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Integrative Biology of Marine Organisms
UMR 7232



  • Pasini A., Amiel A., Rothbacher U., Roure A., Lemaire P. and Darras S. (2006). Formation of the Ascidian Epidermal Sensory Neurons: Insights into the Origin of the Chordate Peripheral Nervous System. PLOS Biology 27;4(7):e225.
  • Roure A., Rothbacher U., Robin F., Kalmar E., Ferone G., Lamy C., Missero C., Mueller F. and Lemaire P. (2007). A multicassette gateway vector set for high throughput and comparative analyses in ciona and vertebrate embryos. PLOS ONE 2(9):e916.
  • Khoueiry P., Rothbacher U., Ohtsuka Y., Daian F., Frangulian E., Roure A.,Dubchak I. and Lemaire P. (2010). A cis-regulatory signature in ascidians and flies, independent of transcription factor binding sites. Current Biology 20(9):792-802.
  • Tassy O., Dauga D., Daian F., Sobral D., Robin F., Khoueiry P., Salgado D., Fox V., Caillol D., Schiappa R., Laporte B., Rios A., Luxardi G., Kusakabe T., Joly J.S., Darras S., Christiaen L., Contensin M., Auger H., Lamy C., Hudson C., Rothbächer U., Gilchrist M.J., Makabe K.W., Hotta K., Fujiwara S., Satoh N., Satou Y. and Lemaire P. (2010). The ANISEED database: digital representation, formalization, and elucidation of a chordate developmental program. Genome Research 20(10):1459-68.
  • Darras S., Gerhart J., Terasaki M., Kirschner M. and Lowe C.J. (2011). b-catenin specifies the endomesoderm and defines the posterior organizer of the hemichordate Saccoglossus kowalevskii. Development 138, 959-970.
  • Roure A., Lemaire P. and Darras S. (2014) An Otx/Nodal regulatory signature for posterior neural development in ascidians. PLOS Genetics 10(8):e1004548.
  • Roure A. and Darras S. (2016). Msxb is a core component of the genetic circuitry specifying the dorsal and ventral neurogenic midlines in the ascidian embryo. Developmental Biology 409(1):277-87.
  • Darras S., Fritzenwanker J., Uhlinger K., Farrelly E., Pani A.M., Hurley I., Norris R., Osowitz M., Terasaki M., Wu M., Aronowicz J., Kirschner M., Gerhart J. and Lowe C.J. (2018). Anteroposterior axis patterning by early canonical Wnt signaling during hemichordate development. PLOS Biology 16(1): e2003698.
  • Malfant M., Darras S. and Viard F. (2018). Coupling molecular data and experimental crosses sheds light about species delineation: a case study with the genus Ciona. Scientific Reports 8, 1480.
  • Alié A., Hiebert L.S., Simion P., Scelzo M., Prünster M.M., Lotito S., Delsuc F., Douzery E.J.P., Dantec C., Lemaire P., Darras S., Kawamura K., Brown F.D. and Tiozzo S. (2018). Convergent acquisition of non-embryonic development in styelid ascidians. Molecular Biology and Evolution doi: 10.1093/molbev/msy068.
  • Feinberg S., Roure A., Piron J. and Darras S. (2019). Antero-posterior ectoderm patterning by canonical Wnt signaling during ascidian development. PLOS Genetics 15, e1008054.
  • Coulcher J.F., Roure A., Chowdhury R., Robert M., Lescat L., Bouin A., Carvajal Cadavid J., Nishida H. and Darras S. (2020). Conservation of peripheral nervous system formation mechanisms in divergent ascidian embryos. eLife 9, e59157.
  • Darras S. (2021). En masse DNA Electroporation for in vivo Transcriptional Assay in Ascidian Embryos. Bio-protocol 11(18): e4160. DOI: 10.21769/BioProtoc.4160.
  • Chowdhury R., Roure A., le Pétillon Y., Mayeur H., Daric V. and Darras S. (2022). Highly distinct genetic programs for peripheral nervous system formation in chordates. BMC Biol 20, 1–25. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12915-022-01355-7


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