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Selection of recent publications (involving at least two teams at IMPMC)



Aufort J, Lebon M, Gallet X, Ségalen L, Gervais C, Brouder C, Balan E. (2018) Macroscopic electrostatic effects in the ATR-FTIR spectra of modern and archaeological bones. American Mineralogist, in press




Alphandery E, Idbaih A, Adam C, Delattre JY, Schmitt C, Guyot F, Chebbi I. (2017) Development of non-pyrogenic magnetosome minerals coated with poly-l-lysine leading to full disappearance of intracranial U87-Luc glioblastoma in 100% of treated mice using magnetic hyperthermia. Biomaterials 141, 210-222

Alphandery E, Idbaih A, Adam C, Delattre JY, Schmitt C, Guyot F, Chebbi I. (2017) Chains of magnetosomes with controlled endotoxin release and partial tumor occupation induce full destruction of intracranial U87-Luc glioma in mice under the application of an alternating magnetic field. Journal of Controlled Release 262, 259-272.

Aufort J, Segalen L, Gervais C, Paulatto L, Blanchard M, Balan E. (2017) Site-specific equilibrium isotopic fractionation of oxygen, carbon and calcium in apatite. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 219, 57-73.

Balan E, Aufort J, Pouille S, Dabos M, Blanchard M, Lazzeri M, Rollion-Bard C, Blamart D. (2017) Infrared spectroscopic study of sulfate-bearing calcite from deep-sea bamboo coral. European Journal of Mineralogy 29, 397-408.
Balan E, Noireaux J, Mavromatis V, Saldi G, Montouillout V, Blanchard M, Pietrrucci F, Gervais C, Rustad JR, Schott J, Gaillardet J. (2017) Theoretical isotopic fractionation between structural boron in carbonates and aqueous boric acid and borate ion. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 222, 117-129.

Cassone G, Pietrucci F, Saija F, Guyot F, Saitta AM. (2017) One-step electric-field driven methane and formaldehyde synthesis from liquid methanol. Chem Sci 3, 2329.

Ducasse R, Wang WA, Navarro MG, Debons N, Colin A, Gautier J, Guigner JM, Guyot F, Gueroui Z. (2017) Programmed Self-Assembly of a Biochemical and Magnetic Scaffold to Trigger and Manipulate Microtubule Structures. Scientific Reports 7.

Hamdous Y, Chebbi I, Mandawala C, Le Févre R, Guyot F, Seksek O, Alphandéry E. (2017) Biocompatible coated magnetosome minerals with various organization and cellular interaction properties induce cytotoxicity towards RG-2 and GL-261 glioma cells in the presence of an alternating magnetic field. Journal of Nanobiotechnology 15. 

Li JH, Zhang H, Menguy N, Benzerara K, Wang F, Lin X, Chen Z, Pan Y. (2017) Single-Cell Resolution of Uncultured Magnetotactic Bacteria via Fluorescence-Coupled Electron Microscopy. Applied Environmental Microbiology 83(12), e00409-17. doi: 10.1128/AEM.00409-17

Mandawala C, Chebbi I, Durand-Dubief M, Le Févre R, Hamdous Y, Guyot F, Alphandéry E. (2017) Biocompatible and stable magnetosome minerals coated with poly-L-lysine, citric acid, oleic acid, and carboxy-methyl-dextran for application in the magnetic hyperthermia treatment of tumors. Journal of Materials Chemistry B 5(36), 7644-7660. 

Miot J, Bernard S, Lombard C, Guyot F, Kish A. (2017) Experimental maturation of Archaea encrusted by Fe-phosphates (2017) Scientific Reports 7(1), 16984. doi:10.1038/s41598-017-17111-9

Rivas-Lamelo S, Benzerara K, Lefevre CT, Monteil CL, Jézéquel D, Menguy N, Viollier E, Guyot F, Férard C, Poinsot M, Skouri-Panet F, Trcera N, Miot J, Duprat E. (2017)Magnetotactic bacteria are a significant P reservoir in the meromictic Lake Pavin. Geochemical Perspectives Letters 5, doi: 10.7185/geochemlet.1743.

Skouri-Panet F, Benzerara K, Cosmidis J, Férard C, Caumes G, De Luca G, Heulin T, Duprat E. (2017) In vitro and in silico evidence of phosphatase diversity in the biomineralizing bacterium Ramlibacter tataouinensis. Frontiers in Microbiology,in press. doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2017.02592

Zhang H, Menguy N, Wang FX, Benzerara K, Leroy E, Liu PY, Liu WQ, Wang CL, Pan YX, Chen ZB, Li JH. (2017) Magnetotactic Coccus Strain SHHC-1 Affiliated to Alphaproteobacteria Forms Octahedral Magnetite Magnetosomes. Frontiers in Microbiology 8, 969. doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2017.00969




Amor M, Busigny V, Louvat P, Gélabert A, Cartigny P, Durand-Dubief M, Ona-Nguema G, Alphandéry E, Chebbi I, Guyot F. (2016) Mass-dependent and –independent signature of Fe isotopes in magnetotactic bacteria Science 352, 705-708

Aufort J, Segalen L, Gervais C, Brouder C, Balan E. (2016) Modeling the attenuated total reflectance infrared (ATR-FTIR) spectrum of apatite. Physics and Chemistry of Minerals 43, 615-626.

