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HASSANIN Alexandre


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Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle
Institut de Systématique, Évolution, Biodiversité
Sorbonne Universités
Phylogénomique et Anatomie Comparée (PAC)
57 Rue Cuvier - CP51
F-75005 Paris - France
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 Le Bulletin Sauvage

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Volume 1, Numéro 1

 Domaine de recherche : Biologie de l’évolution

Mes travaux de recherche visent à comprendre l’évolution de la biodiversité au travers d’études phylogénétiques spatiotemporelles.

 Thèmes de recherche :

- Phylogénie moléculaire
- Systématique (principalement sur les ruminants et les chauves-souris)
- Biogéographie/Phylogéographie (avec un intérêt tout particulier pour les faunes d’Afrique et d’Asie et les périodes géologiques du Néogène et du Quaternaire)
- Taxonomie moléculaire
- Spéciation
- Hybridation
- Evolution moléculaire
- Coevolution

 Research field : Evolutionary Biology

My main focus concerns the evolution of biodiversity through spatiotemporal phylogenetic studies.

 Research topics :

- Molecular phylogeny
- Systematic (mainly ruminants and bats)
- Biogeography/Phylogeography (with special interest in the fauna of Africa and Asia and geological periods of the Neogene and Quaternary)
- Molecular taxonomy
- Speciation
- Hybridization
- Molecular evolution
- Coevolution


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- Sabroux R., Corbari L., Krapp F., Bonillo C., Le Prieur S. & Hassanin A. (2017) Biodiversity and phylogeny of Ammotheidae (Arthropoda : Pycnogonida). European Journal of Taxonomy 286 : 1–33.

- Veron G., Bonillo C., Hassanin A. & Jennings A.P. (2017) Molecular systematics and biogeography of the Hemigalinae civets (Mammalia, Carnivora). European Journal of Taxonomy 285 : 1-20.

- Goodman S.M., Kearney T., Ratsimbazafy M.M. & Hassanin A. (2017) Description of a new species of Neoromicia (Chiroptera : Vespertilionidae) from southern Africa : A name for “N. cf. melckorum”. Zootaxa 4236 : 351–374.

- Tu V.T., Csorba G., Ruedi M., Furey N.M., Son N.T., Thong V.D., Bonillo C. & Hassanin A. (2017) Comparative phylogeography of bamboo bats of the genus Tylonycteris (Chiroptera, Vespertilionidae) in Southeast Asia. European Journal of Taxonomy 274 : 1-38.

- Lacroix A., Duong V., Hul V., San S., Davun H., Omaliss K., Chea S., Hassanin A., Theppangna W., Silithammavong S., Khammavong K., Singhalath S., Greatorex Z., Fine A.E., Goldstein T., Olson S., Joly D.O., Keatts L., Dussart P., Afelt A., Frutos R. & Buchy P. (2017) Genetic diversity of coronaviruses in bats in Lao PDR and Cambodia. Infect. Genet. Evol. 48 : 10–18.

- Lacroix A., Duong V., Hul V., San S., Davun H., Omaliss K., Chea S., Hassanin A., Theppangna W., Silithammavong S., Khammavong K., Singhalath S., Afelt A., Greatorex Z., Fine A.E., Goldstein T., Olson S., Joly D.O., Keatts L., Dussart P., Frutos R. & Buchy P. (2017) Diversity of bat astroviruses in Lao PDR and Cambodia. Infect. Genet. Evol. 47 : 41-50.

- Hassanin A., Nesi N., Marin J., Kadjo B., Pourrut X., Leroy E., Gembu G.C., Akawa P.M., Ngoagouni C., Nakouné E., Ruedi M., Tshikung D., Pongombo Shongo C. & Bonillo C. (2016). Comparative phylogeography of African fruit bats (Chiroptera, Pteropodidae) provides new insights into the outbreak of Ebola virus disease in West Africa, 2014–2016. C.R. Biol. 339 : 517-28.

- Ing, R.K., Colombo R., Gembu G.-C., Bas Y., Julien J.-F., Gager Y. & Hassanin A. (2016) Echolocation calls and flight behaviour of the elusive Pied Butterfly Bat (Glauconycteris superba), and new data on its morphology and ecology. Acta Chiropterologica 18 : 477-88.

- Karadjian G., Hassanin A., Saintpierre B., Gembu Tungaluna G.C., Ariey F., Ayala F.J., Landau I. & Duval L. (2016) Highly rearranged mitochondrial genome in Nycteria parasites (Haemosporidia) from bats. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U S A. 113 : 9834-9.

