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- Sylvie Rétaux, Alexandre Alié, Maryline Blin, Lucie Devos, Yannick Elipot, Hélène Hinaux (2016). Neural development and evolution in Astyanax mexicanus : comparing cavefish and surface fish brains. In : The Biology and Evolution of the Mexican Cavefish. Eds AC Keen, M Yoshizawa, SE McGaugh. Elsevier, Academic Press.

- Hélène Hinaux, Sylvie Rétaux, Yannick Elipot (2016). Social behavior and aggressiveness in Astyanax. In : The Biology and Evolution of the Mexican Cavefish. Eds AC Keen, M Yoshizawa, SE McGaugh. Elsevier, Academic Press.

- Amandine Bery, Yohann Mérot and Sylvie Rétaux (2016). Genes expressed in mouse cortical progenitors are enriched in Pax, Lhx, and Sox transcription factor putative binding sites. Brain Research, (1633) pp 37-51. IF2.8


- Hélène Hinaux, Maryline Blin, Julien Fumey, Laurent Legendre, Didier Casane and Sylvie Rétaux (2015). Lens defects in Astyanax mexicanus Cavefish : Evolution of crystallins and a role for alphaA-crystallin. Developmental Neurobiology 75(5):505-21. IF4.2


- Sylvie Rétaux, Franck Bourrat, Jean-Stéphane Joly, Hélène Hinaux (2014) Perspectives in Evo-Devo of the Vertebrate Brain. pp 151-172. In Advances in Evolutionary Developmental Biology, First Edition. Edited by J. Todd Streelman. Published 2014 by John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

- Yannick Elipot, Hélène Hinaux, Jacques Callebert, Jean-Marie Launay, Maryline Blin and Sylvie Rétaux (2014) A Mutation in the Enzyme Mono Amine Oxidase explains part of the Astyanax Cavefish Behavioural Syndrome. Nature Communications, 5:3647. IF10.


- Yannick Elipot, Laurent Legendre, Stéphane Père, Frédéric Sohm and Sylvie Rétaux (2014) Astyanax transgenesis and husbandry : how cavefish enters the lab. Zebrafish, 11(4):291-9. IF3


- Luis Espinasa, Jonathan Bibliowicz, William R. Jeffery, and Sylvie Rétaux. (2014) Enhanced prey capture skills in Astyanax cavefish larvae are independent from eye loss. Evo Devo 5 : 35.

- Suzanne E. McGaugh, Joshua B. Gross, Bronwen Aken, Maryline Blin, Richard Borowsky, Domitille Chalopin, Hélène Hinaux, William Jeffery, Alex Keene, Li Ma, Pat Minx, Daniel Murphy, Kelly E. O’Quin, Sylvie Rétaux, Nicolas Rohner, Steve M. J. Searle, Bethany Stahl, Cliff Tabin, Jean-Nicolas Volff, Masato Yoshizawa, Wes C. Warren (2014) The cavefish genome reveals candidate genes for eye loss. Nature Comms, Oct 20 ; 5 : 5307. IF 10


- Yannick Elipot, Hélène Hinaux, Jacques Callebert and Sylvie Rétaux (2013) Evolutionary shift from fighting to foraging behavior in blind cavefish through developmental changes in serotonin network. Current Biology, 23 : 1–10. IF9.6

- Hélène Hinaux, Julie Poulain, Corinne Da Silva, Céline Noirot, William R Jeffery, Didier Casane, and Sylvie Rétaux (2013) De novo sequencing of Astyanax mexicanus surface fish and Pachón cavefish transcriptomes reveals enrichment of mutations in cavefish putative eye genes. Plos One, 8(1) : e53553. IF4

- Sylvie Rétaux and Yannick Elipot (2013) Feed or fight : a behavioral shift in blind cavefish. Communicative and Integrative Biology (formerly American Zoologist) 6(2):e23166.IF3

- Amandine Bery, Ben Martynoga, François Guillemot, Jean-Stéphane Joly, and Sylvie Rétaux (2013) Identification and characterization of enhancers active in the mouse embryonic cerebral cortex highlights the heterogeneity of cortical progenitors. Cerebral Cortex, May 29 bht126 : 13pp. IF7.4

- Jonathan Bibliowicz, Alexandre Alié, Luis Espinasa, Masato Yoshizawa, Maryline Blin, Hélène Hinaux, Laurent Legendre, Stéphane Père and Sylvie Rétaux (2013) Differences in chemosensory response between eyed and eyeless Astyanax mexicanus of the Rio Subterráneo cave. Evo Devo 4(1) : 25-31.IF3.9

- Sylvie Rétaux and Didier Casane (2013) Evolution of development in the darkness of caves : adaptation, drift, or both ? Evo Devo 4(1) : 26-38.IF3.9


- Sylvie Rétaux and Karen Pottin (2011) A question of homology for chordate adhesive organs. Communicative and Integrative Biology 4(1):75-7.

