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Team Eric GILSON



Basic Research Team « Telomere, senescence and cancer »

Pr Eric GILSON, PU-PH, Team Leader



Telomeres are key features of linear chromosomes that preserve genome stability. Variations in telomere state are critical for cell senescence, stem cell biology and the development of many diseases including cancer. They are composed of short tandemly repeated DNA sequences. The maintenance of this telomeric DNA depends on telomerase, a specialized reverse transcriptase that uses its RNA template to add G-rich telomeric repeats to the terminal 3’ overhang. The chromatin of telomeres is unusual, forming the so-called telosome. The telosome is essential to preserve chromosome stability by controlling telomere length, recombination and DNA damage checkpoint. A key component of the human telosome is the shelterin complex composed of six polypeptides (TRF1, TRF2, RAP1, Tin2, TPP1, Pot1) of which three bind directly to the telomeric DNA: TRF1 and TRF2 bind to the duplex telomeric DNA and Pot1 binds to the single strand 3’ overhang. In budding yeast, TRF1 and TRF2 do not exist and Rap1 is an essential capping factor that binds telomeric DNA.

The general aim of our project is to increase our knowledge on the basic mechanisms governing telomere functions and to explore their relevance in cancer. In brief, the objectives fall into three categories that can be described as :

- basic to understand the mechanisms that protect chromosome ends and to explore the signalization pathways sensing telomere state;

- oncogenesis-oriented to develop experimental models aimed at a better understanding of the role of telomere in cancer formation and progression and at screening and validating new pharmacological compounds targeting telomeres;

- clinically-oriented to explore telomere and telomerase functions in human cancer and to validate the benefit of telomere biomarkers in clinics.

Our experimental systems are yeast, as a basic model and screening resource, reconstituted in vitro systems, for an in-depth description of the molecular mechanisms of telomere functions, mouse, for xenograft and transgenic studies, policenormal human cells, immortalized lines, cancer cells, human cellular transformation systems and cancer tissues. The methodologies range from the biochemistry of telomeric nucleoprotein complexes to gene manipulations in human cells by retro- and lentiviral transductions, through various genetic, genomic and cellular analyses and functional exploration of telomeres in clinical samples. This diversity of approaches is justified by our aim to rapidly integrate basic concepts to clinically-oriented questions.

Research Project

Research Project

Télomères - description Figure 1. The diversity of form and nature of telomeric components

(A) The diversity of form and nature of telomeric components sructure of intramolecular G-quadruplex structure of human telomeric DNA in K(+) solution.

(B) G-quartet, detail of the structure above.

(C) Schematic model of a t-loop. G-tail invasion and migration is thought to create a D-loop and a Holliday junction (shown in the two dotted circles) at the foot of the loop.

(D), (E), (F) and (G) Schematic of main telomeric proteins in mammals, Saccharomyces cerevisiae, Oxytricha nova and Schizosaccharomyces pombe. The known structures of proteins and domains are shown. Secondary structures such as a-helices in TRF1, TRF2, RAP1and ScRap1 and ß-sheets in POT1, SpPot1,TPP1, Cdc13, TEBP, Stn1 and Ten1 are shown in red.

Figure 2. TFR2 condenses telomeric DNA.

RF2 condenses telomeric DNA Atomic force microscopy images of TRF2 complexes with a 650 pb telomeric duplex DNA.

These complexes were shown to correspond to dimers, tetramers, hexamers and octamers of TRF2. Several molecules are shown in panels a and d. In panel a free DNA is also shown and in panel d, only the central molecule corresponds to the octameric form of the complex.

Note the way DNA shortens with the increasing mass of the complex indicating DNA wrapping. Models of the complexes are drawn above the images.


Research Team

Research Team

GILSON Eric, PU-PH CE, Team Leader
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(Feb 2016)



2007 - Eric Gilson, Alexandre Ottaviani :

« Polynucléotides insulateurs dérivés de l’élément D4Z4 et leurs utilisations en transgénèse »

Patent PCT/EP/2008/060004. Brevet N° 0756890 (2007) Lyon, France.

Articles de Presse

Science & Santé, Mars - Avril 2016, publication INSERM


Zou Y, Leong W, Yao M, Hu X, Lu S, Zhu X, Chen L, Tong J, Shi J, Gilson E, Ye J, Lu Y.

Test anxiety and telomere length: Academic stress in adolescents may not cause rapid telomere erosion.

