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Héctor G. Palmer
HÉCTOR G. PALMER

HÉCTOR G. PALMER

Current positions

Academic Qualifications

  • Degree in Biological Sciences from the Autonomous University of Barcelona, 1997
  • Doctorate in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from the Autonomous University of Madrid, 2001
  • 2001-2003 Postdoctoral studies at the Biomedical Research Institute (CSIC-UAM, Madrid)
  • 2004-2008 Postdoctoral studies at London Research Institute-Cancer Research, UK.  

Areas of Research

  • New molecular mechanisms of action of the Wnt/beta-catenin pathway in colon cancer
  • Role of cancer stem cells in initiation, progression, metastasis and resistance to anti-tumor agents in colon cancer
  • Key signalling pathways in induction and maintenance of quiescence and chemoresistance of normal and cancer stem cells

Prizes and Scholarships

  • Marie Curie Intra-European (2004)
  • Cancer Research UK (2005)

Most relevant scientific publications

  • Arqués O, Chicote I, Puig I, Tenbaum SP, Argilés G, Dienstmann R, Fernández N, Caratù G, Matito J, Silberschmidt D, Rodon J, Landolfi S, Prat A, Espín E, Charco R, Nuciforo P, Vivancos A, Shao W, Tabernero J, Palmer HG. Tankyrase Inhibition Blocks Wnt/β-Catenin Pathway and Reverts Resistance to PI3K and AKT Inhibitors in the Treatment of Colorectal Cancer. Clin Cancer Res. 2016 Feb 1;22(3):644-56.
  • Barbáchano A, Fernández-Barral A, Pereira F, Segura MF, Ordóñez-Morán P, Carrillo-de Santa Pau E, González-Sancho JM, Hanniford D, Martínez N, Costales-Carrera A, Real FX, Palmer HG, Rojas JM, Hernando E, Muñoz A. SPROUTY-2 represses the epithelial phenotype of colon carcinoma cells via upregulation of ZEB1 mediated by ETS1 and miR-200/miR-150. Oncogene. 2016 Jun 9;35(23):2991-3003.
  • Jubierre L, Soriano A, Planells-Ferrer L, París-Coderch L, Tenbaum SP, Romero OA, Moubarak RS, Almazán-Moga A, Molist C, Roma J, Navarro S, Noguera R, Sánchez-Céspedes M, Comella JX, Palmer HG, Sánchez de Toledo J, Gallego S, Segura MF. BRG1/SMARCA4 is essential for neuroblastoma cell viability through modulation of cell death and survival pathways. Oncogene. 2016 Sep 29;35(39):5179-90.
  • Arqués O, Chicote I, Puig I, Tenbaum SP, Argiles G, Dienstmann R, Fernández N, Caratù G, Matito J, Silberschmidt D, Rodón J, Landolfi S, Prat A, Espín E, Charco R, Nuciforo P, Vivancos A, Shao W, Tabernero J, Pálmer HG. Tankyrase Inhibition Blocks Wnt/β-Catenin Pathway and Reverts Resistance to PI3K and AKT Inhibitors in the Treatment of Colorectal Cancer. Clin. Cancer Res. 2016 Feb; 22(3): 644-56
  • García-García C, Rivas MA, Ibrahim YH, Calvo MT, Gris-Oliver A, Rodriguez O, Grueso J, Anton P, Guzman M, Aura C, Nuciforo P, Jessen K, Argiles G, Dienstmann R, Bertotti A, Trusolino L, Matito J, Vivancos A, Chicote I, Pálmer HG, Tabernero J, Scaltriti M, Baselga J, Serra V. MEK plus PI3K/mTORC1/2 Therapeutic Efficacy Is Impacted by TP53 Mutation in Preclinical Models of Colorectal Cancer. Clin. Cancer Res. 2015 Dec; 21(24): 5499-510
  • Herrero A, Pinto A, Colón-Bolea P, Casar B, Jones M, Agudo-Ibáñez L, Vidal R, Tenbaum SP, Nuciforo P, Valdizán EM, Horváth Z, Orfi L, Pineda-Lucena A, Bony E, Keri G, Rivas G, Pazos A, Gozalbes R, Pálmer HG, Hurlstone A, Crespo P. Small Molecule Inhibition of ERK Dimerization Prevents Tumorigenesis by RAS-ERK Pathway Oncogenes. Cancer Cell 2015 Aug; 28(2): 170-82
  • Prat A, Adamo B, Fan C, Peg V, Vidal M, Galván P, Vivancos A, Nuciforo P, Pálmer HG, Dawood S, Rodón J, Cajal SR, Campo JM, Felip E, Tabernero J, Cortes J. ERRATUM: Genomic Analyses across Six Cancer Types Identify Basal-like Breast Cancer as a Unique Molecular Entity. Sci Rep 2015; 5: 8179
  • Ordóñez-Morán P, Irmisch A, Barbáchano A, Chicote I, Tenbaum S, Landolfi S, Tabernero J, Huelsken J, Muñoz A, Pálmer HG. SPROUTY2 is a β-catenin and FOXO3a target gene indicative of poor prognosis in colon cancer. Oncogene 2014 Apr; 33(15): 1975-85
  • Anjos-Afonso F, Currie E, Pálmer HG, Foster KE, Taussig DC, Bonnet D. CD34(-) cells at the apex of the human hematopoietic stem cell hierarchy have distinctive cellular and molecular signatures. Cell Stem Cell 2013 Aug; 13(2): 161-74
  • Prat A, Adamo B, Fan C, Peg V, Vidal M, Galván P, Vivancos A, Nuciforo P, Pálmer HG, Dawood S, Rodón J, Cajal SR, Ramón y Cajal S, del Campo JM, Ramony Cajal S, Felip E, Tabernero J, Cortes J. Genomic analyses across six cancer types identify basal-like breast cancer as a unique molecular entity. Sci Rep 2013; 3: 3544
  • Puig I, Chicote I, Tenbaum SP, Arqués O, Herance JR, Gispert JD, Jimenez J, Landolfi S, Caci K, Allende H, Mendizabal L, Moreno D, Charco R, Espín E, Prat A, Elez ME, Argiles G, Vivancos A, Tabernero J, Rojas S, Pálmer HG. A personalized preclinical model to evaluate the metastatic potential of patient-derived colon cancer initiating cells. Clin. Cancer Res. 2013 Dec; 19(24): 6787-801

