Annick Jullienne

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Medullary thyroid cancer (MTC) is a C cell neoplasm-secreting calcitonin. Surgery remains the only treatment as the primary tumor and metastases resist radio- and chemotherapies. MTC produces high amounts of prostaglandins (PGs). Nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drugs have an antitumoral effect, generally related to the decrease of PG levels. We assessed the(More)
The primary step of calcitonin biosynthesis was studied in a normal organ: chicken ultimobranchial gland, a tissue particularly rich in calcitonin secretory cells. Poly(A)-rich RNA was extracted and purified from ultimobranchial organs and translated in a reticulocyte lysate in the presence of labelled methionine. Polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis of(More)
The calcitonin gene family comprises two main genes: CALC I which encodes for calcitonin (CT) mRNA in thyroid and calcitonin gene-related peptide I (CGRP I) mRNA in neuronal tissues and CALC II gene which encodes for CGRP II mRNA only. Recently, in normal thyroid and in medullary thyroid carcinoma (MTC), we detected an additional splicing pathway involving(More)
Among the four isoforms of the calcitonin receptor (CTR) described in humans, two differ by the presence of h-CTR1 or absence of h-CTR2 of 16 amino acids in the first intracellular loop. Both receptors are biologically active. The TT cell line derived from a human medullary carcinoma of the thyroid is characterized by the secretion of large amounts of(More)
Calcitonin, the hypocalcemic hypophosphatemic hormone is produced in the thyroid by the C-cells. We recently detected the presence of calcitonin and its messenger in hepatic tissue in vivo and in vitro. The calcitonin precursor is composed of the N-terminal peptide, calcitonin and a carboxyterminal peptide. We previously reported that in normal human(More)
We localized specific binding sites for human calcitonin gene related peptide (hCGRP) in different organs of the trout using labelled human CGRP. Maximal binding was observed in gill and spleen membranes. The binding of 125I-hCGRP was time and temperature dependent. Scatchard analysis of binding data for the spleen and the gills disclosed two binding sites.(More)
We have investigated the acute effects of elevated plasma potassium concentrations on the calcitonin (CT) mRNA level measured by dot-blot hybridization. Plasma CT levels were significantly increased (X2) 30 min after potassium administration (1.2 mmol, KCl/100 g body weight) in adult female rats; a trend towards increased values was observed 10 min after(More)
Previous studies have suggested that molecular species larger than the mature calcitonin «I) are produced by tumors of different origin. In order to study these species, we developed a monoclonal immunoradi-ometric assay for calcitonin precursors (CT-pr). This assay was based on both monoclonal antibody KC01 directed to the 1-11 region of katacalcin and(More)
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