Florent Masson

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Symbiotic associations are widespread in nature and represent a driving force in evolution. They are known to impact fitness, and thereby shape the host phenotype. Insects subsisting on nutritionally poor substrates have evolved mutualistic relationships with intracellular symbiotic bacteria (endosymbionts) that supply them with metabolic components lacking(More)
Endosymbiosis is common in insects thriving in nutritionally unbalanced habitats. The cereal weevil, Sitophilus oryzae, houses Sodalis pierantonius, a Gram-negative intracellular symbiotic bacterium (endosymbiont), within a dedicated organ called a bacteriome. Recent data have shown that the bacteriome expresses certain immune genes that result in local(More)
Many insects sustain long-term relationships with intracellular symbiotic bacteria that provide them with essential nutrients. Such endosymbiotic relationships likely emerged from ancestral infections of the host by free-living bacteria, the genomes of which experience drastic gene losses and rearrangements during the host-symbiont coevolution. While it is(More)
Insects subsisting on nutritionally unbalanced diets have evolved long-term mutualistic relationships with intracellular symbiotic bacteria (endosymbionts). The endosymbiont population load undergoes changes along with insect development. In the cereal weevil Sitophilus oryzae, the midgut endosymbionts Sodalis pierantonius drastically multiply following(More)
The consensus conference of the French Language Society of Infectious Disease convened at Lille in 1991 stressed the fact that "in the management of pneumonia, neither the clinical features nor the bacteriological information would enable a prediction of the responsible and effective agent with sufficient accuracy" and that antibiotic therapy should be(More)
We have previously described a co-immunofiltration reaction which identifies a specific precipitating system (SPCS) in sera from patients presenting systemic candidiasis. The SPCS is characterized by coalescence with an experimental serum directed against the germinative tubes of Candida albicans. The present study concerns our experience of the use of(More)
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