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Stem Cells & Cancer Group

Stem Cells & Cancer Group VHIO

Héctor G. Palmer’s Stem Cells & Cancer Group studies the mechanisms that enable tumors to evade effective treatments and progress to advanced stages.

His team uses multi-omics approaches to reveal unexpected alterations related to tumor and single cell phenotypes. Combining gene editing (CRISPR/Cas) with classical signaling biochemistry in cancer cell lines as well as genetically modified mice, patient-derived organoids and xenografts (PDX) they study the functional relevance of these newly identified alterations in patients’ response to therapies.

Héctor’s group is also part of a global multidisciplinary task force incorporating medical oncologists, surgeons, radiologists, and nurses. This strong collaboration means that laboratory results can be rapidly translated to the clinic.

Héctor G. Palmer
Group Leader
Isabel_Puig
Isabel Puig Borrell
Senior Researcher
Jordi-Martinez-Quintanilla
Jordi Martínez-Quintanilla Quintanilla
Senior Researcher

Main research lines include:

  • Tumor cell dormancy
    The study of the intriguing biology of cancer cell dormancy that is responsible for chemoresistance, formation of minimal residual disease, and disease relapse in patients.His team discovered a core epigenetic network governing dormancy of tumor cells (J Clin Invest. 2018), and is now investigating the function of TET2, DPPA3 and other epigenetic and transcription factors governing dormancy in greater depth. Importantly, they are rapidly progressing in developing drugs that modulate dormancy drivers including TET2 and defining novel biomarkers to detect chemo-resistant dormant tumor cells (DTC).
  • Response to target-directed drugs
    This group works in close collaboration with oncologists and pharmaceutical companies to identify molecular mechanisms responsible for the sensitivity or resistance to drugs blocking Wnt/beta-catenin, Notch, PI3K/AKT, EGFR/LGR5 or BRAF/MEK/ERK oncogenic signals (Nat Med. 2012; Clin Can Res. 2014; Clin Can Res. 2019). Based on their discoveries, they are designing new prescreening tests for the genetic-guided enrolment of patients in clinical trials. Crucially, findings are helping to define new rational drug combinations to treat cancer patients with progressive disease.
  • Advanced pre-clinical models of cancer
    The group is also expanding and characterizing its PDX collections (CRC, neuroendocrine and peritoneal pseudomyxoma), and improving their potential to evaluate drug efficacy and metastasis by orthotopic injection and live imaging (TC, PET and Echography). Lastly, the investigators are developing ambitious projects through the EuroPDX Consortium (page 176), a collaboration that VHIO co-founded which incorporates all the main reference groups working with PDX in Europe.

Figure: Chemoresistant dormant tumor cells (green nuclei) hide within hypoxic niches (red) in growing carcinomas.

Stem Cells & Cancer Group VHIO
Group Leader
Héctor G. Palmer
Senior Researchers
Isabel Puig
Jordi Martínez-Quintanilla
Post-Doctoral Fellows
Oriol Arqués
Phd Students
Candida Salvans Gorjón
Alex Mur
Lorena Ramirez
Technicians
Laia Cabellos
Irene Chicote
Jordi Vergés San Jaime
Debora Cabot
Anna Maria Alcántara