Oncotarget. 2017, Jan 22.


Picco V, Coste I, Giraud-Panis MJ, Renno T, Gilson E, Pagès G.

ERK1/2/MAPK pathway-dependent regulation of the telomeric factor TRF2.

Oncotarget. 2016, Jul 19;7(29):46615-46627.

Gilson E, Bosch TC.

Understanding why we age and how: Evolutionary biology meets different model organisms and multi-level omics: Meeting report on "Comparative Biology of Aging" Roscoff, October 12-16, 2015.

Bioessays. 2016 Jun;38(6):494-7.

Long E, Ilie M, Bence C, Butori C, Selva E, Lalvée S, Bonnetaud C, Poissonnet G, Lacour JP, Bahadoran P, Brest P, Gilson E, Ballotti R, Hofman V, Hofman P.

High expression of TRF2, SOX10, and CD10 in circulating tumor microemboli detected in metastatic melanoma patients. A potential impact for the assessment of disease aggressiveness.

Cancer Med. 2016, Jun;5(6):1022-30.

Rizzo A, Iachettini S, Salvati E, Zizza P, Maresca C, D'Angelo C, Benarroch-Popivker D, Capolupo A, Del Gaudio F, Cosconati S, Di Maro S, Merlino F, Novellino E, Amoreo CA, Mottolese M, Sperduti I, Gilson E, Biroccio A.

SIRT6 interacts with TRF2 and promotes its degradation in response to DNA damage.

Nucleic Acids Res., 2016, Dec 6.

Douguet L, Cherfils-Vicini J, Bod L, Lengagne R, Gilson E, Prévost-Blondel A.

Nitric Oxide Synthase 2 Improves Proliferation and Glycolysis of Peripheral γδ T Cells.

PLoS One. 2016 Nov 3;11(11):e0165639.

Nassour J, Martien S, Martin N, Deruy E, Tomellini E, Malaquin N, Bouali F, Sabatier L, Wernert N, Pinte S, Gilson E, Pourtier A, Pluquet O, Abbadie C.

Defective DNA single-strand break repair is responsible for senescence and neoplastic escape

of epithelial cells.

Nat Commun., 2016, Jan 29;7:10399.

Benarroch-Popivker D, Pisano S, Mendez-Bermudez A, Lototska L, Kaur P, Bauwens S, Djerbi N,

Latrick CM, Fraisier V, Pei B, Gay A, Jaune E, Foucher K, Cherfils-Vicini J, Aeby E, Miron S,

Londoño-Vallejo A, Ye J, Le Du MH, Wang H, Gilson E, Giraud-Panis MJ.

TRF2-Mediated Control of Telomere DNA Topology as a Mechanism for Chromosome-End Protection.

Mol Cell., 2016, 61(2):274-86.

Gaullier G, Miron S, Pisano S, Buisson R, Le Bihan YV, Tellier-Lebègue C, Messaoud W,

Roblin P, Guimarães BG, Thai R, Giraud-Panis MJ, Gilson E, Le Du MH.

A higher-order entity formed by the flexible assembly of RAP1 with TRF2.

Nucleic Acids Res., 2016, 44(4):1962-76.

Zhang L, Huang X, Zhu X, Ge S, Gilson E, Jia R, Ye J, Fan X.

Differential senescence capacities in meibomian gland carcinoma and basal cell carcinoma.

Int J Cancer., 2016, Mar15;138(6):1442-52.  

Zizza P, Cingolani C, Artuso S, Salvati E, Rizzo A, D'Angelo C, Porru M, Pagano B, Amato J,

Randazzo A, Novellino E, Stoppacciaro A, Gilson E, Stassi G, Leonetti C, Biroccio A.

Intragenic G-quadruplex structure formed in the human CD133 and its biological and

translational relevance.

Nucleic Acids Res., 2016, 44(4):1579-90.



Maï ME, Wagner KD, Michiels JF, Gilson E, Wagner N.

TRF2 acts as a transcriptional regulator in tumor angiogenesis.

Mol Cell Oncol. 2015, Jan 23;2(3):e988508.

Falandry C, Horard B, Bruyas A, Legouffe E, Cretin J, Meunier J, Alexandre J, Delecroix V, Fabbro M,

Certain MN, Maraval-Gaget R, Pujade-Lauraine E, Gilson E, Freyer G.

