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Museum National d'Histoire Naturelle (MNHN) - Sorbonne Universités
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Research topics

My research is articulated around two complementary axes:

  • The molecular evolution of neuropeptide families in metazoans
  • The roles of neuropeptides during vertebrate development by using zebrafish as a model. 


C. Parmentier, E. Hameury, C. Dubessy, F.B. Quan, D. Habert, A. Calas, H. Vaudry, I. Lihrmann, H. Tostivint Occurrence of two distinct urotensin II-related peptides in zebrafish provides new insight into the evolutionary history of the urotensin II gene family. Endocrinology 152 (2011) 2330-2341.
F.B. Quan, M. Bougerol, F. Rigour, N.B. Kenigfest, H. Tostivint Characterization of the true ortholog of the  urotensin II-related peptide (URP) in teleosts. General and Comparative Endocrinology. 177 (2012) 205-212.
Quan F.B., Kenigfest N.B., Mazan S., Tostivint H. (2013) Molecular cloning of the cDNAs encoding three somatostatin variants in the dogfish (Scylorhinus canicula). General and Comparative Endocrinology 180:1-6. 
Tostivint H., Ocampo Daza D., Bergqvist C.A., Quan F.B, Bougerol M., Lihrmann I, Larhammar D. (2014) Molecular evolution of somatostatin and urotensin II systems. Journal of Molecular Endocrinology 52:T61-T86.
Quan F.B, Dubessy C., Galant S., Kenigfest N.B., Djenoune L., Leprince J., Wyart C., Lihrmann I., Tostivint H (2015) Comparative distribution and in vitro activities of the urotensin II-related peptides URP1 and URP2 in zebrafish: evidence for their colocalization in spinal cerebrospinal fluid-contacting neurons. PLoS One 10:e0119290