The group of Luis Lopez-Molina discovered that imprinted genes play a role to regulate germination processes and that preferential maternal allelic expression can implement maternal inheritance of seed dormancy levels. This study was published on December 22, 2016 in eLife.
The teams of Michel Goldschmidt-Clermont and Roman Ulm have discovered how the single-cell alga Chlamydomonas reinhardtii activates the protection of its photosynthetic machinery when light becomes too intense. Their study, published during the week of December 5, 2016 in PNAS, describes the role of the UV-B receptor in this process.
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Elements of the regulatory networks controlling Hox gene expression were hijacked, enabling some of these genes to be reused to form mammary buds, thus favouring the emergence of placental mammals and marsupials. This study, published during the week of November 14, 2016 in PNAS, was led by Leonardo Beccari, from the team of Denis Duboule.
A new program entitled Certificate in Industrial Life Sciences (CILS) will be launched in February 2017 by the Faculty of Science, in collaboration with Life Sciences employers in the Lemanic region.
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The team of Karl Perron has shown that the protein Host factor q (Hfq) of Pseudomonas aeruginosa is essential to express its virulence and become resistant to antibiotics of last resort, in the presence of certain metals. The results, presented on October 3, 2016 in Genes, single out the Hfq protein as the Achilles heel of this bacterium.
The team of Didier Picard has uncovered an epigenetic mechanism that prevents the activation of numerous genes, including those involved in the growth of breast cells. The study, published on September 29, 2016 in Molecular Cell, shows that histones H2Bub1 stabilise nucleosomes present at the level of inducible enhancers in these genes.