Alicia Torriglia

Pierre and Marie Curie University - Paris 6, Lutetia Parisorum, Île-de-France, France

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  • Alicia Torriglia · Imene Jaadane · Cecile Lebon
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    ABSTRACT: The review intends to draw the attention of researchers working in retinal degenerations on the fact that classical apoptosis, for example, apoptosis triggering caspase activation, may not be the main pathway of cellular demise in this tissue.Former work already showed the difficulty of proving the activation of apoptosis effectors in different models of retinal degeneration. However, these results were not really considered because of the lack of an alternative explanation for cell death. Nowadays, the description of many pathways of cellular demise is filling the gap and other forms of cell death are now described in the retina.The knowledge on the molecular mechanisms of cell death is very important for the development of new therapeutic strategies, as well as for the evaluation of cell death onset in retinal degeneration.
    No preview · Article · Dec 2015 · Current Opinion in Neurology
  • Cristian Justet · Frances Evans · Alicia Torriglia · Silvia Chifflet
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    ABSTRACT: Tissue injury triggers a complex network of cellular and molecular responses. Although cell migration and proliferation are the most conspicuous, several other responses, such as apoptosis and increased protease activity, are necessary for a proper restitution of the tissue. In this work, we study the leukocyte elastase inhibitor (LEI) expression during wound healing of bovine corneal endothelial monolayers in culture. LEI is a multifunctional protein with anti-protease and anti-apoptotic activity. When properly cleaved, it is transformed into L-DNase II, a pro-apoptotic enzyme and translocated to the nucleus. We found that early after injury LEI increases its protein and mRNA expressions, without nuclear translocation and returns to basal levels immediately after wound closure. This increase is blocked by N-acetylcysteine, suggesting that production of reactive oxygen species immediately after wounding is involved in the LEI increase. Another finding of this work is that there is an acidification of the cells at the wound border which, in contrast to other cell types, does not determine nuclear translocation of the protein. Taken together, the results of this work suggest that the function of LEI during wound healing is related to its activity as a protease inhibitor and/or to its anti-apoptotic activity.
    No preview · Article · Jun 2015 · Cell and Tissue Research
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    ABSTRACT: Spectra of "white LED" are characterized by an intense emission in the blue region of the visible spectrum, absent in day light spectra. This blue component and the high intensity of emission are the main sources of concern about the health risks of LEDs with respect to their toxicity to the eye and the retina. The aim of our study was to elucidate the role of blue light from LEDs in retinal damage. Commercially available white LED and four different blue LEDs (507, 473, 467 and 449nm) were used for exposure experiments on Wistar rats. Immunohistochemical stain, transmission electron microscopy and western blot were used to exam the retinas. We evaluated LED-induced retinal cell damage by studying oxidative stress, stress response pathways and the identification of cell death pathways. LED light caused a state of suffering of the retina with oxidative damage and retinal injury. We observed a loss of photoreceptors and the activation of caspase independent apoptosis, necroptosis and necrosis. A wavelength dependence of the effects was observed. Phototoxicity of LEDs on the retina is characterized by a strong damage of photoreceptors and by the induction of necrosis. Copyright © 2015. Published by Elsevier Inc.
    Full-text · Article · Apr 2015 · Free Radical Biology and Medicine
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    ABSTRACT: Apoptosis is an essential cellular mechanism involved in many processes such as embryogenesis, metamorphosis and tissue homeostasis. DNA fragmentation is one of the key markers of this form of cell death. DNA fragmentation is executed by endogenous endonucleases such as caspase-activated DNase (CAD) in caspase dependent apoptosis. The TUNEL (TdT-mediated dUTP-biotin nick end labeling) technique is the most widely used method to identify apoptotic cells in a tissue or culture and to assess drug toxicity. It is based on the detection of 3'-OH termini which are labeled with dUTP by the terminal deoxynucleotidyl transferase. Although the test is very reliable and sensitive in caspases-dependent apoptosis, it is completely useless when cell death is mediated by pathways involving DNA degradation which generates 3'-P ends like in the LEI/L-DNase II pathway. We propose here a modification in the TUNEL protocol consisting of a dephosphorylation step prior the TUNEL labeling. This allows the detection of both types of DNA breaks induced during apoptosis caspases-dependant and independent pathways, avoiding to underestimate the cell death induced by the treatment of interest. Copyright © 2015. Published by Elsevier Inc.
