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"Immortal" flatworms : a weapon against bacteria

This discovery was made by scientists in the “Unité de Recherche sur les Maladies Infectieuses et Tropicales Emergentes” (CNRS/IRD/Inserm/Aix-Marseille Université), working in collaboration with the “Centre Méditerranéen de Médecine Moléculaire” (Inserm/Université Nice Sophia Antipolis) and other national and international research groups1. Their work, published in the journal Cell Host and Microbe on 10 September 2014, highlights the importance of studying alternative model organisms, and opens the way towards new treatments against bacterial infections.

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1 in France, the Centre Commun de Microscopie Appliquée (Université Nice Sophia Antipolis); in Italy, the department of Clinical and and Experimental Medicine in Pisa; in New Zealand, the Otago Genomics and Bioinformatics Facility.


Screening in planarians identifies MORN2 as a key component in LC3-associated phagocytosis
and resistance to bacterial infection
, P. Abnave, G. Mottola, G. Gimenez, N. Boucherit, V. Trouplin, C. Torre, F. Conti, A. Ben Amara, C. Lepolard, B. Djian, D. Hamaoui, A. Mettouchi, A. Kumar, S. Pagnotta, S. Bonatti, H. Lepidi, A. Salvetti, L. Abi-Rached, E. Lemichez, J.-L. Mege, E. Ghigo, Cell Host and Microbe, September 10th, 2014.

Contact information:

Research scientist l Eric Ghigo l T +33 4 91 32 49 94 l [email protected]
CNRS Press l Véronique Etienne l T +33 1 44 96 51 37 l [email protected]

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