Mouse Molecular Genetics (URA CNRS 2578)

Philip Avner (unit head until 8/2012)
Ute Christine Rogner (responsible of the laboratory)

From epigenetics and X-inactivation to multigenic inheritance and diabetes

Our research into epigenetics is centred around studies on the early regulation of X-inactivation. Approaches involve the genetic dissection of the Xic (X-inactivation centre) using targeted mutagenesis and transgenesis approaches, as well as the study of chromatin modifications associated with the onset of X-inactivation and the accumulation of Xist RNA which result in transcriptional silencing of the entire chromosome.
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Other studies on epigenetic regulatory mechanisms concern the Nap1l2 gene and are aimed at understanding its role in neurogenesis and in the programming of neural stem cells.
Multigenic inheritance is explored through our studies on type 1 diabetes in the mouse.