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Skeletal muscle under the light of new cellular tools


The project aims at revisiting the protein content of triads, which are skeletal muscle peculiar membrane
structures essential for excitation-contraction coupling, with state-of-the-art cellular, biochemical and imaging tools. This will enlighten new functions for this structure and new candidate genes for muscle diseases.


In skeletal muscle, triads are composed of an invagination of the plasma membrane, the transverse tubule, flanked by two terminal cisternae of the sarcoplasmic reticulum (SR) which are calcium storage sites. Action potentials transmitted by nerves activate channels at triads, leading to intracellular SR calcium release and sarcomere contraction. Despite their central role for muscle, the mechanisms governing the dynamics of triads, as well as their extensive functions remain mysterious. To elucidate those mechanisms, proteins localized at triads under stimulations will be identified using the recently developed technique of proximitydependent biotinylation identification (BioID).

The master student will be in charge of the confirmation of a selected list of proteins with biochemical technics and super-resolution microscopy. The function at triads of the best candidate will then be studied in cellulo and in mouse skeletal muscle through gene inactivation by CRISPR-Cas9 and overexpression.


Methods used will include molecular biology (plasmid cloning, CRISPR-Cas9), biochemistry, cell culture and microscopy, in cellulo and in vivo.


  • Sébastien et al. (2020) Dynamics of triadin, a muscle-specific triad protein, within sarcoplasmic reticulum
    subdomains. Mol Biol Cell. 31(4):261-272.
  • Osseni et al. (2016) Triadin and CLIMP-63 form a link between triads and microtubules in muscle cells. J Cell Sci. 2016. 129(20):3744-3755.

Domaines d'expertise requis

molecular biology, biochemistry, cell biology


Dr Anne-Sophie Nicot, MCU
Email :
Phone : 04 56 52 05 70


Mise à jour le 21 juillet 2023


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