanical systems using a passive nonlinear absorber, termed the nonlinear tuned vibration ... [more ▼]

The objective of the present study is to mitigate, or even completely eliminate, the limit cycle oscillations in mechanical systems using a passive nonlinear absorber, termed the nonlinear tuned vibration absorber (NLTVA). An unconventional aspect of the NLTVA is that the mathematical form of its restoring force is not imposed a priori, as it is the case for most existing nonlinear absorbers. The NLTVA parameters are determined analytically using stability and bifurcation analyses, and the resulting design is validated numerically using the MATCONT software. The proposed developments are illustrated using a Van der Pol-Du ng primary system. [less ▲]

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See detailPrésentation de cas cliniques résolus ou non résolus
WANG, François-Charles ULg

Scientific conference (2015, February 03)

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See detailEstimation of the Time Interval between the Administration of Heroin and the Sampling of Blood in Chronic Inhalers
DUBOIS, Nathalie ULg; HALLET, Claude ULg; SEIDEL, Laurence ULg et al

in Journal of Analytical Toxicology (2015)

To develop a model for estimating the time delay between last heroin consumption and blood sampling in chronic drug users. Eleven patients, all heroin inhalers undergoing detoxification, were included in ... [more ▼]

To develop a model for estimating the time delay between last heroin consumption and blood sampling in chronic drug users. Eleven patients, all heroin inhalers undergoing detoxification, were included in the study. Several plasma samples were collected during the detoxification procedure and analyzed for the heroin metabolites 6-acetylmorphine (6AM), morphine (MOR), morphine-6-glucuronide (M6G) and morphine-3-glucuronide (M3G), according to a UHPLC/MSMS method. The general linear mixed model was applied to time-related concentrations and a pragmatic four-step delay estimation approach was proposed based on the simultaneous presence of metabolites in plasma. Validation of the model was carried out using the jackknife technique on the 11 patients, and on a group of 7 test patients. Quadratic equations were derived for all metabolites except 6AM. The interval delay estimation was 2–4 days when only M3G present in plasma, 1–2 days when M6G and M3G were both present, 0–1 day when MOR, M6G and M3G were present and <2 h for all metabolites present. The ‘jackknife’ correlation between declared and actual estimated delays was 0.90. The overall precision of the delay estimates was 8–9 h. The delay between last heroin consumption and blood sampling in chronic drug users can be satisfactorily predicted from plasma heroin metabolites. [less ▲]

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See detailContribution to the Macrophytic Typology of Belgian Reference Watercourses
Galoux, Daniel; Cherot, Frédéric; Rosillon, Francis ULg et al

in Advances in Botany (2015), Volume 2015, Article ID 651369

The objective of the study is to create a typology of macrophytes for the reference watercourses of the Meuse River catchment ... [more ▼]

The objective of the study is to create a typology of macrophytes for the reference watercourses of the Meuse River catchment basininWalloniaasasteptowardstheimplementationoftheEuropeanWaterFrameworkDirective.The50sitesstudiedarethe objectofaphysicochemicalandenvironmentalcharacterizationfollowedbyafloristicsurvey(phanerogams,mosses,liverworts, andmacroalgae).Sixclustersofwatercourseswiththeircharacteristicspeciesarehighlightedbytwo-wayclusteringandindicator species. The abundance of phanerogams in some watercourses of the Arden region is not only linked to light intensity but also dependsonthedegreeofslopeandthenatureofthegeologicalsubstrate [less ▲]

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See detailThe non-convex shape of (234) Barbara, the first Barbarian
Tanga, Paolo; Carry, B.; Colas, F. et al

in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society (2015)

Asteroid (234) Barbara is the prototype of a category of asteroids that has been shown to be extremely rich in refractory inclusions, the oldest material ever found in the Solar System. It exhibits ... [more ▼]

