Heiani Touaitahuata

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During long bone development and post-natal growth, the cartilaginous model of the skeleton is progressively replaced by bone, a process known as endochondral ossification. In the primary spongiosa, osteoclasts degrade the mineralized cartilage produced by hypertrophic chondrocytes to generate cartilage trabeculae that osteoblasts embed in bone matrix. This(More)
ERBB2 overexpression in human breast cancer leads to invasive carcinoma but the mechanism is not clearly understood. Here we report that TOM1L1 is co-amplified with ERBB2 and defines a subgroup of HER2(+)/ER(+) tumours with early metastatic relapse. TOM1L1 encodes a GAT domain-containing trafficking protein and is a SRC substrate that negatively regulates(More)
Bone is a dynamic tissue constantly renewed through a regulated balance between bone formation and resorption. Excessive bone degradation by osteoclasts leads to pathological decreased bone density characteristic of osteolytic diseases such as post-menopausal osteoporosis or bone metastasis. Osteoclasts are multinucleated cells derived from hematopoietic(More)
Podosomes are adhesion structures characteristic of the myeloid cell lineage, encompassing osteoclasts, dendritic cells and macrophages. Podosomes are actin-based structures that are dynamic and capable of self-organization. In particular in the osteoclast, podosomes densely pack into a thick ring called the sealing zone. This adhesion structure is typical(More)
Podosomes are dynamic actin-based structures found constitutively in cells of monocytic origin such as macrophages, dendritic cells and osteoclasts. They have been involved in osteoclast cell adhesion, motility and matrix degradation, and all these functions rely on the ability of podosomes to form supra-molecular structures called podosome belts or sealing(More)
Bone resorption by osteoclasts is mediated by a typical adhesion structure called the sealing zone or actin ring, whose architecture is based on a belt of podosomes. The molecular mechanisms driving podosome organization into superstructures remain poorly understood to date, in particular at the osteoclast podosome belt. We performed proteomic analyses in(More)
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