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Life sciences / CHAMBON, PIERRE


Molecular biologist

Director of the Institut de Genetique et de Biologie Moleculaire et Cellulaire (IGBMC)
Université Louis Pasteur
Département de Génétique et Physiologie de Signalisation Nucléaire
Illkirch, France.

Professor at the College de France.

Research interests

Pierre Chambon is one of the world’s foremost experts in the field of gene structure and regulation, nuclear signal transduction and deciphering retinoic acid dependent pathways.

Chambon and Ronald M. Evans’ discovery of the nuclear hormone receptor for retinoic acid revolutionized the fields of endocrinology and metabolism and opened the possibility of new drug discovery strategies.

Prizes and awards

2004 : Lasker Award for Basic Medical Research (Lasker Foundation)
2000 : Horowitz Prize Lecture (Columbia University)
1999 : Honorary Doctor of Philosophy (Sapporo Medical University)
1999 : Louisa Gross Horowitz Prize (Columbia University)
1999 : AFRT Prize (Association Francaise pour la Recherche Therapeutique)
1998 : Robert A. Welch Award in Chemistry
1998 Welch Award Lecture (Welch Conference on New Biochemistry, Macromolecular Machines)
1996 : Fellow of New York Academy of Sciences
1996 : Grand Prix French Foundation for Medical Research
1995 : Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science
1991 : Prix Louis Jeantet de Medicine
1990 : Sir Hans Krebs Medal (Federation of European Biochemical Societies)
1990 : Prix Roussel
1988 : King Faycal International Prize in Science
1987 : The Harvey Prize of Science and Technology (TECHNION)
1987 : Prix Griffuel (Association pour la Recherche sur le Cancer)
1987 : Prix Henry et Mary Jane Mitjavile (Academie Nationale de Medicine)
1986 : Charles Oberling Prize
1985 : Dr. Honoris Causa (University of Liege)
1982 : Richard Lounsbery Prize (National Academy of Sciences and Academie des Sciences)
1981 : Louis and Bert Freeman Foundation Prize for Research (New York Academy of Science)
1979 : Gold Medal Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique
1976 : Prix Rosen Fondation pour la Recherche Medicale

Memberships :
New York Academy of Sciences, American Association for the Advancement of Science, Chinese Society of Genetics, Academia Europaea, Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, Academie Royale de Medicine of Belgium, American Academy of Arts and Sciences (USA), Academie des Sciences (Paris), Academie Royale des Sciences of Liege, European Molecular Biology Organization, National Academy of Sciences (USA), Genes and Development, Cell, Current Opinion in Endocrinology, The Breast, International Journal of Cancer, Biochimie, Molecular Medicine, Biological Chemistry, Developmental Biology, Journal of Clinical Investigation, FASEB Journal, Molecular Cell, Genome Biology, IUBMB Life, Eurolife Network, International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology, Strasbourg School of Biotechnology, TRANSGENE, EXONHIT.


Abu-Abed, S., Dolle, P., Metzger, D., Beckett, B., Chambon, P., Petkovich, M.. "The retinoic acid-metabolizing enzyme, CYP26A1, is essential for normal hindbrain patterning, vertebral identity, and development of posterior structures." Genes & Development 15 226 - 240, 2001.

2001. Bourguet, W., Ruff, M., Bonnier, D., Granger, F., Boeglin, M., Chambon, P., Moras, D., Gronemeyer, H.. Purification, functional characterization, and crystallization of the ligand binding domain of the retinoid X receptor. (IN PRESS).

Brouchet, L., Krust, A., Dupont, S., Chambon, P., Bayard, F., Arnal, J.F.. "Estradiol accelerates reendothelialization in mouse carotid artery through estrogen receptor-alpha but not estrogen receptor-beta." Circulation 103 423 - 428, 2001.

Imai, T., Jiang, M., Chambon, P., Metzger, D.. "Impaired adipogenesis and lipolysis in the mouse upon selective ablation of the retinoid X receptor alpha mediated by a tamoxifen-inducible chimeric Cre recombinase (Cre-ERT2) in adipocytes." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 98 224 - 228, 2001.

Kastner, P., Lawrence, H.J., Waltzinger, C., Ghyselinck, N.B., Chambon, P., Chan, S.. "Positive and negative regulation of granulopoiesis by endogenous RAR alpha." Blood 97 1314 - 1320, 2001.

