I am interested in understanding viral strategies to protect their genome and RNAs through the macromolecular assembly of viral replication complexes. In particular, I am interested in understanding the assembly mechanism of nucleoproteins from Arenaviridae, Bunyavirales and Nidovirales, the innate immunity response and the reconstitution of cap formation mechanisms. To this end, I use biophysical and biochemical characterization. Finally, I develop in synergy with the chemistry group strategies to inhibit the Nuclease activities of these families.

Publications

2022

2022
Arenaviridae NP-exonuclease inhibition by bisphosphonate

Thi Hong van Nguyen, Elsie Yekwa, Barbara Selisko, Bruno Canard, Karine Alvarez, Francois Ferron

IUCrJ 9 (2022)10.1107/S2052252522005061

2022
A dual mechanism of action of AT-527 against SARS-CoV-2 polymerase

Ashleigh Shannon, Véronique Fattorini, Bhawna Sama, Barbara Selisko, Mikael Feracci, Camille Falcou, Pierre Gauffre, Priscila El Kazzi, Adrien Delpal, Etienne Decroly, Karine Alvarez, Cécilia Eydoux, Jean-Claude Guillemot, Adel Moussa, Steven S Good, Paolo La Colla, Kai Lin, Jean-Pierre Sommadossi, Yingxiao Zhu, Xiaodong Yan, Hui Shi, Francois Ferron, Bruno Canard

Nature Communications 13 (2022)10.1038/s41467-022-28113-1

2022
Fluoxetine targets an allosteric site in the enterovirus 2C AAA+ ATPase and stabilizes a ring-shaped hexameric complex

Daniel L Hurdiss, Priscila El Kazzi, Lisa Bauer, Nicolas Papageorgiou, Francois Ferron, Tim Donselaar, Arno L.W. van Vliet, Tatiana M Shamorkina, Joost Snijder, Bruno Canard, Etienne Decroly, Andrea Brancale, Tzviya Zeev-Ben-Mordehai, Friedrich Förster, Frank J.M. van Kuppeveld, Bruno Coutard

Science Advances 8 (2022)10.1126/sciadv.abj7615

2022
A second type of N7-guanine RNA cap methyltransferase in an unusual locus of a large RNA virus genome

Ashleigh Shannon, Bhawna Sama, Pierre Gauffre, Théo Guez, Françoise Debart, J.J. Vasseur, Etienne Decroly, Bruno Canard, Francois Ferron

Nucleic Acids Research (2022)

2021

2021
Structure-function analysis of the nsp14 N7-guanine methyltransferase reveals an essential role in Betacoronavirus replication

Natacha S Ogando, Priscila El Kazzi, Jessika C Zevenhoven-Dobbe, Brenda W Bontes, Alice Decombe, Clara C S Posthuma, Volker Thiel, Bruno Canard, Francois Ferron, Etienne Decroly, Eric J Snijder

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (2021)10.1101/2021.05.17.444407

2021
The enzymes for genome size increase and maintenance of large (+)RNA viruses

Francois Ferron, Bhawna Sama, Etienne Decroly, Bruno Canard

Trends in Biochemical Sciences (2021)10.1016/j.tibs.2021.05.006

2021
Observation of arenavirus nucleoprotein heptamer assembly

Nicolas Papageorgiou, Afroditi Vaitsopoulou, Awa Diop, Thi Hong van Nguyen, Bruno Canard, Karine Alvarez, Francois Ferron

FEBS Open Bio (2021)10.1002/2211-5463.13106

2021
First insights into the structural features of Ebola virus methyltransferase activities

Coralie Valle, Baptiste Martin, François Ferron, Véronique Roig-Zamboni, Aline Desmyter, Françoise Debart, Jean Jacques Vasseur, Bruno Canard, Bruno Coutard, Etienne Decroly

Nucleic Acids Research 49:1737-1748 (2021)10.1093/nar/gkaa1276

2020

2020
Rapid incorporation of Favipiravir by the fast and permissive viral RNA polymerase complex results in SARS-CoV-2 lethal mutagenesis

