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Alliance Française contre les Maladies Parasitaires


 

  JJ Lopez Rubio

Jose-Juan 
LOPEZ-RUBIO

Information

microscope Laboratory of Pathogen-Host Interactions (LPHI), UMR5235 
team Plasmodium DNA biology 
location Montpellier
orcid 0000-0002-0555-1122 
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website http://lopezrubiolab.eu/

Scientific interests and projects

Our team uses cutting edge technologies to understand DNA biology in Plasmodium falciparum, a unicellular eukaryotic parasite that causes the most severe form of malaria in humans. Given the tight regulation of gene expression in malaria parasites, the apparent paucity of transcription-associated factors is surprising and points to existence of divergent regulatory pathways. Our projects investigate two emerging mechanisms for gene regulation, non coding RNA and G4-quadruplex DNA secondary structures. Such divergent regulatory mechanisms present ideal drug targets that may be explored for new antimalarial strategies.

Top 5 publications of the last 5 years

1. Lee MCS, Lindner SE, Lopez-Rubio JJ, Llinas M. Cutting back malaria: CRISPR/Cas9 genome editing of Plasmodium. Brief Funct Genomics. 2019 Jul 29. pii: elz012. doi: 10.1093/bfgp/elz012

2. Belmonte-Reche E, Martínez-García M, Guédin A, Zuffo M, Arévalo-Ruiz M, Doria F, Campos-Salinas J, Maynadier M, López-Rubio JJ, Freccero M, Mergny JL, Pérez-Victoria JM, Morales JC. G-Quadruplex Identification in the Genome of Protozoan Parasites Points to Naphthalene Diimide Ligands as New Antiparasitic Agents. J Med Chem. 2018 Feb 8;61(3):1231-1240. doi: 10.1021/acs.jmedchem.7b01672

3. Sollelis L, Ghorbal M, MacPherson CR, Martins RM, Kuk N, Crobu L, Bastien P, Scherf A, Lopez-Rubio JJ, Sterkers Y. First efficient CRISPR-Cas9-mediated genome editing in Leishmania parasites. Cell Microbiol. 2015 Oct;17(10):1405-12. doi: 10.1111/cmi.12456

4. Mbengue A, Bhattacharjee S, Pandharkar T, Liu H, Estiu G, Stahelin RV, Rizk SS, Njimoh DL, Ryan Y, Chotivanich K, Nguon C, Ghorbal M, Lopez-Rubio JJ, Pfrender M, Emrich S, Mohandas N, Dondorp AM, Wiest O, Haldar K. A molecular mechanism of artemisinin resistance in Plasmodium falciparum malaria. Nature. 2015 Apr 30;520(7549):683-7. doi: 10.1038/nature14412

5. Ghorbal M, Gorman M, Macpherson CR, Martins RM, Scherf A, Lopez-Rubio JJ. Genome editing in the human malaria parasite Plasmodium falciparum using the CRISPRCas9 system. Nat Biotechnol. 2014 Aug;32(8):819-21. doi: 10.1038/nbt.2925