Telomere length is a prognostic biomarker in elderly advanced ovarian cancer patients:

a multicenter GINECO study.

Aging (Albany NY)., 2015, Dec;7(12):1066-76.

Galati A, Micheli E, Alicata C, Ingegnere T, Cicconi A, Pusch MC, Giraud-Panis MJ,

Gilson E, Cacchione S.

TRF1 and TRF2 binding to telomeres is modulated by nucleosomal organization.

Nucleic Acids Res., 2015, Jul13;43(12):5824-37.

Salvati E, Rizzo A, Iachettini S, Zizza P, Cingolani C, D'Angelo C, Porru M, Mondello C,

Aiello A, Farsetti A, Gilson E, Leonetti C, Biroccio A.

A basal level of DNA damage and telomere deprotection increases the sensitivity of

cancer cells to G-quadruplex interactive compounds.

Nucleic Acids Res., 2015, Feb18;43(3):1759-69.

Hofman P, Cherfils-Vicini J, Bazin M, Ilie M, Juhel T, Hébuterne X, Gilson E, Schmid-Alliana A,

Boyer O, Adriouch S, Vouret-Craviari V.

Genetic and pharmacological inactivation of the purinergic P2RX7 receptor dampens

inflammation but increases tumor incidence in a mouse model of colitis-associated cancer.

Cancer Res., 2015, Mar1;75(5):835-45.

Chen L, Zhu X, Zou Y, Xing J, Gilson E, Lu Y, Ye J

The topoisomerase II catalytic inhibitor ICRF-193 preferentially targets telomeres

that are capped by TRF2.

Am. J. Physiol. Cell. Physiol., 2015, Mar1;308(5):C372-7.


Wagner KD, Cherfils-Vicini J, Hosen N, Hohenstein P, Gilson E, Hastie ND, Michiels JF, Wagner N.

The Wilms' tumour suppressor Wt1 is a major regulator of tumour angiogenesis and progression.

Nat Commun., 2014, Dec16;5:5852.

El Maï M, Wagner KD, Michiels JF, Ambrosetti D, Borderie A, Destree S, Renault V, Djerbi N,

Giraud-Panis MJ, Gilson E, Wagner N.

The Telomeric Protein TRF2 Regulates Angiogenesis by Binding and Activating the PDGFRß Promoter.

Cell Rep., 2014, Nov6;9(3):1047-60.

Di Maro S, Zizza P, Salvati E, De Luca V, Capasso C, Fotticchia I, Pagano B, Marinelli L,

Gilson E, Novellino E, Cosconati S, Biroccio A.

Shading the TRF2 recruiting function: a new horizon in drug development.

J Am Chem Soc. 2014 Dec 3;136(48):16708-11.

Falandry C, Bonnefoy M, Freyer G, Gilson E.

Biology of Cancer and Aging: A Complex Association With Cellular Senescence.

J. Clin. Oncol., 2014, Aug20;32(24):2604-10.

Marçais A, Cherfils-Vicini J, Viant C, Degouve S, Viel S, Fenis A, Rabilloud J, Mayol K, Tavares A,

Bienvenu J, Gangloff YG, Gilson E, Vivier E, Walzer T.

The metabolic checkpoint kinase mTOR is essential for IL-15 signaling during the development

and activation of NK cells.

Nat. Immunol., 2014, Aug;15(8):749-57.

Saint-Léger A, Koelblen M, Civitelli L, Bah A, Djerbi N, Giraud-Panis MJ, Londoño-Vallejo A,

Ascenzioni F, Gilson E.

The basic N-terminal domain of TRF2 limits recombination endonuclease action at human


Cell Cycle., 2014, Jun 26;13(15) 2469-74.

Ye J, Renault VM, Jamet K, Gilson E.

Transcriptional outcome of telomere signalling.

Nat. Rev. Genet., 2014, Jul;15(7):491-503.

Cherfils-Vicini J, Zizza P, Gilson E, Biroccio A.

A novel pathway links telomeres to NK-cell activity: Implications for immunotherapy.

Oncoimmunology, 2014, Jan 1;3(1):e27358.

Fallet E, Jolivet P, Soudet J, Lisby M, Gilson E, Teixeira MT.

Length-dependent processing of telomeres in the absence of telomerase.

Nucleic Acids Res., 2014, Apr;42(6):3648-65.

