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See detailMiscelanea Palaeontologica 2016
Steemans, Philippe ULg; Gerrienne, Philippe ULg

Book published by Université de Liège (2016)

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See detailLe retour du Loup (Canis lupus) en Belgique : quel(s) rôle(s) pour le secteur associatif?
Geboes, Anne-Laure ULg; Kohler, Anthony

Conference (2016, December 21)

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See detailNew data on the incertae sedis biota and foraminifera of the mid-Famennian Baelen Member (Late Devonian, eastern Belgium)
Vachard, Daniel; Dreesen, Roland; Mottequin, Bernard et al

in Paleobiodiversity and Paleoenvironments (2016), 21

The Baelen mud mounds in eastern Belgium represent a local member of the mid-Famennian Souverain-Pré Formation (an important carbonate interval within the Condroz Sandstone Group). The lower part of this ... [more ▼]

The Baelen mud mounds in eastern Belgium represent a local member of the mid-Famennian Souverain-Pré Formation (an important carbonate interval within the Condroz Sandstone Group). The lower part of this member contains silty bioclastic wackestones and packstones that are particularly rich in the problematical algae Serrisinella and Dreesenullella. Plurilocular foraminifera (Septabrunsiina and Baelenia) and rare solitary rugose corals (Neaxon? sp.) occur within crinoidal grainstones (tempestites) interfingering with the latter bioclastic wacke-/packstones and red-stained stromatactoid spiculitic mudstones (carbonate mound core facies). Although Serrisinella is quite common in other mid- and late Famennian limestones, of Belgium, Dreesenulella is almost endemic of the Baelen Member. Both genera apparently inhabited the muddy sediment-water interface, constituting meadows probably in zones of intermittently strong bottom currents. The taxonomic similarities between Dreesenulella and Saccamminopsis are discussed, as well as their possible affinities with the Xenophophyrea and Kokomiacea. Moreover, the first stages of the Septabrunsiina–Baelenia foraminiferal lineage are analysed in detail. The taxonomic and palaoecological positioning of Serrissinella and Dreesenulella adds to the discussion about the palaeobathymetry of the Baelen mud mounds and corroborates sedimentological evidence for their relatively shallow carbonate ramp depositional setting. [less ▲]

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See detailTaste on/Taste off. Mettre sa sensibilité entre parenthèses
Vangeebergen, Thomas ULg

Scientific conference (2016, December 20)

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See detailLe défi wallon du FDF
Counet, Maxime ULg; Matagne, Geoffroy ULg; Verjans, Pierre ULg

Learning material (2016)

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See detailInsights on Molecular Mechanisms of Chondrocytes Death in Osteoarthritis
CHARLIER, Edith ULg; RELIC, Biserka ULg; Deroyer, Céline ULg et al

in International Journal of Molecular Sciences (2016)

Abstract: Osteoarthritis (OA) is a joint pathology characterized by progressive cartilage degradation. Medical care is mainly based on alleviating pain symptoms. Compelling studies report the presence of ... [more ▼]

Abstract: Osteoarthritis (OA) is a joint pathology characterized by progressive cartilage degradation. Medical care is mainly based on alleviating pain symptoms. Compelling studies report the presence of empty lacunae and hypocellularity in cartilage with aging and OA progression, suggesting that chondrocyte cell death occurs and participates to OA development. However, the relative contribution of apoptosis per se in OA pathogenesis appears complex to evaluate. Indeed, depending on technical approaches, OA stages, cartilage layers, animal models, as well as in vivo or in vitro experiments, the percentage of apoptosis and cell death types can vary. Apoptosis, chondroptosis, necrosis, and autophagic cell death are described in this review. The question of cell death causality in OA progression is also addressed, as well as the molecular pathways leading to cell death in response to the following inducers: Fas, Interleukin-1 (IL-1 ), Tumor Necrosis factor- (TNF- ), leptin, nitric oxide (NO) donors, and mechanical stresses. Furthermore, the protective role of autophagy in chondrocytes is highlighted, as well as its decline during OA progression, enhancing chondrocyte cell death; the transition being mainly controlled by HIF-1 /HIF-2 imbalance. Finally, we have considered whether interfering in chondrocyte apoptosis or promoting autophagy could constitute therapeutic strategies to impede OA progression. [less ▲]

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See detailMémoires déclinées. Représentations, actions, projections
Grandjean, Geoffrey ULg; Henrard, Gaëlle; Paulus, Julien

Book published by Territoires de la mémoire (2016)

L’objectif du présent ouvrage peut se résumer en une tentative de saisir les diverses manifestations de ce que Cornelius Castoriadis nommait le « ciment invisible tenant ensemble cet immense bric-à-brac ... [more ▼]

