MMNP – Myelin Maintenance and Peripheral Neuropathies
EA 6309


STURtZ – Director
Tel. : + 33 (0)5 55 05 80 82

Adress : 2 rue du Dr Marcland – 87025 LIMOGES CEDEX

Administrative Supervision : University of Limoges

Parent Institute : GEIST

Doctoral School : Biological Sciences and Health (SBS)

Key figures (30/06/2017)

Professors: 11
Other researchers: 4
Engineers, Technicians, administratif staff: 2
Accreditated to direct research (HDR): 8
Doctoral Students: 4

Scientific Publication (2012-2016)

Peer reviewed journal: 125
: 1
Books chapters
: 5
Conference presentations:

Thesis defended: 7



Study of the mechanisms that maintain the myelin sheath of the peripheral nerves Pathophysiology and therapeutics of the various types of peripheral neuropathies (demyelinating, axonal and small fibre neuropathy

The first area of research that our team focuses on is the understanding of the mechanisms that maintain the peripheral myelin sheath, taking into account its physiological and pathological aspects. We work on deciphering the maintenance effectors – by taking three aspects that play a role here into account: (i) Schwann cells, peripheral nerve myelinating cells, (ii) relationships between Schwann cells and axons, and (iii) relationships between Schwann cells and the extracellular matrix – and also on characterizing process dysfunction under pathological conditions (genetically-determined neuropathies and acquired neuropathies, in particular inflammatory) on ill individuals and in animal models.

We also work on a second research area that focuses on therapeutics in peripheral neuropathies. This includes developing peripheral neuropathies models (in particular cellular models) which will be used for testing different therapeutic approaches, such as using hydrogels for the sustained release of bioactive molecules, and screening drug candidates. A second theme deals with small fiber peripheral neuropathies. Various approaches, on animal models and on humans, are currently being developed on these frequently painful types of neuropathies, which are highly prevalent among the general population.

Research Themes: Study of mechanisms that maintain the myelin sheath of the peripheral nerves ; Pathophysiology and therapeutics of the various types of peripheral neuropathies (demyelinating, axonal and small fibers neuropathy)

KeywordsPeripheral Neuropathies ; Pathophysiology ; Genetics ; Microscopy ; Cellular and Animal Models ; Therapeutics

Equipment / Technical resources

PCR, real-time PCR, sequencing Sanger and NGS ; optical, confocal, fluorescence, electronic microscopy ; cell culture, transient/stable transfections ; iPSc differentiated into motor neurons

Services provided

Design in testing new drugs for peripheral neuropathies

Scientific valorization

Fields of application: Health, pharmacy, Health, pharmacy, biotechnology

Industrial applications: Development of innovative treatments for peripheral neuropathies (new molecules and/or new delivery modes)


  • National University Partnerships: UMR INSERM1024-CNRS8197, Biology Institute of the Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris: development of the peripheral nervous system. UMR Inserm694, Angers: mitochondrial dysfunction cell models Max Mousseron Biomolecules Institute, CNRS, Montpellier: new methods for delivering bioactive molecules
  • International University Partnerships: Mustafa University Hospital, Ben Aknoun Specialized Hospital, Algiers, Algeria; Institute for Neuromuscular Research, University of Sydney, Australia
  • National Industrial Partnerships: MedinCell SA, Montpellier