Category Archives: Cell biology, development and evolution

Les émulsifiants alimentaires augmentent le pouvoir pathogène de certaines bactéries et le risque d’inflammation intestinale

L’alimentation jouerait un rôle dans le déclenchement d’inflammations intestinales pouvant aboutir au développement de certaines pathologies, comme la maladie de Crohn. Des chercheurs de l’Inserm, du CNRS et de Université de Paris ont montré que les émulsifiants alimentaires présents dans de nombreux plats transformés pouvaient avoir un impact délétère sur certaines bactéries spécifiques du microbiote intestinal, conduisant à une inflammation chronique.

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The Placenta Could Retain a Memory of Tobacco Exposure Prior to Pregnancy

A study is showing for the first time that tobacco consumption, even when stopped before pregnancy, can have an impact on the placenta. Smoking not just during but also before pregnancy leads to epigenetic modifications (DNA methylation) which could have consequences on its course.

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Blood Stem Cell Immune Memory: A New Research Avenue in COVID-19

Blood stem cells have a surprising ability. In addition to ensuring the continuous renewal of blood cells, they keep track of past infections so that faster and more effective immune responses can be triggered in the future.

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A New Blood Component Revealed

Does the blood we thought to know so well contain elements that had been undetectable until now? The answer is yes, according to a team of researchers which has revealed the presence of whole functional mitochondria in the blood circulation. These organelles that are responsible for cellular respiration had hitherto only been found outside cells in very specific cases.

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Skin graft: a new molecular target for activating stem cells

A joint study led by several teams open skin regeneration medecine to new insights.

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Assistance médicale à la procréation : la congélation embryonnaire associée à une augmentation du poids de naissance

Des équipes du CHU de Montpellier et de l’Inserm publient dans la revue Scientific Reports une étude portant sur une différence de poids de plus de 250 grammes entre les enfants nés à la suite d’une congélation embryonnaire et ceux issus d’embryons « frais ».

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Une étude confirme l’intérêt du test sanguin de dépistage des infections virales VirScan dans le suivi des patients greffés du rein

Le test sanguin VirScan permet de détecter les infections virales, responsables de complications tumorales et infectieuses, fréquentes après une greffe et susceptibles d’avoir un impact sur le fonctionnement du greffon.

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Fertility and endometriosis: a research update from Inserm

Today, around 1 in 8 couples seek help because they are struggling to conceive. Infertility has therefore become a public health problem, and the scientific community is rallying in response.

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Nanoblades: shuttles for genome surgery

Researchers are now able to edit the genome with precision using the “gene editing scissors” of CRISPR-Cas9, which is a highly promising tool for gene therapy. The technical challenge now is to get this tool into the genome of certain cells. With this in mind, a joint team from Inserm, the CNRS, the Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1, and the École Normale Supérieure de Lyon, working within the International Center for Infectiology Research (CIRI), have developed capsules that allow CRISPR-Cas9 to reach the target DNA: Nanoblades.

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A Gene Therapy Tested in the Treatment of Myotubular Myopathy

Inserm and CNRS researchers from the Institute of Genetics and Molecular and Cellular Biology (Inserm/CNRS/Université de Strasbourg) have discovered how myotubularin – a protein deficient in myotubular myopathy – interacts with amphiphysin 2 and suggest targeting the latter in order to treat patients.

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