Most Relevant Scientific Publications

  • Woo XY, Giordano J, Srivastava A, Zhao ZM, Lloyd MW, de Bruijn R, Suh YS, Patidar R, Chen L, Scherer S, Bailey MH, Yang CH, Cortes-Sanchez E, Xi Y, Wang J, Wickramasinghe J, Kossenkov AV, Rebecca VW, Sun H, Mashl RJ, Davies SR, Jeon R, Frech C, Randjelovic J, Rosains J, Galimi F, Bertotti A, Lafferty A, O’Farrell AC, Modave E, Lambrechts D, Ter Brugge P, Serra V, Marangoni E, El Botty R, Kim H, Kim JI, Yang HK, Lee C, Dean DA 2nd, Davis-Dusenbery B, Evrard YA, Doroshow JH, Welm AL, Welm BE, Lewis MT, Fang B, Roth JA, Meric-Bernstam F, Herlyn M, Davies MA, Ding L, Li S, Govindan R, Isella C, Moscow JA, Trusolino L, Byrne AT, Jonkers J, Bult CJ, Medico E, Chuang JH; PDXNET Consortium; EurOPDX Consortium. Conservation of copy number profiles during engraftment and passaging of patient-derived cancer xenografts. Nat Genet. 2021 Jan;53(1):86-99.
  • Harmston N, Lim JYS, Arqués O, Palmer HG, Petretto E, Virshup DM, Madan B. Widespread Repression of Gene Expression in Cancer by a Wnt/β-Catenin/MAPK Pathway. Cancer Res. 2021 Jan 15;81(2):464-475.
  • Bruun J, Kryeziu K, Eide PW, Moosavi SH, Eilertsen IA, Langerud J, Røsok B, Totland MZ, Brunsell TH, Pellinen T, Saarela J, Bergsland CH, Palmer HG, Brudvik KW, Guren T, Dienstmann R, Guren MG, Nesbakken A, Bjørnbeth BA, Sveen A, Lothe RA. Patient-Derived Organoids from Multiple Colorectal Cancer Liver Metastases Reveal Moderate Intrapatient Pharmacotranscriptomic Heterogeneity. Clin Cancer Res. 2020 Aug 1;26(15):4107-4119.
  • Capdevila J, Arqués O, Hernández Mora JR, Matito J, Caratù G, Mancuso FM, Landolfi S, Barriuso J, Jimenez-Fonseca P, Lopez Lopez C, Garcia-Carbonero R, Hernando J, Matos I, Nuciforo P, Hernández-Losa J, Esteller M, Martínez-Cardús A, Tabernero J, Vivancos A, Palmer HG. Epigenetic EGFR Gene Repression Confers Sensitivity to Therapeutic BRAFV600E Blockade in Colon Neuroendocrine Carcinomas. Clin Cancer Res. 2020 Feb 15;26(4):902-909. doi: 10.1158/1078-0432.CCR-19-1266. Epub 2019 Oct 31.
  • Capdevila J, Matos I, Mancuso FM, Iglesias C, Nuciforo P, Zafon C, Palmer HG, Ogbah Z, Muiños L, Hernando J, Villacampa G, Peña CE, Tabernero J, Brose MS, Schlumberger M, Vivancos A. Identification of Expression Profiles Defining Distinct Prognostic Subsets of Radioactive-Iodine Refractory Differentiated Thyroid Cancer from the DECISION Trial. Mol Cancer Ther. 2020 Jan;19(1):312-317. doi: 10.1158/1535-7163.MCT-19-0211. Epub 2019 Sep 20.
  • Selenica P, Raj N, Kumar R, Brown DN, Arqués O, Reidy D, Klimstra D, Snuderl M, Serrano J, Palmer HG, Weigelt B, Reis-Filho JS, Scaltriti M. Solid pseudopapillary neoplasms of the pancreas are dependent on the Wnt pathway. Mol Oncol. 2019 Aug;13(8):1684-1692. doi: 10.1002/1878-0261.12490. Epub 2019 Jul 3.
  • Puig I, Tenbaum SP, Chicote I, Arqués O, Martínez-Quintanilla J, Cuesta-Borrás E, Ramírez L, Gonzalo P, Soto A, Aguilar S, Eguizabal C, Caratù G, Prat A, Argilés G, Landolfi S, Casanovas O, Serra V, Villanueva A, Arroyo AG, Terracciano L, Nuciforo P, Seoane J, Recio JA, Vivancos A, Dienstmann R, Tabernero J, Palmer HG. TET2 controls chemoresistant slow-cycling cancer cell survival and tumor recurrence. J Clin Invest. 2018 Aug 31;128(9):3887-3905.
  • Sveen A, Bruun J, Eide PW, Eilertsen IA, Ramirez L, Murumägi A, Arjama M, Danielsen SA, Kryeziu K, Elez E, Tabernero J, Guinney J, Palmer HG, Nesbakken A, Kallioniemi O, Dienstmann R, Lothe RA. Colorectal Cancer Consensus Molecular Subtypes Translated to Preclinical Models Uncover Potentially Targetable Cancer Cell Dependencies. Clin Cancer Res. 2018 Feb 15;24(4):794-806.
  • Martinez-Marti A, Felip E, Matito J, Mereu E, Navarro A, Cedrés S, Pardo N, Martinez de Castro A, Remon J, Miquel JM, Guillaumet-Adkins A, Nadal E, Rodriguez-Esteban G, Arqués O, Fasani R, Nuciforo P, Heyn H, Villanueva A, Palmer HG, Vivancos A. Dual MET and ERBB inhibition overcomes intratumor plasticity in osimertinib-resistant-advanced non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC). Ann Oncol. 2017 Oct 1;28(10):2451-2457.
  • Byrne AT, Alférez DG, Amant F, Annibali D, Arribas J, Biankin AV, Bruna A, Budinská E, Caldas C, Chang DK, Clarke RB, Clevers H, Coukos G, Dangles-Marie V, Eckhardt SG, Gonzalez-Suarez E, Hermans E, Hidalgo M, Jarzabek MA, de Jong S, Jonkers J, Kemper K, Lanfrancone L, Mælandsmo GM, Marangoni E, Marine JC, Medico E, Norum JH, Palmer HG, Peeper DS, Pelicci PG, Piris-Gimenez A, Roman-Roman S, Rueda OM, Seoane J, Serra V, Soucek L, Vanhecke D, Villanueva A, Vinolo E, Bertotti A, Trusolino L. Interrogating open issues in cancer medicine with patient-derived xenografts. Nat Rev Cancer. 2017 Sep 15;17(10):632.
  • Dienstmann R, Elez E, Argiles G, Matos I, Sanz-Garcia E, Ortiz C, Macarulla T, Capdevila J, Alsina M, Sauri T, Verdaguer H, Vilaro M, Ruiz-Pace F, Viaplana C, Garcia A, Landolfi S, Palmer HG, Nuciforo P, Rodon J, Vivancos A, Tabernero J. Analysis of mutant allele fractions in driver genes in colorectal cancer – biological and clinical insights. Mol Oncol. 2017 Sep;11(9):1263-1272.
  • 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