    No preview · Article · Apr 2015 · Analytical Biochemistry
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    ABSTRACT: Light-induced retinal degeneration is characterized by photoreceptor cell death. Many studies showed that photoreceptor demise is caspase-independent. In our laboratory we showed that leucocyte elastase inhibitor/LEI-derived DNase II (LEI/L-DNase II), a caspase-independent apoptotic pathway, is responsible for photoreceptor death. In this work, we investigated the activation of a pro-survival kinase, the protein kinase C (PKC) zeta. We show that light exposure induced PKC zeta activation. PKC zeta interacts with LEI/L-DNase II and controls its DNase activity by impairing its nuclear translocation. These results highlight the role of PKC zeta in retinal physiology and show that this kinase can control caspase-independent pathways. © 2015 The Authors. Journal of Cellular and Molecular Medicine published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd and Foundation for Cellular and Molecular Medicine.
    Full-text · Article · Mar 2015 · Journal of Cellular and Molecular Medicine
  • Ikram El Zaoui · Francine Behar-Cohen · Alicia Torriglia
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    ABSTRACT: Glucocorticosteroids (GCs) are routinely administered systemically or injected into the eye when treating numerous ocular diseases; however their toxicity on the retinal microvasculature has not been previously investigated. In this paper, the effects of Hydrocortisone (Hydro), Dexamethasone, Dexamethasone-Phosphate and Triamcinolone Acetonide (TA) were evaluated in vitro on human skin microcirculation cells and, bovine endothelial retinal cells, ex-vivo, on flat mounted rat retinas. The degree of GCs induced endothelial cell death varied according to the endothelial cell type and GCs chemical properties. GCs toxicity was higher in skin microvascular endothelial cells and for hydrophobic GC formulations. The mechanism of cell death differed between GCs, Hydro and TA activated the Leukocyte Elastase Inhibitor/L-DNase II pathways but did not activate caspases.The mechanisms of cell death observed in cell cultures were similar to those observed in rat retinal explants. Taken together these results indicate that particular attention should be paid to the potential vascular side effects when administrating GCs clinically and in particular when developing sustained-release intraocular devices. © The Author 2014. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the Society of Toxicology. All rights reserved. For permissions, please email: journals.permissions@oup.com.
    No preview · Article · Dec 2014 · Toxicological Sciences
  • Imène Jaadane · Atf Nagbou · Francine Behar-Cohen · Alicia Torriglia
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    ABSTRACT: Leukocyte Elastase Inhibitor (LEI, also called serpin B1) is a protein involved in apoptosis among other physiological processes. We have previously shown that upon cleavage by its cognate protease, LEI is transformed into L-DNase II, a protein with a pro-apoptotic activity. The caspase independent apoptotic pathway, in which L-DNase II is the final effector, interacts with other pro-apoptotic molecules like Poly-ADP-Ribose polymerase (PARP) or Apoptosis Inducing Factor (AIF). The screening of LEI/L-DNase II interactions showed a possible interaction with several members of the BCL-2 family of proteins which are known to have a central role in the regulation of caspase dependent cell death. In this study, we investigated the regulation of LEI/L-DNase II pathway by two members of this family of proteins: BAX and BCL-2, which have opposite effects on cell survival. We show that, in both BHK and HeLa cells, LEI/L-DNase II can interact with BCL-2 and BAX in apoptotic and non-apoptotic conditions. These proteins usually thought to be anti-apoptotic and pro-apoptotic respectively, both inhibit the L-DNase II pro-apoptotic activity. These results give further insight in the regulation of caspase-independent pathways and highlight the involvement of the intracellular environment of a given protein in the determinism of its function. They also add a link between caspase-dependent and independent pathways of apoptosis.
