PI Bio

Breton, Sylvie, PhD

Phone: 617-643-3182, 617-726-5785


Sylvie Breton is a PhD in Biophysics who specializes in the cell biology of membrane transport, using a multidisciplinary approach including high-resolution laser scanning confocal microscopy, 3D reconstructions of single cells, and electrophysiological techniques. She studies luminal acidification, and water and solute transport in the male reproductive tract. She became Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School in 2012, and she has been at MGH since 1994.

Selected Publications (from total of 108)

Breton S, Ruan YC, Park YJ, Kim B
Regulation of epithelial function, differentiation, and remodeling in the epididymis.
Asian J Androl. 2015;:ePub - PMID: 26585699
Merkulova M, Păunescu TG, Azroyan A, Marshansky V, Breton S, Brown D
Mapping the H(+) (V)-ATPase interactome: identification of proteins involved in trafficking, folding, assembly and phosphorylation.
Sci Rep. 2015;5:14827 - PMID: 26442671 - PMCID: PMC4595830
Kim B, Breton S
Localization of the gap junction protein, connexin 43, and E-cadherin/Cadherin-1 in the proximal mouse epididymis.
Mol Reprod Dev. 2015;82(10):723 - PMID: 26331361
Azroyan A, Cortez-Retamozo V, Bouley R, Liberman R, Ruan YC, Kiselev E, Jacobson KA, Pittet MJ, Brown D, Breton S
Renal Intercalated Cells Sense and Mediate Inflammation via the P2Y14 Receptor.
PLoS ONE. 2015;10(3):e0121419 - PMID: 25799465 - PMCID: PMC4370445
Kim B, Roy J, Shum WW, Da Silva N, Breton S
Role of Testicular Luminal Factors on Basal Cell Elongation and Proliferation in the Mouse Epididymis.
Biol Reprod. 2014;92(1):9 - PMID: 25411392 - PMCID: PMC4434934
Ruan YC, Wang Y, Da Silva N, Kim B, Diao RY, Hill E, Brown D, Chan HC, Breton S
CFTR interacts with ZO-1 to regulate tight junction assembly and epithelial differentiation via the ZONAB pathway.
J Cell Sci. 2014;127(Pt 20):4396-408 - PMID: 25107366 - PMCID: PMC4197086 - Cover
Păunescu TG, Shum WW, Huynh C, Lechner L, Goetze B, Brown D, Breton S
High-resolution helium ion microscopy of epididymal epithelial cells and their interaction with spermatozoa.
Mol Hum Reprod. 2014;20(10):929-37 - PMID: 25015675 - PMCID: PMC4172170
Jun HJ, Roy J, Smith TB, Wood LB, Lane K, Woolfenden S, Punko D, Bronson RT, Haigis KM, Breton S, Charest A
ROS1 Signaling Regulates Epithelial Differentiation in the Epididymis.
Endocrinology. 2014;:en20141341 - PMID: 24971615 - PMCID: PMC4138574
Shum WW, Smith TB, Cortez-Retamozo V, Grigoryeva LS, Roy JW, Hill E, Pittet MJ, Breton S, Da Silva N
Epithelial Basal Cells Are Distinct from Dendritic Cells and Macrophages in the Mouse Epididymis.
Biol Reprod. 2014;90(5):90 - PMID: 24648397 - PMCID: PMC4076373
Tata PR, Mou H, Pardo-Saganta A, Zhao R, Prabhu M, Law BM, Vinarsky V, Cho JL, Breton S, Sahay A, Medoff BD, Rajagopal J
Dedifferentiation of committed epithelial cells into stem cells in vivo.
Nature. 2013;503(7475):218-23 - PMID: 24196716 - PMCID: PMC4035230
Paunescu TG, Lu HA, Russo LM, Pastor-Soler NM, McKee M, McLaughlin MM, Bartlett BE, Breton S, Brown D
Vasopressin induces apical expression of caveolin in rat kidney collecting duct principal cells.
Am J Physiol Renal Physiol. 2013;305(12):F1783-F1795 - PMID: 24133120 - PMCID: PMC3882446
Breton S, Brown D
Regulation of Luminal Acidification by the V-ATPase.
Physiology (Bethesda). 2013;28(5):318-29 - PMID: 23997191 - PMCID: PMC3768094
Shum W, Hill E, Brown D, Breton S
Plasticity of basal cells during postnatal development in the rat epididymis.
Reproduction. 2013;146(5):455-469 - PMID: 23960170 - PMCID: PMC4106237
Roy JW, Hill E, Ruan YC, Vedovelli L, Paunescu T, Brown D, Breton S
Circulating aldosterone induces the apical accumulation of the proton pumping V-ATPase and increases proton secretion in clear cells in the caput epididymis.
Am J Physiol Cell Physiol. 2013;305(4):C436-46 - PMID: 23761626 - PMCID: PMC3891217
Vedovelli L, Rothermel JT, Finberg KE, Wagner CA, Azroyan A, Hill E, Breton S, Brown D, Paunescu TG
Altered V-ATPase expression in renal intercalated cells isolated from B1-subunit deficient mice by fluorescence activated cell sorting.
Am J Physiol Renal Physiol. 2012;304(5):F522-32 - PMID: 23269648 - PMCID: PMC3602708