B. Constantin

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During in vitro development of rat skeletal muscle cells, contraction and calcium currents progressively appear after fusion of myoblasts. To investigate whether muscle-specific functions are expressed in the absence of myoblast fusion, rat neonatal muscle cells were cultured in a differentiation medium under conditions that are well known to inhibit(More)
Calcium mishandling in Duchenne dystrophic muscle suggested that dystrophin, a membrane-associated cytoskeleton protein, might regulate calcium signaling cascade such as calcium influx pathway. It was previously shown that abnormal calcium entries involve uncontrolled stretch-activated currents and store-operated Ca2+ currents supported by TRPC1 channels.(More)
Primary cultures from enzymatically dissociated satellite cells of newborn rat skeletal muscles enabled developmental in vitro studies of mechanical and electrical properties during the first steps of myogenesis. The present work focused on the appearance, evolution and roles of two types of calcium currents (ICa,T and ICa,L) and of depolarization-induced(More)
The semaphorins comprise a family of secreted and membrane bound proteins that influence development of the nervous system as well as non-neural organs. H.SemaIV was originally isolated from a homozygously deleted region involving a subset of small cell lung cancers, a neuroendocrine derived neoplasm. To investigate H.SemaIV expression, specific polyclonal(More)
Previously, we demonstrated that loss of SEMA3F, a secreted semaphorin encoded in 3p21.3, is associated with higher stages in lung cancer and primary tumor cells studied with anti-vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) and SEMA3F antibodies. In vitro, SEMA3F inhibits cell spreading; this activity is opposed by VEGF. These results suggest that VEGF and(More)
We present here evidence for the enhancement of an inositol 1,4,5-trisphosphate (IP3) mediated calcium signaling pathway in myotubes from dystrophin-deficient cell lines (SolC1(-)) as compared to a cell line from the same origin but transfected with mini-dystrophin (SolD(+)). With confocal microscopy, we demonstrated that calcium rise, induced by the(More)
We present here evidence for the enhancement, at rest, of an inositol 1,4,5-trisphosphate (IP3)-mediated calcium signaling pathway in myotubes from dystrophin-deficient cell lines (SolC1(-)) as compared to a cell line from the same origin but transfected with mini-dystrophin (SolD(+)). With confocal microscopy, the number of sites discharging calcium(More)
Resting intracellular calcium levels and intracellular calcium transients induced by three types of stimulus (acetylcholine, high potassium and caffeine) were recorded, during in vitro myogenesis, by means of a ratiometric fluorescence method using the calcium probe Indo-1 under laser illumination. Resting levels seemed to decrease with the age of cultured(More)
Atypical rhabdoid/teratoid tumor (ATT/RHT) is a rare malignant neoplasm which appears in early childhood. The present paper describes clinical and pathological features of ATT/RHT which occurred simultaneously in 2 sisters diagnosed at a 15 day interval. Both children were treated by surgical resection, subtotal in the first case and total in the second.(More)
Many studies of in vitro skeletal myogenesis have demonstrated that fusion of myoblasts into multinucleated myotubes is regulated by calcium-dependent processes. Calcium ions appear to be necessary at the outer face of the membrane, and an additional internal calcium increase seems required to promote fusion of aligned myoblasts. It has been proposed that a(More)