  • Woo XY, Giordano J, Srivastava A, Zhao ZM, Lloyd MW, de Bruijn R, Suh YS, Patidar R, Chen L, Scherer S, Bailey MH, Yang CH, Cortes-Sanchez E, Xi Y, Wang J, Wickramasinghe J, Kossenkov AV, Rebecca VW, Sun H, Mashl RJ, Davies SR, Jeon R, Frech C, Randjelovic J, Rosains J, Galimi F, Bertotti A, Lafferty A, O’Farrell AC, Modave E, Lambrechts D, Ter Brugge P, Serra V, Marangoni E, El Botty R, Kim H, Kim JI, Yang HK, Lee C, Dean DA 2nd, Davis-Dusenbery B, Evrard YA, Doroshow JH, Welm AL, Welm BE, Lewis MT, Fang B, Roth JA, Meric-Bernstam F, Herlyn M, Davies MA, Ding L, Li S, Govindan R, Isella C, Moscow JA, Trusolino L, Byrne AT, Jonkers J, Bult CJ, Medico E, Chuang JH; PDXNET Consortium; EurOPDX Consortium. Conservation of copy number profiles during engraftment and passaging of patient-derived cancer xenografts. Nat Genet. 2021 Jan;53(1):86-99.
  • Harmston N, Lim JYS, Arqués O, Palmer HG, Petretto E, Virshup DM, Madan B. Widespread Repression of Gene Expression in Cancer by a Wnt/β-Catenin/MAPK Pathway. Cancer Res. 2021 Jan 15;81(2):464-475.
  • Capdevila J, Arqués O, Hernández Mora JR, Matito J, Caratù G, Mancuso FM, Landolfi S, Barriuso J, Jimenez-Fonseca P, Lopez Lopez C, Garcia-Carbonero R, Hernando J, Matos I, Paolo N, Hernández-Losa J, Esteller M, Martínez-Cardús A, Tabernero J, Vivancos A, Palmer HG. Epigenetic EGFR Gene Repression Confers Sensitivity to Therapeutic BRAFV600E Blockade in Colon Neuroendocrine Carcinomas.Clin Cancer Res. 2020 Feb 15;26(4):902-909. doi: 10.1158/1078-0432.CCR-19-1266. Epub 2019 Oct 31.
  • Capdevila J, Matos I, Mancuso FM, Iglesias C, Nuciforo P, Zafon C, Palmer HG, Ogbah Z, Muiños L, Hernando J, Villacampa G, Peña CE, Tabernero J, Brose MS, Schlumberger M, Vivancos A. Identification of Expression Profiles Defining Distinct Prognostic Subsets of Radioactive-Iodine Refractory Differentiated Thyroid Cancer from the DECISION Trial.Mol Cancer Ther. 2020 Jan;19(1):312-317. doi: 10.1158/1535-7163.MCT-19-0211. Epub 2019 Sep 20.
  • Selenica P, Raj N, Kumar R, Brown DN, Arqués O, Reidy D, Klimstra D, Snuderl M, Serrano J, Palmer HG, Weigelt B, Reis-Filho JS, Scaltriti M. Solid pseudopapillary neoplasms of the pancreas are dependent on the Wnt pathway.Mol Oncol. 2019 Aug;13(8):1684-1692. doi: 10.1002/1878-0261.12490. Epub 2019 Jul 3.
  • Sveen A, Bruun J, Eide PW, Eilertsen IA, Ramirez L, Murumägi A, Arjama M, Danielsen SA, Kryeziu K, Elez E, Tabernero J, Guinney J, Palmer HG, Nesbakken A, Kallioniemi O, Dienstmann R, Lothe RA. Colorectal Cancer Consensus Molecular Subtypes Translated to Preclinical Models Uncover Potentially Targetable Cancer Cell Dependencies. Clin Cancer Res. Epub 2017 Dec 14.
  • Martinez-Marti A, Felip E, Matito J, Mereu E, Navarro A, Cedrés S, Pardo N, Martinez de Castro A, Remon J, Miquel JM, Guillaumet-Adkins A, Nadal E, Rodriguez-Esteban G, Arqués O, Fasani R, Nuciforo P, Heyn H, Villanueva A, Palmer HG, Vivancos A. Dual MET and ERBB inhibition overcomes intratumor plasticity in osimertinib-resistant-advanced non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC). Ann Oncol. 2017 Oct 1;28(10):2451-2457.