Salvati E, Zizza P, Rizzo A, Iachettini S, Cingolani C, D'Angelo C, Porru M, Randazzo A, Pagano B,

Novellino E, Pisanu ME, Stoppacciaro A, Spinella F, Bagnato A, Gilson E, Leonetti C, Biroccio A.

Evidence for G-quadruplex in the promoter of vegfr-2 and its targeting to inhibit tumor angiogenesis.

Nucleic Acids Res., 2014, Mar;42(5):2945-57.


Lu Y, Leong W, Guérin O, Gilson E, Ye J.

Telomeric impact of conventional chemotherapy.

Front. Med., 2013, Dec;7(4):411-7.

Chiodi I, Belgiovine C, Zongaro S, Ricotti R, Horard B, Lossani A, Focher F, Gilson E, Giulotto E, Mondello C.

Super-telomeres in transformed human fibroblasts.

Biochim. Biophys. Acta., 2013, Aug;1833(8):1885-93.

Le Bihan YV, Matot B, Pietrement O, Giraud-Panis MJ, Gasparini S, Le Cam E, Gilson E, Sclavi B, Miron S, Le Du MH.

Effect of Rap1 binding on DNA distortion and potassium permanganate hypersensitivity.

Acta. Crystallogr. D. Biol. Crystallogr., 2013, Mar;69(Pt 3):409-19.

Boussouar A, Barette C, Nadon R, Saint-Léger A, Broucqsault N, Ottaviani A, Firozhoussen A, Lu Y, Lafanechère L,

Gilson E, Magdinier F, Ye J.

Acacetin and chrysin, two polyphenolic compounds, alleviate telomeric position effect in human cells. 

Mol. Ther. Nucleic Acids., 2013, Aug 20;2:e116.

Giraud-Panis MJ, Pisano S, Benarroch-Popivker D, Pei B, Le Du MH, Gilson E.

One identity or more for telomeres ?

Front. Oncol., 2013, Mars15;3:48.

Falandry C, Gilson E, Rudolph KL. 

Are aging biomarkers clinically relevant in oncogeriatrics ?

Crit. Rev. Oncol. Hematol., 2013, Mar;85(3):257-65.

Diala I, Wagner N, Magdinier F, Shkreli M, Sikarov M, Bauwens S, Schluth-Bolard C,

Simonet T, Renault V, Ye J, Djerbi N, Pineau P, Choi J, Artandi S, Dejean A, Plateroti M, Gilson E.

Telomere protection and TRF2 expression are enhanced by the canonical Wnt signaling pathway.

EMBO Reports. 2013, Apr14(4):356-363.

Biroccio A, Cherfils-Vicini J, Augereau A, Pinte S, Bauwens S, Ye J, Simonet T, Horard B, Jamet K,

Cervera L, Mendez-Bermudez A, Poncet D, Grataroli R, de Rodenbeeke CT, Salvati E, Rizzo A,

Zizza P, Ricoul M, Cognet C, Kuilman T, Duret H, Lépinasse F, Marvel J, Verhoeyen E, Cosset FL,

Peeper D, Smyth MJ, Londoño-Vallejo A, Sabatier L, Picco V, Pages G, Scoazec JY, Stoppacciaro A,

Leonetti C, Vivier E, Gilson E.

TRF2 inhibits a cell-extrinsic pathway through which natural killer cells eliminate cancer cells.

Nat Cell Biol. 2013 Jul;15(7):818-28.


  • Rebollo R, Horard B, Begeot F, Delattre M, Gilson E, Vieira C. 
  • A snapshot of histone modifications within transposable elements in Drosophila wild type strains.
  • PLoS One. 2012;7(9):e44253.

  • Galati A, Magdinier F, Colasanti V, Bauwens S, Pinte S, Ricordy R, Giraud-Panis MJ, Pusch MC,
  • Savino M, Cacchione S, Gilson E.  TRF2 controls telomeric nucleosome organization in a cell cycle
  • phase-dependent manner.
  • PLoS One. 2012;7(4):e34386.

  • Gilson E, Horard B. 
  • Comprehensive DNA methylation profiling of human repetitive DNA elements using an
  • MeDIP-on-RepArray assay.
  • Methods Mol Biol. 2012;859:267-91.

  • Luciano P, Coulon S, Faure V, Corda Y, Bos J, Brill SJ, Gilson E, Simon MN, Géli V. 
  • RPA facilitates telomerase activity at chromosome ends in budding and fission yeasts.
  • EMBO J. 2012 Feb 21;31(8):2034-46.