All publications

  • Arqués O, Chicote I, Puig I, Tenbaum SP, Argilés G, Dienstmann R, Fernández N, Caratù G, Matito J, Silberschmidt D, Rodon J, Landolfi S, Prat A, Espín E, Charco R, Nuciforo P, Vivancos A, Shao W, Tabernero J, Palmer HG. Tankyrase Inhibition Blocks Wnt/β-Catenin Pathway and Reverts Resistance to PI3K and AKT Inhibitors in the Treatment of Colorectal Cancer. Clin Cancer Res. 2016 Feb 1;22(3):644-56.
  • Barbáchano A, Fernández-Barral A, Pereira F, Segura MF, Ordóñez-Morán P, Carrillo-de Santa Pau E, González-Sancho JM, Hanniford D, Martínez N, Costales-Carrera A, Real FX, Palmer HG, Rojas JM, Hernando E, Muñoz A. SPROUTY-2 represses the epithelial phenotype of colon carcinoma cells via upregulation of ZEB1 mediated by ETS1 and miR-200/miR-150. Oncogene. 2016 Jun 9;35(23):2991-3003.
  • Jubierre L, Soriano A, Planells-Ferrer L, París-Coderch L, Tenbaum SP, Romero OA, Moubarak RS, Almazán-Moga A, Molist C, Roma J, Navarro S, Noguera R, Sánchez-Céspedes M, Comella JX, Palmer HG, Sánchez de Toledo J, Gallego S, Segura MF. BRG1/SMARCA4 is essential for neuroblastoma cell viability through modulation of cell death and survival pathways. Oncogene. 2016 Sep 29;35(39):5179-90.
  • Arqués O, Chicote I, Puig I, Tenbaum SP, Argiles G, Dienstmann R, Fernández N, Caratù G, Matito J, Silberschmidt D, Rodón J, Landolfi S, Prat A, Espín E, Charco R, Nuciforo P, Vivancos A, Shao W, Tabernero J, Pálmer HG. Tankyrase Inhibition Blocks Wnt/β-Catenin Pathway and Reverts Resistance to PI3K and AKT Inhibitors in the Treatment of Colorectal Cancer. Clin. Cancer Res. 2016 Feb; 22(3): 644-56
  • García-García C, Rivas MA, Ibrahim YH, Calvo MT, Gris-Oliver A, Rodriguez O, Grueso J, Anton P, Guzman M, Aura C, Nuciforo P, Jessen K, Argiles G, Dienstmann R, Bertotti A, Trusolino L, Matito J, Vivancos A, Chicote I, Pálmer HG, Tabernero J, Scaltriti M, Baselga J, Serra V. MEK plus PI3K/mTORC1/2 Therapeutic Efficacy Is Impacted by TP53 Mutation in Preclinical Models of Colorectal Cancer. Clin. Cancer Res. 2015 Dec; 21(24): 5499-510
  • Herrero A, Pinto A, Colón-Bolea P, Casar B, Jones M, Agudo-Ibáñez L, Vidal R, Tenbaum SP, Nuciforo P, Valdizán EM, Horváth Z, Orfi L, Pineda-Lucena A, Bony E, Keri G, Rivas G, Pazos A, Gozalbes R, Pálmer HG, Hurlstone A, Crespo P. Small Molecule Inhibition of ERK Dimerization Prevents Tumorigenesis by RAS-ERK Pathway Oncogenes. Cancer Cell 2015 Aug; 28(2): 170-82
  • Prat A, Adamo B, Fan C, Peg V, Vidal M, Galván P, Vivancos A, Nuciforo P, Pálmer HG, Dawood S, Rodón J, Cajal SR, Campo JM, Felip E, Tabernero J, Cortes J. ERRATUM: Genomic Analyses across Six Cancer Types Identify Basal-like Breast Cancer as a Unique Molecular Entity. Sci Rep 2015; 5: 8179
