Samia Zertal-Zidani

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We evaluated the effects of polymorphic markers within the beta globin gene cluster on HbF expression in two groups. These groups were randomly selected from a survey of HbF distribution in a large population study of unrelated healthy Algerian adults (n=827). The first group contained individuals with normal HbF levels (0.1-0.5%) and the second group(More)
AIMS/HYPOTHESIS Epithelium-mesenchyme interactions play a major role in pancreas development. Recently, we demonstrated that embryonic pancreatic mesenchyme enhanced progenitor cell proliferation but inhibited endocrine cell differentiation. Here, we investigated the role played by sulphated proteoglycans, which are known to be essential to embryonic(More)
Hereditary persistence of fetal hemoglobin (HPFH) is a group of genetically heterogeneous conditions characterized by the continued expression of fetal hemoglobin in adulthood. These constitute natural models for understanding the mechanism(s) of the hemoglobin switch. Many large deletions in the beta-globin gene cluster and point mutations in one of the(More)
Cationic lipids nowadays constitute a promising alternative to recombinant viruses for gene transfer. We have recently explored the transfection potential of a new class of lipids based upon the use of aminoglycosides as cationic polar headgroups. The encouraging results obtained with a first cholesterol derivative of kanamycin A prompted us to investigate(More)
AIMS/HYPOTHESIS The main objective of this work was to discover new drugs that can activate the differentiation of multipotent pancreatic progenitors into endocrine cells. METHODS In vitro experiments were performed using fetal pancreatic explants from rats and mice. In this assay, we examined the actions on pancreatic cell development of glibenclamide, a(More)
This study identified and characterized a novel delta beta fusion gene in which the delta-globin gene promoter is linked to intact beta-globin coding sequences in a Senegalese family. It results from a 7.4-kb deletion that removes the delta-globin coding sequences, the delta beta intergenic region as well as the beta-globin gene promoter and causes(More)
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