    No preview · Article · Aug 2014 · Biochimica et Biophysica Acta (BBA) - Molecular Cell Research
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    ABSTRACT: Background Recent evidence has suggested that Alzheimer’s disease (AD)-associated neuronal loss may occur via the caspase-independent route of programmed cell death (PCD) in addition to caspase-dependent mechanisms. However, the brain region specificity of caspase-independent PCD in AD-associated neurodegeneration is unknown. We therefore used the transgenic CRND8 (TgCRND8) AD mouse model to explore whether the apoptosis inducing factor (AIF), a key mediator of caspase-independent PCD, contributes to cell loss in selected brain regions in the course of aging. Results Increased expression of truncated AIF (tAIF), which is directly responsible for cell death induction, was observed at both 4- and 6-months of age in the cortex. Concomitant with the up-regulation of tAIF was an increase in the nuclear translocation of this protein. Heightened tAIF expression or translocation was not observed in the hippocampus or cerebellum, which were used as AD-vulnerable and relatively AD-spared regions, respectively. The cortical alterations in tAIF levels were accompanied by increased Bax expression and mitochondrial translocation. This effect was preceded by a significant reduction in ATP content and an increase in reactive oxygen species (ROS) production, detectable at 2 months of age despite negligible amounts of amyloid-beta peptides (Aβ). Conclusions Taken together, these data suggest that AIF is likely to play a region-specific role in AD-related caspase-independent PCD, which is consistent with aging-associated mitochondrial impairment and oxidative stress.
    Full-text · Article · Jun 2014 · BMC Neuroscience
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    Slavica Krantic · Alicia Torriglia
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    ABSTRACT: Alzheimer's disease (AD) develops undiagnosed for 10-15 years due to the lack of early diagnostic biomarkers. Visual deficits are common and crippling in AD patients and histopathological alterations found in the retina and brain are similar. We hypothesize that subtle morphological and functional changes in microglial and neuronal activities, such as those recently reported in the hippocampus, may also occur in retina during the preclinical stages of AD. These alterations are likely much more accessible to modern imaging and electrophysiological exploration than those occurring in the hippocampus and therefore, may serve as the earliest diagnostic biomarkers for AD.
    Full-text · Article · Jan 2014 · Journal of Alzheimer's disease: JAD
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    ABSTRACT: Amiloride derivatives are a class of new promising chemotherapeutic agents. A representative member of this family is the sodium-hydrogen antiporter inhibitor HMA (5-(N,N-hexamethylene amiloride), which has been demonstrated to induce cellular intracytosolic acidification and cell death through the apoptotic pathway(s). This work aims at characterizing drug response of human cancer cell lines to HMA. After a first screening revealing that HMA interferes with cancer cell survival, we focused our attention on SW613-B3 colon carcinoma cells, which are intrinsically resistant to a panel of drugs. Searching for the activation of canonical apoptosis, we found that this process was abortive, given that the final steps of this process, i.e. PARP-1 cleavage and DNA ladder, were not detectable. Thus, we addressed caspase-independent paradigms of cell death and we observed that HMA promotes the induction of the LEI/L-DNase II pathway as well as of parthanatos. Finally, we explored the possible impact of autophagy of cell response to HMA, providing the evidence that autophagy is activated in our experimental system. On the whole, our results defined the biochemical reactions triggered by HMA, and elucidated its multiple effects, thus adding further complexity to the intricate network leading to drug resistance.
    Full-text · Article · Aug 2013 · Apoptosis
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    Gloria E Villalpando Rodriguez · Alicia Torriglia
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    ABSTRACT: In light induced retinal degeneration (LIRD) photoreceptor cell death is mediated by caspase independent mechanisms. The activation of LEI/L-DNase II pathway in this model, is due to cathepsin D release from lysosomes, although the underlying mechanism remains poorly understood. In this paper we studied the involvement of calpains in lysosomal permeabilization. We investigated, for the first time, the calpain targets at lysosomal membrane level. We found that calpain 1 is responsible for lysosomal permeabilization by cleavage of the lysosomal associated membrane protein 2 (LAMP 2). Moreover, LAMP 2 degradation and lysosomal permeabilization were rescued by calpain inhibition and the use of MEF(-/-)lamp 2 cells indicates that the cleavage of LAMP 2A is essential for this permeabilization. Finally, we found that LAMP 2 is cleaved in LIRD, suggesting that the mechanism of calpain induced lysosomal permeabilization is not exclusive of a single cell death model. Overall, these data shed new light on understanding the mechanisms of lysosomal and caspase-independent cell death and point to the original targets for developpment of the new therapeutics protocols.
