Jean-François Mercier

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Quantitative bioluminescence resonance energy transfer (BRET) analysis was applied to the study of beta(1)- and beta(2)-adrenergic receptor homo- and heterodimerization. To assess the relative affinity between each of the protomers, BRET saturation experiments were carried out in HEK-293T cells. beta(1)- and beta(2)-adrenergic receptors were found to have(More)
Although homodimerization has been demonstrated for a large number of G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs), no general role has been attributed to this process. Because it is known that oligomerization plays a key role in the quality control and endoplasmic reticulum (ER) export of many proteins, we sought to determine if homodimerization could play such a(More)
Beta(1)- and beta(2)-adrenergic receptors (beta(1)AR and beta(2)AR) are co-expressed in numerous tissues where they play a central role in the responses of various organs to sympathetic stimulation. Although the two receptor subtypes share some signaling pathways, each has been shown to have specific signaling and regulatory properties. Given the recent(More)
The identification of novel antiretroviral agents is required to provide alternative treatment options for HIV-1-infected patients. The screening of a phenotypic cell-based viral replication assay led to the identification of a novel class of 4,5-dihydro-1H-pyrrolo[3,4-c]pyrazol-6-one (pyrrolopyrazolone) HIV-1 inhibitors, exemplified by two compounds: BI-1(More)
The emergence of resistance to existing classes of antiretroviral drugs necessitates finding new HIV-1 targets for drug discovery. The viral capsid (CA) protein represents one such potential new target. CA is sufficient to form mature HIV-1 capsids in vitro, and extensive structure-function and mutational analyses of CA have shown that the proper assembly,(More)
The HIV-1 capsid (CA) protein, a domain of Gag, which participates in formation of both the mature and immature capsid, represents a potential target for anti-viral drug development. Characterization of hits obtained via high-throughput screening of an in vitro capsid assembly assay led to multiple compounds having this potential. We previously presented(More)
The karyotype of the giant beetle Dynastes hercules hercules is composed of only 16 autosomes and large sex chromosomes. Meiotic studies in the males showed that a large part of the sex chromosomes undergo synapsis at pachynema similarly to autosomes, demonstrating that both derived from an autosome-gonosome translocation. Therefore, karyotype formula is(More)
Recently, a new way to amplify DNA, called solid phase amplification (SPA), has been introduced. SPA differs from the traditional polymerase chain reaction (PCR) in the use of surface-bound instead of freely-diffusing primers to amplify DNA. This limits the amplification to two-dimensional surfaces and therefore allows the easy parallelization of DNA(More)
The separation of DNA fragments by (slab or capillary) gel electrophoresis has been studied extensively. To characterize the separation achieved by such systems, one needs to understand the impact (and their dependency upon the experimental quantities) of two physical parameters: the electrophoretic mobility mu and the diffusion coefficient D. Three(More)
Solid phase amplification (SPA), a new method to amplify DNA, is characterized by the use of surface-bound primers. This limits the amplification to two-dimensional surfaces and therefore allows the easy parallelization of DNA amplification in a single system. SPA leads to the formation of small but dense DNA brushes, called DNA colonies. For a molecule to(More)