  • Byrne AT, Alférez DG, Amant F, Annibali D, Arribas J, Biankin AV, Bruna A, Budinská E, Caldas C, Chang DK, Clarke RB, Clevers H, Coukos G, Dangles-Marie V, Eckhardt SG, Gonzalez-Suarez E, Hermans E, Hidalgo M, Jarzabek MA, de Jong S, Jonkers J, Kemper K, Lanfrancone L, Mælandsmo GM, Marangoni E, Marine JC, Medico E, Norum JH, Palmer HG, Peeper DS, Pelicci PG, Piris-Gimenez A, Roman-Roman S, Rueda OM, Seoane J, Serra V, Soucek L, Vanhecke D, Villanueva A, Vinolo E, Bertotti A, Trusolino L. Interrogating open issues in cancer medicine with patient-derived xenografts. Nat Rev Cancer. 2017 Sep 15;17(10):632.
  • Dienstmann R, Elez E, Argiles G, Matos I, Sanz-Garcia E, Ortiz C, Macarulla T, Capdevila J, Alsina M, Sauri T, Verdaguer H, Vilaro M, Ruiz-Pace F, Viaplana C, Garcia A, Landolfi S, Palmer HG, Nuciforo P, Rodon J, Vivancos A, Tabernero J. Analysis of mutant allele fractions in driver genes in colorectal cancer – biological and clinical insights. Mol Oncol. 2017 Sep;11(9):1263-1272.
  • 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
  1.  PERSIST-SEQ. Building a reproducible single-cell experimental workflow to capture tumour drug persistence. FINANCIAL ENTITY: IMI Program. Pharma Industry and UE (Horizon 2020-JTI-IMI2-2020-20-two-stage). Duration: 2021-2024. PI: Héctor G. Palmer.
  2. Targeting dormant tumor cells as a new strategy to fight cancer. PI20/00897. FINANCIAL ENTITY: Instituto de Salud Carlos III (ISCIII). Duration. 2021-2023. PI: Héctor G. Palmer.
  3. First-in-class small drug activators of TET2 for the treatment of cancer FINANCIAL ENTITY: Fundación de la Asociación Española Contra el Cáncer (AECC). Duration: 2020-2021. PI: Héctor G. Palmer.
  4. Tumor microenvironment-derived factors in localized colon cancer: clinical impact and therapeutic implications. FINANCIAL ENTITY: Fundación de la Asociación Española Contra el Cáncer (AECC). Duration: 2020-2024. PI: Héctor G. Palmer (Coordinator: Andrés Cervantes).
  5. CaixaImpulse Validate. A novel approach to enhance the therapeutic efficacy of CAR cells. FINANCIAL ENTITY: Fundación Bancaria Caixa d’Estalvis i Pensions de Barcelona. Duration: 2020-2021. PI: Carlos Galdeano.
  6. Accelerator Award. Pseudomyxoma peritonei: building a European multicentric cohort to accelerate new therapeutic perspectives. FINANCIAL ENTITY: Cancer Research UK (CRUK), Asociación Española contra el Cancer (AECC) & Associazione Italina per la Ricerca sul Cancro (AIRC). Duration: 2019-2024. PI: Héctor G. Palmer. (Consortium Coordinator: Marcello Deraco).
  7. Accelerator Award. ACRCelerate: Colorectal Cancer Stratified Medicine Network. FINANCIAL ENTITY: Cancer Research UK (CRUK), Asociación Española contra el Cancer (AECC) & Associazione Italina per la Ricerca sul Cancro (AIRC). Duration: 2018-2021. PI: Héctor G. Palmer. (Consortium Coordinator: Owen Sansom).
  8. EDIReX, EurOPDX Distributed Infrastructure for Research on patient-derived cancer Xenografts. #731105. FINANCIAL ENTITY: EU Horizon2020 Research and Innovation Program. Duration: 2018-2021. PI: Héctor G. Palmer. (Consortium Coordinator: Enzo Medico).
  9. FINANCIAL ENTITY: Fundación de la Asociación Española Contra el Cáncer (AECC). Duration: 2017-2021. PIs: Isabel Puig and Héctor G. Palmer
  10. ONIRIA: Mastering Cell Dormancy to Fight Cancer.
    El presente proyecto está cofinanciado por el Fondo Europeo de Desarrollo Regional. Objetivo Temático: maximise the value of our drug candidates, ensure successful funding that will finance all the preclinical development and identify additional indications where our compounds could have therapeutic value.