Françoise Le Bouffant

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BACKGROUND Myxomatous dystrophy of the cardiac valves affects approximately 3% of the population and remains one of the most common indications for valvular surgery. Familial inheritance has been demonstrated with autosomal and X-linked transmission, but no specific molecular abnormalities have been documented in isolated nonsyndromic forms. We have(More)
Using the single tubule adenylate cyclase microassay, we investigated in vitro in three different segments of the rat nephron whether the effects of various hormones are additive when these hormones are tested in combination. In the cortical portion of the thick ascending limb (CAL), no additivity of the effects of glucagon, calcitonin, and PTH was(More)
The plasma antidiuretic hormone (ADH) concentration and the kidney medulla responsiveness to vasopressin were measured in adult jerboas ( Jaculus orientalis) in different states of hydration. In 15 jerboas adapted to 30 degrees and fed a dry diet, the average ADH concentration in blood plasma was 479 +/- 59 pg/ml, as measured by a radioimmunoassay. About 6(More)
Exit from metaphase of the cell cycle requires inactivation of MPF, a stoichiometric complex between the cdc2 catalytic and the cyclin B regulatory subunits, as well as that of cyclin A-cdc2 kinase. Inactivation of both complexes depends on proteolytic degradation of the cyclin subunit, yet cyclin proteolysis is not sufficient to inactivate the H1 kinase(More)
Inhibition of okadaic acid-sensitive phosphatases released the cyclin degradation pathway from its inhibited state in extracts prepared from unfertilized Xenopus eggs arrested at the second meiotic metaphase. It also switched on cyclin protease activity in a permanent fashion in interphase extracts prepared from activated eggs. Even after cdc2 kinase(More)
Mutations in Nav1.4 and Nav1.5 α-subunits have been associated with muscular and cardiac channelopathies, respectively. Despite intense research on the structure and function of these channels, a lot of information is still missing to delineate the various physiological and pathophysiological processes underlying their activity at the molecular level.(More)
We developed a selective antibody to a synthetic peptide corresponding to an N-terminal sequence of the PCTAIRE-1 protein. In rodent brain extracts it recognized only the protein doublet characteristic of PCTAIRE-1, and this signal is completely abolished by preincubation of the antibody with the immunopeptide. Immunolabeling experiments done with this(More)
Chronic administration of DOCA to rabbits is known to increase the surface area of the basolateral membrane and the Na-K-ATPase activity of the cortical collecting tubule (CCT). We attempted to ascertain 1) whether Na-K-ATPase is the only basolateral membrane marker induced by DOCA, and 2) whether CCT is the only nephron segment affected by this steroid. We(More)
The voltage-sensitive Na(+) channel Na(v)1.5 plays a crucial role in generating and propagating the cardiac action potential and its dysfunction promotes cardiac arrhythmias. The channel takes part into a large molecular complex containing regulatory proteins. Thus, factors that modulate its biosynthesis, localization, activity, and/or degradation are of(More)
AIMS KCNQ1 (alias KvLQT1 or Kv7.1) and KCNE1 (alias IsK or minK) co-assemble to form the voltage-activated K(+) channel responsible for I(Ks)-a major repolarizing current in the human heart-and their dysfunction promotes cardiac arrhythmias. The channel is a component of larger macromolecular complexes containing known and undefined regulatory proteins.(More)