Juliette Ravaux

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The vent shrimps, Mirocaris fortunata and Rimicaris exoculata, live in a highly fluctuating thermal environment and undergo frequent temperature bursts. As a first step in the investigation of the response to heat stress, this work aimed to characterize stress proteins in these two species. Complementary deoxyribonucleic acid (cDNA) clones encoding a 70-kDa(More)
Little is known about the ecological and physiological processes governing depth distribution limits in species. Temperature and hydrostatic pressure are considered to be two dominant factors. Research has shown that some marine ectotherms are shifting their bathymetric distributions in response to rapid anthropogenic ocean surface warming. Shallow-water(More)
The shrimp Rimicaris exoculata swarms around hydrothermal black smoker chimneys at most vent sites along the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. This species maintains close proximity to the hydrothermal fluid, where temperatures can reach 350 degrees C and steep thermal and chemical gradients are expected. We performed in vivo experiments in pressurized aquaria to(More)
In the context of climate change, there is a sustained interest in understanding better the functional mechanisms by which marine ectotherms maintain their physiological scope and define their ability to cope with thermal changes in their environment. Here, we present evidence that the variable shrimp Palaemonetes varians shows genuine acclimation(More)
To date, no published study has assessed the full physiological scope of a marine invertebrate species with respect to both temperature and hydrostatic pressure. In this study, adult specimens of the shallow-water shrimp species Palaemonetes varians were subjected to a temperature/pressure regime from 5 to 30°C and from 0.1 to 30 MPa. The rate of oxygen(More)
Even though their occurrence was reported a long time ago, sunken wood ecosystems at the deep-sea floor have only recently received specific attention. Accumulations of wood fragments in the deep sea create niches for a diverse fauna, but the significance of the wood itself as a food source remains to be evaluated. Pectinodonta sp. is a patellogastropod(More)
Although most chitons (Mollusca: Polyplacophora) are shallow-water molluscs, diverse species also occur in deep-sea habitats. We investigated the feeding strategies of two species, Leptochiton boucheti and Nierstraszella lineata, recovered on sunken wood sampled in the western Pacific, close to the Vanuatu Islands. The two species display distinctly(More)
We have isolated and characterized a cDNA (DNA complementary to RNA) clone (Rf69) from the vestimentiferan Riftia pachyptila. The cDNA insert consists of 1169 base pairs. The aminoacid sequence deduced from the longest reading frame is 193 residues in length, and clearly characterized it as a myosin regulatory light chain (RLC). The RLC primary structure is(More)
A cDNA from Riftia pachyptila was cloned. It encodes a novel 21.3-kDa protein from the worm protective tube, named RCBP (for Riftia chitin-binding protein). On the basis of partial tube-peptide sequences previously obtained, experiments using reverse transcriptase-mediated polymerase chain reaction and rapid amplification of cDNA ends led to the complete(More)
Cylindromas are benign skin tumors occurring as multiple nodules characteristically well circumscribed by an excess of basement membrane-like material. To determine the molecular defects leading to extracellular matrix accumulation, the ultrastructural, immunological, and biochemical properties of cylindroma tissue and isolated cells were analyzed. In(More)