Nicole Garreau de Loubresse

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BACKGROUND Ciliary or flagellar basal bodies and centrioles share the same architecture and remarkable property of duplicating once per cell cycle. Duplication is known to proceed by budding of the daugther organelle close to and at right angles to the mother structure, but the molecular basis of this geometry remains unknown. Among the handful of proteins(More)
Basal bodies are tightly controlled not only for their time of duplication but also for their movements, which ensure proper division and morphogenesis. However, the mechanisms underlying these movements only begin to be explored. We describe here a novel basal body appendage in Paramecium, the anterior left filament (ALF), which develops transiently from(More)
BACKGROUND A breakthrough in the understanding of centriole assembly was provided by the characterization of the UNI3 gene in Chlamydomonas. Deletion of this gene, found to encode a novel member of the tubulin superfamily, delta-tubulin, results in the loss of the C-tubule, in the nine microtubule triplets which are the hallmark of centrioles and basal(More)
entrioles and basal bodies fascinate by their spectacular architecture, featuring an arrangement of nine microtubule triplets into an axial symmetry, whose biogenesis relies on yet elusive mechanisms. However, the recent discovery of new tubulins, such as ␦-, ␧-, or ␩-tubulin, could constitute a breakthrough for deciphering C the assembly steps of this(More)
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