U934/UMR3215 – Genetics and Developmental Biology

The Genetics and Developmental Biology Department (or Unit) of the Institut Curie was inaugurated in October 2008, with the support of CNRS and Inserm and in partnership with University Paris 6 (UPMC). The Unit currently consists of nine internationally competitive research teams.

The goal of this Unit is based on the simple, but fundamental, concept that an understanding of normal developmental regulation should provide us with a better understanding of the basis of human pathology. During development, cells have to integrate different types of molecular and physical information to proliferate, and to make decisions such as whether to maintain pluripotency or trigger differentiation and acquire specialisation for tissue-specific functions.

Cancerisation can result from perturbations at each of these levels and is linked to misregulation of developmental signalling pathways, uncontrolled cellular proliferation and a loss of cellular identity.

Key publications

Year of publication 2017

Louis Gervais, Allison Bardin (2017 Jun 30)

Tissue homeostasis and aging: new insight from the Fly intestine

Current Opinion in Cell Biology : DOI : 10.1016/j.ceb.2017.06.005
Jérémy Sallé, Louis Gervais, Benjamin Boumard, Marine Stefanutti, Katarzyna Siudeja, Allison J. Bardin (2017 May 22)

Intrinsic regulation of enteroendocrine fate by Numb

EMBO Journal : DOI : 10.15252/embj.201695622
Diana Pinheiro, Edouard Hannezo, Sophie Herszterg, Floris Bosveld, Isabelle Gaugue, Maria Balakireva, Zhimin Wang, Inês Cristo, Stéphane U Rigaud, Olga Markova, Yohanns Bellaïche (2017 Mar 16)

Transmission of cytokinesis forces via E-cadherin dilution and actomyosin flows.

Nature : DOI : 10.1038/nature22041
Manuela Portoso, Roberta Ragazzini, Živa Brenčič, Arianna Moiani, Audrey Michaud, Ivaylo Vassilev, Michel Wassef, Nicolas Servant, Bruno Sargueil, Raphaël Margueron (2017 Feb 8)

PRC2 is dispensable for HOTAIR-mediated transcriptional repression.

The EMBO journal : DOI : e201695335
Maud Borensztein, Laurène Syx, Katia Ancelin, Patricia Diabangouaya, Christel Picard, Tao Liu, Jun-Bin Liang, Ivaylo Vassilev, Rafael Galupa, Nicolas Servant, Emmanuel Barillot, Azim Surani, Chong-Jian Chen, Edith Heard (2017 Jan 31)

Xist-dependent imprinted X inactivation and the early developmental consequences of its failure.

Nature structural & molecular biology : DOI : 10.1038/nsmb.3365
Maxim V C Greenberg, Juliane Glaser, Máté Borsos, Fatima El Marjou, Marius Walter, Aurélie Teissandier, Déborah Bourc'his (2017 Jan 2)

Transient transcription in the early embryo sets an epigenetic state that programs postnatal growth.

Nature genetics : 110-118 : DOI : 10.1038/ng.3718