François Jouret

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Inactivation of the chloride channel cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR) causes cystic fibrosis (CF). Although CFTR is expressed in the kidney, no overwhelming renal phenotype has been documented in patients with CF. This study investigated the expression, subcellular distribution, and processing of CFTR in the kidney; used various(More)
Cyst infection is a diagnostic challenge in patients with autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease (ADPKD) because of the lack of specific manifestations and limitations of conventional imaging procedures. Still, recent clinical observations and series have highlighted common criteria for this condition. Cyst infection is diagnosed if confirmed by cyst(More)
Extracellular Ca(2+) is essential for the development of stable epithelial tight junctions. We find that in the absence of extracellular Ca(2+), AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK) activation and glycogen synthase kinase (GSK)-3β inhibition independently induce the localization of epithelial tight junction components to the plasma membrane. The(More)
BACKGROUND Although many genes with important function in kidney morphogenesis have been described, it is clear that many more remain to be discovered. Microarrays allow a more global analysis of the genetic basis of kidney organogenesis. METHODS In this study, Affymetrix U74Av2 microarrays, with over 12,000 genes represented, were used in conjunction(More)
Dysfunction of the proximal tubule (PT) is associated with variable degrees of solute wasting and low-molecular-weight proteinuria. We measured metabolic consequences and adaptation mechanisms in a model of inherited PT disorders using PT cells of ClC-5-deficient (Clcn5Y/-) mice, a well-established model of Dent's disease. Compared to cells taken from(More)
BACKGROUND Cyst infection remains a challenging issue in patients with autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease (ADPKD). In most patients, conventional imaging techniques are inconclusive. Isolated observations suggest that (18)fluorodeoxyglucose (¹⁸FDG) positron-emission computed tomography (PET/CT) might help detect cyst infection in ADPKD patients.(More)
A simple method is described to establish primary cultures of kidney proximal tubule cells (PTC) on membranes. The permeable membranes represent a unique culture surface, allowing a high degree of differentiation since both apical and basolateral membranes are accessible for medium. Proximal tubule (PT) segments from collagenase-digested mouse renal(More)
Inactivation of the chloride channel cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR) causes cystic fibrosis (CF). Although CFTR is expressed in the kidney, no overwhelming renal phenotype is associated with CF. Recent studies have shown that the level of CFTR mRNA in mouse kidney approaches that found in lung. CFTR is particularly abundant in the(More)
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE The succinate receptor (formerly GPR91 or SUCNR1) is described as a metabolic sensor that may be involved in homeostasis. Notwithstanding its implication in important (patho)physiological processes, the function of succinate receptors has remained ill-defined because no pharmacological tools were available. We report on the discovery(More)
autoimmune thrombocytopenic purpura, autoimmune haemolytic anaemia, systemic lupus erythematosus and rheumatoid arthritis. [2–4] The production of antibody depends on the antigenically driven clonal expansion of B cells into antibody-producing effector plasma cells. Plasma cells are short-lived cells, and survival of the populations depends on(More)