Asteroid (234) Barbara is the prototype of a category of asteroids that has been shown to be extremely rich in refractory inclusions, the oldest material ever found in the Solar System. It exhibits several peculiar features, most notably its polarimetric behavior. In recent years other objects sharing the same property (collectively known as ”Barbarians”) have been discovered. Interferometric observations in the mid-infrared with the ESO VLTI suggested that (234) Barbara might have a bi-lobated shape or even a large companion satellite. We use a large set of 57 optical lightcurves acquired between 1979 and 2014, together with the timings of two stellar occultations in 2009, to determine the rotation period, spin-vector coordinates, and 3-D shape of (234) Barbara, using two different shape reconstruction algorithms. By using the lightcurves combined to the results obtained from stellar occultations, we are able to show that the shape of (234) Barbara exhibits large concave areas. Possible links of the shape to the polarimetric properties and the object evolution are discussed. We also show that VLTI data can be modeled without the presence of a satellite [less ▲]

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See detailMagnetic shielding of an inhomogenous magnetic field source by a bulk superconducting tube
Hogan, Kevin ULg; Fagnard, Jean-François ULg; Wera, Laurent ULg et al

in Superconductor Science and Technology (2015), 28(3), 035011

Bulk type-II irreversible superconductors can act as excellent passive magnetic shields, with a strong attenuation of low frequency magnetic fields. Up to now, the performances of superconducting magnetic ... [more ▼]

Bulk type-II irreversible superconductors can act as excellent passive magnetic shields, with a strong attenuation of low frequency magnetic fields. Up to now, the performances of superconducting magnetic shields have mainly been studied in a homogenous magnetic field, considering only immunity problems, i.e. when the field is applied outside the tube and the inner field should ideally be zero. In this paper, we aim to investigate experimentally and numerically the magnetic response of a high-Tc bulk superconducting hollow cylinder at 77 K in an emission problem, i.e. when subjected to the non-uniform magnetic field generated by a source coil placed inside the tube. A bespoke 3-D mapping system coupled with a 3-axis Hall probe is used to measure the magnetic flux density distribution outside the superconducting magnetic shield. A finite element model is developed to understand how the magnetic field penetrates into the superconductor and how the induced superconducting shielding currents flow inside the shield in the case where the emitting coil is placed coaxially inside the tube. The finite element modelling is found to be in excellent agreement with the experimental data. Results show that a concentration of the magnetic flux lines occurs between the emitting coil and the superconducting screen. This effect is observed both with the modelling and the experiment. In the case of a long tube, we show that the main features of the field penetration in the superconducting walls can be reproduced with a simple analytical 1D model. This model is used to estimate the maximum flux density of the emitting coil that can be shielded by the superconductor. [less ▲]

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See detailDifferential Performance between Two Timber Species in Forest Logging Gaps and in Plantations in Central Africa
Fayolle, Adeline ULg; Ouedraogo, Dakis-Yaoba ULg; Ligot, Gauthier ULg et al

in Forests (2015), 6(2), 380-394

To develop silvicultural guidelines for high-value timber species of Central African moist forests, we assessed the performance of the pioneer Milicia excelsa (iroko, Moraceae), and of the non-pioneer ... [more ▼]

To develop silvicultural guidelines for high-value timber species of Central African moist forests, we assessed the performance of the pioneer Milicia excelsa (iroko, Moraceae), and of the non-pioneer light demander Pericopsis elata (assamela, Fabaceae) in logging gaps and in plantations in highly degraded areas in south-eastern Cameroon. The survival and size of each seedling was regularly monitored in the silvicultural experiments. Differences in performance and allometry were tested between species in logging gaps and in plantations. The two species performance in logging gaps was significantly different from plantations and concurred with the expectations of the performance trade-off hypothesis but not with the expectations of species light requirements. The pioneer M. excelsa survived significantly better in logging gaps while the non-pioneer P. elata grew significantly faster in plantations. The high mortality and slow growth of M. excelsa in plantations is surprising for a pioneer species but could be explained by herbivory (attacks from a gall-making psyllid). Identifying high-value native timber species (i) with good performance in plantations such as P. elata is of importance to restore degraded areas; and (ii) with good performance in logging gaps such as M. excelsa is of importance to maintain timber resources and biodiversity in production forests. [less ▲]

