Frédéric Marmigère

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During the development of the nervous system, many different types of neuron are produced. As well as forming the correct type of neuron, each must also establish precise connections. Recent findings show that, because of shared gene programmes, neuronal identity is intimately linked to and coordinated with axonal behaviour. Peripheral sensory neurons(More)
Transient receptor potential (TRP) channels play essential roles in sensory physiology and their expression in different classes of sensory neurons reflect distinct receptive properties of these neurons. While expression of the TRPV, TRPA, and to a certain degree TRPM classes of channels has been studied in sensory neurons, little is known about the(More)
Neural crest cells (NCCs) can adopt different neuronal fates. In NCCs, neurogenin-2 promotes sensory specification but does not specify different subclasses of sensory neurons. Understanding the gene cascades that direct Trk gene activation may reveal mechanisms generating sensory diversity, because different Trks are expressed in different sensory neuron(More)
Despite the significance of transient receptor potential (TRP) channels in sensory physiology, little is known of the expression and developmental regulation of the TRPM (melastatin) subgroup in sensory neurons. In order to find out if the eight TRPM subgroup members (TRPM1-TRPM8) have a possible role in the sensory nervous system, we characterized the(More)
Peripheral sensory neurons are derived from two distinct structures, the ectodermal placodes and the neural crest. Here, we establish the forkhead family transcription factor Foxs1 as an early sensory neuronal marker. Early embryonic Foxs1 expression was present in all the sensory nervous system regardless of cellular origin, but was not found in other(More)
The boundary cap (BC) is a transient neural crest-derived group of cells located at the dorsal root entry zone (DREZ) that have been shown to differentiate into sensory neurons and glia in vivo. We find that when placed in culture, BC cells self-renew, show multipotency in clonal cultures and express neural crest stem cell (NCSCs) markers. Unlike sciatic(More)
Neurotrophins control neuronal survival in a target-derived manner during the period of naturally occurring cell death in development. The specificity of this mechanism has been attributed to a restricted spatio-temporal expression of neurotrophin ligands in target tissues, as well as a selective expression of their cognate tyrosine kinase (Trk) receptors(More)
Neural crest cells (NCCs) can adopt different neuronal fates. In NCCs, neurogenin-2 promotes sensory specification but does not specify different subclasses of sensory neurons. Understanding the gene cascades that direct Trk gene activation may reveal mechanisms generating sensory diversity, because different Trks are expressed in different sensory neuron(More)
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