The Institut Jacques-Monod, funded jointly by the CNRS and the University Paris Diderot, is one of the main centers for basic research in biology in the Paris area.
It is headed by Giuseppe Baldacci, professor at the University of Paris Diderot.
September 2015: A new player in brain wiring
In an article published September 16th in Current Biology (Barber et al., 2015) the team of Alessandra Pierani, in collaboration with Thierry Galli and Véronique Proux-Gillardeaux at the Institut Jacques Monod and Yoshihiro Morishita (Riken, Kobe, Japan), identified a new mechanism controlling the size and wiring of cortical areas devoted to complex functions through a fine regulation of migration and distribution of the first cortical neurons, Cajal-Retzius cells (CRs).
September 2015: Eric Karsenti, Médaille d'Or (Gold Medal) of the CNRS
Eric Karsenti, who directed the Jacques Monod Institute from 2001-2003, has been awarded the 2015 Médaille d'Or (Gold Medal) of the CNRS.
July 2015: Novel mechanism for lipid transfer in cells
In an article published July 24 in Science, the Jackson/Verbavatz group at the Institut Jacques Monod, in collaboration with the "Institut de Pharmacologie Moléculaire et Cellulaire", Sophia Antipolis, and the "Centre de Biochimie Structurale”, Montpellier, has revealed a novel mechanism for transfer of phospholipids in cells.
July 2015: To resist, cadherins are holding hands
In an article published in the Journal of Cell Biology this July 20th (Strale et al., 2015), the team of Benoit Ladoux and René Marc Mege of the Institut Jacques Monod visualize for the first time the formation of organized cadherin nanoclusters in the plasma membrane. This oligomerization of cadherins, made possible interactions by cis interactions of their extracellular domain is responsible for the anchorage of cadherins to the actin and control the fluidity of the intercellular contact.