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See detailSelf-assembly of a triblock terpolymer mediated by hydrogen-bonded complexes
Guerlain, Claire; Piogé, Sandie; Detrembleur, Christophe ULg et al

in Journal of Polymer Science. Part A, Polymer Chemistry (2015), 53(3), 459-467

A poly(methyl methacrylate)-block-poly(4-vinylpyridine)-block-polystyrene (PMMA-b-P4VP-b-PS) triblock terpolymer is synthesized by ATRP to study its self-assembly with PAA in organic solvents. The self ... [more ▼]

A poly(methyl methacrylate)-block-poly(4-vinylpyridine)-block-polystyrene (PMMA-b-P4VP-b-PS) triblock terpolymer is synthesized by ATRP to study its self-assembly with PAA in organic solvents. The self-assembly behavior of this system is compared with the one of a mixture of two diblocks, namely polystyrene-block-poly(4-vinylpyridine) (PS-b-P4VP) and poly(methyl methacrylate)-block-poly(methacrylic acid) (PMMA-b-PMAA). For both systems, formation of hydrogen-bonded complexes between the P4VP and PMAA or PAA blocks occurs. These complexes become insoluble in the solvent used and micelles with a P4VP/P(M)AA complexes core surrounded by PS and PMMA coronal chains are obtained in both cases. These micelles are analyzed by DLS and TEM. Spherical micelles are formed for both systems but the hydrodynamic radii obtained for the two types of micelles are different. Indeed, the micelles formed by the PMMA-b-P4VP-b-PS + PAA system are smaller than those observed for the PS-b-P4VP + PMMA-b-PMAA system. Finally, the effect of the molar ratio of the P4VP/PMAA complexing blocks is investigated. [less ▲]

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See detailEconomics of a decision-support system for managing the main fungal diseases of winter wheat in the Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg
El Jarroudi, Moussa ULg; Kouadio, Louis; Beyer, Marco et al

in Field Crops Research (2015), 172(2), 32-41

We evaluated the cost effectiveness of a decision-support system (DSS) developed for assessing in real time the risk of progression of the main fungal diseases (i.e., Septoria leaf blotch, powdery mildew ... [more ▼]

We evaluated the cost effectiveness of a decision-support system (DSS) developed for assessing in real time the risk of progression of the main fungal diseases (i.e., Septoria leaf blotch, powdery mildew, leaf rusts and Fusarium head blight) of winter wheat in the Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg (GDL). The study was conducted in replicated field experiments located in four agricultural locations (representative of the main agro-ecological regions of the country) over a 10-year period (2003-2012). Three fungicide spray strategies were compared: a single DSS-based system and two commonly used spray practices in the GDL, a double- (2T)- and a triple- spray (3T) spray treatment; there was also a non-treated control. In years with a high disease pressure, the DSS-based recommendation resulted in protection of the three upper leaves comparable to that achieved with the 2T and 3T treatments, with significant grain yield increases (P > 0.05) compared to the control (a 4 to 42% increase, depending on the site and year). Overall, the financial gain in treated plots compared with the control ranged from 3 to 16% at the study sites. Furthermore, in seasons when dry weather conditions precluded epidemic development, no the DSS-basedDSS recommended no fungicide spray was recommended, reducing use of fungicide, and thus saving the cost of the product. The gain in yield for the 2T and 3T plots (compared with control) did not necessarily result in a financial gain during the duration of the experiment. This study demonstrates the potential advantages and profitability of using a DSS -based approach for disease management. [less ▲]

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See detailA comparison between visual estimates and image analysis measurements to determine Septoria leaf blotch severity in winter wheat
El Jarroudi, Moussa ULg; Kouadio, Louis; Mackels, Christophe et al

in Plant Pathology (2015)