  • Poulet A, Pisano S, Faivre-Moskalenko C, Pei B, Tauran Y, Haftek-Terreau Z, Brunet F, Le Bihan YV,
  • Ledu MH, Montel F, Hugo N, Amiard S, Argoul F, Chaboud A, Gilson E, Giraud-Panis MJ. The N-terminal
  • domains of TRF1 and TRF2 regulate their ability to condense telomeric DNA.
  • Nucleic Acids Res. 2012 Mar;40(6):2566-76.

  • Zane L, Sibon D, Capraro V, Galia P, Karam M, Delfau-Larue MH, Gilson E, Gessain A, Gout O, Hermine O,
  • Mortreux F, Wattel E.  HTLV-1 positive and negative T cells cloned from infected individuals display
  • telomerase and telomere genes deregulation that predominate in activated but untransformed CD4+ T cells. 
  • Int J Cancer. 2012 Aug 15;131(4):821-33.


  • Bah A, Gilson E, Wellinger RJ. 
  • Telomerase is required to protect chromosomes with vertebrate-type T2AG3 3' ends in Saccharomyces cerevisiae. 
  • J Biol Chem. 2011 Aug 5;286(31):27132-8. 

  • Simonet T, Zaragosi LE, Philippe C, Lebrigand K, Schouteden C, Augereau A, Bauwens S, Ye J,
  • Santagostino M, Giulotto E, Magdinier F, Horard B, Barbry P, Waldmann R, Gilson E. 
  • The human TTAGGG repeat factors 1 and 2 bind to a subset of interstitial telomeric sequences and satellite repeats. 
  • Cell Res. 2011 Jul;21(7):1028-38.

  • Augereau A, T'kint de Roodenbeke C, Simonet T, Bauwens S, Horard B, Callanan M, Leroux D,
  • Jallades L, Salles G, Gilson E, Poncet D. 
  • Telomeric damage in early stage of chronic lymphocytic leukemia correlates with shelterin dysregulation. 
  • Blood. 2011 Aug 4;118(5):1316-22.

  • Biroccio A, Porru M, Rizzo A, Salvati E, D'Angelo C, Orlandi A, Passeri D, Franceschin M,
  • Stevens MF, Gilson E, Beretta G, Zupi G, Pisano C, Zunino F, Leonetti C.  DNA damage
  • persistence as determinant of tumor sensitivity to the combination of Topo I inhibitors and
  • telomere-targeting agents.
  • Clin Cancer Res. 2011 Apr 15;17(8):2227-36.


Giraud-Panis MJ, Teixeira MT, Géli V, Gilson E.

CST meets shelterin to keep telomeres in check.

Mol. Cell., 2010, Sep 10;39(5):665-76.

Brugat T, Gault N, Baccelli I, Maes J, Roborel de Climens A, Nguyen-Khac F, Davi F,

Merle-Beral H, Gilson E., Goodhardt M, J. Delic.

Aberrant telomere structure is characteristic of resistant chronic lymphocytic leukaemia cells.

Leukemia, 2010, 24(1):246-251.

Ourliac-Garnier I, Poulet A, Charif R, Amiard S, Magdinier F, Rezai K, Gilson E.,

Giraud-Panis MJ, Bombard S

Platination of telomeric DNA by cisplatin disrupts recognition by TRF2 and TRF1.

J. Biol. Inorg. Chem., 2010,15(5):641-654.

Arnoult N, Schluth-Bolard C, Letessier A, Drascovic I, Bouarich-Bourimi R, Campisi J,

Kim SH, Boussouar A, Ottaviani A, Magdinier F, Gilson E. and A Londono-Vallejo

Replication timing of human telomeres is chromosome arm-specific, influenced by subtelomeric

structures and connected to nuclear localization.

PLoS Genet, 2010, 6(4):e1000920.

Bombarde O, Boby C, Gomez D, Frit P, Giraud-Panis MJ, Gilson E., Salles B, Calsou P

TRF2/RAP1 and DNA-PK mediate a double protection against joining at telomeric ends.

EMBO J, 2010, 29(9):1573-1584.

Gilson E., Teixeira MT

Telomerase and chromosome end protection in vivo: the TPP1 connection.

Dev. Cell, 2010, 18(5):691-692.

