Principal investigator

Centre Léon Bérard
Bât. Cheney D-1st floor
28 rue Laennec 
69373 LYON Cedex 08
FRAU Carla

Assistant Researcher CLB

JAMARD Catherine

Technicien Superieur INSERM


GIOLITO Maria Virginia

PhD student




Voir les objectifs et projets Voir les publications



Drs V. Cavaillès, IRCM, Montpellier.
Pr J. De Mey, University of Strasbourg.
Dr P. de Santa Barbara, Inserm U1046 Montpellier.
Dr J.N. Freund, INSERM U682 Strasbourg.
Drs P. Mehlen & F. Lavial, CRCL, Lyon.
Dr B. Pain, Inserm U846, Lyon.

Pr A. Columbano, University of Cagliari, Italy.
Pr P. Galante, University Sao Paulo, Brasil.
Pr A. Moschetta, University of Bari, Italy.
Pr L.O. Penalva, University San Antonio, Texas, USA.


Fondation pour la Recherche Medicale (FRM)

Ligue Contre le Cancer - départements du Rhône 

Institut National du Cancer



Our team is studying the mechanisms that regulate gut stem cell (SC) homeostasis in physiological and pathological conditions. Gut SCs physiology depends on a complex interplay between the various cell types that constitute the stem cell niche and that interact via complementary signalling pathways including Wnt, Notch and BMP. A set of recent evidences has unquestionably demonstrated that the alteration of this crosstalk contributes to the neoplastic transformation of the intestinal SC and promotes tumor initiation.

Within this context, we are actively studying the cellular and molecular processes of gut SC transformation with the aim to develop novel therapeutic strategies. 



Colorectal cancer (CRC) is one of the most common cancers in the world and the current therapeutic strategy includes surgical ablation and chemotherapy. However, the cancer reappears in 30-50% of cases. The peculiarity of the intestinal epithelium is its continuous renewal fuelled by multipotent stem cells (SC) located in the crypts, generating all differentiated cell types. Recent studies have highlighted that the crypt SC are the cells responsible for CRC. It is, in fact, proposed that their neoplastic transformation may be the cause of cancer stem cells (CSCs), known to support tumour growth, metastatic spread and responsible for drug resistance. In agreement with this hypothesis, a molecular signature of SCs is predictive of a high risk of recurrence in patients. Understand the mechanisms that control SC homeostasis and determine how their impairment contributes to the neoplastic transformation of these cells is needed to develop efficient diagnostic and therapeutic tools.

 In this context, we are developing several complementary research axes:

Our team showed the involvement of thyroid hormones through the TRa1 nuclear receptor in regulating the homeostasis of the intestinal epithelium precursor cells in physiological and pathological conditions. These results opened new perspectives in the study of this extrinsic signal in the physiopathology of the crypt SCs.

We are currently investigating how this endocrine signal, by interaction with the Wnt and Notch pathways, is integrated in a complex network governing the intestinal development, stem cell homeostasis and carcinogenesis;

Focusing specifically on the intestinal SC, defined by the expression of the Lgr5 and Musashi1 markers, we analyse the importance of these same signalling networks in physiological and cancer stem cells.



Principales publications

Uchuya-Castillo J, Aznar N, Frau C, Martinez P, Le Nevé C, Marisa L, Penalva LOF, Laurent-Puig P, Puisieux A, Scoazec JY, Samarut J, Ansieau S, Plateroti M.

Increased expression of the thyroid hormone nuclear receptor TRα1 characterizes intestinal tumors with high Wnt activity.

Oncotarget. 2018 Jul 24;9(57):30979-30996.


 Ducheix S, Peres C, Härdfeldt J, Frau C, Mocciaro G, Piccinin E, Lobaccaro JM, De Santis S, Chieppa M, Bertrand-Michel J, Plateroti M, Griffin JL, Sabbà C, Ntambi JM, Moschetta A.

Deletion of Stearoyl-CoA Desaturase-1 From the Intestinal Epithelium Promotes Inflammation and Tumorigenesis, Reversed by Dietary Oleate.

Gastroenterology. 2018 Nov;155(5):1524-1538.