- Karen Pottin, Hélène Hinaux and Sylvie Rétaux (2011) Restauring eye size in Astyanax mexicanus blind cavefish embryos through modulation of the Shh and Fgf8 forebrain organizers. Development, 138 : 2467-2476. IF6.6

- Hélène Hinaux, Karen Pottin, Houssein Chalhoub, Stéphane Père, Yannick Elipot, Laurent Legendre, and Sylvie Rétaux (2011). A developmental staging table for Astyanax mexicanus surface fish and Pachón cavefish. Zebrafish, 8 (4):155-65. IF3




- Abellan A., Menuet A., Dehay C., Medina L., and Rétaux S. (2010) Differential expression of LIM-homeodomain factors in Cajal-Retzius cells of primates, rodents and birds. Cerebral Cortex. 20 (8):1788-98.

- Osório Joana, Mueller Thomas, Rétaux Sylvie, Vernier Philippe and Wullimann Mario (2010) Phylotypic expression of the bHLH genes neurogenin2, NeuroD and Mash1 in the mouse embryonic forebrain. The Journal of Comparative Neurology, 518(6):851-871. IF3.8

- Yann Gibert, Laure Bernard, Melanie Debiais-Thibaud, Franck Bourrat, Jean-Stephane Joly, Karen Pottin, Axel Meyer, Sylvie Rétaux, Gerrit Begemann and Vincent Laudet (2010) Formation of oral and pharyngeal dentition in teleosts depends on differential recruitment of retinoic acid signalling. Faseb Journal. 24(9):3298-309. IF5.7

- Sylvie Rétaux and Shungo Kano (2010) Midline signalling and forebrain evolution in chordates : a focus on the lamprey Hedgehog case. Integrative and Comparative Biology, 50 : 98-109.

- Abellan, Antonio, Vernier, Baptiste, Rétaux, Sylvie, Medina, Loreta (2010) Similarities and differences in the forebrain expression of Lhx1 and Lhx5 between chicken and mouse : insights for understanding telencephalic development and evolution. The Journal of Comparative Neurology 518(17):3512-3528. IF3.8

- Delphine Cast, J. Mark Cock, Bernard Kloareg, Benoît Menand, Gurvan Michel, Sylvie Rétaux, Charlie Scutt, Aurelie Vialette-Guiraud (2010) Des modèles pour comprendre l’évolution du développement des eucaryotes. Biofutur.

- Karen Pottin, Carole Hyacinthe and Sylvie Rétaux. (2010) A cement gland on the head of the fish Astyanax mexicanus through co-option of a developmental module. PNAS, 107(40) : 17256-61. IF9.7

- Shungo Kano, Jin-Hua Xiao, Joana Osório, Marc Ekker, Yavor Hadzhiev, Ferenc Müller, Didier Casane, Ghislaine Magdelenat and Sylvie Rétaux (2010) Two lamprey Hedgehog genes share non-coding regulatory sequences and expression patterns with gnathostome Hedgehogs. PLoS one, 5(10) e13332. IF4


- Adèle Guérin, Emna Marakchi, Yves d’Aubenton-Carafa, Corinne Da Silva, Patrick Wincker, Sylvie Mazan, and Sylvie Rétaux (2009) Neurodevelopment Genes in Lampreys Reveal Trends for Forebrain Evolution in Craniates. PloSone, 4 (4) : e5374.

- Antonio Abellán, Isabel Legaz, Baptiste Vernier, Sylvie Rétaux and Loreta Medina (2009) Olfactory and amygdalar structures of the chicken ventral pallium based on the combinatory expression patterns of LIM and other developmental regulatory genes. The Journal of Comparative Neurology 516(3):166-186.

- Moreno Nerea, González Agustín and Rétaux Sylvie (2009) Development and evolution of the subpallium. Seminars in Cell and Developmental Biology, 20(6):735-43.

- Mérot Yohann, Sylvie Rétaux and Heng Julian (2009) Molecular mechanisms of projection neuron production and maturation in the developing cerebral cortex. Seminars in Cell and Developmental Biology 20(6):726-34.

- Sylvie Rétaux (2009) Editorial. Seminars in Cell and Developmental Biology 20(6):697.

- Abellan A., Menuet A., Dehay C., Medina L., and Rétaux S. Differential expression of LIM-homeodomain factors in Cajal-Retzius cells of primates, rodents and birds. Cerebral Cortex, in press.

- Osório Joana, Mueller Thomas, Rétaux Sylvie, Vernier Philippe and Wullimann Mario (2009) Phylotypic expression of the bHLH genes neurogenin2, NeuroD and Mash1 in the mouse embryonic forebrain. The Journal of Comparative Neurology, in press.


- Moreno, N., Gonzales A. and Rétaux S. (2008) Evidences for tangential migrations in Xenopus telencephalon : developmental patterns and cell tracking experiments. Journal of Neurobiology, 68(4):504-20.

- Moreno Nerea, Domínguez Laura, Rétaux Sylvie and González Agustín (2008) Islet1 as a marker of subdivisions and cell types in the developing forebrain of Xenopus. Neuroscience 154(4) :1423-1439.