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- Hassanin A. (2016) The complete mitochondrial genome of the African palm civet, Nandinia binotata, the only representative of the family Nandiniidae (Mammalia, Carnivora). Mitochondr. DNA 27 : 904-5.

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- Hassanin A. (2016) The complete mitochondrial genome of the Servaline Genet, Genetta servalina, the first representative from the family Viverridae (Mammalia, Carnivora). Mitochondr. DNA 27 : 906-7.

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- Hassanin A. & Veron G. (2016) The complete mitochondrial genome of the boky-boky, Mungotictis decemlineata, the first representative of the Malagasy carnivores (Mammalia, Carnivora, Eupleridae). Mitochondr. DNA 27 : 908-9.

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- Hassanin A. & Veron G. (2016) The complete mitochondrial genome of the Spotted Linsang, Prionodon pardicolor, the first representative from the family Prionodontidae (Mammalia, Carnivora). Mitochondr. DNA 27 : 912-3.

- Tu V.T., Csorba G., Görföl T., Arai S., Son N.T., Thanh H.T., & Hassanin A. (2015) Description of a New Species of the Genus Aselliscus (Chiroptera, Hipposideridae) from Vietnam. Acta Chiropterologica 17 : 233–54.

- Drexler J.F., Corman V.M., Lukashev A.N., van den Brand J.M., Gmyl A.P., Brünink S., Rasche A., Seggewiβ N., Feng H., Leijten L.M., Vallo P., Kuiken T., Dotzauer A., Ulrich R.G., Lemon S.M., Drosten C. & Hepatovirus Ecology Consortium. (2015) Evolutionary origins of hepatitis A virus in small mammals. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U S A. 112 : 15190-5.

- Hassanin A. (2015) The role of Pleistocene glaciations in shaping the evolution of polar and brown bears. Evidence from a critical review of mitochondrial and nuclear genome analyses. C.R. Biol. 338 : 494–501.

- Hassanin A. (2015) Description du Kouprey par Achille Urbain. Le Bulletin Sauvage 1 : 1-10.

- Hassanin A. (2015) Controverses autour du statut taxonomique du Kouprey. Le Bulletin Sauvage 1 : 11-22.

- Grosjean S., Ohler A.M., Chuaynkern Y., Cruaud C. & Hassanin A. (2015) Improving biodiversity assessment of anuran amphibians using DNA barcoding of tadpoles. Case studies from Southeast Asia. C.R. Biol. 338 : 351-61.

- Tu V.T., Cornette R., Utge J. & Hassanin A. (2015) First records of Murina lorelieae (Chiroptera : Vespertilionidae) from Vietnam. Mammalia 79 : 201–13.

- Hassanin A., Hugot J.P. & Jansen van Vuuren B. (2015) Comparison of mitochondrial genome sequences of pangolins (Mammalia, Pholidota). C.R. Biol. 338 : 260-5.

- Hassanin A., Khouider S., Gembu G.C., Goodman S.M., Kadjo B., Nesi N., Pourrut X., Nakouné E. & Bonillo C. (2015) The comparative phylogeography of fruit bats of the tribe Scotonycterini (Chiroptera, Pteropodidae) reveals cryptic species diversity related to African Pleistocene forest refugia. C.R. Biol. 338 : 197-211.

- Hassanin A. (2015) Chapter 1. Systematics and phylogeny of cattle. In : The Genetics of Cattle. 2nd edition. Garrick D.J. & Ruvinsky A. (Eds), CAB International, 1-18.

- Hassanin A. (2014) Systematic and evolution of Bovini. In : Ecology, Evolution and Behaviour of Wild Cattle : Implications for Conservation. Edited by Melletti M. & Burton J., Cambridge University Press, 7-22.

- Melletti M, Hassanin A. & Mirabile M. (2014) Kouprey (Bos sauveli A. Urbain, 1937). In : Ecology, Evolution and Behaviour of Wild Cattle : Implications for Conservation. Edited by Melletti M. & Burton J., Cambridge University Press, 231-239.

- Hassanin A. (2014) Description of a new bat species of the tribe Scotonycterini (Chiroptera, Pteropodidae) from southwestern Cameroon. C.R. Biol. 337 : 134–142.

- Handschuh M. & Hassanin A. (2013) Pure Banteng Bos javanicus persist in southern Preah Vihear province, central Cambodia, despite apparent hybridisation with domestic cattle. Natural History Bulletin of the Siam Society 59 : 57–60.