Cambuli FM, Correa BR, Rezza A, Burns SC, Qiao M, Uren PJ, Kress E, Boussouar A, Galante PA, Penalva LO, Plateroti M

A Mouse Model of Targeted Musashi1 Expression in Whole Intestinal Epithelium Suggests Regulatory Roles in Cell Cycle and Stemness. Stem Cells, 2015. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 26303183

Sirakov M, Boussouar A, Kress E, Frau C, Lone IN, Nadjar J, Angelov D, Plateroti M. The thyroid hormone nuclear receptor TRα1 controls the Notch signaling pathway and cell fate in murine intestine. Development, 2015. 142(16):2764-74. PMID: 26286942

Ozmadenci D, Féraud O, Markossian S, Kress E, Ducarouge B, Gibert B, Ge J, Durand I, Gadot N, Plateroti M, Bennaceur-Griscelli A, Scoazec JY, Gil J, Deng H, Bernet A, Mehlen P, Lavial F. Netrin -1 regulates somatic cell reprogramming and pluripotency maintenance. Nat Commun, 2015. 8;6:7398. PMID: 26154507

Lapierre M, Bonnet S, Bascoul-Mollevi C, Ait-Arsa I, Jalaguier S, Del-Rio M, Plateroti M, Roepman P, Ychou M, Pannequin J, Hollande F, Parker M, Cavailles V. The transcriptional coregulator RIP140 increases APC gene expression and controls intestinal homeostasis and tumorigenesis. J. Clin. Invest, 2014. 1;124(5):1899- 913. PMID: 24667635

Cambuli FM, Rezza A, Nadjar J. and Plateroti M. Musashi1-eGFP mice, a new tool for differential isolation of the intestinal stem cell populations. Stem Cells, 2013. 31(10), 2273-8. PMID: 23712573 

Diala I, Wagner N, Magdinier F, Shkreli M, Sirakov M, Bauwens S, Schluth-Bolard C, Simonet T, Renault VM, Ye J, Djerbi A, Pineau P, Choi J, Artandi S, Dejean A, Plateroti M. and Gilson E. Telomere protection and TRF2 expression are modulated by the canonical Wnt signaling pathway. EMBO Rep, 2013. 14(4), 356-63. PMID: 23429341

Rezza A, Skah S, Roche C, Nadjar J, Samarut J and Plateroti M. The overexpression of the putative gut stem cell marker Musashi1 induces tumorigenesis through Wnt and Notch activation. Journal of Cell Science, 2010. 123(Pt 19):3256-65. PMID: 20826465 

Kowalik MA, Perra A, Pibiri M, Cocco MT, Samarut J, Plateroti M, Ledda-Columbano GM, Columbano A. TRa is the critical thyroid hormone receptor isoform in T3-induced proliferation of hepatocytes and pancreatic acinar cells. Journal of Hepathology, 2010. 53(4):686-92. PMID: 20638743 

Kress E, Skah S, Sirakov M, Nadjar J, Gadot N, Scoazec JY, Samarut J and Plateroti M. Cooperation between the Thyroid hormone Receptor TRa1 and the WNT pathway in the induction of intestinal tumorigenesis. Gastroenterology, 2010. 138(5):1863-74. PMID: 20114049 

Kress E, Rezza A, Nadjar J, Samarut J and Plateroti M. The Frizzled related sFRP2 gene is a target of the TR1 thyroid hormone receptor and activates the -catenin signaling in intestinal epithelial progenitors. J. Biol. Chem, 2009. 284: 1234-1241.


Reviews invitées

Skah S., Uchuya-Castillo J., Sirakov M., Plateroti M. (2017). The thyroid hormone nuclear receptors and the Wnt/b-catenin pathway: An intriguing liaison. Dev. Biol. 422(2):71-82

Frau C, Godart M, Plateroti M. Thyroid hormone regulation of intestinal epithelial stem cell biology. (Invited review). Mol. Cell Endocrinol. 2017 Dec 25;459:90-97.

Perra A., Plateroti M., Columbano A. (2016). T3/TR axis in hepatocellular carcinoma: new concepts for an old pair. Endocr. Relat. Cancer 23(8):R353-69.

Sirakov M., Kress E., Nadjar J., Plateroti M. The thyroid hormones and their nuclear receptors: new players in intestinal epithelium stem cell biology? Cell Mol Life Sci, 2014. 71(15), 2897-907. PMID: 24604390

Sirakov M, Plateroti M. The thyroid hormones and their nuclear receptors in the gut: from developmental biology to cancer. Biochim Biophys Acta, 2011. 1812(8):938-46. PMID: 21194566

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