- Moreno Nerea, Rétaux Sylvie and González Agustín (2008) Spatio-temporal expression of Pax6 in Xenopus forebrain. Brain Research, 1239 : 92-99.

- Rétaux S., Pottin K., and Alunni A. (2008) Shh and forebrain evolution in the blind cavefish Astyanax mexicanus. Biology of the Cell, 100 (3) : 139-147.

- Osorio, J. and Rétaux, S. (2008) The lamprey in evolutionary studies. Dev. Genes Evol. 218(5) : 221-235.


- Menuet A*., Alunni A.*, Joly JS., Jeffery WR, and Rétaux S. (2007) Shh overexpression in Astyanax cavefish : multiple consequences on forebrain development and evolution. Development, 134 : 845-855.

- Alunni A*, Menuet A*, Candal E, Pénigault JB, Jeffery WR, and Rétaux S. (2007) Developmental mechanisms for retinal degeneration in the blind cavefish, Astyanax mexicanus. The Journal of Comparative Neurology, 505 : 221-233.

- Joly JS., Osorio J., Alunni A., Auger H., Kano S., and Rétaux S. (2007) Windows of the brain : towards a developmental biology of circumventricular and other neurohemal organs. Seminars in Cell and Developmental Biology, 18 : 512-524.


- Bachy I. and Rétaux, S. (2006) GABAergic specification in the basal forebrain is controlled by the LIM-hd factor Lhx7. Developmental Biology, 291(2) 218-226.

- Osório J., Megias M., Pombal M. and Rétaux S. (2006) Dynamic expression of the LIM-homeodomain Lhx15 through larval development of the sea lamprey Petromyzon marinus. Gene Expression Patterns, 6 : 873-878.


- Moreno N., Bachy I., Rétaux S., and Gonzalez A. (2005) LIM-homeodomain genes as territory markers in the brainstem of adult and developing Xenopus laevis. Journal of Comparative Neurology, 485(3):240-254.

- Coolen M., Sii Felice K., Bronchain O., Mazabraud A., Bourrat F., Rétaux S., Felder-Schmittbuhl M.P., Mazan S. and Plouhinec J.L. (2005) Phylogenomic analysis and expression patterns of large Maf genes in Xenopus tropicalis provide new insights into the functional evolution of the gene family in osteichthyans. Development, Genes and Evolution 215(7):327-39.

- Osório J., Mazan S. and Rétaux S. (2005) Organisation of the lamprey (Lampetra fluviatilis) embryonic brain : insights from LIM-homeodomain, Pax and hedgehog genes. Developmental Biology, 288 (1) : 100-112.

- Rétaux S. and Vernier P. (2005) Développement et évolution des ganglions de la base chez les vertébrés. Revue Mouvements, (2) 3-22.


- Moreno N., Bachy I., Rétaux S., and Gonzalez A. (2004) LIM-homeodomain genes as developmental and adult genetic markers of Xenopus forebrain functional subdivisions. Journal of Comparative Neurology. 472(1):52-72.

- Alunni A., Blin M., Deschet K., Bourrat F., Vernier P., and Rétaux S. (2004) Cloning and developmental expression patterns of Dlx2, Lhx7 and Lhx9 in the medaka fish (Oryzias latipes). Mechanisms of Development 121:977-983.

- Molle, B., Père S., Failli V., Bach I., and Rétaux S. (2004) Lhx9 and Lhx9alpha : differential biochemical properties and effects on neuronal differentiation. DNA & Cell Biology 23(11) : 761-768


- Moreno N., Bachy I., Rétaux S., and Gonzalez A. (2003) Pallial origin of mitral cells in the olfactory bulbs of Xenopus. Neuroreport, 14 : 2355-2358.


- Bachy I., Berthon J., and Rétaux S. (2002) Defining pallial and subpallial compartments in developing Xenopus forebrain. Mechanisms of Development, 117 (1-2) : 163-172.

- Failli V, Bachy I., and Rétaux S. (2002) Expression of the LIM-homeodomain gene Lmx1a (dreher) during mouse development. Mechanisms of Development, 118 : 225-228.

- Bachy I., Failli V., and Rétaux S. (2002) A LIM-homeodomain code for development and evolution of forebrain connectivity. Neuroreport, 11 ; 13(2):A23-7.

Rétaux S. and Bachy I. (2002) A short history of LIM domains (1993-2002) : from protein interaction to degradation. Molecular Neurobiology Reviews, 26 (2-3) : 269-81.


- Bachy I., Vernier P., and Rétaux S. (2001) The LIM-homeodomain family in the developing Xenopus brain : conservation and divergences with the mouse related to the evolution of the forebrain. The Journal of Neuroscience, 21(19) : 7620-7629.


- Failli V., Rogard M., Mattei M-G., Vernier P., and Rétaux S. (2000) Lhx9 and Lhx9alpha LIM homeodomain factors : genomic structure, expression patterns, chromosomal localization, and phylogenetic analysis. Genomics 64 : 307-317.

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