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CNRS Bronze Medal for Aurélie Albertini

Each year, the CNRS medals are awarded to researchers and agents who make an exceptional contribution to the institution’s dynamism and reputation. The Bronze Medal recognizes the first work of a promising researcher or lecturer-researcher in his or her field.

Aurélie ALBERTINI, CNRS Bronze Medal 2020

Aurélie Albertini is a researcher in the Department of Virology. She studies the early stages of the viral cycle of Rhabdoviruses in the team led by Yves Gaudin. Rhabdoviruses are widespread pathogens for a large number of organisms and constitute a major public health problem with a real potential for re-emergence.

She worked in particular on the vesicular stomatitis virus (VSV). Its glycoprotein serves as a model for understanding the mechanism of entry of these viruses into cells. Moreover, VSV being a promising oncolytic virus, her fundamental research continues today with applications in the fields of oncology and gene therapies1.

Her most recent work on the glycoprotein of Lyssaviruses has led to the characterization of the glycoprotein structure of the Mokola virus (a virus related to the rabies virus that causes fatal encephalitis)2. This first Lyssavirus glycoprotein structure will be useful for teams working on the entry and antigenicity of these highly pathogenic viruses.

Aurélie Albertini
Aurélie Albertini
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1- Nikolic J*, Belot L*, Raux H, Legrand P, Gaudin Y#, Albertini AA# (2018) Structural basis for the recognition of LDL-receptor family members by VSV glycoprotein.
Nature communications. doi : 10.1038/s41467-018-03432-4
2- Belot L, Ouldali M, Legrand P, Roche S, Gaudin Y#, Albertini AA# (2020) Crystal structure of Mokola Virus Glycoprotein in its post-fusion conformation.
PLoS Pathogens. doi : 10.1371/journal.ppat.1008383

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