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    ABSTRACT: Programmed cell death is an important factor in tissue homeostasis. Lot of work has been performed to characterize the caspase-dependent cell death. Caspase-independent cell death, although important in many physiological situations, is less investigated. In this work we show that two caspase-independent effectors of cell death, namely apoptosis-inducing factor and leukocyte elastase inhibitor derived DNase II interact and can cooperate to induce cell death. These results contribute to the knowledge of molecular pathways of cell death, an important issue in the development of new therapeutic strategies for the treatment of cancer or neurodegenerative diseases.
    No preview · Article · May 2013 · Apoptosis
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    ABSTRACT: The pathogenesis of age-related macular degeneration (AMD) involves demise of the retinal pigment epithelium and death of photoreceptors. In this article, we investigated the response of human adult retinal pigmented epithelial (ARPE-19) cells to 5-(N,N-hexamethylene)amiloride (HMA), an inhibitor of Na(+) /H(+) exchangers. We observed that ARPE-19 cells treated with HMA are unable to activate 'classical' apoptosis but they succeed to activate autophagy. In the first 2 hrs of HMA exposure, autophagy is efficient in protecting cells from death. Thereafter, autophagy is impaired, as indicated by p62 accumulation, and this protective mechanism becomes the executioner of cell death. This switch in autophagy property as a function of time for a single stimulus is here shown for the first time. The activation of autophagy was observed, at a lesser extent, with etoposide, suggesting that this event might be a general response of ARPE cells to stress and the most important pathway involved in cell resistance to adverse conditions and toxic stimuli.
    Full-text · Article · Dec 2012 · Journal of Cellular and Molecular Medicine
  • A Torriglia · P Perani · Y Courtois

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    ABSTRACT: Cornea transplantation is one of the most performed graft procedures worldwide with an impressive success rate of 90%. However, for "high-risk" patients with particular ocular diseases in addition to the required surgery, the success rate is drastically reduced to 50%. In these cases, cyclosporin A (CsA) is frequently used to prevent the cornea rejection by a systemic treatment with possible systemic side effects for the patients. To overcome these problems, it is a challenge to prepare well-tolerated topical CsA formulations. Normally high amounts of oils or surfactants are needed for the solubilization of the very hydrophobic CsA. Furthermore, it is in general difficult to obtain ocular therapeutic drug levels with topical instillations due to the corneal barriers that efficiently protect the intraocular structures from foreign substances thus also from drugs. The aim of this study was to investigate in vivo the effects of a novel CsA topical aqueous formulation. This formulation was based on nanosized polymeric micelles as drug carriers. An established rat model for the prevention of cornea graft rejection after a keratoplasty procedure was used. After instillation of the novel formulation with fluorescent labeled micelles, confocal analysis of flat-mounted corneas clearly showed that the nanosized carriers were able to penetrate into all corneal layers. The efficacy of a 0.5% CsA micelle formulation was tested and compared to a physiological saline solution and to a systemic administration of CsA. In our studies, the topical CsA treatment was carried out for 14 days, and the three parameters (a) cornea transparency, (b) edema, and (c) neovascularization were evaluated by clinical observation and scoring. Compared to the control group, the treated group showed a significant higher cornea transparency and significant lower edema after 7 and 13 days of the surgery. At the end point of the study, the neovascularization was reduced by 50% in the CsA-micelle treated animals. The success rate of cornea graft transplantation was 73% in treated animals against 25% for the control group. This result was as good as observed for a systemic CsA treatment in the same animal model. This new formulation has the same efficacy like a systemic treatment but without the serious CsA systemic side effects. Ocular drug levels of transplanted and healthy rat eyes were dosed by UPLC/MS and showed a high CsA value in the cornea (11710 ± 7530 ng(CsA)/g(tissue) and 6470 ± 1730 ng(CsA)/g(tissue), respectively). In conclusion, the applied formulation has the capacity to overcome the ocular surface barriers, the micelles formed a drug reservoir in the cornea from, where a sustained release of CsA can take place. This novel formulation for topical application of CsA is clearly an effective and well-tolerated alternative to the systemic treatment for the prevention of corneal graft rejection.
