Josep Lluís Parra-Palau

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HER2 is a tyrosine kinase receptor causally involved in cancer. A subgroup of breast cancer patients with particularly poor clinical outcomes expresses a heterogeneous collection of HER2 carboxy-terminal fragments (CTFs). However, since the CTFs lack the extracellular domain that drives dimerization and subsequent activation of full-length HER2, they are in(More)
A subtype of HER2-positive tumors with distinct biological and clinical features expresses a series of carboxy-terminal fragments collectively known as p95HER2. One of these fragments, named 100- to 115-kDa p95HER2 or 611-CTF, is hyperactive because of its ability to form homodimers maintained by intermolecular disulfide bonds. Despite lacking the majority(More)
Current classification of breast cancers depends in great part on the expression of human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2), a cell surface tyrosine kinase receptor, and estrogen receptor (ER), the nuclear receptor for estrogen. In addition to reliable biomarkers, these receptors are targets of effective and widely used antitumor drugs. During(More)
Senescence, a terminal cell proliferation arrest, can be triggered by oncogenes. Oncogene-induced senescence is classically considered a tumor defense barrier. However, several findings show that, under certain circumstances, senescent cells may favor tumor progression because of their secretory phenotype. Here, we show that the expression in different(More)
A group of breast cancer patients with a higher probability of developing metastasis expresses a series of carboxyl-terminal fragments (CTFs) of the tyrosine kinase receptor HER2. One of these fragments, 611-CTF, is a hyperactive form of HER2 that constitutively establishes homodimers maintained by disulfide bonds, making it an excellent model to study(More)
HER2 is a tyrosine kinase receptor whose overexpression in breast cancers correlates with poor prognosis. A subset of HER2-positive tumors also expresses a series of HER2 fragments, collectively known as p95HER2. These fragments are emerging as a valuable biomarker for this subset of patients, who have a particularly poor prognosis.
Human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2)-positive breast cancers are currently treated with trastuzumab, an anti-HER2 antibody. About 30% of these tumors express a group of HER2 fragments collectively known as p95HER2. Our previous work indicated that p95HER2-positive tumors are resistant to trastuzumab monotherapy. However, recent results showed(More)
Published Ahead of Print 13 April 2009. 10.1128/MCB.01803-08. 2009, 29(12):3319. DOI: Mol. Cell. Biol. José Baselga and Joaquín Arribas Parra-Palau, Maurizio Scaltriti, Santiago Ramón y Cajal, Antonio Luque-García, Jesús García-Castillo, Josep Lluis Ferrer-Ramón, Bach-Faig, Matthew P. Cunningham, Cristina Kim Pedersen, Pier-Davide Angelini, Sirle Laos, Alba(More)
Senescence, a terminal cell proliferation arrest, can be triggered by oncogenes. Oncogene-induced senescence is classically considered a tumor defense barrier. However, several findings show that, under certain circumstances, senescent cells may favor tumor progression because of their secretory phenotype. Here, we show that the expression in different(More)