Nadia Bendridi

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RNAIII is the intracellular effector of the quorum-sensing system in Staphylococcus aureus. It is one of the largest regulatory RNAs (514 nucleotides long) that are known to control the expression of a large number of virulence genes. Here, we show that the 3' domain of RNAIII coordinately represses at the post-transcriptional level, the expression of mRNAs(More)
Mitochondria-associated endoplasmic reticulum (ER) membranes (MAMs) are functional domains between both organelles involved in Ca(2+) exchange, through the voltage-dependent anion channel (VDAC)-1/glucose-regulated protein 75 (Grp75)/inositol 1,4,5-triphosphate receptor (IP3R)-1 complex, and regulating energy metabolism. Whereas mitochondrial dysfunction,(More)
Bisphenol A (BPA) is widely used in the manufacturing of polycarbonate plastic food and drink packaging. Possessing a weak estrogenic activity, BPA is listed among a growing list of endocrine disrupting compounds. In this study, a polyclonal anti-BPA antibody was obtained by immunization with BPA-monocarboxymethylether covalently linked to BSA. The antibody(More)
Mitochondria-associated endoplasmic reticulum membranes (MAM) play a key role in mitochondrial dynamics and function and in hepatic insulin action. Whereas mitochondria are important regulators of energy metabolism, the nutritional regulation of MAM in the liver and its role in the adaptation of mitochondria physiology to nutrient availability are unknown.(More)
AIM To evaluate an immunochromatographic membrane test for Streptococcus pneumoniae antigen (Binax NOW, Inverness medical France) applied to pleural fluid samples. METHODS Binax NOW was applied to the pleural fluids of 69 children with thoracic empyema, in comparison with conventional culture and molecular techniques. RESULTS Binax NOW was positive on(More)
Our aim was to characterize the effects and the underlying mechanisms of the lipid-regulating agent Niaspan(®) on both insulin action and triglyceride decrease in 20 nondiabetic, dyslipidemic men with metabolic syndrome receiving Niaspan(®) (2 g/day) or placebo for 8 weeks in a randomized, cross-over study. The effects on plasma lipid profile were(More)
Obesity, through low-grade inflammation, can drive insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes. While infiltration of adipose tissue (AT) with mononuclear cells (MNCs) is well established in obesity, the functional consequences of these interactions are less understood. Herein, we cocultured human adipose-derived stem cells (ASCs) from obese individuals with(More)
Bisphenol A, an environmental compound with estrogenic activity, has been shown to bind human sex steroid hormone-binding globulin (hSHBG), the main plasma transport protein which regulates the metabolism of androgens and estrogens and limits their access to target organs. The present study was conducted to determine whether physiologically relevant(More)
The migration of DCs is a critical function, enabling information to be carried to where the immunological response occurs. Parasites are known to weaken host immunity by interfering with the functions of DCs and thus, may be a source of molecules with immunomodulatory properties. Here, we demonstrate that the soluble protein, GRA5, specific to Toxoplasma(More)
Nutritional symbioses play a central role in insects’ adaptation to specialized diets and in their evolutionary success. The obligatory symbiosis between the pea aphid, Acyrthosiphon pisum, and the bacterium, Buchnera aphidicola, is no exception as it enables this important agricultural pest insect to develop on a diet exclusively based on plant phloem sap.(More)