Bastien, J., Adam-Stitah, S., Riedl, T., Egly, J.M., Chambon, P., Rochette-Egly, C.. "TFIIH interacts with the retinoic acid receptor gamma and phosphorylates its AF-1-activating domain through cdk7." Journal of Biological Chemistry 275 21896 - 21904, 2000.

Benecke, A., Chambon, P., Gronemeyer, H.. "Synergy between estrogen receptor alpha activation functions AF1 and AF2 mediated by transcription intermediary factor TIF2." Embo Reports 1 151 - 157, 2000.

Bourguet, W., Andry, V., Iltis, C., Klaholz, B., Potier, N., Van Dorsselaer, A., Chambon, P., Gronemeyer, H., Moras, D.. "Heterodimeric complex of RAR and RXR nuclear receptor ligand- binding domains: Purification, crystallization, and preliminary X-ray diffraction analysis." Protein Expression and Purification 19 284 - 288, 2000.

Bourguet, W., Andry, V., Iltis, C., Klaholz, B., Potier, N., Van Dorsselaer, A., Gronemeyer, H., Moras, D.. "Heterodimeric complex of RAR and RXR nuclear receptor ligand-binding domains: purification, crystallization and preliminary X-ray diffraction analysis." Protein Expression and Purification 19 284 - 288, 2000.

Bourguet, W., Vivat, V., Wurtz, J.M., Chambon, P., Gronemeyer, H., Moras, D.. "Crystal structure of a heterodimeric complex of RAR and RXR ligand-binding domains." Molecular Cell 5 289 - 298, 2000.

Brown, N.S., Smart, A., Sharma, V., Brinkmeier, M.L., Greenlee, L., Camper, S.A., Jensen, D.R., Eckel, R.H., Krezel, W., Chambon, P., Haugen, B.R.. "Thyroid hormone resistance and increased metabolic rate in the RXR-gamma-deficient mouse." Journal of Clinical Investigation 106 73 - 79, 2000.

Bultman, S., Gebuhr, T., Yee, D., La Mantia, C., Nicholson, J., Gilliam, A., Randazzo, F., Metzger, D., Chambon, P., Crabtree, G., Magnuson, T.. "A Brg1 null mutation in the mouse reveals functional differences among mammalian SWI/SNF complexes." Molecular Cell 6 1287 - 1295, 2000.

Cammas, F., Garnier, J.M., Chambon, P., Losson, R.. "Correlation of the exon/intron organization to the conserved domains of the mouse transcriptional corepressor TIF1 beta." Gene 253 231 - 235, 2000.

Cammas, F., Mark, M., Dolle, P., Dierich, A., Chambon, P., Losson, R.. "Mice lacking the transcriptional corepressor TIF1 beta are defective in early postimplantation development." Development 127 2955 - 2963, 2000.

Chiba, H., Chambon, P., Metzger, D.. "F9 embryonal carcinoma cells engineered for tamoxifen-dependent Cre-mediated site-directed mutagenesis and doxycycline- inducible gene expression." Experimental Cell Research 260 334 - 339, 2000.

Dilworth, F.J., Fromental-Ramain, C., Yamamoto, K., Chambon, P.. "ATP-driven chromatin remodeling activity and histone acetyltransferases act sequentially during transactivation by RAR/RXR in vitro." Molecular Cell 6 1049 - 1058, 2000.

Dupont, S., Krust, A., Gansmuller, A., Dierich, A., Chambon, P., Mark, M.. "Effect of single and compound knockouts of estrogen receptors alpha (ER alpha) and beta (ER beta) on mouse reproductive phenotypes." Development 127 4277 - 4291, 2000.
Egea, P.F., Mitschler, A., Rochel, N., Ruff, M., Chambon, P., Moras, D.. "Crystal structure of the human RXR alpha ligand-binding domain bound to its natural ligand: 9-cis retinoic acid." Embo Journal 19 2592 - 2601, 2000.

Guibourdenche, J., Tarrade, A., Laurendeau, I., Rochette-Egly, C., Chambon, P., Vidaud, M., Evain-Brion, D.. "Retinoids stimulate leptin synthesis and secretion in human syncytiotrophoblast." Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism 85 2550 - 2555, 2000.

Imai, T., Chambon, P., Metzger, D.. "Inducible site-specific somatic mutagenesis in mouse hepatocytes." Genesis 26 147 - 148, 2000.

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