Lucile Hoch

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Activation of the Smoothened (Smo) receptor mediates Hedgehog (Hh) signaling. Hh inhibitors are in clinical trials for cancer, and small-molecule Smo agonists may have therapeutic interests in regenerative medicine. Here, we have generated and validated a pharmacophoric model for Smo agonists and used this model for the virtual screening of a library of(More)
The Smoothened (Smo) receptor is a key transducer of the Hedgehog (Hh) signaling pathway, which plays a critical role in tissue maintenance and repair. Recent studies have highlighted the therapeutic value of Smo antagonists for treating Hh-linked cancers. Research on Smo agonists indicates that these molecules are important not only for delineating(More)
The Smoothened (Smo) receptor, a member of class F G protein-coupled receptors, is the main transducer of the Hedgehog (Hh) signaling pathway implicated in a wide range of developmental and adult processes. Smo is the target of anticancer drugs that bind to a long and narrow cavity in the 7-transmembrane (7TM) domain. X-ray structures of human Smo (hSmo)(More)
Hedgehog (Hh) is a critical regulator of adipogenesis. Extracellular vesicles are natural Hh carriers, as illustrated by activated/apoptotic lymphocytes specifically shedding microparticles (MP) bearing the morphogen (MP(Hh+)). We show that MP(Hh+) inhibit adipocyte differentiation and orientate mesenchymal stem cells towards a pro-osteogenic program.(More)
The Smoothened (Smo) receptor is a major component involved in signal transduction of the Hedgehog (Hh) morphogens both during embryogenesis and in the adult. Smo antagonists represent a promi-sing alternative for the treatment of cancers linked to abnormal Hh signalling. The crystal structure of the human Smo receptor bound to an antitumour agent(More)
Smoothened (Smo) is the signal transducer of the Hedgehog (Hh) pathway and its stimulation is considered a potential powerful tool in regenerative medicine to treat severe tissue injuries. Starting from GSA-10, a recently reported Hh activator acting on Smo, we have designed and synthesized a new class of quinolone-based compounds. Modification and(More)
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