Balan E, Pietrucci F, Gervais C, Blanchard M, Schott J, Gaillardet J. (2016) First-principles study of boron speciation in calcite and aragonite. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 193, 119-131.

Baumgartner J, Menguy N, Perez Gonzalez T, Morin G, Widdrat M, Faivre D. (2016) Elongated Magnetite Nanoparticle Formation from a Solid Ferrous Precursor in a Magnetotactic Bacterium. J. R. Soc. Interface. doi: 10.1098/rsif.2016.0665

Kish A, Miot J, Lombard C, Guigner J-M, Bernard S, Zirah S, Guyot F. (2016) Preservation of archeal surface layer structure during mineralization. Scientific Reports 6, 26152. doi:10.1038/srep26152

Li J, Menguy N, Arrio M.-A., Sainctavit P, Juhin A, Wang Y, Chen H, Bunau O, Otero E, Ohresser P, Pan Y. (2016) Controlled cobalt doping in the spinel structure of magnetosome magnetite: new evidences from element- and site-specific X-ray magnetic circular dichroism analyses. J. R. Soc. Interface. doi: 10.1098/rsif.2016.0355

Miot J, Jézéquel D, Benzerara K, Cordier L, Rivas-Lamelo S, Skouri-Panet F, Férard C, Poinsot M, Duprat E. (2016) Mineralogical diversity in Lake Pavin: connections with water column chemistry and biomineralization processes.Minerals 6, 24. doi:10.3390/min6020024

Miot J, Lu S, Morin G, Adra A, Benzerara K, Küsel K. (2016) Iron mineralogy across the oxycline of a lignite mine lake. Chemical Geology 434, 28-42. doi:10.1016/j.chemgeo.2016.04.013

Mirvaux B, Recham N, Miot J, Courty M, Bernard S, Beyssac O, Davoisne C, Sougrati M, Demortière A, Guyot F, Tarascon J-M, Larcher D. (2016) Iron phosphate / bacteria composites as precursors for textured materials with enhanced electrochemical properties. Journal of the Electrochemical Society 163(10), A1-A10.




Amor M, Busigny V, Durand-Dubief M, Tharaud M, Ona-Nguema G, Gélabert A, Alphandéry E, Menguy N, Benedetti MF, Chebbi I, Guyot F. (2015) Chemical signature of magnetotactic bacteria. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 112, 1699-1703 doi:10.1073/pnas.1414112112

Bernard S, Benzerara K, Beyssac O, Balan E, Brown GE Jr. (2015) Evolution of the macromolecular structure of sporopollenin during thermal degradation. Heliyon 1, e00034.

Bernard S, Benzerara K, Beyssac O, Balan E, Brown GE Jr (2015) Evolution of the macromolecular structure of sporopollenin during thermal degradation as documented by infrared, Raman and C-XANES spectroscopies. Heliyon. doi:10.1016/j.heliyon.2015.e00034

Cosmidis J, Benzerara K, Guyot F, Skouri-Panet F, Duprat E, Férard C, Guigner JM, Babonneau F, Coehlo C (2015) Calcium-phosphate biomineralization induced by alkaline phosphatase activity in Escherichia coli. Frontiers in Earth Science, 3, doi:10.3389/feart.2015.00084

Gorlas A, Marguet E, Gill S, Geslin C, Guigner JM, Guyot F, Forterre P. (2015) Sulfur vesicles from Thermococcales: A possible role in sulfur detoxifying mechanisms. Biochimie 118, 356–364.

Laporte S, Finocchi F, Paulatto L, Blanchard M, Balan E, Guyot F, Saitta AM. (2015) Strong electric fields at a prototypical oxide/water interface probed by ab initio molecular dynamics: MgO(001). Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 17, 20382.

Miot J, Remusat L, Duprat E, Gonzales A, Pont S, Poinsot M. (2015) Fe biomineralization mirrors individual metabolic activity in a nitrate-dependent Fe(II)-oxidizer. Frontiers in Microbiology 6, 879. doi:10.3389/fmicb.2015.00879

Pinilla C, Blanchard M, Balan E, Vuilleumier R, Mauri F. (2015) Equilibrium magnesium isotope fractionation between Mg2+(aq) and carbonate minerals: insights from path integral molecular dynamics. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 163, 126-139.

Robin N, Bernard S, Miot J., Blanc-Valleron M-M, Charbonnier S, Petit G. (2015) Calcification and diagenesis of bacterial colonies. Minerals 5, 488-506. doi:10.3390/min5030488

Saitta AM, Saija F, Pietrucci F, Guyot F. (2015) Ab initio free-energy landscape of Miller-like prebiotic reactions. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 112, 4.

