Cell Dynamics - EMT and Directional Cell Migration

Eric THEVENEAU


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Team members

  Technical staff
  • Anne BIBONNE
  Postdoc
  • Fernanda BAJANCA
  PhD
  • Cyril ANDRIEU
  Master Student
  • Evangeline DESPIN-GUITARD
  • Olivia VANTROEYEN

Presentation

Our lab focuses on mechanisms of cell dynamics: epithelial-mesenchymal transition, directional cell migration, cell polarity and tissue mechanics. We aim at understanding basic principles that rule cell movements in complex environments during embryogenesis and cancer. We use embryos as tools to better understand the function of key players in cancer progression and muscular diseases such as the extracellular matrix, metalloproteinases and guidance cues.

We use two experimental models: chicken embryo (neural crest, mesoderm) and the xenopus embryo (neural crest). Neural Crest and mesoderm development rely on several oncogenes (snail, twist, ets...)
and their overall behaviour recapitulates the main steps of tumour metastasis in a controlled, reproducible manner, facilitating experimental approaches. Mesoderm development allows us to study repeated rounds of EMT and MET in a single cell type.

Our goal is to use our findings on experimental models to better understand cell dynamics defects occurring in diseases (cancer, inflammation).

 

Theveneau lab - march 2018

From left to right: E. Theveneau, F. Bajanca, C. Andrieu, O. Vantroeyen, N. Gouignard, E. Despin-Guitard, A. Bibonne.

Projets

Functions and substrates of Metalloproteinases during EMT an cell migration

Cell dynamics and tissue mechanics during early tumor formation

Signal integration during directional cell migration

Publications

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Funding

       

Alumni

Audrey Montigny - Engineer 2013-2015

Matthieu Brunet - Undergrad. 2015.

Anna B. Berki - Undergrad. 2015.

Elena Scarpa - EMBO short-term visiting PhD student (University College London), 2014.

Université Paul Sabatier
118 Route de Narbonne

31062 TOULOUSE Cedex
France

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