L’objectif du présent ouvrage peut se résumer en une tentative de saisir les diverses manifestations de ce que Cornelius Castoriadis nommait le « ciment invisible tenant ensemble cet immense bric-à-brac de réel, de rationnel et de symbolique qui constitue toute société » et que sont les mémoires collectives. Cette démarche s’effectue selon une déclinaison en trois registres. Les mémoires en tant que représentations, que celles-ci soient d’ordre médiatique, sociologique ou identitaire ; en d’autres termes, ce que les mémoires collectives, leur élaboration et leur usage peuvent dire de nous. Les mémoires en tant que moyens d’actions, allant de l’instrumentation politique et juridique à la commémoration et au travail pédagogique. Enfin, les mémoires en tant que projections, soit les différentes façons par lesquelles les mémoires collectives peuvent se retrouver projetées dans le débat public, le paysage urbanistique, les combats citoyens d’aujourd’hui et de demain. Représentations, actions, projections apparaissent de fait comme autant de vecteurs utiles à la mise en perspective du champ mémoriel. La volonté qui anime cet opus relève ainsi de l’exploration – non exhaustive – des diverses déclinaisons par lesquelles le passé, en tant que mémoire(s) collective(s), se déploie au sein du présent mais aussi par lesquelles le présent travaille le passé. Ou, pour paraphraser le philosophe Walter Benjamin, l’objet de ce livre pourrait peut-être se formuler comme une volonté d’observer les diverses constellations que le présent peut former avec le passé. [less ▲]

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See detailMémoires et contraintes déclinées. Classification des instruments mémoriels en Belgique et en France
Grandjean, Geoffrey ULg

in Grandjean, Geoffrey; Henrard, Gaëlle; Paulus, Julien (Eds.) Mémoires déclinées. Représentations, actions, projections (2016)

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See detailModel Sensitivity Studies of the Decrease in Atmospheric Carbon Tetrachloride
Chipperfield, M. P.; Liang, Q.; Rigby, M. et al

in Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics (2016), 16

Carbon tetrachloride is an ozone-depleting substance, which is controlled by the Montreal Protocol and for which the atmospheric abundance is decreasing. However, the current observed rate of this ... [more ▼]

Carbon tetrachloride is an ozone-depleting substance, which is controlled by the Montreal Protocol and for which the atmospheric abundance is decreasing. However, the current observed rate of this decrease is known to be slower than expected based on reported CCl4 emissions and its estimated overall atmospheric lifetime. Here we use a three-dimensional (3-D) chemical transport model to investigate the impact on its predicted decay of uncertainties in the rates at which CCl4 is removed from the atmosphere by photolysis, by ocean uptake and by degradation in soils. The largest sink is atmospheric photolysis (76% of total) but a reported 10% uncertainty in its combined photolysis cross-section and quantum yield has only a modest impact on the modelled rate of CCl4 decay. This is partly due to the limiting effect of the rate of transport of CCl4 from the main tropospheric reservoir to the stratosphere where photolytic loss occurs. The model suggests large interannual variability in the magnitude of this stratospheric photolysis sink caused by variations in transport. The impact of uncertainty in the minor soil sink (9% of total) is also relatively small. In contrast, the model shows that uncertainty in ocean loss (15% of total) has the largest impact on modelled CCl4 decay due to its sizeable contribution to CCl4 loss and large uncertainty range (157 to 313 years). With an assumed CCl4 emission rate of 39 Gg/yr, the reference simulation with best estimate of loss processes still underestimates the observed CCl4 (overestimates the decay) over the past two decades but to a smaller extent than previous studies. Changes to the rate of CCl4 loss processes, in line with known uncertainties, could bring the model into agreement with in situ surface and remote-sensing measurements, as could an increase in emissions to around 45 Gg/yr. Further progress in constraining the CCl4 budget is partly limited by systematic biases between observational datasets. For example, surface observations from the NOAA network are larger than from the AGAGE network but have shown a steeper decreasing trend over the past two decades. These differences imply a difference in emissions which is significant relative to uncertainties in the magnitudes of the CCl4 sinks. [less ▲]

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See detailSize and Value Matter But Not the Way You Thought
Lambert, Marie ULg; Fays, Boris ULg; Hübner, Georges ULg

Conference (2016, December 20)

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See detailUn grand juriste liégeois, Charles de Méan
Lagasse, Benoît ULg

Conference given outside the academic context (2016)

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See detailIntegrated microfluidic device for the synthesis of SERS substrates
Emonds-Alt, Gauthier ULg; Malherbe, Cédric ULg; Monbaliu, Jean-Christophe ULg et al

Poster (2016, December 19)

The goal of this work is to develop a quantitative analytical method for the glyphosate and its major metabolite the aminomethylphosphonic acid (AMPA) by coupling microfluidics with surface enhanced Raman ... [more ▼]