Zeyen N, Benzerara K, Li J, Groleau A, Balan E, Robert J-L, Esteve I, Tavera R, Moreira D, Lopez-Garcia P. (2015) Formation of low-T hydrated silicates in modern microbialites from Mexico and implications for microbial fossilization. Frontiers in Earth Science, 3:64. doi: 10.3389/feart.2015.00064




Balan E, Blanchard M, Pinilla C, Lazzeri M. (2014) First-principles modeling of sulfate incorporation and 34S/32S isotopic fractionation in different calcium carbonates. Chemical Geology 374-375, 84-91.

Benzerara K, Skouri-Panet F, Li J, Férard C, Gugger M, Laurent T, Couradeau E, Ragon M, Cosmidis J, Menguy N, Margaret-Oliver I, Tavera R, López-García P, Moreira D. (2014) Intracellular Ca-carbonate biomineralization is widespread in cyanobacteria. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 111, 10933-10938.

Berlendis S, Beyssac O, Derenne S, Benzerara K, Anquetil C, Guillaumet M, Estève I, Capelle B. (2014) Comparative mineralogy, organic geochemistry and microbial diversity of the Autun black shale and Graissessac coal (France). International Journal of Coal Geology 132, 147-157.

Cosmidis J, Benzerara K, Morin G, Busigny V, Lebeau O, Jézéquel D, Noël V, Dublet G, Othmane G. (2014) Biomineralization of iron-phosphates in the water column of Lake Pavin (Massif Central, France). Geochim. Cosmochim. Acta, 126, 78-96.

El Albani A, Bengtson S, (…) Benzerara K, Bernard S, et al. (2014) The 2.1 Ga Old Francevillian Biota: Biogenicity, Taphonomy and Biodiversity. PlosOne, 9, e99438. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0099438

Li J, Bernard S, Benzerara K, Allard T, Cosmidis J, Moussou J, Beyssac O. (2014) Impact of biomineralization on the preservation of microorganisms during fossilization: an experimental perspective. Earth Planet. Sci. Lett. 400, 113-122.

Miot J, Recham N, Larcher D, Guyot F, Brest J, Tarascon J-M. (2014) Biomineralized Fe2O3: texture and electrochemical reaction with Li. Energy & Environmental Science 7(1), 451-460.

Miot J, Li J, Benzerara K, Sougrati M, Ona-Nguema G, Bernard S, Jumas JC, Guyot F. (2014) Formation of single domain magnetite by green rust oxidation promoted by microbial anaerobic nitrate-dependent iron oxidation. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 139, 327-343.

Yi H, Balan E, Gervais C, Segalen L, Blanchard M, Lazzeri M. (2014) Theoretical study of the local charge compensation and spectroscopic properties of carbonate defects in apatite. Physics and Chemistry of Minerals 41, 347-359.

Yi H, Balan E, Gervais C, Segalen L, Roche D, Fayon F, Person A, Morin G, Babonneau F. (2014) Probing atomic scale transformation of fossil enamel using FTIR and NMR spectroscopy: A case study from the Tugen Hills (Rift Gregory, Kenya). Acta Biomaterialia 10, 3952-3958.




Alphandéry E, ChebbiI, Guyot F, Durand-Dubief M. (2013) Use of bacterial magnetosomes in the magnetic hyperthermia treatment of tumours : a review. Int. Journ. Hyperthermia (8), 801-9.

Baumgartner J, Morin G, Menguy N, Perez Gonzalez T, Widdrat M, Cosmidis J, Faivre D. (2013) Magnetotactic bacteria form magnetite from a phosphate-rich ferric hydroxide via nanometric ferric (oxyhydr)oxide intermediates. Proc Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 110, 14883-14888.

Cosmidis J, Benzerara K, Menguy N, Arning E. (2013) Microscopy evidence of bacterial microfossils in phosphorite crusts of the Peruvian shelf: implications for phosphogenesis mechanisms. Chemical Geology, 359, 10-22.

Li J, Benzerara K, Bernard S, Beyssac O. (2013) The link between biomineralization and fossilization of bacteria: Insights from field and experimental studies. Chemical Geology 359, 49-69.

Pasini V, Brunelli D, Dumas P, Sandt C, Frederick J, Benzerara B, Bernard S, Menez B. (2013) Low temperature hydrothermal oil and associated biological precursors in serpentinites from Mid-Ocean Ridge. Lithos. doi:10.1016/j.lithos.2013.06.014.

Planchon M, Ferrari R, Guyot F, Gélabert A, Menguy N, Chanéac C, Thill A, Benedetti MF, Spalla O. (2013) Interaction between Escherichia coli and TiO2 Nanoparticles in Natural and Artificial Waters. Colloids and Surfaces B:Biointerfaces 102, 158-164.

Seder-Colomina M, Morin G, Benzerara B, Ona-Nguema G, Pernelle J-J, Esposito, van Hullebusch E. (2013) Sphaerotilus natans, a neutrophilic iron-related sheath- forming bacterium: perspectives for metal remediation strategies. Geomicrobiology J. doi: 10.1080/01490451.2013.806611

Yi H, Balan E, Gervais C, Segalen L, Fayon F, Roche D, Person A, Morin G, Guillaumet M, Blanchard M, Lazzeri M, Babonneau F. (2013) A carbonate-fluoride defect model for carbonate-rich fluorapatite. American Mineralogist, 98, 1066-1069.

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