Pierre GREVE

Full Professor (Professeur)

Ph.D., University of Poitiers (France), 1996.

Main responsabilities

  • Coordinator of the section “Evolution of Organisms and Communities” within the Licence Life Sciences of the University of Poitiers
  • Member of various research, teaching and administrative committees of the University of Poitiers

Research interests

Evolution of mechanisms of sex determination and modalities of action of feminizing factors.

Targets of Wolbachia: evolution of specificity of the gene encoding androgenic hormone in isopods, impact of Wolbachia on the regulation of this gene expression during development. Study of neuropeptides involved in major physiological functions of crustaceans (e.g. crustacean hyperglycemic hormone and vitellogenesis inhibiting hormone).

Modalities of action of feminizing factors: study of the type IV secretion system (T4SS) (functional and phylogenetic approaches), isolation and characterization of virulence factors (ankyrin-domain proteins, phage-related factors…), characterization of Wolbachia genome (evolution of bacterial genomes, genomic plasticity and role of mobile genetic elements).

Keywords: androgenic hormone, CHH, VIH, T4SS, ankyrin gene, bacteriophage, bacterial genome.

Selected publications

1. Grève P., Sorokine O., Berges T., Lacombe C., Van Dorsselaer A. and Martin G. (1999). Isolation and amino acid sequence of a peptide with vitellogenesis inhibiting activity from the terrestrial isopod Armadillidium vulgare (Crustacea). Gen. Comp. Endocrinol., 115: 406-414.

2. Lacombe C., Grève P. and Martin G. (1999). Overview on the sub-grouping of the Crustacean Hyperglycemic Hormone (CHH) family. Neuropeptides, 33(1): 71-80.

3. Grève P., Braquart-Varnier C., Strub J. M., Félix C., Van Dorsselaer A. and Martin G. (2004). The glycosylated androgenic hormone of the terrestrial isopod Porcellio scaber (Crustacea). Gen. Comp. Endocrinol., 136: 389-397.

4. Braquart-Varnier C., Grève P., Félix C. and Martin G. (2005). Bacteriophage WO in Wolbachia infecting terrestrial isopods. Biochem. Biophys. Res. Commun., 337: 580-585.

5. Herbinière J., Braquart-Varnier C., Grève P., Strub J. M., Frere J., Van Dorsselaer A. and Martin G. (2005). Armadillidin: a novel Glycine-rich Antibacterial Peptide Directed against Gram-positive Bacteria in the Woodlouse Armadillidium vulgare (Terrestrial Isopod, Crustacean). Dev. Comp. Immunol., 29:489-99.


Tel : +33 (0)5 49 45 39 79

Fax : +33 (0)5 49 45 40 15

Email : pierre.greve@univ-poitiers.fr


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