Annemarie Wehenkel

Regulation of microtubule dynamics and functions

Main field of research: 

Neurogenetics / neurodevelopment


tubulin code
microtubule cytoskeleton
posttranslational modifications
neuronal differentiation

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Research Center / Institute: 

Institut Curie - Centre de Recherche - Paris/Orsay

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Microtubules are key cytoskeletal elements involved in a large number of functions in eukaryotic cells. They assemble from a protein dimer of a- and b-tubulin, two highly similar and conserved proteins. Tubulins are subject to a large variety of posttranslational modifications, which provide a rapid and reversible mechanism to diversify microtubule functions in cells. Our team is studying the mechanisms and functional roles of these modifications by using an interdisciplinary approach.




Team members: 

Annemarie Wehenkel
Cecilia Serieyssol
Kathiresan Natarajan
Laurence Vaslin
Maria Magiera
Ngoc-Lan Julie Nguyen
Sudarshan Gadadhar
Tiziana Giordano
Lurlene Akendengue

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Affiliated institutions: 

Institut Curie
Université Paris Sud 11


Université Paris Saclay / Université Paris Descartes

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Initiatives d'Excellence: 

Labex CelTisPhyBio, contrat ANR, équipe FRM


Gadadhar S, Dadi H, Bodakuntla S, Schnitzler A, Bieche I, Rusconi F, Janke C (2017) Tubulin glycylation controls primary cilia length. J Cell Biol 216: 2701-2713

Barisic M, Silva e Sousa R, Tripathy SK, Magiera MM, Zaytsev AV, Pereira AL, Janke C, Grishchuk EL, Maiato H (2015) Microtubule detyrosination guides chromosomes during mitosis. Science 348: 799-803

Nirschl JJ, Magiera MM, Lazarus JE, Janke C, Holzbaur ELF (2016) alpha-Tubulin Tyrosination and CLIP-170 Phosphorylation Regulate the Initiation of Dynein-Driven Transport in Neurons. Cell Rep: celrep 2509

Belvindrah R, Natarajan K, Shabajee P, Bruel-Jungerman E, Bernard J, Goutierre M, Moutkine I, Jaglin XH, Savariradjane M, Irinopoulou T, Poncer J-C, Janke C, Francis F (2017) Mutation of the alpha-tubulin Tuba1a leads to straighter microtubules and perturbs neuronal migration. J Cell Biol 216: 2443-2461

Bosch Grau M, Masson C, Gadadhar S, Rocha C, Tort O, Marques Sousa P, Vacher S, Bieche I, Janke C (2017) Alterations in the balance of tubulin glycylation and glutamylation in photoreceptors leads to retinal degeneration. J Cell Sci 130: 938-949