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ugo cenci



I am passionate about both protists (physiology and evolution) and carbohydrate active enzymes (CAZymes). Thus, I am using CAZy annotation to understand the physiology of protists and eukaryotes evolution, through several pipelines of phylogeny and annotation. In addition, we are developing in our lab selection of mutants in several exotic organisms and characterization of CAZyme involved in storage polysaccharide metabolism. All those approaches have allowed us to formulate several hypotheses to understand endosymbiosis events, but also pathogenic interaction (particularly with Chlamydia). We have also used comparative biochemistry in starch metabolism that led to major breakthrough in our understanding of this metabolism.

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Storage Polysaccharides in Prokaryotes: Glycogen, Granulose, and Starch-Like Granules

Matthieu Colpaert , Malika Chabi , Ugo Cenci , Christophe Colleoni
Bacterial Organelles and Organelle-like Inclusions, Springer Nature (Switzerland), pp.177-210, 2021, 978-3-030-60172-0. ⟨10.1007/978-3-030-60173-7_8⟩
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Kre6 (yeast 1,6-β-transglycosylase) homolog, PhTGS, is essential for β-glucan synthesis in the haptophyte Pleurochrysis haptonemofera

Mayuka Inukai , Naoya Kobayashi , Hirotoshi Endo , Koki Asakawa , Keisuke Amano
Frontiers in Bioengineering and Biotechnology, 2023, Frontiers in Bioengineering and Biotechnology, 11, ⟨10.3389/fbioe.2023.1259587⟩
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Induction of photosynthesis under anoxic condition in Thalassiosira pseudonana and Euglena gracilis: interactions between fermentation and photosynthesis

Gwenaëlle Gain , Nicolas Berne , Tom Feller , Damien Godaux , Ugo Cenci
Frontiers in Plant Science, 2023, Frontiers in Plant Science, 14, ⟨10.3389/fpls.2023.1186926⟩
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Genome evolution of a nonparasitic secondary heterotroph, the diatom Nitzschia putrida

Ryoma Kamikawa , Takako Mochizuki , Mika Sakamoto , Yasuhiro Tanizawa , Takuro Nakayama
Science Advances , 2022, Science Advances, 8 (17), pp.eabi5075. ⟨10.1126/sciadv.abi5075⟩
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One of the isoamylase isoforms, CMI294C, is required for semi-amylopectin synthesis in the rhodophyte Cyanidioschyzon merolae

Toshiki Maeno , Yuki Yamakawa , Yohei Takiyasu , Hiroki Miyauchi , Yasunori Nakamura
Frontiers in Plant Science, 2022, 13, pp.967165. ⟨10.3389/fpls.2022.967165⟩
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Conservation of the glycogen metabolism pathway underlines a pivotal function of storage polysaccharides in Chlamydiae

Matthieu Colpaert , Derifa Kadouche , Mathieu Ducatez , Trestan Pillonel , Carole Kebbi-Beghdadi
Communications Biology, 2021, 4 (1), ⟨10.1038/s42003-021-01794-y⟩
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Retracing Storage Polysaccharide Evolution in Stramenopila

Malika Chabi , Marie Leleu , Lea Fermont , Matthieu Colpaert , Christophe Colleoni
Frontiers in Plant Science, 2021, 12, pp.629045. ⟨10.3389/fpls.2021.629045⟩
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Substitution of nucleotide-sugar by trehalose-dependent glycogen synthesis pathways in Chlamydiales underlines an unusual requirement for storage polysaccharides within obligate intracellular bacteria

Matthieu Colpaert , Derifa Kadouche , Mathieu Ducatez , Trestan Pillonel , Carole Kebbi-Beghdadi
BioRxiv, 2020, BioRxiv, ⟨10.1101/2020.06.02.131169⟩
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Analysis of an improved Cyanophora paradoxa genome assembly

Dana C Price , Ursula W Goodenough , Robyn Roth , Jae-Hyeok Lee , Thamali Kariyawasam
DNA Research, 2019, DNA Research, 26 (4), pp.287-299. ⟨10.1093/dnares/dsz009⟩
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Identification and localization of peroxisomal biogenesis proteins indicates the presence of peroxisomes in the cryptophyte Guillardia theta and other ‘chromalveolates’