Methods to estimate disease severity vary in accuracy, reliability, ease of use and cost. Severity of Septoria leaf blotch (SLB, caused by Zymoseptoria graminicola) was estimated by four raters and by ... [more ▼]

Methods to estimate disease severity vary in accuracy, reliability, ease of use and cost. Severity of Septoria leaf blotch (SLB, caused by Zymoseptoria graminicola) was estimated by four raters and by image analysis (assumed actual values) on individual leaves of winter wheat in order to explore accuracy and reliability of estimates, and to ascertain whether there were any general characteristics of error. Specifically, (i) we determined the accuracy and reliability of visual assessments of SLB over the full range of severity from 0 to 100%, and we investigated (ii) whether certain 10% ranges in actual disease severity between 0 and 100% were more prone to estimation error compared with others, and (iii) whether leaf position affected accuracy within those ranges. Lin's concordance correlation analysis of all severities (0 to 100%) demonstrated that all raters had estimates close to the actual values (agreement: ρc = 0.92-0.99). However, agreement between actual SLB severities and estimates by raters was less good when compared over short 10% subdivisions within the 0-100% range (ρc = -0.12 to 0.99). Despite common rater imprecision at estimating low and high SLB severities, individual raters differed considerably in their accuracy over the short 10% subdivisions. There was no effect of leaf position on accuracy or precision of severity estimate on separate leaves (L1-L3). Pursuing efforts in understanding error in disease estimation should aid in improving the accuracy of assessments, making visual estimates of disease severity more useful for research and applied purposes. [less ▲]

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See detailA Review of Pharmaceutical Extrusion: Critical Process Parameters and Scaling-up
Thiry, Justine ULg; Krier, Fabrice ULg; Evrard, Brigitte ULg

in International Journal of Pharmaceutics (2015), 479(1), 227-240

Hot melt extrusion has been a widely used process in the pharmaceutical area for three decades. In this field, it is important to optimize the formulation in order to meet specific requirements. However ... [more ▼]

Hot melt extrusion has been a widely used process in the pharmaceutical area for three decades. In this field, it is important to optimize the formulation in order to meet specific requirements. However, the process parameters of the extruder should be as much investigated as the formulation since they have a major impact on the final product characteristics. Moreover, a design space should be defined in order to obtain the expected product within the defined limits. This gives some freedom to operate as long as the processing parameters stay within the limits of the design space. Those limits can be investigated by varying randomly the process parameters but it is recommended to use design of experiments. An examination of the literature is reported in this review to summarize the impact of the variation of the process parameters on the final product properties. Indeed, the homogeneity of the mixing, the state of the drug (crystalline or amorphous), the dissolution rate, the residence time, can be influenced by variations in the process parameters. In particular, the impact of the following process parameters: temperature, screw design, screw speed and feeding, on the final product, has been reviewed. [less ▲]

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See detailThe summer 2012 Greenland heat wave: in situ and remote sensing observations of water vapour isotopic composition during an atmospheric river event†
Bonne, JL; Steen-Larsen, HC; Risi, C. et al

in Journal of Geophysical Research. Atmospheres (2015)

During July 7-12, 2012, extreme moist and warm conditions occurred over Greenland, leading to widespread surface melt. To investigate the physical processes during the atmospheric moisture transport of ... [more ▼]

