Ana Maria Lennon-Duménil

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In eukaryotic cells, the nuclear envelope separates the genomic DNA from the cytoplasmic space and regulates protein trafficking between the two compartments. This barrier is only transiently dissolved during mitosis. Here, we found that it also opened at high frequency in migrating mammalian cells during interphase, which allowed nuclear proteins to leak(More)
We propose a novel mechanism of cell motility, which relies on the coupling of actin polymerization at the cell membrane to geometric confinement. We consider a polymerizing viscoelastic cytoskeletal gel confined in a narrow channel, and show analytically that spontaneous motion occurs. Interestingly, this does not require specific adhesion with the channel(More)
We describe the analysis of a patient, JER, presenting classical immunological features of MHC class II deficiency. Unexpectedly, some HLA transcripts (HLA-DRA, HLA-DQA, and HLA-DMA) were found to be expressed in the JER cell line at nearly wild-type levels, while HLA-DPA and the HLA-D beta-chain transcripts were not detected. Gene reporter experiments(More)
The ability of B cells to produce high-affinity antibodies and to establish immunological memory in response to a wide range of pathogenic antigens is an essential part of the adaptive immune response. The initial step that triggers a humoral immune response involves the acquisition of antigens by B cells via their surface immunoglobulin, the B cell(More)
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