Ann-Kathrin Mix , Ugo Cenci , Thomas Heimerl , Pia Marter , Marie-Louise Wirkner
Genome Biology and Evolution, 2018, 10 (10), pp.2834-2852. ⟨10.1093/gbe/evy214⟩
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Nuclear genome sequence of the plastid-lacking cryptomonad Goniomonas avonlea provides insights into the evolution of secondary plastids

Ugo Cenci , Shannon Sibbald , Bruce Curtis , Ryoma Kamikawa , Laura Eme
BMC Biology, 2018, 16 (1), pp.137. ⟨10.1186/s12915-018-0593-5⟩
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Host-pathogen biotic interactions shaped vitamin K metabolism in Archaeplastida

Ugo Cenci , H. Qiu , T. Pillonel , P. Cardol , C. Remacle
Scientific Reports, 2018, Scientific Reports, 8 (1), ⟨10.1038/s41598-018-33663-w⟩
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Biotic Host–Pathogen Interactions As Major Drivers of Plastid Endosymbiosis

Ugo Cenci , Debashish Bhattacharya , Andreas Weber , Christophe Colleoni , Agathe Subtil
Trends in Plant Science, 2017, 22 (4), pp.316 - 328. ⟨10.1016/j.tplants.2016.12.007⟩
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A Cell Wall Proteome and Targeted Cell Wall Analyses Provide Novel Information on Hemicellulose Metabolism in Flax

Malika Chabi , Estelle Goulas , Celine Leclercq , Isabelle de Waele , Christophe Rihouey
Molecular and Cellular Proteomics, 2017, 16 (9), pp.1634 - 1651. ⟨10.1074/mcp.M116.063727⟩
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Reconstruction of the sialylation pathway in the ancestor of eukaryotes

Daniel Petit , Elin Teppa , Ugo Cenci , Steven Ball , Anne Harduin-Lepers
Scientific Reports, 2017, 8 (1), pp.2946. ⟨10.1038/s41598-018-20920-1⟩
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Characterization of function of the GlgA2 glycogen/starch synthase in cyanobacterium sp. Clg1 highlights convergent evolution of glycogen metabolism into starch granule aggregation

Derifa Kadouche , Mathieu Ducatez , Ugo Cenci , Catherine Tirtiaux , Eiji Suzuki
Plant Physiology, 2016, 171 (3), pp.1879-1892. ⟨10.1104/pp.16.00049⟩
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Was the Chlamydial Adaptative Strategy to Tryptophan Starvation an Early Determinant of Plastid Endosymbiosis?

Ugo Cenci , Mathieu Ducatez , Derifa Kadouche , Christophe Colleoni , Steven Ball
Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology, 2016, Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology, 6, ⟨10.3389/fcimb.2016.00067⟩
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Transition from glycogen to starch metabolism in Archaeplastida.

Ugo Cenci , Felix Nitschke , Martin Steup , Berge A Minassian , Christophe Colleoni
Trends in Plant Science, 2013, epub ahead of print. ⟨10.1016/j.tplants.2013.08.004⟩
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Convergent Evolution of Polysaccharide Debranching Defines a Common Mechanism for Starch Accumulation in Cyanobacteria and Plants.

Ugo Cenci , Malika Chabi , Mathieu Ducatez , Catherine Tirtiaux , Jennifer Nirmal-Raj
The Plant cell, 2013, pp.3961-3975. ⟨10.1105/tpc.113.118174⟩
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Metabolic Effectors Secreted by Bacterial Pathogens: Essential Facilitators of Plastid Endosymbiosis?

Steven G Ball , Agathe Subtil , Debashish Bhattacharya , Ahmed Moustafa , Andreas P M Weber
The Plant cell, 2013, epub ahead of print. ⟨10.1105/tpc.112.101329⟩
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The evolution of glycogen and starch metabolism in eukaryotes gives molecular clues to understand the establishment of plastid endosymbiosis.

Steven Ball , Christophe Colleoni , Ugo Cenci , Jenifer Nirmal Raj , Catherine Tirtiaux
Journal of Experimental Botany, 2011, epub ahead of print. ⟨10.1093/jxb/erq411⟩
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