Lam YC, Akhter S, Gu P, Ye J, Poulet A, Giraud-Panis MJ, Bailey SM, Gilson E.,

Legerski RJ, Chang S

SNMIB/Apollo protects leading-strand telomeres against NHEJ-mediated repair.

EMBO J, 2010, 29(13):2230-2241.

Falandry C, Fourel G, Galy V, Ristriani T, Horard B, Bensimon E, Salles G, Gilson E., Magdinier F

CLLD8/KMT1F is a lysine methyltransferase that is important for chromosome segregation.

J. Biol. Chem., 2010, 285(26):20234-20241.

M. Lisby, T. Teixeira, Gilson E, Géli V .

The fate of irreparable DNA double-strand breaks and eroded telomeres at the nuclear periphery.

Nucleus, 2010,1(2) :158-61.

A Ottaviani, C Schluth-Bolard, Gilson E, Magdinier F .

D4Z4 as a prototype of CTCF and lamins-dependent insulator in human cells.

Nucleus, 2010,1:1,30-6.

Gilson E., Segal-Bendirdjian E

The telomere story or the triumph of an open-minded research.

Biochimie, 2010,92(4):321-6.

Ye J, Lenain C, Bauwens S, Rizzo A, Saint-Leger A, Poulet A, Benarroch D, Magdinier F,

Morere J, Amiard S, Britton, P Calsou, B Salles, A Bizard, M Nadal, E Salvati, L Sabatier,

Y Wu, A Biroccio, A Londoño-Vallejo, MJ Giraud-Panis, Gilson E.

TRF2 and apollo cooperate with topoisomerase 2alpha to protect human telomeres

from replicative damage.

Cell, 2010, 142(2):230-42.

E. Salvati, M. Scarsella, M. Porru, A. Rizzo, S. Iacchettini L. Tentori, G. Graziani,

M. D'Incalci, M. F G Stevens, A. Orlandi, D. Passeri, Gilson E., G. Zupi, C. Leonetti,

A. Biroccio

PARP1 is activated at telomeres upon G4 stabilization: possible target for telomere-based therapy.

Oncogene, 2010, Nov25;29(47):6280-93.

MJ Giraud-Panis, S. Pisano, A. Poulet, MH Le Du, Gilson E.

Structural identity of telomeric complexes,

FEBS Lett, 2010, Sep10;584(17) :3785-99.

J. Ye, Y. Wu, Gilson E.

Dynamics of telomeric chromatin at the crossroad of aging and cancer.

Essays Biochem., 2010, Sept20;48(1) ;147-64.

Bombarde O, Boby C, Gomez D, Frit P, Giraud-Panis MJ, Gilson E, Salles B, Calsou P.

TRF2/RAP1 and DNA-PK mediate a double protection against joining at telomeric ends.

