NeuroTimone Facility (PFNT)

The PFNT Facility is a coherent set of exploration tools in neurobiology allowing research at the molecular, cellular and integrated levels.


  1. The CNRS features Vect-Horus and the INP in the Innovation Letter of April

    In the CNRS Innovation Letter of April, there is an article entitled "Des molécules vectorisées pour cibler les maladies neurodégénératives" featuring the research collaboration agreement signed by Vect-Horus and Johnson & Johnson subsidiary Janssen Pharmaceuticals for treating neurodegenerative diseases.

  2. INP students presented their research work at the 14th International Conference on Alzheimer's and Parkinson's Diseases (ADPD)

    On the 26-31st March, the 14th International Conference on Alzheimer's and Parkinson's Diseases (ADPD) and related neurological disorders was held in Lisbon, Portugal. This year, almost the entire team 1 and team 6 went to this major event and our students: Laurie Arnaud, Laura García González and Dominika Pilat took the opportunity to present their work on a poster.

  3. New publication from the NeuroCyto team in Nature Communications: Perform advanced microscopy experiments thanks to NanoJ-Fluidics

    The LEGO Pumpy (or more officially NanoJ-Fluidics) paper is out in Nature Communications! A joint venture between the INP NeuroCyto team and the Henriques lab, this article (previously available as a preprint on bioRxiv) details how to build a fully open-source multi-channel syringe pumps with LEGO and Arduino.

  4. New preprint from the NeuroCyto team: tips and tricks for super-resolution microscopy

    We have a new preprint out! Want to do good super-resolution images? We have put together all our single molecule localization microscopy (SMLM) tips and tricks. This is a methods paper that describes our SMLM workflow, using benchmark samples such as microtubules and clathrin-coated pits. 

  5. Hotspots seen by STORM
    New publication from the NeuroCyto team in the Journal of Cell Biology: Slow axonal transport of actin via hotspots and trails

    Our latest work (previously on bioRxiv) is now published in the Journal of Cell Biology. We collaborated with the Roy lab (UW Madison, USA) and the Jung lab (Ohio University, USA) to reveal a new mechanism of slow axonal transport, based on our previous discovery of actin hotspots and trails

  6. Christophe at MiFoBio
    Christophe from the NeuroCyto team delivers plenary lecture at MiFoBio 2018

    Christophe was lucky to spend a whole week at the “Microscopie Fonctionnelle en Biologie” aka MiFoBio workshop. Lots of fun attending dozens of cutting-edge workshops, trying super-resolution microscopes, discussing, DJing (!), and presenting the latest work from the lab.

    More on Twitter: #MiFoBio2018

  7. The GlioME team has popularized a scientific article to make its research accessible to the general public.
  8. F. Devred presented PINT / INP work on a non-conventional use of nanoDSF at the ARBRE MOBIEU meeting


INP in numbers

  • 126 members
  • 44 researchers
  • 48 research assistants
  • 12 post-docs
  • 11 PhD


Michel KHRESTCHATISKY invited to the third edition of “Translational neuroscience Day: challenges and opportunities” co-organized by DHUNE and NeurATRIS

Michel KHRESTCHATISKY, Director of the UMR7051 Institute of Neurophysiopathology at Aix-Marseille University / CNRS and co-founder of VECT-HORUS was invited at the third edition of Translational neuroscience Day: challenges and opportunities” co-organized by DHUNE and NeurATRIS and hosted by BioFIT on December 10, 2019 (


New publication for the Neuro-inflammation and Multiple Sclerosis team (INP team 5) in Cytokine about the immunomonitoring of infliximab biotherapies

In this paper, Daniel Bertin evaluated the immunological follow-up of patients suffering from chronic inflammatory diseases and receiving anti-TNF biotherapy. Three commercial ELISA assays for monitoring soluble through levels of infliximab and anti-infliximab antibodies in serum showed a good global correlation of results. However, some quantitative discrepancies could change clinical decision. As a consequence, Daniel Bertin recommended to keep the same kit to perform a longitudinal follow-up of patients.


Aurélie Tchoghandjian-Auphan, CRCN CNRS from the GlioME team, was recently granted by ARC fondation for her project "Effects of Smac mimetics treatment on glioblastomas immune response" .

Aurélie Tchoghandjian-Auphan, CRCN CNRS from the GlioME team, in the Insitute of NeuroPhysiopathology, UMR CNRS 7051, was recently granted by ARC fondation for her project "Effects of Smac mimetics treatment on glioblastomas immune response".

Subsequently she was interviewed by :
France 3  (JT 19/20 PACA diffusion du 15/11: 7'09 à 9'45) ; 
Provence Azur (18/11/2019) ;
20 Minutes Marseille (18/11/2019)
- La Provence



GlioME team in collaboration with INT (Institute of Neurosciences Timone) published a new study in Journal of Neuroinflammation on the effect of Bevacizumab on glioblastoma-bearing mice, using 2-photon imaging

Our data show that VEGF blockade leads to an increased recruitment of monocytes and to an adjustment of dendritic cell subsets’ profiles, differing in their ability to induce an adaptive immune response. Altogether, they provide important new insights into the effects of Bevacizumab at the cellular level and into the spatio-temporal evolution of intra-tumoral innate immune cell densities.


Marseille - Cassis 2019

Congratulations to all the CNRS team for running the Marseille-Cassis race two weekends ago, and especially to Claude Villard (7th from the left, top row), INP team 9 and PINT facility member who ran this semi-marathon in 1 hour and 48 minutes.

Next year, let's make a whole INP team (as usual, the race will take place on the last Sunday of October)!

For more information, head to the race's official website.


Listening to our molecular clocks

During the NeuroStories event, held on Monday October 7 at the Faculty of Medicine, Anne-Marie François Bellan gave a remarkable stand up on how our body vibrates to the rhythm of internal chronometers called circadian clocks. She also explained how the molecular clock uses small corpuscles and cell space to make our genes rhythm.

Click on the news to  see the video of her brilliant speech.





Anne-Marie François Bellan