- Cornelis G., Heidmann O., Degrelle S.A., Vernochet C., Lavialle C., Letzelter C., Bernard-Stoecklin S., Hassanin A., Mulot B., Guillomot M., Hue I., Heidmann T. & Dupressoir A. (2013) Captured retroviral envelope syncytin gene associated with the unique placental structure of higher ruminants. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U S A. 110 : E828-37.

- Hassanin A., An J., Ropiquet A., Nguyen T.T. & Couloux A. (2013) Combining multiple autosomal introns for studying shallow phylogeny and taxonomy of Laurasiatherian mammals : Application to the tribe Bovini (Cetartiodactyla, Bovidae). Mol. Phylogenet. Evol. 66 : 766–775.

- Nesi N., Kadjo B., Pourrut X., Leroy E., Pongombo Shongo C., Cruaud C. & Hassanin A. (2013). Molecular systematics and phylogeography of the tribe Myonycterini (Mammalia, Pteropodidae) inferred from mitochondrial and nuclear markers. Mol. Phylogenet. Evol. 66 : 126–137.

- Drexler J.F., Corman V.M., Müller M.A., Maganga G.D., Vallo P., Binger T., Gloza-Rausch F., Rasche A., Yordanov S., Seebens A., Oppong S., Sarkodie Y.A., Pongombo C., Lukashev A.N., Schmidt-Chanasit J., Stöcker A., Carneiro A.J., Erbar S., Maisner A., Fronhoffs F., Buettner R., Kalko E.K., Kruppa T., Franke C.R., Kallies R., Yandoko E.R., Herrler G., Reusken C., Hassanin A., Krüger D.H., Matthee S., Ulrich R.G., Leroy E.M. & Drosten C. (2012) Bats host major mammalian paramyxoviruses. Nat. Commun. 3 : 796.

- Arabi J., Judson M.L.I., Deharveng L., Lourenço W.R., Cruaud C. & Hassanin A. (2012) Nucleotide composition of CO1 sequences in Chelicerata (Arthropoda) : detecting new mitogenomic rearrangements. J. Mol. Evol. 74 : 81–95.

- Hassanin A., Delsuc F., Ropiquet A., Hammer C., Jansen van Vuuren B., Matthee C., Ruiz-Garcia M., Catzeflis F., Areskoug V., Nguyen T.T. & Couloux A. (2012) Pattern and timing of diversification of Cetartiodactyla (Mammalia, Laurasiatheria), as revealed by a comprehensive analysis of mitochondrial genomes. C.R. Biol. 335 : 32-50.

- Delsuc F., Superina M., Tilak M.-K., Douzery E.J.P. & Hassanin A. (2012) Molecular phylogenetics unveils the ancient evolutionary origins of the enigmatic fairy armadillos. Mol. Phylogenet. Evol. 62 : 673-680.

- Nesi N, Nakouné E, Cruaud C & Hassanin A. (2011) DNA barcoding of African fruit bats (Mammalia, Pteropodidae). The mitochondrial genome does not provide a reliable discrimination between Epomophorus gambianus and Micropteropus pusillus. C.R. Biol. 334 : 544-554.

- Hassanin A., Bonillo C., Nguyen B.X. & Cruaud C. (2010) Comparisons between mitochondrial genomes of domestic goat (Capra hircus) reveal the presence of numts and multiple sequencing errors. Mitochondr. DNA 21 : 68-76.

- Arabi J., Cruaud C., Couloux A., & Hassanin, A. (2010) Studying sources of incongruence in arthropod molecular phylogenies : sea spiders (Pycnogonida) as a case study. C.R. Biol. 333 : 438-453.

- Cataudella R., Paolucci M., Delaunay C., Ropiquet A., Hassanin A., Balsamo M. & Grandjean F. (2010) Genetic variability of Austropotamobius italicus in the Marches region : implications for conservation. Aquat. Conserv. 20 : 261-268.

- Ropiquet A., Hassanin A., Pagacova E., Gerbault-Seureau M., Cernohorska H., Kubickoua S., Bonillo C., Rubes J. & Robinson T.J. (2010) A paradox revealed : karyotype evolution in the four-horned antelope occurs by tandem fusion (Mammalia, Bovidae, Tetracerus quadricornis). Chromosome Res. 18 : 277–286.

- Hassanin A., Ropiquet A., Couloux A. & Cruaud C. (2009) Evolution of the mitochondrial genome in mammals living at high altitude : new insights from a study of the tribe Caprini (Bovidae, Antilopinae). J. Mol. Evol. 68 : 293-310.

- Ropiquet A., Li B. & Hassanin A. (2009) SuperTRI : a new approach based on branch support analyses of multiple independent data sets for assessing reliability of phylogenetic inferences. C.R. Biol. 332 : 832–847.

