Franck Bontems

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In many animals, gamete formation during embryogenesis is specified by maternal cytoplasmic determinants termed germ plasm. During oogenesis, germ plasm forms a distinct cellular structure such as pole plasm in Drosophila or the Balbiani body, an aggregate of organelles also found in mammals. However, in vertebrates, the key regulators of germ plasm(More)
In many animals, the germline is specified by maternal RNA-granules termed germ plasm. The correct localization of germ plasm during embryogenesis is therefore crucial for the specification of germ cells. In zebrafish, we previously identified Bucky ball (Buc) as a key regulator of germ plasm formation. Here, we used a Buc antibody to describe its(More)
Image cytometric study of pathological specimens or cell lines has suggested that epigenetic mechanisms are likely to play a major role in determining chromatin patterns evaluable through nuclear texture analysis. We previously reported that nuclear textural changes observed in the OV1-VCR etoposide-resistant ovarian carcinoma cell line were associated with(More)
Vertebrate genomes contain around 20,000 protein-encoding genes, of which a large fraction is still not associated with specific functions. A major task in future genomics will thus be to assign physiological roles to all open reading frames revealed by genome sequencing. Here we show that C2orf62, a highly conserved protein with little homology to(More)
Fish models like medaka, stickleback or zebrafish provide a valuable resource to study vertebrate genes. However, finding genetic variants e.g. mutations in the genome is still arduous. Here we used a combination of microarray capturing and next generation sequencing to identify the affected gene in the mozartkugelp11cv (mzlp11cv) mutant zebrafish. We(More)
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