The goal of this work is to develop a quantitative analytical method for the glyphosate and its major metabolite the aminomethylphosphonic acid (AMPA) by coupling microfluidics with surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS). This work is divided into 4 axes : (a) bimetallic nanoparticles synthesis in a microreactor, (b) nanoparticles functionnalisation, (c) SERS quantification of glyphosate/AMPA and (d) miniature prototype development composed of axes a to c. The first section aims at the synthesis of bimetallic nanoparticles (Au-Ag, Au-Cu and Ag-Cu) in a microfluidic device. This microfluidic device integrates a first section for the synthesis of monometallic nanoparticles (core) and a second section for the reductive deposition of a second metal (shell). The second axe of this work deals with the functionnalisation of nanoparticles to improve the selectivity of this method for the selected analytes. Two types of functionnalisation are studied : PEGylation (a) with multi-arm PEG ending with -SH and/or (b) with linear heterobifunctionnal PEG. The third axe consists in measuring quantitatively glyphosate and AMPA in different matrices, such as water, urine and fruit juice. Finally, the forth axe deals with the development of a portable detection system to perform on-site analysis. This prototype integrates the microfluidic device for nanoparticles synthesis, their functionnalisation, an injection port followed by a mixing section for the sample and an integrated Raman spectrometer for in-line analysis. [less ▲]

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See detailMultiple roadmapping, scenario planning and technology assessment: The case of nanotechnologies
Van Oudheusden, Michiel ULg

Scientific conference (2016, December 19)

This presentation illustrates how roadmaps and scenarios are used, and can be used, in the diverse field of nanotechnologies. Its aim is to draw lessons from nanotechnologies to: 1. Ascertain how the ... [more ▼]

This presentation illustrates how roadmaps and scenarios are used, and can be used, in the diverse field of nanotechnologies. Its aim is to draw lessons from nanotechnologies to: 1. Ascertain how the social sciences and humanities (SSH) can contribute to developing research agendas, 2. Clarify which terms, approaches, and methods (e.g. Delphi) are mobilized in roadmap and scenario planning, 3. Provide concrete suggestions on how to develop scenario-driven roadmaps in equally complex and uncertain fields, such as radiation protection. [less ▲]

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See detailRaman imaging for diagnostic application
Malherbe, Cédric ULg; Gilbert, Bernard ULg; Eppe, Gauthier ULg

Poster (2016, December 19)

Specific dynamic biochemical compositions and molecular structures characterise healthy cells and tissues. This also stands for pathologies or cellular abnormalities which are accompanied by biochemical ... [more ▼]

Specific dynamic biochemical compositions and molecular structures characterise healthy cells and tissues. This also stands for pathologies or cellular abnormalities which are accompanied by biochemical and molecular changes. Raman spectroscopy can provide unique inputs to correlate the molecular composition and its variations with the diagnosis. In addition, the presence of metal nanoparticles in the molecule vicinity induces a remarkable enhancement (up to 1000000 times) of the Raman signal of small molecules (known as SERS effect). It opens towards applications in the field of trace analysis. In preparation for clinical applications, we evaluate, by Raman mapping, the signal detected from a SERS target deposited on solid state support. [less ▲]

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See detailThe story of water migration
Zickgraf, Caroline ULg

Article for general public (2016)

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See detailInterspecific variation of warning calls in piranhas: a comparative analysis
Melotte, Geoffrey ULg; Vigouroux, Régis; Michel, Christian ULg et al

Conference (2016, December 17)

Fish sounds are known to be species-specific, possessing unique temporal and spectral features. We have recorded and compared sounds in eight piranha species to evaluate the potential role of acoustic ... [more ▼]

Fish sounds are known to be species-specific, possessing unique temporal and spectral features. We have recorded and compared sounds in eight piranha species to evaluate the potential role of acoustic communication as a driving force in clade diversification. All piranha species showed the same kind of sound-producing mechanism: sonic muscles originate on vertebrae and attach to a tendon surrounding the bladder ventrally. Contractions of the sound-producing muscles force swimbladder vibration and dictate the fundamental frequency. It results the calling features of the eight piranha species logically share many common characteristics. In all the species, the calls are harmonic sounds composed of multiple continuous cycles. However, the sounds of Serrasalmus elongatus (higher number of cycles and high fundamental frequency) and S. manueli (long cycle periods and low fundamental frequency) are clearly distinguishable from the other species. The sonic mechanism being largely conserved throughout piranha evolution, acoustic communication can hardly be considered as the main driving force in the diversification process. However, sounds of some species are clearly distinguishable despite the short space for variations supporting the need for specific communication. Behavioural studies are needed to clearly understand the eventual role of the calls during spawning events. [less ▲]

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See detailManufacture and use of points at Maisières-Canal
Touzé, Olivier ULg; Coppe, Justin ULg; Taipale, Noora ULg et al

Conference (2016, December 17)

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