    No preview · Article · Mar 2012 · European journal of pharmaceutics and biopharmaceutics: official journal of Arbeitsgemeinschaft fur Pharmazeutische Verfahrenstechnik e.V
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    ABSTRACT: HMA (5-(N,N-hexamethylene)amiloride), which belongs to a family of novel amiloride derivatives, is one of the most effective inhibitors of Na+/H+ exchangers, while uneffective against Na+ channels and Na+/Ca2+ exchangers. In this study, we provided evidence that HMA can act as a fluorescent probe. In fact, human retinal ARPE19 cells incubated with HMA show an intense bluish fluorescence in the cytoplasm when observed at microscope under conventional UV-excitation conditions. Interestingly, a prolonged observation under continuous exposure to excitation lightdoes not induce great changes in cells incubated with HMA for times up to about 5 min, while an unexpected rapid increase in fluorescence signal is observed in cells incubated for longer times. The latter phenomenon is particularly evident in the perinuclear region and in discrete spots in the cytoplasm. Since HMA modulates intracellular acidity, the dependence of its fluorescence properties on medium pH and response upon irradiation have been investigated in solution, at pH 5.0 and pH 7.2. The changes in both spectral shape and amplitude emission indicate a marked pH influence on HMA fluorescence properties, making HMA exploitable as a self biomarker of pH alterations in cell studies, in the absence of perturbations induced by the administration of other exogenous dyes.
    Full-text · Article · Jan 2012 · European journal of histochemistry: EJH
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    ABSTRACT: Topical ocular drug delivery has always been a challenge for pharmaceutical technology scientists. In the last two decades, many nano-systems have been studied to find ways to overcome the typical problems of topical ocular therapy, such as difficult corneal penetration and poor drug availability. In this study, methoxy poly(ethylene glycol)-hexylsubstituted poly(lactides) (MPEG-hexPLA) micelle formulations, which are promising nanocarriers for poorly water soluble drugs, were investigated for the delivery of Cyclosporin A (CsA) to the eye. As a new possible pharmaceutical excipient, the ocular compatibility of MPEG-hexPLA micelle formulations was evaluated. An in vitro biocompatibility assessment on human corneal epithelial cells was carried out using different tests. Cytotoxicity was studied by using the [3-(4,5-dimethylthiazol-2-yl)-2,5-diphenyl tetrazolium bromide] (MU), and clonogenic tests and revealed that the CsA formulations and copolymer solutions were not toxic. After incubation with MPEG-hexPLA micelle formulations, the activation of caspase-dependent and -independent apoptosis as well as autophagy was evaluated using immunohistochemistry by analyzing the localization of four antibodies: (1) anti-caspase 3; (2) anti-apoptotic inducing factor (AlF); (3) anti-IL-Dnase II and (4) anti-microtubule-associated protein 1 light chain 3 (LC3). No apoptosis was induced when the cells were treated with the micelle solutions that were either unloaded or loaded with CsA. The ocular tolerance was assessed in vivo on rabbit eyes by Confocal Laser Scanning Ophthalmoscopy (CLSO), and very good tolerability was seen. The observed corneal surface was comparable to a control surface that was treated with a 0.9% NaCl solution. In conclusion, these results demonstrate that MPEG-hexPLA micelles are promising drug carriers for ocular diseases involving the activation of cytokines, such as dry eye syndrome and autoimmune uveitis, or for the prevention of corneal graft rejection.
    No preview · Article · Sep 2011 · International Journal of Pharmaceutics
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    Vincenzo Giansanti · Alicia Torriglia · A Ivana Scovassi
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    ABSTRACT: Drug resistance of cancer cells is often correlated with apoptosis evasion; however, an active involvement of autophagy in this scenario has been recently proposed, based on the evidence that autophagy could exert a protective role toward the activation of apoptosis in cancer cells. In this review, we briefly review the basic features of apoptosis, and we describe in details the molecular patterns of autophagy, with a special emphasis on its still controversial physiological function(s). The crucial factors governing the cross talk between autophagy and apoptosis will be illustrated.