- Ropiquet A., Gerbault-Seureau M., Deuve J.L., Gilbert C., Pagacova E., Chai MN. Rubes J. & Hassanin A. (2008) Chromosome evolution in the subtribe Bovina (Mammalia, Bovidae) : The karyotype of the Cambodian banteng (Bos javanicus birmanicus) suggests that Robertsonian translocations are related to interspecific hybridization. Chromosome Res. 16 : 1107-18.

- Nguyen T.T., Aniskin V.M., Gerbault-Seureau M., Planton H., Renard J.P., Nguyen B.X., Hassanin A. & Volobouev V.T. (2008) Phylogenetic position of the saola (Pseudoryx nghetinhensis) inferred from cytogenetic analysis of eleven species of Bovidae. Cytogenet Genome Res. 122 : 41-54.

- Hassanin A., Ropiquet A., Gourmand A.-L., Chardonnet B. & Rigoulet J. (2007) Mitochondrial DNA variability in Giraffa camelopardalis : consequences for taxonomy, phylogeography, and conservation of the giraffes in West and Central Africa. C.R. Biol. 330 : 265-74.

- Hassanin A. & Ropiquet A. (2007) Resolving a zoological mystery : the kouprey is a real species. P. Roy. Soc. B-Biol. Sci. 274 : 2849-55.

- Hassanin A. & Ropiquet A. (2007) What is the taxonomic status of the Cambodian banteng (Bos javanicus) and does it have close genetic links with the kouprey (Bos sauveli) ? J. Zool. 271 : 246-52.

- Duval L., Robert V., Csorba G., Hassanin A., Randrianarivelojosia M., Walston J., Nhim T., Goodman S.M. & Ariey F. (2007) Multiple host-switching of Haemosporidia parasites in bats. Malaria J. 6 : 157.

- Wittmann T.J., Biek R., Hassanin A., Rouquet P., Reed P., Yaba P., Pourrut X., Real L.A., Gonzalez J.P. & Leroy E.M. (2007) Isolates of Zaire ebolavirus from wild apes reveal genetic lineage and recombinants. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U S A. 104 : 17123-7.

- Gilbert C., O’Brien P.C., Bronner G., Hassanin A., Ferguson-Smith M.A. & Robinson T.J. (2006) Chromosome painting and molecular dating indicate a low rate of chromosomal evolution in golden moles (Mammalia, Chrysochloridae). Chromosome Res. 14 : 793-803.

- Ropiquet A. & Hassanin A. (2006) Hybrid origin of the Pliocene ancestor of wild goats. Mol. Phylogenet. Evol. 41 : 395-404.

- Gilbert C., Ropiquet A., & Hassanin A. (2006) Mitochondrial and nuclear phylogenies of Cervidae (Mammalia, Ruminantia). Systematics, morphology, and biogeography. Mol. Phylogenet. Evol. 40 : 101-17.

- Hassanin A., Ropiquet A., Cornette R., Tranier M., Pfeffer P., Candegabe P. & Lemaire M. (2006) Has the Kouprey (Bos sauveli Urbain, 1937) been domesticated in Cambodia ? C.R. Biol. 329 : 124-35.

- Hassanin A. (2006) Phylogeny of Arthropoda inferred from mitochondrial sequences : strategies for limiting the misleading effects of multiple changes in pattern and rates of substitution. Mol. Phylogenet. Evol. 38 : 100-16.

- Leroy E.M., Kumulungui B., Pourrut X., Rouquet P., Hassanin A., Yaba P., Délicat A., Paweska J.T., Gonzalez J. P. & Swanepoel R. (2005) Fruit bats as reservoirs of Ebola virus. Nature 438 : 575-6.

- Hassanin A., Léger N. & Deutsch J. (2005) Evidence for multiple reversals of asymmetric mutational constraints during the evolution of the mitochondrial genome of Metazoa and consequences for phylogenetic inferences. Syst. Biol. 54 : 277-98.

- Pons J.-M., Hassanin A. & Crochet P.A. (2005) Phylogenetic relationships within the Laridae (Charadriiformes : Aves) inferred from mitochondrial markers. Mol. Phylogenet. Evol. 37 : 686-99.

- Ropiquet A. & Hassanin A. (2005) Molecular evidence for the polyphyly of the genus Hemitragus (Mammalia, Bovidae). Mol. Phylogenet. Evol. 36 : 154-68.

