Jean-Pierre Perreault

7Martin Bisaillon
7Jean-Denis Beaudoin
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This paper attributes a novel function, namely, that of transcriptional promoter, to the self-complementary, self-cleaving hammerhead RNA sequences found in RNA derived from the peach latent mosaic viroid (PLMVd). The features of this RNA promoter, which adopts a hairpin structure that can be utilized by Escherichia coli RNA polymerase (RNAP) for in vitro(More)
Given that greater than 90% of the human genome is expressed, it is logical to assume that post-transcriptional regulatory mechanisms must be the primary means of controlling the flow of information from mRNA to protein. This report describes a robust approach that includes in silico, in vitro and in cellulo experiments permitting an in-depth evaluation of(More)
We report the characterization in the human genome of 966 pseudogenes derived from the four human Y (hY) RNAs, components of the Ro/SS-A autoantigen. About 95% of the Y RNA pseudogenes are found in corresponding locations on the chimpanzee and human chromosomes. On the contrary, Y pseudogenes in mice are both infrequent and found in different genomic(More)
Guanine-rich RNA sequences can fold into non-canonical, four stranded helical structures called G-quadruplexes that have been shown to be widely distributed within the mammalian transcriptome, as well as being key regulatory elements in various biological mechanisms. That said, their role within the 3'-untranslated region (UTR) of mRNA remains to be(More)
We describe here the establishment of an online database containing a large number of sequences and related data on viroids, viroid-like RNAs and human hepatitis delta virus (vHDV) in a customizable and user-friendly format. This database is available on the World Wide Web at
Ribozymes, RNA molecules that catalyze the cleavage of RNA substrates, provide an interesting alternative to the RNA interference (RNAi) approach to gene inactivation, especially given the fact that RNAi seems to trigger an immunological response. Unfortunately, the limited substrate specificity of ribozymes is considered to be a significant hurdle in their(More)
In order to revisit the architecture of the catalytic center of the antigenomic hepatitis delta virus (HDV) ribozyme we developed an unbiased in vitro selection procedure that efficiently selected novel variants from a relatively small set of sequences. Using this procedure we examined all possible variants from a pool of HDV ribozymes that had been(More)
Mobile genetic elements have significantly contributed to the shaping of mammalian genomes. The RTAnalyzer software tracks sequences of retrotransposed origin by scoring the signature results from an L1-mediated insertion within a genome. More specifically, a sequence of interest is searched for in genomic databases using BLAST. Each hit, along with(More)
BACKGROUND RNA-dependent gene silencing is becoming a routine tool used in laboratories worldwide. One of the important remaining hurdles in the selection of the target sequence, if not the most important one, is the designing of tools that have minimal off-target effects (i.e. cleaves only the desired sequence). Increasingly, in the current dawn of the(More)
The transcription factor Pax-5, is vital during B lymphocyte differentiation and is known to contribute to the oncogenesis of certain cancers. The Pax-5 locus generates multiple yet structurally related mRNA transcripts through the specific activation of alternative promoter regions and/or alternative splicing events which poses challenges in the study of(More)