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

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

Year of publication 2016

Joan Barau, Aurélie Teissandier, Natasha Zamudio, Stéphanie Roy, Valérie Nalesso, Yann Hérault, Florian Guillou, Déborah Bourc'his (2016 Nov 19)

The DNA methyltransferase DNMT3C protects male germ cells from transposon activity.

Science (New York, N.Y.) : 909-912
Jean-Léon Maître, Hervé Turlier, Rukshala Illukkumbura, Björn Eismann, Ritsuya Niwayama, François Nédélec, Takashi Hiiragi (2016 Aug 4)

Asymmetric division of contractile domains couples cell positioning and fate specification.

Nature : DOI : 10.1038/nature18958
Luca Giorgetti, Bryan R Lajoie, Ava C Carter, Mikael Attia, Ye Zhan, Jin Xu, Chong Jian Chen, Noam Kaplan, Howard Y Chang, Edith Heard, Job Dekker (2016 Jul 21)

Structural organization of the inactive X chromosome in the mouse.

Nature : DOI : 10.1038/nature18589