During July 7-12, 2012, extreme moist and warm conditions occurred over Greenland, leading to widespread surface melt. To investigate the physical processes during the atmospheric moisture transport of this event, we study the water vapour isotopic composition using surface in situ observations in Bermuda Island, South Greenland coast (Ivittuut) and Northwest Greenland ice sheet (NEEM), as well as remote sensing observations (IASI instrument on-board MetOp-A), depicting propagation of similar surface and mid-tropospheric humidity and δD signals. Simulations using Lagrangian moisture source diagnostic and water tagging in a regional model showed that Greenland was affected by an atmospheric river transporting moisture from the western subtropical North Atlantic Ocean, which is coherent with observations of snow pit impurities deposited at NEEM. At Ivittuut, surface air temperature, humidity and δD increases are observed. At NEEM, similar temperature increase is associated with a large and long-lasting ~100 δD enrichment and ~15 deuterium excess decrease, thereby reaching Ivittuut level. We assess the simulation of this event in two isotope-enabled atmospheric general circulation models (LMDz-iso and ECHAM5-wiso). LMDz-iso correctly captures the timing of propagation for this event identified in IASI data but depict too gradual variations when compared to surface data. Both models reproduce the surface meteorological and isotopic values during the event but underestimate the background deuterium excess at NEEM. Cloud liquid water content parametrization in LMDz-iso poorly impacts the vapour isotopic composition. Our data demonstrate that during this atmospheric river event the deuterium excess signal is conserved from the moisture source to Northwest Greenland. [less ▲]

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See detailLes PPP comme nouveau mode de régulation du marché de l'accompagnement des demandeurs d'emploi. A chaque modèle de partenariat son type de stratégie
Remy, Céline ULg

in Cahiers Loyola (2015, February), 1

Cette communication vise à montrer en quoi les partenariats publics-privés (PPP) constituent désormais un nouveau mode de régulation du marché de l’accompagnement des demandeurs d’emploi. Les services ... [more ▼]

Cette communication vise à montrer en quoi les partenariats publics-privés (PPP) constituent désormais un nouveau mode de régulation du marché de l’accompagnement des demandeurs d’emploi. Les services publics de l’emploi (SPE) doivent établir des PPP avec des prestataires de service pour la mise en place de formation à destination des demandeurs d’emploi. La réalisation de trois études de cas au sein des SPE, dont deux en Belgique et une en Suisse, nous permet de mettre en évidence une forte influence du modèle de gestion du PPP sur la collaboration entre les parties-prenantes mais aussi sur les stratégies développées par les prestataires pour surmonter les problèmes liés à la collaboration avec l’Office de l’Emploi et à la mise en place de la prestation de service. [less ▲]

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See detailEffects of low dose endosulfan exposure on brain neurotransmitter levels in the African clawed frog Xenopus laevis
Preud'Homme, Valérie; Milla, Sylvain; Gillardin, Virginie et al

in Chemosphere (2015), 120(2), 357-364

Understanding the impact of pesticides in amphibians is of growing concern to assess the causes of their decline. Among pesticides, endosulfan belongs to one of the potential sources of danger because of ... [more ▼]

Understanding the impact of pesticides in amphibians is of growing concern to assess the causes of their decline. Among pesticides, endosulfan belongs to one of the potential sources of danger because of its wide use and known effects, particularly neurotoxic, on a variety of organisms. However, the effect of endosulfan was not yet evaluated on amphibians at levels encompassing simultaneously brain neurotransmitters and behavioural endpoints. In this context, tadpoles of the African clawed frog Xenopus laevis were submitted to four treatments during 27 d: one control, one ethanol control, and two low environmental concentrations of endosulfan (0.1 and 1 μg L−1). Endosulfan induced a significant increase of brain serotonin level at both concentrations and a significant increase of brain dopamine and GABA levels at the lower exposure but acetylcholinesterase activity was not modified by the treatment. The gene coding for the GABA transporter 1 was up-regulated in endosulfan contaminated tadpoles while the expression of other genes coding for the neurotransmitter receptors or for the enzymes involved in their metabolic pathways was not significantly modified by endosulfan exposure. Endosulfan also affected foraging, and locomotion in links with the results of the physiological assays, but no effects were seen on growth. These results show that low environmental concentrations of endosulfan can induce adverse responses in X. laevis tadpoles. At a broader perspective, this suggests that more research using and linking multiple markers should be used to understand the complex mode of action of pollutants. [less ▲]

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