Pier-Luc Clermont

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Neuroendocrine prostate cancer (NEPC) is a highly aggressive subtype of prostate cancer (PCa) for which the median survival remains less than a year. Current treatments are only palliative in nature, and the lack of suitable pre-clinical models has hampered previous efforts to develop novel therapeutic strategies. Addressing this need, we have recently(More)
While localized prostate cancer (PCa) can be effectively cured, metastatic disease inevitably progresses to a lethal state called castration-resistant prostate cancer (CRPC). Emerging evidence suggests that aberrant epigenetic repression by the polycomb group (PcG) complexes fuels PCa progression, providing novel therapeutic opportunities. In the search for(More)
Long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) can orchestrate oncogenic or tumor-suppressive functions in cancer biology. Accordingly, PCGEM1 and PRNCR1 were implicated in progression of prostate cancer (PCa) as transcriptional co-regulators of the androgen receptor (AR). However, these findings were recently refuted asserting that neither gene physically binds to the AR.(More)
AIM Imatinib is a tyrosine kinase inhibitor that has revolutionized the treatment of chronic myeloid leukemia (CML). Despite its efficacy, about a third of patients discontinue the treatment due to therapy failure or intolerance. The rational identification of patients less likely to respond to imatinib would be of paramount clinical relevance. We have(More)
Prostate cancer (PCa) is a very common neoplasm, which is generally treated by chemo-, radio-, and/or hormonal-therapy. After a variable time, PCa becomes resistant to conventional treatment, leading to patient death. Prostate tumor-initiating cells (TICs) and cancer repopulating cells (CRCs) are stem-like populations, driving respectively cancer initiation(More)
Biomarkers are molecules or features which can provide clinically-relevant information about a particular disease state, thus providing useful tools for oncologists. Recently, a number of studies have demonstrated that DNA methylation holds great promise as a novel source of cancer biomarkers. Although promoter regions have been the focus of most(More)
Centromere protein-A (CENP-A), a histone-H3 variant, plays an essential role in cell division by ensuring proper formation and function of centromeres and kinetochores. Elevated CENP-A expression has been associated with cancer development. This study aimed to establish whether elevated CENP-A expression can be used as a prognostic and predictive cancer(More)
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