Frédéric Canal

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ERK1/2 is required for certain forms of synaptic plasticity, including the long-term potentiation of synaptic strength. However, the molecular mechanisms regulating synaptically localized ERK1/2 signaling are poorly understood. Here, we show that the MAPK scaffold protein kinase suppressor of Ras 1 (KSR1) is directly phosphorylated by the downstream kinase(More)
About 20% hepatocellular carcinomas (HCCs) display wild-type β-catenin, enhanced Wnt signaling, hepatocyte dedifferentiation and bad outcome, suggesting a specific impact of Wnt signals on HCC stem/progenitor cells. To study Wnt-specific molecular pathways, cell fates and clinical outcome, we fine-tuned Wnt/β-catenin signaling in liver progenitor cells,(More)
β-catenin is a key player in the regulation of gene expression during morphogenesis and tumorigenesis. Although its transactivation often results from stimulation of the Wnt signaling pathway, Wnt-independent regulation of β-catenin has also been observed in cancer cells. This study discloses a new mechanism for the transactivation of β-catenin upon EGF(More)
Aberrant activation of the Wnt/β-catenin pathway is a major and frequent event in liver cancer, but inhibition of oncogenic β-catenin signaling has proven challenging. The identification of genes that are synthetically lethal in β-catenin-activated cancer cells would provide new targets for therapeutic drug design. We transfected the parental HuH6(More)
BACKGROUND Fine tuning of the Wnt/β-catenin signaling pathway is essential for the proper development and function of the liver. Aberrant activation of this pathway is observed in 20%-40% of hepatocellular carcinomas (HCC). Notum encodes a secreted Wnt deacylase that inhibits Wnt activity and thereby restricts the zone of activation of Wnt/β-catenin(More)
The LKB1 tumor suppressor gene encodes a master kinase that coordinates the regulation of energetic metabolism and cell polarity. We now report the identification of a novel isoform of LKB1 (named ΔN-LKB1) that is generated through alternative transcription and internal initiation of translation of the LKB1 mRNA. The ΔN-LKB1 protein lacks the N-terminal(More)
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