UMR9187 / U1196 – Chemistry, Modelling and Imaging for Biology (CMIB)

The central activity of the CMIB unit is to develop small molecules to probe and control the biological activities of key targets involved in cancer.

These are mainly non-B nucleic acid structures (Quadruplexes) and Kinases. IR-photoexcitable probes designed both for subcellular tracking and targeted photodamage represents also an important research axis. The drug and probe discovery activity is sustained by Molecular Modelling approaches and Multimodal Imaging (TEM, NanoSIMS, IRM). The CMIB unit is hosting the Institut Curie–CNRS proprietary library comprised of over 9000 chemical compounds and the preclinical IRM imaging and chemical imaging facilities

The main research themes of the unit include:

  • G-quadruplex targeting agents
  • DNA targeted fluorescent dyes
  • Kinase inhibitors
  • Photo and radiosensitizers for Retinoblastoma and Glioblastoma therapy.
  • Medicinal chemistry (Hit to lead optimization, building of focused libraries)
  • Molecular dynamics and virtual screening
  • Multimodal imaging for 2D and 3D chemical mapping
  • Development of software and Image acquisition, processing and analysis

Key publications

Year of publication 2017

Rasschaert M., Idee J.M., Robert P., Fretellier N., Vives V., Violas X., Ballet S., Corot C. (2017 May 1)

Moderate Renal Failure Accentuates T1 Signal Enhancement in the Deep Cerebellar Nuclei of Gadodiamide-Treated Rats

INVESTIGATIVE RADIOLOGY : 52 : 255-264 : DOI : 10.1097/RLI.0000000000000339
Morgan Pellerano, Sergey Tcherniuk, Corine Perals, Thi Nhu Ngoc Van, Elsa Garcin, Florence Mahuteau-Betzer, Marie-Paule Teulade-Fichou, May C Morris (2017 Apr 22)

Targeting Conformational Activation of CDK2 Kinase.

Biotechnology journal : DOI : 10.1002/biot.201600531
Naoko Kotera, Régis Guillot, Marie-Paule Teulade-Fichou, Anton Granzhan (2017 Apr 4)

Copper(II)-Controlled Molecular Glue for Mismatched DNA.

Chembiochem : a European journal of chemical biology : 18 : 618-622 : DOI : 10.1002/cbic.201600675
Akendengue L., Trepout S., Grana M., Voegele A., Janke C., Raynal B., Chenal A., Marco S., Wehenkel A.M. (2017 Mar 30)

Bacterial kinesin light chain (Bklc) links the Btub cytoskeleton to membranes

SCIENTIFIC REPORTS : 7 : DOI : 10.1038/srep45668
Mélanie J Domingues, Juan Martinez-Sanz, Laura Papon, Lionel Larue, Liliane Mouawad, Jacky Bonaventure (2017 Mar 9)

Structure-based mutational analysis of ICAT residues mediating negative regulation of β-catenin co-transcriptional activity.

PloS one : e0172603 : DOI : 10.1371/journal.pone.0172603
Sébastien Lyonnais, Aleix Tarrés-Soler, Anna Rubio-Cosials, Anna Cuppari, Reicy Brito, Joaquim Jaumot, Raimundo Gargallo, Marta Vilaseca, Cristina Silva, Anton Granzhan, Marie-Paule Teulade-Fichou, Ramon Eritja, Maria Solà (2017 Mar 9)

The human mitochondrial transcription factor A is a versatile G-quadruplex binding protein.

Scientific reports : 43992 : DOI : 10.1038/srep43992