- Ropiquet A. & Hassanin A. (2005) Molecular phylogeny of Caprines (Bovidae, Antilopinae) : the question of their origin and diversification during the Miocene. J. Zool. Syst. Evol. Res. 43 : 49-60.

- Hassanin A. & Ropiquet A. (2004) Molecular phylogeny of the tribe Bovini (Bovidae, Bovinae) and the taxonomic status of the kouprey, Bos sauveli Urbain, 1937. Mol. Phylogenet. Evol. 33 : 896-907.

- Golub R., André S., Hassanin A., Affaticati P., Larijani M. & Fellah J.S. (2004) Early expression of two TdT isoforms in the hematopoietic system of the Mexican axolotl. Implications for the evolutionary origin of the N-nucleotides addition. Immunogenetics 56 : 204-13.

- Hassanin A. & Douzery E. (2003) Molecular and morphological phylogenies of Ruminantia, and the alternative position of the Moschidae. Syst. Biol. 52 : 206-28.

- Olson L.E. & Hassanin A. (2003) Contamination and chimerism are perpetuating the legend of the snake-eating cow with twisted horns (Pseudonovibos spiralis). A case study of the pitfalls of ancient DNA. Mol. Phylogenet. Evol. 27 : 545-8.

- Jager M., Hassanin A., Manuel M., Le Guyader H. & Deutsch J. (2003) MADS-box genes in Ginkgo biloba and the evolution of the AGAMOUS family. Mol. Biol. Evol. 20 : 842-54.

- Hassanin A. (2002) Ancient Specimens and DNA Contamination : A Case Study from the 12S rRNA Gene Sequence of the “Linh Duong“ bovid (Pseudonovibos spiralis). Naturwissenschaften 89 : 107-10.

- Bachali S., Jager M., Hassanin A., Schoentgen F., Jollès P., Fiala-Medioni A. & Deutsch J. (2002) Phylogenetic analysis of invertebrate lysozymes and the evolution of lysozyme function. J. Mol. Evol. 54 : 652-64.

- Hassanin A., Seveau A., Thomas H., Bocherens H., Billiou D. & Nguyen B.X. (2001) Evidence from DNA that the mysterious ‘linh duong’ (Pseudonovibos spiralis) is not a new bovid. C.R. Acad. Sci. III. 324 : 71-80.

- Thomas H., Seveau A. & Hassanin A. (2001) The enigmatic new indochinese bovid, Pseudonovibos spiralis : an extraordinary forgery. C.R. Acad. Sci III. 324 : 81-6.

- Hassanin A. (2001) Évolution des Séquences “Signal de Recombinaison“ dans locus de la région variable de la chaîne lourde des immunoglobulines. Med. Sci. (Paris). 17 : 1168-75.

- Hassanin A. (2001) Did the “Linh Duong“ bovid (Pseudonovibos spiralis) ever really exist ? In : Debate on the authenticity of Pseudonovibos spiralis as a new species of wild bovid from Vietnam and Cambodia. J. Zool. 255 : 437-44.

- Ravaux, J., Hassanin A., Deutsch J., Gaill F. & Markmann-Mulisch U. (2001) Sequence analysis of the myosin regulatory light chain gene of the vestimentiferan Riftia pachyptila. Gene 263 : 141-9.

- Hassanin A. & Douzery E. (2000) Is the newly described bovid, Pseudonovibos spiralis, a chamois (genus Rupicapra) ? Naturwissenschaften 87 : 122-4.

- Hassanin A., Golub R., Lewis S.M. & Wu G.E. (2000) Evolution of the recombination signal sequences in the immunoglobulin heavy chain variable region locus of mammals. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U S A. 97 : 11415-20.

- Hassanin A. & Douzery E. (1999) Evolutionary affinities of the enigmatic Saola, (Pseudoryx nghetinhensis), in the context of the molecular phylogeny of Bovidae. Proc. Biol. Sci. 266 : 893-900.

- Hassanin A. & Douzery E. (1999) The tribal radiation of the family Bovidae (Artiodactyla) and the evolution of the mitochondrial cytochrome b gene. Mol. Phylogenet. Evol. 13 : 227-43.

- Hassanin A., Pasquet E. & Vigne J.-D. (1998) Systematic relationships within the subfamily Caprinae (Artiodactyla, Bovidae) as determined from cytochrome b sequences. J. Mammal. Evol. 5 : 217-36.

- Hassanin A., Lecointre G. & Tillier S. (1998) The ‘evolutionary signal’ of homoplasy in protein-coding gene sequences and its phylogenetic consequences for weighting in phylogeny. C.R. Acad. Sci. III. 321 : 611-20.

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