    Full-text · Article · Mar 2011 · Apoptosis
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    ABSTRACT: The cornified layer, the stratum corneum, of the epidermis is an efficient barrier to the passage of genetic material, i.e. nucleic acids. It contains enzymes that degrade RNA and DNA which originate from either the living part of the epidermis or from infectious agents of the environment. However, the molecular identities of these nucleases are only incompletely known at present. Here we performed biochemical and genetic experiments to determine the main DNase activity of the stratum corneum. DNA degradation assays and zymographic analyses identified the acid endonucleases L-DNase II, which is derived from serpinB1, and DNase 2 as candidate DNases of the cornified layer of the epidermis. siRNA-mediated knockdown of serpinB1 in human in vitro skin models and the investigation of mice deficient in serpinB1a demonstrated that serpinB1-derived L-DNase II is dispensable for epidermal DNase activity. By contrast, knockdown of DNase 2, also known as DNase 2a, reduced DNase activity in human in vitro skin models. Moreover, the genetic ablation of DNase 2a in the mouse was associated with the lack of acid DNase activity in the stratum corneum in vivo. The degradation of endogenous DNA in the course of cornification of keratinocytes was not impaired by the absence of DNase 2. Taken together, these data identify DNase 2 as the predominant DNase on the mammalian skin surface and indicate that its activity is primarily targeted to exogenous DNA.
    Full-text · Article · Mar 2011 · PLoS ONE
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    ABSTRACT: Ces dernières années, une nouvelle génération d’agents anticancéreux ciblant les cellules tumorales a été développée. Parmi ceux-ci, TRAIL induit l’apoptose des cellules tumorales tout en ayant peu d’effet sur les cellules normales. Néanmoins, d’autres types de mort cellulaire ont récemment été mis en évidence, comme la nécrose programmée. Or, le microenvironnement tumoral pourrait influencer le type de mort cellulaire induit par les agents anti-cancéreux. Ainsi, nous nous intéressons aux effets du pH extracellulaire (pHe), qui est plus acide dans les tissus tumoraux que dans les tissus sains, conséquence d’une activité glycolytique élevée. Notre équipe a montré que les cellules humaines cancéreuses coliques HT-29 et hépatiques HepG2 sont résistantes à l’apoptose induite par TRAIL à pHe physiologique (7,4), alors qu’un pHe acide (6,5) les sensibilise à TRAIL via une mort cellulaire de type « nécrose programmée », qui dépend des récepteurs TRAIL-R1 et TRAIL-R2 ainsi que du recrutement des kinases RIPK1 et RIPK3 au sein du complexe primaire DISC. D’autre part, nous avons mis en évidence que RIPK1 et TRAF-2, associées au sein d’un complexe cytoplasmique secondaire, induisent une forte activation de la voie NF-kB, impliquée dans la production de cytokines pro-inflammatoires (IL-8, CCL2). Enfin, nos derniers résultats montrent que l’activation de la protéine PARP-1, dépendante de RIPK1 et RIPK3, est responsable de la forte déplétion en ATP observée. La recherche des mécanismes moléculaires à l’origine de la nécrose induite par TRAIL à pH extracellulaire acide permettra sur le plan fondamental de mieux caractériser la «nécrose programmée» et sur le plan thérapeutique de définir de nouvelles cibles pouvant favoriser la mort des cellules cancéreuses humaines coliques et hépatiques résistantes à TRAIL. De plus, une meilleure connaissance des mécanismes moléculaires régulant la production des cytokines par les cellules nécrotiques permettra également de mieux contrôler la réponse inflammatoire associée à la nécrose.
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Institutions

  • 2009-2015
    • Pierre and Marie Curie University - Paris 6
      • Centre de recherche des Cordeliers - UMR_S 872
      Lutetia Parisorum, Île-de-France, France
  • 1991-2015
    • Unité Inserm U1077
      Caen, Lower Normandy, France
  • 2012-2014
    • Centre de Recherche des Cordeliers de Jussieu (CRC)
      Lutetia Parisorum, Île-de-France, France
    • National Institute of Molecular Genetics (INGM)
      Milano, Lombardy, Italy
  • 2011
    • French Institute of Health and Medical Research
      • Centre de Recherche des Cordeliers U872
      Lutetia Parisorum, Île-de-France, France
  • 2007
    • Université René Descartes - Paris 5
      • Centre de Recherche des Cordeliers (UMR_S 872)
      Lutetia Parisorum, Île-de-France, France
  • 1992-2001
    • French National Centre for Scientific Research
      Lutetia Parisorum, Île-de-France, France