Corinne Crucifix

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Integration of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV-1) cDNA into the human genome is catalysed by integrase. Several studies have shown the importance of the interaction of cellular cofactors with integrase for viral integration and infectivity. In this study, we produced a stable and functional complex between the wild-type full-length integrase (IN) and(More)
Unilamellar liposomes are conventionally prepared by rapid injection of an ethanolic solution of lipids into an aqueous medium. The aim of the present study was to control, more efficiently, vesicle diameter by using an alternative solvent. The results show that isopropanol injection is a good alternative to ethanol injection for the manufacture of(More)
The general RNA polymerase II transcription factor TFIIE, which is composed of two subunits, has essential roles in both transcription initiation and promoter escape. Electron microscopy analysis of negatively stained human TFIIE showed a large proportion of alpha/beta heterodimers as well as a small proportion of tetramers. Analytical ultracentrifugation,(More)
The structural study of transient nucleoprotein complexes by electron microscopy is hampered by the coexistence of multiple interaction states leading to an heterogeneous image population. To tackle this problem, we have investigated the controlled immobilization of double stranded DNA molecules and of nucleoprotein complexes onto a support suitable for(More)
The multi-subunit transcription/DNA repair factor TFIIH was used as a model system to show that the expression of FLAG fusion proteins in insect cells constitutes a versatile tool for both structural and functional investigations. In the present study, we have constructed recombinant baculoviruses expressing the four core TFIIH subunits fused at their(More)
Eukaryotic RNA polymerase I (Pol I) is specialized in rRNA gene transcription synthesizing up to 60% of cellular RNA. High level rRNA production relies on efficient binding of initiation factors to the rRNA gene promoter and recruitment of Pol I complexes containing initiation factor Rrn3. Here, we determine the cryo-EM structure of the Pol I-Rrn3 complex(More)
The general transcription factor TFIID is a large multisubunit complex required for the transcription of most protein-encoding genes by RNA polymerase II. Taking advantage of a TFIID preparation partially depleted in the initiator-binding Taf2p subunit, we determined the conformational and biochemical variations of the complex by electron tomography and(More)
In this paper we propose a detailed analysis of structural and morphological properties of two poly-L-lysine (PLL)-based transfection formulations, PLL/DNA and pegylated PLL (PLL-g-PEG)/DNA, by means of atomic force microscopy (AFM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). Comparing PLL-g-PEG/DNA with PLL/DNA polyplexes, we demonstrate that, due to the(More)
Integration of the HIV-1 cDNA into the human genome is catalyzed by the viral integrase (IN) protein. Several studies have shown the importance of cellular cofactors that interact with integrase and affect viral integration and infectivity. In this study, we produced a stable complex between HIV-1 integrase, viral U5 DNA, the cellular cofactor LEDGF/p75 and(More)
Linker histones associate with nucleosomes to promote the formation of higher-order chromatin structure, but the underlying molecular details are unclear. We investigated the structure of a 197 bp nucleosome bearing symmetric 25 bp linker DNA arms in complex with vertebrate linker histone H1. We determined electron cryo-microscopy (cryo-EM) and crystal(More)