Jean François Nicolas

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Analysis of lacZ neuronal clones in the mouse cerebellum demonstrates genealogical independence of the primary and secondary germinal epithelia (PGE and SGE) from early development. PGE precursors and their neuronal descendants are organised into two polyclonal groups of similar sizes that exhibit parasagittal patterning and generally respect the midline.(More)
Recent studies show that cell dispersal is a widespread phenomenon in the development of early vertebrate embryos. These cell movements coincide with major decisions for the spatial organization of the embryo, and they parallel genetic patterning events. For example, in the central nervous system, cell dispersal is first mainly anterior-posterior and(More)
BACKGROUND WHIM syndrome (WS), a rare congenital neutropenia due to mutations of the CXCR4 chemokine receptor, is associated with Human Papillomavirus (HPV)-induced Warts, Hypogammaglobulinemia, bacterial Infections and Myelokathexis. The long term follow up of eight patients highlights the clinical heterogeneity of this disease as well as the main(More)
We have performed a systematic clonal analysis to describe the modes of growth, dispersion and production of cells during the development of the mouse neural system. We have used mice expressing a LaacZ reporter gene under the control of the neuron specific enolase promoter to randomly generate LacZ clones in the central nervous system (CNS). We present(More)
A line of embryonal carcinoma cells, PCC7-S, established in vitro from a spontaneous testicular teratocarcinoma, has been studied. Upon removing the cells from a low density monolayer culture system and permitting the cells to form aggregates in suspension, we observed a change of several physical and biochemical parameters: (a) reduction in average cell(More)
We made use of the laacz procedure of single-cell labelling to visualize clones labelled before neuromere formation, in 12.5-day mouse embryos. This allowed us to deduce two successive phases of cell dispersion in the formation of the rhombencephalon: an initial anterior-posterior (AP) cell dispersion, followed by an asymmetrical dorsoventral (DV) cell(More)
We have previously reported that contact sensitivity (CS) to dinitrofluorobenzene (DNFB) in C57BL/6 mice was mediated by MHC class I-restricted CD8+ T cells and down-regulated by MHC class II-restricted CD4+ T cells. In this study, we analyzed the contribution of dendritic cells (DC) in the induction of these two T cell subsets endowed with opposite(More)
The use of established cell lines of various types has provided information on the properties of certain stem cells and on the conditions of their differentiation. No bone-forming cell line has so far been described. We report here the isolation, from in vitro differentiating teratocarcinoma cells, of a line which, on subcutaneous injection into syngeneic(More)
We have used the LaacZ clonal method of cell labeling of neuronal ancestors and report that the spatial organization of neuronal cells in the post-natal CNS shares striking similarities to that in the embryonic neuroepithelium, from the spinal cord to the diencephalon. The maintenance of the organization occurs despite massive cell divisions and(More)