Ashleigh Shannon, Barbara Selisko, Nhung-Thi-Tuyet Le, Johanna Huchting, Franck Touret, Géraldine Piorkowski, Véronique Fattorini, Francois Ferron, Etienne Decroly, Chris Meier, Bruno Coutard, Olve Peersen, Bruno Canard

Nature Communications 11:4682 (2020)10.1038/s41467-020-18463-z

2020
Brothers in Arms: Structure, Assembly and Function of Arenaviridae Nucleoprotein

Nicolas Papageorgiou, Maria Spiliopoulou, Thi-Hong van Nguyen, Afroditi Vaitsopoulou, Elsie Yekwa Laban, Karine Alvarez, Irene Margiolaki, Bruno Canard, Francois Ferron

Viruses 12:772 (2020)10.3390/v12070772

2020
Remdesivir and SARS-CoV-2: Structural requirements at both nsp12 RdRp and nsp14 Exonuclease active-sites

Ashleigh Shannon, Nhung Thi-Tuyet Le, Barbara Selisko, Cecilia Eydoux, Karine Alvarez, Jean-Claude Guillemot, Etienne Decroly, Olve Peersen, Francois Ferron, Bruno Canard

Antiviral Research 178:104793 (2020)10.1016/j.antiviral.2020.104793

2020
A N7-guanine RNA cap methyltransferase signature-sequence as a genetic marker of large genome, non-mammalian Tobaniviridae

Francois Ferron, Humberto Julio Debat, Ashleigh Shannon, Etienne Decroly, Bruno Canard

NAR Genomics and Bioinformatics 2 (2020)10.1093/nargab/lqz022

2019

2019
The Curious Case of the Nidovirus Exoribonuclease: Its Role in RNA Synthesis and Replication Fidelity

Natacha S Ogando, Francois Ferron, Etienne Decroly, Bruno Canard, Clara C Posthuma, Eric J Snijder

Frontiers in Microbiology 10 (2019)10.3389/fmicb.2019.01813

2019
Metal chelators for the inhibition of the lymphocytic choriomeningitis virus endonuclease domain

Magali Saez-Ayala, Elsie Laban yekwa, Clémence Mondielli, Loic Roux, Sergio Hernández, Fabrice Bailly, Philippe Cotelle, Dominga Rogolino, Bruno Canard, Francois Ferron, Karine Alvarez

Antiviral Research 162:79-89 (2019)10.1016/j.antiviral.2018.12.008

2019
Structure and oligomerization state of the C-terminal region of the Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus nucleoprotein

Thi Hong Van Nguyen, Julie Lichiere, Bruno Canard, Nicolas Papageorgiou, Sarah Attoumani, Francois Ferron, Bruno Coutard

Acta crystallographica Section D : Structural biology [1993-...] 75:8-15 (2019)10.1107/S2059798318014948

2018

2018
A Vaccine Platform against Arenaviruses Based on a Recombinant Hyperattenuated Mopeia Virus Expressing Heterologous Glycoproteins

Xavier Carnec, Mathieu Mateo, Audrey Page, Stéphanie Reynard, Jimmy Hortion, Caroline Picard, Elsie Yekwa, Laura Barrot, Stéphane Barron, Audrey Vallve, Hervé Raoul, Caroline Carbonnelle, Francois Ferron, Sylvain Baize

Journal of Virology 92:e02230-17 (2018)10.1128/JVI.02230-17

2018
Crystal structures of Lymphocytic choriomeningitis virus endonuclease domain complexed with diketo-acid ligands

Magali Saez-Ayala, Elsie Laban Yekwa, Mauro Carcelli, Bruno Canard, Karine Alvarez, Francois Ferron

International Union of Crystallography journal 5:223-235 (2018)10.1107/S2052252518001021

2018
Crystal structures ofLymphocytic choriomeningitis virusendonuclease domain complexed with diketo-acid ligands

Magali Saez-Ayala, Elsie Yekwa, Mauro Carcelli, Bruno Canard, Karine Alvarez, Francois Ferron

International Union of Crystallography journal 5:223-235 (2018)10.1107/s2052252518001021

