Christelle Forcet

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Neuronal growth cones are guided to their targets by attractive and repulsive guidance cues. In mammals, netrin-1 is a bifunctional cue, attracting some axons and repelling others. Deleted in colorectal cancer (Dcc) is a receptor for netrin-1 that mediates its chemoattractive effect on commissural axons, but the signalling mechanisms that transduce this(More)
The RET (rearranged during transfection) proto-oncogene encodes a tyrosine kinase receptor involved in both multiple endocrine neoplasia type 2 (MEN 2), an inherited cancer syndrome, and Hirschsprung disease (HSCR), a developmental defect of enteric neurons. We report here that the expression of RET receptor induces apoptosis. This pro-apoptotic effect of(More)
The netrins, a family of laminin-related secreted proteins, are critical in controlling axon elongation and pathfinding. The DCC (for deleted in colorectal cancer) protein was proposed as a receptor for netrin-1 in the light of many observations including the inhibition of netrin-1-mediated axon outgrowth and attraction in the presence of an anti-DCC(More)
The expression of DCC (deleted in colorectal cancer) is often markedly reduced in colorectal and other cancers. However, the rarity of point mutations identified in DCC coding sequences and the lack of a tumor predisposition phenotype in DCC hemizygous mice have raised questions about its role as a tumor suppressor. DCC also mediates axon guidance and(More)
Germline mutations of the LKB1 gene are responsible for the cancer-prone Peutz-Jeghers syndrome (PJS). LKB1 encodes a serine-threonine kinase that acts as a regulator of cell cycle, metabolism and cell polarity. The majority of PJS missense mutations abolish LKB1 enzymatic activity and thereby impair all functions assigned to LKB1. Here, we have(More)
Smooth muscle contraction is initiated by a rise in intracellular calcium, leading to activation of smooth muscle myosin light chain kinase (MLCK) via calcium/calmodulin (CaM). Activated MLCK then phosphorylates the regulatory myosin light chains, triggering cross-bridge cycling and contraction. Here, we show that MLCK is a substrate of AMP-activated(More)
Several physiopathological processes require orientated cellular migration. This phenomenon highly depends on members of the RHO family of GTPases. Both excessive and deficient RHO activity impair directional migration. A tight control is thus exerted on these proteins through the regulation of their activation and of their stability. Here we show that the(More)
Disruption of cell architecture and change of energy metabolism are two traits of malignant cells. Yet, there was scant evidence that these two cancer hallmarks involved perturbations of a common signaling pathway. Enter LKB1, a kinase that is a tumor suppressor and that is an upstream activator of the adenosine monophosphate (AMP)-activated protein kinase(More)
Protein kinase CK2 participates in the regulation of fundamental cellular processes. Among these processes, cell polarity and cell morphology are controlled by this enzyme probably through the phosphorylation of key proteins. To further study the involvement of CK2 in these processes, we showed that in epithelial cells, the regulatory CK2β subunit was(More)
ERRα is an orphan member of the nuclear receptor family, the complete inactivation of which confers resistance to bone loss induced by ageing and estrogen withdrawal to female mice in correlation with increased bone formation in vivo. Furthermore ERRα negatively regulates the commitment of mesenchymal cells to the osteoblast lineage ex vivo as well as later(More)