Audrey Laurent

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The mammalian female reproductive tract develops from the Mullerian ducts which differentiate, in a cranial to caudal direction, into oviducts, uterine horns, cervix and the anterior vagina. The developmental processes taking place during this organogenesis are notably under the control of steroid hormones, such as members of the Wnt and Hox families, which(More)
Pre-B cell leukaemia transcription factors (PBXs) were originally identified as Hox cofactors, acting within transcriptional regulation complexes to regulate genetic programs during development. Increasing amount of evidence revealed that PBX function is not restricted to a partnership with Hox or homeodomain proteins. Indeed, PBXs are expressed throughout(More)
PBX1 belongs to the TALE-class of homeodomain protein and has a wide functional diversity during development. Indeed, PBX1 is required for haematopoiesis as well as for multiple developmental processes such as skeletal patterning and organogenesis. It has furthermore been shown that PBX1 functions as a HOX cofactor during development. More recent data(More)
ZFPIP (Zinc Finger Pbx1 Interacting Protein) has been recently identified in our laboratory in a yeast two hybrid screen using an embryonic mouse cDNA library and PBX1 as a bait. This gene encodes a large protein (250 kDa) that contains a bipartite NLS, numerous C2H2 zinc fingers and is highly conserved amongst vertebrates. In order to address the role of(More)
Toti- or pluripotent cells proliferation and/or differentiation have been shown to be strongly related to nuclear chromatin organization and structure over the last past years. We have recently identified ZFPIP/Zfp462 as a zinc finger nuclear factor necessary for correct cell division during early embryonic developmental steps of vertebrates. We thus(More)
ZFPIP/Zfp462 has been recently identified as a new vertebrate zinc finger encoding gene whose product interacts with Pbx1. Previous work indicates that ZFPIP is maternally expressed in Xenopus laevis oocytes and plays a key role during the cleavage phase of embryogenesis. This early expression is followed by a zygotic expression which overlaps with the(More)
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