EMBO J., 2010, May5;29(9):1573-84


  • Gilson E. and F.Magdinier (2009) Chromosomal Position Effect and Aging In Epigenetics of Aging T. Tollefsbol (Ed) Springer Science.
  • & F. Magdinier. (2009) Dynamics and plasticity of chromosome ends: consequences in human pathologies. Deep Insight for the Atlas of Genetics & Cytogenetics in Oncology and Haematology (http://AtlasGeneticsOncology.org/Deep/SubTelomereID20025.html)
  • Chebel A, Bauwens S, Gerland LM, Belleville A, Urbanowicz I, de Climens AR, Tourneur Y, Chien WW, Catallo R, Salles G Gilson E.., Ffrench M. : Telomere uncapping during in vitro T-lymphocyte senescence. Aging Cell 2009, 8(1):52-64.
  • di Domenico EG, Auriche C, Viscardi V, Longhese MP, Gilson E., Ascenzioni F: The Mec1p and Tel1p checkpoint kinases allow humanized yeast to tolerate chronic telomere dysfunctions by suppressing telomere fusions. DNA Repair (Amst) 2009, 8(2):209-218.
  • Rehman MA, Wang D, Fourel G, Gilson E., Yankulov K: Subtelomeric ACS-containing proto-silencers act as antisilencers in replication factors mutants in Saccharomyces cerevisiae. Mol Biol Cell 2009, 20(2):631-641.
  • Fablet M, Lerat E, Rebollo R, Horard B, Burlet N, Martinez S, Brasset E, Gilson E., Vaury C, Vieira C: Genomic environment influences the dynamics of the tirant LTR retrotransposon in Drosophila. FASEB J 2009, 23(5):1482-1489.
  • Ottaviani A, Rival-Gervier S, Boussouar A, Foerster AM, Rondier D, Sacconi S, Desnuelle C, Gilson E., Magdinier F: The D4Z4 macrosatellite repeat acts as a CTCF and A-type lamins-dependent insulator in facio-scapulo-humeral dystrophy. PLoS Genet 2009, 5(2):e1000394.
  • Poulet A, Buisson R, Faivre-Moskalenko C, Koelblen M, Amiard S, Montel F, Cuesta-Lopez S, Bornet O, Guerlesquin F, Godet T, Moukhtar J, Argoul F, Déclais AC, Lilley DM, Ip SC, West SC, Gilson E., Giraud-Panis MJ. TRF2 promotes, remodels and protects telomeric Holliday junctions. EMBO J 2009, 28(6):641-651.
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  • Gosselin K, Martien S, Pourtier A, Vercamer C, Ostoich P, Morat L, Sabatier L, Duprez L, T'kint de Roodenbeke C, Gilson E., Malaquin N, Wernert N, Slijepcevic P, Ashtari M, Chelli F, Deruy E, Vandenbunder B, De Launoit Y, Abbadie C :Senescence-associated oxidative DNA damage promotes the generation of neoplastic cells. Cancer Res 2009, 69(20):7917-7925.
  • Eymery A, Horard B, El Atifi-Borel M, Fourel G, Berger F, Vitte AL, Van den Broeck A, Brambilla E, Fournier A, Callanan M, Gazzeri S, Khochbin S, Rousseaux S, Gilson E., Vourc'h C A transcriptomic analysis of human centromeric and pericentric sequences in policenormal and tumor cells. Nucleic Acids Res 2009, 37(19):6340-6354.
  • Ottaviani A, Schluth-Bolard C, Rival-Gervier S, Boussouar A, Rondier D, Foerster AM, Morere J, Bauwens S, Gazzo S, Callet-Bauchu E, Gilson E., Magdinier F. Identification of a perinuclear positioning element in human subtelomeres that requires A-type lamins and CTCF. EMBO J 2009, 28(16):2428-2436.
  • Horard B, Eymery A, Fourel G, Vassetzky N, Puechberty J, Roizes G, Lebrigand K, Barbry P, Laugraud A, Gautier C Simon EB, Devaux F, Magdinier F, Vourc'h C, Gilson E..: Global analysis of DNA methylation and transcription of human repetitive sequences. Epigenetics 2009, 4(5):339-350.
  • Khadaroo B, Teixeira MT, Luciano P, Eckert-Boulet N, Germann SM, Simon MN, Gallina I, Abdallah P, Gilson E., Geli V and M. Lisby: The DNA damage response at eroded telomeres and tethering to the nuclear pore complex. Nat Cell Biol 2009, 11(8):980-987.
  • Abdallah P, Luciano P, Runge KW, Lisby M, Geli V, Gilson E., Teixeira MT: A two-step model for senescence triggered by a single critically short telomere. Nat Cell Biol 2009, 11(8):988-993.

  • Horard B, Gilson E.: Telomeric RNA enters the game. Nat Cell Biol 2008, 10(2):113-115.
  • Leonetti C, Scarsella M, Riggio G, Rizzo A, Salvati E, D'Incalci M, Staszewsky L, Frapolli R, Stevens MF, Stoppacciaro A Mottolese M, Antoniani B, Gilson E., Zupi G, Biroccio A.: G-quadruplex ligand RHPS4 potentiates the antitumor activity of camptothecins in preclinical models of solid tumors. Clin Cancer Res 2008, 14(22):7284-7291.
  • Temime-Smaali N, Guittat L, Wenner T, Bayart E, Douarre C, Gomez D, Giraud-Panis MJ, Londono-Vallejo A, Gilson E., Amor-Gueret M, Riou JF: Topoisomerase IIIalpha is required for policenormal proliferation and telomere stability in alternative lengthening of telomeres. EMBO J 2008, 27(10):1513-1524.
  • Poncet D, Belleville A, t'kint de Roodenbeke C, Roborel de Climens A, Ben Simon E, Merle-Beral H, Callet-Bauchu E, Salles G, Sabatier L, Delic J Gilson E.: Changes in the expression of telomere maintenance genes suggest global telomere dysfunction in B-chronic lymphocytic leukemia. Blood 2008, 111(4):2388-2391.
  • F. Magdinier, A. Ottaviani and Gilson E. (2008) Telomere Position Effect and the Evolution of the Genome In Origin and Evolution of Telomeres J. Nosek and L. Tomaska (Ed) Landes Bioscience Intelligence Unit
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  • Londono-Vallejo A, Lenain C, Gilson E.: [Targeting telomeres to enforce cancer cells to senesce]. Med Sci (Paris) 2008, 24(4):383-389.

