Patrick J. Rochette is a regular researcher at the Research Centre of the CHU of Quebec – Laval University, in the area of ​​regenerative medicine, of which he is the assistant director. He is also Associate Professor and Assistant Director of Basic Research in the Department of Ophthalmology and ENT – head and neck surgery of the Faculty of Medicine at Laval University. He completed his graduate studies (MSc / PhD) in the laboratory of Dr. Regen Drouin (U. Laval), where he studied the induction and repair of UV-induced damage. He pursued his training with 2 postdoctoral fellowships at Yale University, including one in the laboratory of Dr. Douglas Brash, a pioneer in the study of UV-induced mutations in cutaneous cancer. His second fellowship took place in Dr. Yilun Liu ‘s laboratory, where he worked on the RecQ4 helicase in the initiation of DNA replication. He joined Laval University in 2009 and started a laboratory where he specialized in photobiology and, more precisely, on the consequences of cell exposure to low-wavelength light rays (ultraviolet and blue). In humans, only the skin and eyes are exposed to these rays. Thus, Dr. Rochette’s laboratory is interested in two fields of study, ocular photobiology and cutaneous photobiology.

Cutaneous photobiology

At the cutaneous level, skin cells are used as a model to study the mechanisms of protection against the genotoxicity of sunlight. These mechanisms include the induction of mutagenic damage, its repair, and induced cell death as a protective mechanism. In this part of the laboratory, the projects pursued are, among others, the following:

– Influence of the dermis on the efficacy of repair techniques of UV-induced mutagenic damage to the epidermis;

– Effect of chronic UVB irradiation on the cellular genotoxic stress response;

– Necroptosis as a new UV-induced, programmed cell death pathway;

– Involvement of UVA, alone or in synergy with polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH) contained in cigarette smoke in cutaneous photoaging.

 Ocular photobiology

At the ocular level, Dr. Rochette’s research is mostly applied. It aims to understand the involvement of UV and blue light in various ocular pathologies. As UV light does not reach the adult retina, blue light is the most energetic light it is exposed to. In this part of the laboratory, the projects pursued are, among others, the following:

– UVA toxicity in the cornea, involvement of UV-Induced oxidation;

– Involvement of mitochondrial dysfunction in Fuchs corneal endothelial dystrophy;

– Involvement of blue light, alone or in synergy with lipofuscin and / or PAHs in age-related macular degeneration (AMD).

Hôpital Saint-Sacrement
1050, chemin Sainte-Foy
CUO-Recherche
Québec, Québec
Canada G1S 4L8
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Montoni A, George KM, Soeur J, Tran C, Marrot L, Rochette PJ

Chronic UVA1 Irradiation of Human Dermal Fibroblasts: Persistence of DNA Damage and Validation of a Cell Cultured-Based Model of Photoaging.

Journal Article

J Invest Dermatol, 2019, ISSN: 0022-202X.

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Zinflou C, Rochette PJ

Absorption of blue light by cigarette smoke components is highly toxic for retinal pigmented epithelial cells.

Journal Article

Arch Toxicol, 93 (2), pp. 453-465, 2019, ISSN: 0340-5761.

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Theriault M, Gendron SP, Brunette I, Rochette PJ, Proulx S

Function-Related Protein Expression in Fuchs Endothelial Corneal Dystrophy Cells and Tissue Models.

Journal Article

Am J Pathol, 188 (7), pp. 1703-1712, 2018, ISSN: 0002-9440.

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Goyer B, Theriault M, Gendron SP, Brunette I, Rochette PJ, Proulx S

Extracellular Matrix and Integrin Expression Profiles in Fuchs Endothelial Corneal Dystrophy Cells and Tissue Model.

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Tissue Eng Part A, 24 (7-8), pp. 607-615, 2018, ISSN: 1937-3341.

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Berube R, Drigeard Desgarnier MC, Douki T, Lechasseur A, Rochette PJ

Persistence and Tolerance of DNA Damage Induced by Chronic UVB Irradiation of the Human Genome.

Journal Article

J Invest Dermatol, 138 (2), pp. 405-412, 2018, ISSN: 0022-202X.

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Drigeard Desgarnier MC, Rochette PJ

Enhancement of UVB-induced DNA damage repair after a chronic low-dose UVB pre-stimulation.

Journal Article

DNA Repair (Amst), 63 , pp. 56-62, 2018, ISSN: 1568-7864.

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Trang N, Lalonde G, Dube Y, Bourgault S, Rochette PJ

Short wavelengths filtering properties of sunglasses on the Canadian market: are we protected?

Journal Article

Can J Ophthalmol, 53 (2), pp. 104-109, 2018, ISSN: 0008-4182.

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Drigeard Desgarnier MC, Fournier F, Droit A, Rochette PJ

Influence of a pre-stimulation with chronic low-dose UVB on stress response mechanisms in human skin fibroblasts.

Journal Article

PLoS ONE, 12 (3), pp. e0173740, 2017.

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Zinflou C, Rochette PJ

Ultraviolet A-induced oxidation in cornea: Characterization of the early oxidation-related events.

Journal Article

Free Radic Biol Med, 108 , pp. 118-128, 2017, ISSN: 0891-5849.

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Gendron SP, Theriault M, Proulx S, Brunette I, Rochette PJ

Restoration of Mitochondrial Integrity, Telomere Length, and Sensitivity to Oxidation by In Vitro Culture of Fuchs' Endothelial Corneal Dystrophy Cells.

Journal Article

Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci, 57 (14), pp. 5926-5934, 2016, ISSN: 0146-0404.

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Active projects

  • Centre de recherche en organogenèse expérimentale, Subvention, Institutionnel - BDR, BDR - Centres de recherche reconnus, from 2011-05-01 to 2020-09-22
  • Centre hospitalier universitaire de Québec - Université Laval, Subvention, Centre hospitalier universitaire de Québec - Université Laval, Centres de recherche affiliés, from 2017-01-01 to 2099-12-31
  • Réponse cellulaire au stress génotoxique induit par l'irradiation chronique aux rayons ultraviolets., Subvention, Conseil de recherches en sciences naturelles et génie Canada, Subventions à la découverte SD (individuelles et d'équipe), from 2016-04-01 to 2021-03-31
  • Toxicité des rayons solaires dans l'oeil humain., Subvention, Fonds de recherche du Québec - Santé, Chercheur-boursier Juniors 1 et 2, Seniors, from 2016-07-01 to 2020-06-30

Recently finished projects

  • Corneal transplantation: The traditional paradigm revisited, Subvention, Instituts de recherche en santé du Canada, Subvention de fonctionnement, from 2013-04-01 to 2019-03-31
  • Développement et utilisation de biomarqueurs permettant l'évaluation de l'exposition solaire accumulée par les yeux humains., Subvention, Instituts de recherche en santé du Canada, Subvention de fonctionnement, from 2014-04-01 to 2018-03-31
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