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Breast Cancer Translational Research Laboratory J.C. Heuson

Description

The aim of the Institut Bordet J.-C. Heuson Breast Cancer Translational Research Laboratory (BCTL) is to facilitate the transfer of scientific discoveries about breast cancer that are made in the laboratory into clinical practice. It seeks to improve the molecular characterisation of breast cancer through the use of leading-edge technologies. A particular objective is to improve understanding of the biology of these cancers and of the mechanisms involved in resistance to treatment.

Research Projects

The various projects of the laboratory are funded by : Les Amis de l’Institut Bordet, FNRS, FNRS-Télévie, Fondation contre le Cancer, Breast Cancer Research Fondation (BCRF), Fonds Julie et Françoise Drion.

Project 1

Characterization of endocrine resistant Luminal Breast Cancer using spatial transcriptomics AND epigenetic Analysis 
  • Project leader(s) : Christos Sotiriou, Françoise Rothé and Mattia Rediti
  • Collaborations : 
    • Dr François Fuks, Laboratory of Cancer Epigenetics, ULB-Cancer Research Center (U-CRC), Université libre de Bruxelles
    •  Prof Lundeberg at the SciLife laboratory, Stockholm, Sweden
    • Dr Frédérick Libert, ULB/VUB Brightcore sequencing facility

Project 2

Molecular characterization of triple-negative breast cancer using spatial transcriptomics and single cell analysis.
  • Project leader(s) : Christos Sotiriou, Françoise Rothé
  • Collaborations : 
    • Prof. Lundeberg at the SciLife laboratory (Stockholm, Sweden)
    • Dr Frédérick Libert, ULB/VUB Brightcore sequencing facility

Project 3

Tracking tumor evolution and distant recurrence in breast cancer by modeling tumor dormancy and the molecular clock rate

Project 4

Uncovering the immune landscape of breast cancer 

Project 5

INTERROGATING THE FUNCTIONAL RELEVANCE OF A-TO-I RNA EDITING IN BREAST CANCER

Our team

Head of BCTL
Prof Christos Sotiriou, MD PhD

Team
Françoise Rothé, PhD, Doctor of Sciences
Floriane Dupont, PhD Student (Biomedical Sciences)
Mattia Rediti, PhD Student (Biomedical Sciences)
Mariana Brandao, Research Fellow
XiaoXiao, PhD Student (Biomedical Sciences)
Andrea Joaquin Garcia, PhD Student (Bioinformatics)
David Venet, PhD, Post-Doc Bioinformatics
David Gacquer, Post-Doc Bioinformatics
Laurence Buisseret, PhD, Post-Doc Bioinformatics
Danai Fimereli, PhD, Post-Doc Bioinformatics
Samira Majjaj, Technician
Ghizlane Rouas, Technician
Delphine Vincent, Technician
Alfonsa Laragione, Technician

Administrative assistant
Julie Noël

15/01/2020

 Scientific publications

Fat1 deletion promotes hybrid EMT state, tumour stemness and metastasis.

Authors : Pastushenko I, Mauri F, Song Y, de Cock F, Meeusen B, Swedlund B, Impens F, Van Haver D, Opitz M, Thery M, Bareche Y, Lapouge G, Vermeersch M, Van Eycke YR, Balsat C, Decaestecker C, Sokolow Y, Hassid S, Perez-Bustillo A, Agreda-Moreno B, Rios-Buceta L, Jaen P, Redondo P, Sieira-Gil R, Millan-Cayetano JF, Sanmatrtin O, DHaene N, Moers V, Rozzi M, Blondeau J, Lemaire S, Scozzaro S, Janssens V, De Troya M, Dubois C, Pérez-Morga D, Salmon I, Sotiriou C, Helmbacher F, Blanpain C
Year : 2021
Journal : Nature
Volume : 589
Pages : 448-455

Body Mass Index and Weight Change in Patients With HER2-Positive Early Breast Cancer: Exploratory Analysis of the ALTTO BIG 2-06 Trial.

Authors : Martel S, Lambertini M, Agbor-Tarh D, Ponde NF, Gombos A, Paterson V, Hilbers F, Korde L, Manukyants A, Dueck A, Maurer C, Piccart M, Moreno-Aspitia A, Desmedt C, Di Cosimo S, de Azambuja E
Year : 2021
Journal : J Natl Compr Canc Netw
Pages : 1-9

Activation of the interferon signaling pathway is associated with resistance to CDK4/6 inhibitors and immune checkpoint activation in ER-positive breast cancer.

Authors : de Angelis C, Fu X, Cataldo ML, Nardone A, Pereira R, Veeraraghavan J, Nanda S, Qin L, Sethunath V, Wang T, Hilsenbeck SG, Benelli M, Migliaccio I, Malorni L, Litchfield LM, Liu J, Donaldson J, Selenica P, Brown DN, Weigelt B, Reis-Filho JS, Park BH, Hurvitz SA, Slamon DJ, Rimawi MF, Jansen VM, Jeselsohn R, Osborne CK, Schiff R
Year : 2021
Journal : Clin Cancer Res

Clinical behavior and outcomes of breast cancer in young women with germline BRCA pathogenic variants.

Authors : Lambertini M, Ceppi M, Hamy AS, Caron O, Poorvu PD, Carrasco E, Grinshpun A, Punie K, Rousset-Jablonski C, Ferrari A, Paluch-Shimon S, Toss A, Senechal C, Puglisi F, Pogoda K, Pérez-Fidalgo JA, De Marchis L, Ponzone R, Livraghi L, Estevez-Diz MDP, Villarreal-Garza C, Dieci MV, Clatot F, Duhoux FP, Graffeo R, Teixeira L, Córdoba O, Sonnenblick A, Ferreira AR, Partridge AH, Di Meglio A, Saule C, Peccatori FA, Bruzzone M, tKint de Roodenbeke MD, Ameye L, Balmaña J, Del Mastro L, Azim HA Jr
Year : 2021
Journal : NPJ Breast Cancer
Volume : 7
Pages : 16

Reactive stroma and trastuzumab resistance in HER2-positive early breast cancer.

Authors : Sonnenblick A, Salmon-Divon M, Salgado R, Dvash E, Pondé N, Zahavi T, Salmon A, Loibl S, Denkert C, Joensuu H, Ameye L, Van den Eynden G, Kellokumpu-Lehtinen PL, Azaria A, Loi S, Michiels S, Richard F, Sotiriou C
Year : 2020
Journal : Int J Cancer
Volume : 147
Pages : 266-276