Joëlle Vidal

UR1 Professor

Email : joelle [dot] vidal [at] univ-rennes1 [dot] fr

Phone : +33 (0) 2 23 23 57 33

Office number : Beaulieu 10A, Office 160

Research themes

  • Design, synthesis and enzymatic evaluation of proteasome inhibitors
  •  Stereoselective synthesis of amino-acids
  •  Organic synthesis
  •  Electrophilic amination
  •  Chemistry of heterocycles

Key words / Scientific skills

  •  Peptide synthesis
  •  Protease inhibition
  •  Organic chemistry
  •  Medicinal chemistry

Education and professional experience

  • Professor (2000- ), Université de Rennes 1
  • Assistant professor, (1989-2000), Ecole normale supérieure de Lyon
  • PhD, Université de Paris Sud

Teaching activities

  •  Organic chemistry (3rd and 4th year students in chemistry)
  •  General chemistry (2nd year students in biology)
  •  Chemistry of amino-acids and peptides for chemistry students (master degree)
  • General and organic chemistry for students in teacher education (master degree)

  • Head of the first year and co-director of the master in chemistry since 2017.

Membership in professional organizations

  • Société chimique de France (since 1992)
  • American chemical society (since 1997)
  • Union des professeurs de physique et chimie (since 1984)

Proteasome inhibition

Our group is involved in the design and the synthesis of original proteasome inhibitors to be used as drugs. The ubiquitin-proteasome pathway is the major proteolytic system responsible for intracellular proteolysis (Nobel Prize 2004). It is implicated in numerous pathological processes such as cancer, muscular dystrophies, inflammatory and immune diseases. Hence the proteasome inhibition is an efficient therapeutic approach. Three potent proteasome inhibitors are already approved for treating cancer. All these molecules are covalent inhibitors. Our goal is to develop less extensively studied non-covalent proteasome inhibitors that should have fewer side effects in therapeutics.

We have discovered and developed mainly two families of inhibitors. The first non-electrophilic organic small molecules that reversibly and non-covalently inhibit the proteasome have been discovered (collaboration with M. Reboud-Ravaux and B. O. Villoutreix, Paris). The development of linear tripeptide analogs of the natural TMC-95 led to the first X-ray structure of a non-covalent peptide inhibitor in complex with yeast protesaome (collaboration with M. Groll, Munich) and to fluorescent probes targeting the proteasome in cellulo. Bivalent inhibitors interacting simultaneously with two active sites of the proteasome were also synthesized and were very potent inhibitors of the chymotrypsin like and the trypsin like activities of the proteasome. Several noncovalent inhibitors are active against cancer cells.

Chemistry of 2-oxindole derivatives

In the course of the synthesis of oxotryptophane inhibitors of the proteasome, we have developed the chemistry of 3-hydroxy-2-oxindole derivatives.

Scientific production

Selected scientific production

  • Guy, L.; Vidal, J.; Collet, A.; Amour, A.; Reboud-Ravaux, M., Design and synthesis of hydrazinopeptides and their evaluation as human leukocyte elastase inhibitors. J. Med. Chem. 1998, 41 (24), 4833-4843. doi: 10.1021/jm980419o
  • Hannachi, J. C.; Vidal, J.; Mulatier, J. C.; Collet, A., Electrophilic amination of amino acids with N-Boc-oxaziridines: Efficient preparation of N-orthogonally diprotected hydrazino acids and piperazic acid derivatives. J. Org. Chem. 2004, 69 (7), 2367-2373. doi: 10.1021/jo035700b
  • Genin, E.; Reboud-Ravaux, M.; Vidal, J., Proteasome inhibitors: recent advances and new perspectives in medicinal chemistry. Curr. Top. Med. Chem. 2010, 10 (3), 232-256. doi: 10.2174/156802610790725515
  • Desvergne, A.; Genin, E.; Maréchal, X.; Gallastegui, N.; Dufau, L.; Richy, N.; Groll, M.; Vidal, J.; Reboud-Ravaux, M., Dimerized linear mimics of a natural cyclopeptide (TMC-95A) are potent noncovalent inhibitors of the eukaryotic 20S proteasome. J. Med. Chem. 2013, 56 (8), 3367-3378. doi: 10.1021/jm4002007
  • Richy, N.; Sarraf, D.; Maréchal, X.; Janmamode, N.; Le Guével, R.; Genin, E.; Reboud-Ravaux, M.; Vidal J., Structure-based design of human immuno- and constitutive proteasomes inhibitors Eur. J. Med. Chem. 2018, 145, 570-587. doi: 10.1016/j.ejmech.2018.01.013
  • BINOL derivatives-catalysed enantioselective allylboration of isatins: application to the synthesis of (R)-chimonamidine, J. Braire, V. Dorcet, J. Vidal, C. Lalli, F. Carreaux Org. & Biomol. Chem. 2020, 18 (31), 6042-6046,

Book Chapter: Vidal, J., Synthesis and chemistry of α-hydrazino acids. In Amino Acids, Peptides and Proteins in Organic Chemistry, Hughes, A., Ed. Wiley-VCH: 2009; Vol. 2, pp 35-92.

Patent: 6

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