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Thesis defense – Adrien Joly

13 December 2023 / 14:00

Venue : CGFB

Thesis defense in english

Adrien Joly
Team : Spatio-temporal and mechanical control of motile structures
Thèse dirigée par : Olivier Rossier


Deciphering the molecular links between actomyosin force, integrin regulation and ECM properties through an in vitro reconstitution


In cancer, 90% of deaths are due to the formation of metastases in which migration is deregulated. Among the motile structures affected are focal adhesions (FAs), which enable cells to grasp and probe their microenvironment. These mechanosensitive structures are highly complex in terms of composition and three-dimensional organization. The aim of my thesis is to identify the force-dependent and force-independent elementary events that govern the formation and maturation of FAs. To this end, I have developed an experimental strategy to reconstitute FAs from a minimal set of proteins in order to control molecular composition and determine the key steps in FA function. This work has enabled us to highlight the mechanosensitivity of certain fundamental events. Ultimately, it will provide a better understanding of FAs and how they are deregulated in cancer cells.

Key words

Integrin adhesion sites, biomimetic reconstitution, mechanosensibility, integrin activation, super-resolution microscopy, single particle tracking


– Orré T, Joly A, Karatas Z, Kastberger B, Cabriel C, Böttcher RT, Lévêque-Fort S, Sibarita JB, Fässler R, Wehrle-Haller B, Rossier O, Giannone G. Molecular motion and tridimensional nanoscale localization of kindlin control integrin activation in focal adhesions. Nat Commun. 2021 May 25;12(1):3104. doi: 10.1038/s41467-021-23372-w. PMID: 34035280; PMCID: PMC8149821.

– Pernier J, Cardoso Dos Santos M, Souissi M, Joly A, Narassimprakash H, Rossier O, Giannone G, Helfer E, Sengupta K, Le Clainche C. Talin and kindlin cooperate to control the density of integrin clusters. J Cell Sci. 2023 Apr 15;136(8):jcs260746. doi: 10.1242/jcs.260746. Epub 2023 Apr 21. PMID: 37083041.


Mme. ROYOU, Anne – Directrice de recherche (CNRS), IECB – Présidente
M. GOULT, Ben – Professeur, University of Kent – Rapporteur
Mme. ALBIGES-RIZO, Corinne – Directrice de recherche (CNRS), IAB – Rapporteure
M. POINCLOUX Renaud – Ingénieur de recherche (CNRS), IPBS – Examinateur
M. ROSSIER Olivier – Chargé de recherche (INSERM), IINS – Directeur de thèse
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