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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

Associate head
Françoise Rothé, PhD

Translational research manager
Marion Maetens, PhD

Scientists
David Venet, PhD
Laurence Buisseret, MD PhD
Danai Fimereli , PhD

PhD students
Floriane Dupont
Yacine Bareche
Mattia Rediti
Xiaoxiao Wang

Lab technicians
Ghizlane Rouas
Samira Majjaj
Delphine Vincent

Administrative assistant
Julie Noël

 Scientific publications

Pathway level alterations rather than mutations in single genes predict response to HER2-targeted therapies in the neo-ALTTO trial.

Authors : Shi W, Jiang T, Nuciforo P, Hatzis C, Holmes E, Harbeck N, Sotiriou C, Peña L, Loi S, Rosa DD, Chia S, Wardley A, Ueno T, Rossari J, Eidtmann H, Armour A, Piccart-Gebhart M, Rimm DL, Baselga J, Pusztai L
Year : 2019
Journal : Ann Oncol

Author Correction: Landscape of somatic mutations in 560 breast cancer whole-genome sequences.

Authors : Nik-Zainal S, Davies H, Staaf J, Ramakrishna M, Glodzik D, Zou X, Martincorena I, Alexandrov LB, Martin S, Wedge DC, Van Loo P, Ju YS, Smid M, Brinkman AB, Morganella S, Aure MR, Lingjærde OC, Langerød A, Ringnér M, Ahn SM, Boyault S, Brock JE, Broeks A, Butler A, Desmedt C, Dirix L, Dronov S, Fatima A, Foekens JA, Gerstung M, Hooijer GKJ, Jang SJ, Jones DR, Kim HY, King TA, Krishnamurthy S, Lee HJ, Lee JY, Li Y, McLaren S, Menzies A, Mustonen V, OMeara S, Pauporté I, Pivot X, Purdie CA, Raine K, Ramakrishnan K, Rodríguez-González FG, Romieu G, Sieuwerts AM, Simpson PT, Shepherd R, Stebbings L, Stefansson OA, Teague J, Tommasi S, Treilleux I, Van den Eynden GG, Vermeulen P, Vincent-Salomon A, Yates L, Caldas C, vant Veer L, Tutt A, Knappskog S, Tan BKT, Jonkers J, Borg Å, Ueno NT, Sotiriou C, Viari A, Futreal PA, Campbell PJ, Span PN, Van Laere S, Lakhani SR, Eyfjord JE, Thompson AM, Birney E, Stunnenberg HG, Van de Vijver MJ, Martens JWM, Børresen-Dale AL, Richardson AL, Kong G, Thomas G, Stratton MR
Year : 2019
Journal : Nature

The circular RNome of primary breast cancer.

Authors : Smid M, Wilting S, Uhr K, Rodriguez-Gonzalez G, de Weerd V, Prager-Van der Smissen W, van der Vlugt-Daane M, van Galen A, Nik-Zainal S, Butler A, Martin S, Davies H, Staaf J, van de Vijver M, Richardson A, Macgrogan G, Salgado R, Van den Eynden G, Purdie C, Thompson A, Caldas C, Span P, Sweep F, Simpson P, Lakhani S, Van Laere S, Desmedt C, Paradiso A, Eyfjord J, Broeks A, Vincent-Solomon A, Futreal A, Knappskog S, King T, Viari A, Børresen-Dale AL, Stunnenberg H, Stratton M, Foekens J, Sieuwerts A, Martens J
Year : 2019
Journal : Genome Res

Genomic alterations in breast cancer: Level of evidence for actionability according to ESMO Scale for Clinical Actionability of molecular Targets (ESCAT).

Authors : Condorelli R, Mosele F, Verret B, Bachelot T, Bedard PL, Cortes J, Hyman DM, Juric D, Krop I, Bieche I, Saura C, Sotiriou C, Cardoso F, Loibl S, Andre F, Turner NC
Year : 2019
Journal : Ann Oncol

pAKT pathway activation is associated with <i>PIK3CA</i> mutations and good prognosis in luminal breast cancer in contrast to p-mTOR pathway activation.

Authors : Sonnenblick A, Venet D, Brohée S, Pondé N, Sotiriou C
Year : 2019
Journal : NPJ Breast Cancer
Volume : 5
Pages : 7

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