  • Ordóñez-Morán P, Irmisch A, Barbáchano A, Chicote I, Tenbaum S, Landolfi S, Tabernero J, Huelsken J, Muñoz A, Pálmer HG. SPROUTY2 is a β-catenin and FOXO3a target gene indicative of poor prognosis in colon cancer. Oncogene 2014 Apr; 33(15): 1975-85
  • Anjos-Afonso F, Currie E, Pálmer HG, Foster KE, Taussig DC, Bonnet D. CD34(-) cells at the apex of the human hematopoietic stem cell hierarchy have distinctive cellular and molecular signatures. Cell Stem Cell 2013 Aug; 13(2): 161-74
  • Prat A, Adamo B, Fan C, Peg V, Vidal M, Galván P, Vivancos A, Nuciforo P, Pálmer HG, Dawood S, Rodón J, Cajal SR, Ramón y Cajal S, del Campo JM, Ramony Cajal S, Felip E, Tabernero J, Cortes J. Genomic analyses across six cancer types identify basal-like breast cancer as a unique molecular entity. Sci Rep 2013; 3: 3544
  • Puig I, Chicote I, Tenbaum SP, Arqués O, Herance JR, Gispert JD, Jimenez J, Landolfi S, Caci K, Allende H, Mendizabal L, Moreno D, Charco R, Espín E, Prat A, Elez ME, Argiles G, Vivancos A, Tabernero J, Rojas S, Pálmer HG. A personalized preclinical model to evaluate the metastatic potential of patient-derived colon cancer initiating cells. Clin. Cancer Res. 2013 Dec; 19(24): 6787-801
  • Tenbaum SP, Ordóñez-Morán P, Puig I, Chicote I, Arqués O, Landolfi S, Fernández Y, Herance JR, Gispert JD, Mendizabal L, Aguilar S, Ramón y Cajal S, Schwartz S, Vivancos A, Espín E, Rojas S, Baselga J, Tabernero J, Muñoz A, Pálmer HG. β-catenin confers resistance to PI3K and AKT inhibitors and subverts FOXO3a to promote metastasis in colon cancer. Nat. Med. 2012 Jun; 18(6): 892-901
  • Larriba MJ, Ordóñez-Morán P, Chicote I, Martín-Fernández G, Puig I, Muñoz A, Pálmer HG. Vitamin D receptor deficiency enhances Wnt/β-catenin signaling and tumor burden in colon cancer. PLoS ONE 2011; 6(8): e23524
  • Barbáchano A, Ordóñez-Morán P, García JM, Sánchez A, Pereira F, Larriba MJ, Martínez N, Hernández J, Landolfi S, Bonilla F, Pálmer HG, Rojas JM, Muñoz A. SPROUTY-2 and E-cadherin regulate reciprocally and dictate colon cancer cell tumourigenicity. Oncogene 2010 Aug; 29(34): 4800-13
  • Pálmer HG, Anjos-Afonso F, Carmeliet G, Takeda H, Watt FM. The vitamin D receptor is a Wnt effector that controls hair follicle differentiation and specifies tumor type in adult epidermis. PLoS ONE 2008; 3(1): e1483
  • Pálmer HG, Larriba MJ, García JM, Ordóñez-Morán P, Peña C, Peiró S, Puig I, Rodríguez R, de la Fuente R, Bernad A, Pollán M, Bonilla F, Gamallo C, de Herreros AG, Muñoz A. The transcription factor SNAIL represses vitamin D receptor expression and responsiveness in human colon cancer. Nat. Med. 2004 Sep; 10(9): 917-9
  • Pálmer HG, González-Sancho JM, Espada J, Berciano MT, Puig I, Baulida J, Quintanilla M, Cano A, de Herreros AG, Lafarga M, Muñoz A. Vitamin D(3) promotes the differentiation of colon carcinoma cells by the induction of E-cadherin and the inhibition of beta-catenin signaling. J. Cell Biol. 2001 Jul; 154(2): 369-87