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Florent Figon

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I am an associate professor (*Maitre de conférences* in French) of *Université Grenoble Alpes* ([UGA](, working at the *Laboratoire d'écologie alpine* ([LECA](, UMR 5553 CNRS-Université Grenoble Alpes-Université Savoie Mont-Blanc, France) and the *Institut national supérieur du professorat et de l'éducation* ([INSPÉ]( of Grenoble. I am deeply interested in understanding organismal biology with an integrative approach, i.e. at a multiscale and interdisciplinary level. My research at the **Alpine Ecology Laboratory** focuses on the **ecophysiology of pigmentation** in insects, particularly on the link between global change (temperature and metal pollutants) and pigments (ommochromes, pterins and melanins) of butterfly wings. By deciphering the **structural and functional diversity** of wing pigments along **thermal and urban gradients** in the Alps, the aim is to provide a better understanding of how animals can adapt to human impacts on their ecosystems. This project is deeply **interdisciplinary**, with methods ranging from quantum chemistry to correlative Synchrotron-based and electron imaging.[](


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Electronic coupling in the reduced state lies at the origin of color changes of ommochromes

Florent Figon , Jérome Casas , Ilaria Ciofini , Carlo Adamo
Dyes and Pigments, 2021, 185, pp.108661. ⟨10.1016/j.dyepig.2020.108661⟩
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Catabolism of lysosome-related organelles in color-changing spiders supports intracellular turnover of pigments

Florent Figon , Ilse Hurbain , Xavier Heiligenstein , Sylvain Trépout , A. Lanoue
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 2021, 118 (35), pp.e2103020118. ⟨10.1073/pnas.2103020118⟩
Journal articles hal-03413508v1
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Ethylene is a local modulator of jasmonate-dependent phenolamide accumulation during Manduca sexta herbivory in Nicotiana attenuata

Florent Figon , Ian T Baldwin , Emmanuel Gaquerel
Plant, Cell and Environment, 2021, 44 (3), pp.964-981. ⟨10.1111/pce.13955⟩
Journal articles hal-03200880v1

Barriers and Promises of the Developing Pigment Organelle Field

Florent Figon , Leila Deravi , Jérôme Casas
Integrative and Comparative Biology, 2021, ⟨10.1093/icb/icab164⟩
Journal articles hal-03319372v1

The Integrative Biology of Pigment Organelles, a Quantum Chemical Approach

Florent Figon , J. Casas
Integrative and Comparative Biology, 2021, ⟨10.1093/icb/icab045⟩
Journal articles hal-03319375v1
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Uncyclized xanthommatin is a key ommochrome intermediate in invertebrate coloration

Florent Figon , Thibaut Munsch , Cecile Croix , Marie-Claude Viaud-Massuard , Arnaud Lanoue
Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, 2020, 124, pp.103403. ⟨10.1016/j.ibmb.2020.103403⟩
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Ommochromes in invertebrates: biochemistry and cell biology

Florent Figon , Jérome Casas
Biological Reviews, 2019, 94 (1), pp.156-183. ⟨10.1111/brv.12441⟩
Journal articles hal-02333637v1
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Myosin VI and branched actin filaments mediate membrane constriction and fission of melanosomal tubule carriers

Léa Ripoll , Xavier Heiligenstein , Ilse Hurbain , Lia Domingues , Florent Figon
Journal of Cell Biology, 2018, 217 (8), pp.2709 - 2726. ⟨10.1083/jcb.201709055⟩
Journal articles hal-03059386v1

Environmental and hormonal factors controlling reversible colour change in crab spiders

Ana Llandres Lopez , Florent Figon , Jean-Philippe Christidès , Nicole Mandon , Jérome Casas
Journal of Experimental Biology, 2013, 216 (20), pp.3886-3895. ⟨10.1242/jeb.086470⟩
Journal articles hal-01310186v1