  • Amiard S, Doudeau M, Pinte S, Poulet A, Lenain C, Faivre-Moskalenko C, Angelov D, Hug N, Vindigni A, Bouvet P, Paoletti J, Gilson E. and Giraud-Panis MJ A topological mechanism for TRF2-enhanced strand invasion. Nat Struct Mol Biol 2007, 14(2):147-154.
  • Salvati E, Leonetti C, Rizzo A, Scarsella M, Mottolese M, Galati R, Sperduti I, Stevens MF, D'Incalci M, Blasco M; Chiorino G, Bauwens S, Horard B, Gilson E., Stoppacciaro A, Zupi G, Biroccio A. Telomere damage induced by the G-quadruplex ligand RHPS4 has an antitumor effect. J Clin Invest 2007, 117(11):3236-3247.
  • Gilson E., Londono-Vallejo A: Telomere length profiles in humans: all ends are not equal. Cell Cycle 2007, 6(20):2486-2494.
  • Gilson E., Geli V: How telomeres are replicated. Nat Rev Mol Cell Biol 2007, 8(10):825-838.
  • Teixeira MT, Gilson E.: La sets the tone for telomerase assembly. Nat Struct Mol Biol 2007, 14(4):261-262.

  • Berthiau AS, Yankulov K, Bah A, Revardel E, Luciano P, Wellinger RJ, Geli V, Gilson E.: Subtelomeric proteins negatively regulate telomere elongation in budding yeast. EMBO J 2006, 25(4):846-856.
  • Hediger F, Berthiau AS, van Houwe G, Gilson E., Gasser SM: Subtelomeric factors antagonize telomere anchoring and Tel1-independent telomere length regulation. EMBO J 2006, 25(4):857-867.
  • Escoffier E, Rezza A, Roborel de Climens A, Belleville A, Gazzolo L, Gilson E., Duc Dodon M: A balanced transcription between telomerase and the telomeric DNA-binding proteins TRF1, TRF2 and Pot1 in resting, activated, HTLV-1-transformed and Tax-expressing human T lymphocytes. Retrovirology 2005, 2:77.
  • Veron M, Zou Y, Yu Q, Bi X, Selmi A, Gilson E., Defossez PA: Histone H1 of Saccharomyces cerevisiae inhibits transcriptional silencing. Genetics 2006, 173(2):579-587.
  • Brunori M, Mathieu N, Ricoul M, Bauwens S, Koering CE, Roborel de Climens A, Belleville A, Wang Q, Puisieux I, Decimo ,D, Sabatier L, Gilson E. TRF2 inhibition promotes anchorage-independent growth of telomerase-positive human fibroblasts. Oncogene 2006, 25(7):990-997.
  • Lenain C, Bauwens S, Amiard S, Brunori M, Giraud-Panis MJ, Gilson E.: The Apollo 5' exonuclease functions together with TRF2 to protect telomeres from DNA repair. Curr Biol 2006, 16(13):1303-1310.
  • Biroccio A, Rizzo A, Elli R, Koering CE, Belleville A, Benassi B, Leonetti C, Stevens MF, D'Incalci M, Zupi G, Gilson E.: TRF2 inhibition triggers apoptosis and reduces tumourigenicity of human melanoma cells. Eur J Cancer 2006, 42(12):1881-1888.
  • Eugster A, Lanzuolo C, Bonneton M, Luciano P, Pollice A, Pulitzer JF, Stegberg E, Berthiau AS, Forstemann K, Corda Y, Lingner J, Géli V and Gilson E.: The finger subdomain of yeast telomerase cooperates with Pif1p to limit telomere elongation. Nat Struct Mol Biol 2006, 13(8):734-739.
  • Rehman MA, Fourel G, Mathews A, Ramdin D, Espinosa M, , Yankulov K: Differential requirement of DNA replication factors for subtelomeric ARS consensus sequence protosilencers in Saccharomyces cerevisiae. Genetics 2006, 174(4):1801-1810.
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