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 2018

Aaron Mendez-Bermudez, Liudmyla Lototska, Serge Bauwens, Marie-Josèphe Giraud-Panis, Olivier Croce, Karine Jamet, Agurtzane Irizar, Macarena Mowinckel, Stephane Koundrioukoff, Nicolas Nottet, Genevieve Almouzni, Mare-Paule Teulade-Fichou, Michael Schertzer, Mylène Perderiset, Arturo Londoño-Vallejo, Michelle Debatisse, Eric Gilson, Jing Ye (2018 May 5)

Genome-wide Control of Heterochromatin Replication by the Telomere Capping Protein TRF2.

Molecular cell : 449-461.e5 : DOI : S1097-2765(18)30267-3
Ana Vujic, Carolin Lerchenmüller, Ting-Di Wu, Christelle Guillermier, Charles P Rabolli, Emilia Gonzalez, Samuel E Senyo, Xiaojun Liu, Jean-Luc Guerquin-Kern, Matthew L Steinhauser, Richard T Lee, Anthony Rosenzweig (2018 Apr 27)

Exercise induces new cardiomyocyte generation in the adult mammalian heart.

Nature communications : 1659 : DOI : 10.1038/s41467-018-04083-1
Luis M.G. Abegão, Ruben D Fonseca, Tárcius N Ramos, Florence Mahuteau-Betzer, Sandrine PIGUEL, José J. Rodrigues Jr, Cleber R. Mendonca, Sylvio Canuto, Daniel Luis Silva, and Leonardo De Boni (2018 Apr 12)

Oxazole dyes with potential for photoluminescence bioprobes: A two-Photon absorption study

The Journal of Physical Chemistry C : Just accepted manuscript : DOI : 10.1021/acs.jpcc.8b01904
Soumia Sid Ahmed, Zoubeida Messali, Florent Poyer, Livia Lumbroso-Le Rouic, Laurence Desjardins, Nathalie Cassoux, Carole D. Thomas, Sergio Marco, Stéphanie Lemaitre (2018 Mar 28)

Iterative Variance Stabilizing Transformation Denoising of Spectral Domain Optical Coherence Tomography Images Applied to Retinoblastoma.

Ophthalmic research : 59 : 164-169 : DOI : 10.1159/000486283
Alexandra Garancher, Charles Y. Lin, Morgane Morabito, Wilfrid Richer, Nathalie Rocques, Magalie Larcher, Laure Bihannic, Kyle Smith, Catherine Miquel, Sophie Leboucher, Nirmitha I. Herath, Fanny Dupuy, Pascale Varlet, Christine Haberler, Christine Walczak, Nadine El Tayara, Andreas Volk, Stéphanie Puget, François Doz, Olivier Delattre, Sabine Druillennec, Olivier Ayrault, Robert J. Wechsler-Reya, Alain Eychène, Franck Bourdeaut, Paul A. Northcott, Celio Pouponnot (2018 Mar 12)

NRL and CRX Define Photoreceptor Identity and Reveal Subgroup-Specific Dependencies in Medulloblastoma

Cancer Cell : 33 : 435-449 : DOI : 10.1016/j.ccell.2018.02.006
David Partouche, Antoine Malabirade, Thomas Bizien, Marisela Velez, Sylvain Trépout, Sergio Marco, Valeria Militello, Christophe Sandt, Frank Wien & Véronique Arluison (2018 Feb 27)

Techniques to Analyze sRNA Protein Cofactor Self-Assembly In Vitro

Bacterial Regulatory RNA. Methods in Molecular Biology : 1737 : 321-340 : DOI : 10.1007/978-1-4939-7634-8_18