Prof. Benoit Chénais

UFR Sciences et Techniques

Université du Maine – Le Mans, France




2005-present Professor of genetics, biotechnology and biochemistry, University of Maine – Le Mans, France

1994-2005 Assistant Professor of biochemistry, molecular biology and genetics, University of Reims, France

2001 Research habilitation (HDR), cellular and molecular biology, University of Reims, France

1994 Ph.D., biochemistry and molecular biology, University of Paris-XI, France

1990 M.Sc., genetics and molecular biology, University of Paris-XI, France

Publications (Selected)

  1. Heidaryzadeh P, Marchand J, Chénais B, Moreau B, Sabzalian MR, Zahedi M and Schoefs B. (2014), Functionnal investigation in diatoms needs more than a transcriptomic approach. Diatom Research, in press.
  2. Hermann D, Egue F, Tastard E, Nguyen DH, Casse N, Caruso A, Hiard S, Marchand J, Chénais B, Morant-Manceau A and Rouault JD. (2014), Introduction to the vast world of transposable elements - What about the diatoms? Diatom Research, in press.
  3. Ulmann L, Mimouni V, Blanckaert V, Pasquet V, Schoefs B and Chénais B. (2014), The polyunsaturated fatty acids from microalgae as potential sources for health and disease.In:Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids: Sources, Antioxidant Properties and Health Benefits (Catala A. Ed.), NOVA publisher, pp23-43.
  4. Chénais B. (2013), Vectors for gene therapy: a place for DNA transposon. Open Journal of Genetics, 3 (2A1), 1-11.
  5. Esnault C, Chénais B, Casse N, Delorme N, Louarn G, Pilard JF. (2013), Electrochemically modified carbon and chromium surfaces for AFM imaging of double-strand DNA interaction with transposase protein. Chemphyschem, 14, 338-345.
  6. Chénais B. Transposable elements and human cancer: a causal relationship? (2013), Biochimica and Biophysica Acta, Reviews on Cancer, 1835, 28-35.
  7. Chénais B., Caruso A., Hiard S. and Casse N. (2012), The impact of transposable elements on eukaryotic genomes: from genome size increase to genetic adaptation to stressful environments. Gene, 509, 7-15.
  8. Chénais B. and Blanckaert V. (2012), The Janus face of lipids in human breast cancer: how polyunsaturated fatty acids affect tumor cell hallmarks. International Journal of Breast Cancer, vol. 2012, Article ID 712536, 8 pages, 2012. doi:10.1155/2012/712536.
  9. Chénais B. (2012), Matrix metalloproteinase-2 and -9 secretion by the human JAR choriocarcinoma cell line is stimulated by TNF-α. Advances in Bioscience and Biotechnology, 3, 51-56.
  10. Ladhar-Chaabouni R., Hamza-Chaffai A., Hardivillier Y., Chénais B. and Denis F. (2010), Pilot study for genetic differentiation between two phenotypes of the Mediterranean population of C. glaucum and genetic discrimination between this population and others of C. glaucum and C. edule outside the Mediterranean. Marine Ecology, an Evolution Perspective, 31, 355-363.
  11. Blanckaert V., Ulmann L., Mimouni V., Antol J., Brancquart L. and Chénais B. (2010), Docosahexaenoic acide intake decreases proliferation, increases apoptosis and decreases the invasive potential of the human breast carcinoma cell line MDA-MB-231. International Journal of Oncology, 36, 737-742.
  12. Rouault J.D., Casse N., Chénais B., Hua-Van A., Filée J. and Capy P. (2009), Automatic classification within families of transposable elements: application to the mariner family. Gene, 448, 227-232.
  13. Delaurière L., Chénais B., Pradier E., Hardivillier Y., Renault S. and Casse N. (2009), DNA binding specificity and cleavage activity of Pacmmar transposase. Biochemistry, 48, 7279-7286.
  14. Delaurière L., Chénais B., Hardivillier Y., Gauvry L. and Casse N. (2009), Mariner transposons as genetic tools in vertebrate cells. Genetica, 137, 9-17.
  15. Bounaadja L., Albert D., Chénais B., Hénault S., Zygmunt M.S., Poliak S. and Garin-Bastuji B. (2009), Real-time PCR for identification of Brucella spp: a comparative study of IS711, bcsp31 and per target genes. Veterinary Microbiology, 137, 156-164.
  16. Marchand J., Leignel V., Moreau B. and Chénais B. (2009), Characterization and sequence analysis of manganese 1 superoxide dismutases from Brachyura (Crustacea: Decapoda): particular emphasis for hydrothermal Bythograeidae versus littoral crabs. Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology, Part B, 153, 191-199.
  17. Bui Q.T., Casse N., Leignel V., Nicolas V. and Chénais B. (2008), Widespread occurence of mariner transposons in coastal crabs. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 47, 1181-1189.
  18. Leignel V., Marchand J., Moreau B. and Chénais B. (2008), Metallothionein genes from hydrothermal crabs (Bythograeidae, Decapoda): Characterization, sequence analysis and comparison with coastal crabs. Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology, Part C, 148, 6-13.
  19. Gautier C., Cougnon C., Pilard J.F., Casse N. and Chénais B. (2007), A poly(cyclopentadithiophene) matrix suitable for electrochemically controlled DNA delivery. Analytical Chemistry, 79, 7920-7923.
  20. Bui Q.T., Delaurière L., Casse N., Nicolas V., Laulier M. and Chénais B. (2007), Molecular characterization and phylogenetic position of a new mariner-like element in the coastal crab, Pachygrapsus marmoratus. Gene, 396, 248-256.
  21. Leignel V., Cibois M., Moreau B. and Chénais B. (2007), Identification of new subgroup of HSP70 in Bythograeidae (hydrothermal crabs) and Xanthidae. Gene, 396, 84-92.
  22. Gautier C., Cougnon C., Pilard J.F., Casse N., Chénais B. and Laulier M. (2007), Detection and modelling of DNA hybridization by EIS measurements. Mention of a polythiophene matrix suitable for electrochemically controlled gene delivery. Biosensors and Bioelectronics, 22, 2025-2031.
  23. Chénais B., Derjuga A., Massrieh W., Red-Horse K., Bellingard V., Fisher S.J. and Blank V. (2005), Functional and placental expression analysis of the human NRF3 transcription factor. Molecular Endocrinology, 19, 125-137.
  24. Richard D., Morjani H. and Chénais B. (2002), Free radical production and labile iron pool decrease triggered by subtoxic concentration of aclarubicin in human leukemia cell lines. Leukemia Research, 26, 925-929.
  25. Richard D., Hollender P. and Chénais B. (2002), Involvement of reactive oxygen species in aclarubicin-induced differentiation and invasiveness of HL-60 leukemia cells. International Journal of Oncology, 21, 393-400.

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