2018
Structural and Functional Basis of the Fidelity of Nucleotide Selection by Flavivirus RNA-Dependent RNA Polymerases

Barbara Selisko, Nicolas Papageorgiou, Francois Ferron, Bruno Canard

Viruses 10:59 (2018)10.3390/v10020059

2018
Structural and molecular basis of mismatch correction and ribavirin excision from coronavirus RNA

Francois Ferron, Lorenzo Subissi, Ana Theresa Silveira de Morais, Nhung Thi Tuyet Le, Marion Sevajol, Laure Gluais, Etienne Decroly, Clemens Vonrhein, Gérard Bricogne, Bruno Canard, Isabelle Imbert

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 115:E162-E171 (2018)10.1073/pnas.1718806115

2017

2017
Toscana virus nucleoprotein oligomer organization observed in solution

Amal Baklouti, Adeline Goulet, Julie Lichiere, Bruno Canard, Remi Charrel, Francois Ferron, Bruno Coutard, Nicolas Papageorgiou

Acta crystallographica Section D : Structural biology [1993-...] 73:650-659 (2017)10.1107/S2059798317008774

2017
Activity inhibition and crystal polymorphism induced by active-site metal swapping

Elsie Yekwa, Joelle Khourieh, Bruno Canard, Nicolas Papageorgiou, Francois Ferron

Acta crystallographica Section D : Structural biology [1993-...] 73:641-649 (2017)10.1107/S205979831700866X

2017
Substrate selectivity of Dengue and Zika virus NS5 polymerase towards 2′-modified nucleotide analogues

Supanee Potisopon, Francois Ferron, Véronique Fattorini, Barbara Selisko, Bruno Canard

Antiviral Research 140:25-36 (2017)10.1016/j.antiviral.2016.12.021

2017
Transcription and replication mechanisms of Bunyaviridae and Arenaviridae L proteins

Francois Ferron, Friedemann Weber, Juan de La Torre, Juan Reguera

Virus Research 234:118-134 (2017)10.1016/j.virusres.2017.01.018

2016

2016
Structural characterization of the N-terminal part of the MERS-CoV nucleocapsid by X-ray diffraction and small-angle X-ray scattering

Nicolas Papageorgiou, Julie Lichiere, Amal Baklouti, Francois Ferron, Marion Sevajol, Bruno Canard, Bruno Coutard

Acta crystallographica Section D : Structural biology [1993-...] 72:192-202 (2016)10.1107/S2059798315024328

2016
How disordered is my protein and what is its disorder for? A guide through the “dark side” of the protein universe

Philippe Lieutaud, François Ferron, Alexey V Uversky, Lukasz Kurgan, Vladimir N Uversky, Sonia Longhi

Intrinsically Disordered Proteins 4:e1259708 (2016)10.1080/21690707.2016.1259708

2015

2015
Enzymatic synthesis of acyclic nucleoside thiophosphonate diphosphates: Effect of the alpha-phosphorus configuration on HIV-1 RT activity

Stephane Priet, Loic Roux, Magali Saez-Ayala, Francois Ferron, Bruno Canard, Karine Alvarez

Antiviral Research 117:122-131 (2015)10.1016/j.antiviral.2015.03.003

2011

2011
Crystallization and diffraction analysis of the SARS coronavirus nsp10-nsp16 complex.

Claire Debarnot, Isabelle Imbert, Francois Ferron, Laure Gluais, Isabelle Varlet, Nicolas Papageorgiou, Mickaël Bouvet, Julien Lescar, Etienne Decroly, Bruno Canard

Acta crystallographica Section F : Structural biology communications [2014-...] 67:404-8 (2011)10.1107/S1744309111002867

2005

2004

2004
The severe acute respiratory syndrome-coronavirus replicative protein nsp9 is a single-stranded RNA-binding subunit unique in the RNA virus world

Marie-Pierre Egloff, Francois Ferron, Valérie Campanacci, Sonia Longhi, Corinne Rancurel, Hélène Dutartre, Eric J Snijder, Alexander Gorbalenya, Christian Cambillau, Bruno Canard

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 101:3792-3796 (2004)10.1073/pnas.0307877101