Dr. Françoise Bachelerie
About Dr. Françoise Bachelerie
"FB leads a team at Paris-Saclay University with expertise in immunology and virology related to Host/Virus interactions and GPCR function. The team’s projects are devoted to the activation/function of CXCR4-ACKR3 (CXCR7) receptors of the CXCL12 chemokine, key effectors of the immune system, including their role in immunological disorders (e.g. WHIM syndrome) and in the innate control of the life cycle of papillomavirus, which are commensal inhabiting the healthy human epithelium (virome) while presenting an oncogenic potential that remains a major health concern. FB is recognized for her expertise and pioneering works in the field of biological and pathological functions of chemokines and their receptors, for which she made important breakthroughs regarding the CXCL12/CXCR4/ACKR3 trio. In particular, FB contributed to the discovery that CXCL12 is the ligand for the CXCR4 receptor and can therefore prevent infection by the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV). FB’ team has identified the orphan CXCR7/ACKR3 receptor as being the 2nd receptor for CXCL12, which behaves as a modulator of CXCL12/CXCR4 functions. FB is a member of various international committees in the field, including the one that reviewed the standard nomenclature for chemokine receptors that are categorized into a large subgroup of G protein–coupled (GPCR) leukocyte chemotactic receptors (including CXCR4), and a smaller subgroup of atypical chemokine receptors (including the CXCR7/ACKR3)."
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