Floriane Nicol-Benoît

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A hallmark of living systems is the management and the storage of information through genetic and epigenetic mechanisms. Although the notion of epigenetics was originally given to any regulation beyond DNA sequence, it has often been restricted to chromatin modifications, supposed to behave as cis-markers, specifying the sets of genes to be expressed or(More)
Transcriptional memory of transient signals can be imprinted on living systems and influence their reactivity to repeated stimulations. Although they are classically ascribed to structural chromatin rearrangements in eukaryotes, such behaviors can also rely on dynamic memory circuits with sustained self-amplification loops. However, these phenomena are(More)
Epigenetics is most often reduced to chromatin marking in the current literature, whereas this notion was initially defined in a more general context. This restricted view ignores that epigenetic memories are in fact more robustly ensured in living systems by steady-state mechanisms with permanent molecule renewal. This misconception is likely to result(More)
Cancer is generally conceived as a dedifferentiation process in which quiescent post-mitotic differentiated cells acquire stem-like properties and the capacity to proliferate. This view holds for the initial stages of carcinogenesis but is more questionable for advanced stages when the cells can transdifferentiate into the contractile phenotype associated(More)
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