Ainara Martinez Gonzalez
Ainara Martinez Gonzalez
Cancer Cell Signaling And Metabolism Lab
Address: Bizkaia Science and Technology Park, building 801A, Derio (Bizkaia)

The research in the Carracedo lab is aimed at deconstructing the essential requirements of cancer cells with special emphasis on the translation of the acquired knowledge from bench to bedside. In order to define the genuine features of cancer cells, we focus on the signalling and metabolic alterations in prostate and breast cancer. Through the use of a hierarchical approach with increasing complexity, we work on cell lines and primary cultures (using cell and molecular biology technologies), mouse models of prostate cancer that are faithful to the human disease and the analysis of human specimens through the development of prospective and retrospective studies. Our work stems from the hypothesis that cancer is driven by signalling and metabolic alterations that, once identified, can be targeted for therapy. The center and our collaborator institutions offer state-of-the-art technologies (from OMICS to in vivo imaging), which allow us to build and answer our hypotheses with high level of confidence.
To address our scientific questions in cancer, the Carracedo lab has developed a series of research lines:

  • Bioinformatics-based discovery. The lab takes full advantage on publicly available human prostate and breast cancer datasets in order to identify candidate genes to contribute to cancer pathogenesis, progression and response to therapy. Best hits are then validated employing genetic mouse models, xenograft surrogate assays and the latest advances in cellular and molecular biology combined with OMICs technologies.
  • Genetic mouse models as a source for the identification of novel cancer players. Genetically engineered mouse models (GEMMs) can faithfully recapitulate many aspects of human cancer. Dr. Carracedo envisions the molecular analysis of GEMMs with high throughput technologies as a mean to identify novel cancer-related genes. These hits are then validated through the analysis of human cancer specimens and cellular and molecular biology approaches.
  • Multi-OMICs analysis for non-invasive biomarker identification. Biofluids are the perfect source for cancer biomarkers that can inform about the presence or features of cancer. The lab has undertaken a biomarker discovery approach by applying the latest OMICs technologies to biofluid specimens from well-annotated prostate cancer patients, in order to define better molecules that inform about this disease.
Latest Publications

H-1 NMR-Based Urine Metabolomics Reveals Signs of Enhanced Carbon and Nitrogen Recycling in Prostate Cancer

Bruzzone, C;Loizaga-Iriarte, A;Sanchez-Mosquera, P;Gil-Redondo, R;Astobiza, I;Diercks, T;Cortazar, AR;Ugalde-Olano, A;Schafer, H;Blanco, FJ;Unda, M;Cannet, C;Spraul, M;Mato, JM;Embade, N;Carracedo, ...



Genetic manipulation of LKB1 elicits lethal metastatic prostate cancer

Hermanova, I;Zuniga-Garcia, P;Caro-Maldonado, A;Fernandez-Ruiz, S;Salvador, F;Martin-Martin, N;Zabala-Letona, A;Nunez-Olle, M;Torrano, V;Camacho, L;Lizcano, JM;Talamillo, A;Carreira, S;Gurel, ...



OZF is a Claspin-interacting protein essential to maintain the replication fork progression rate under replication stress

Feu, S;Unzueta, F;Llopis, A;Semple, JI;Ercilla, A;Guaita-Esteruelas, S;Jaumot, M;Freire, R;Agell, N



Multiplex SERS Detection of Metabolic Alterations in Tumor Extracellular Media

Plou, J;Garcia, I;Charconnet, M;Astobiza, I;Garcia-Astrain, C;Matricardi, C;Mihi, A;Carracedo, A;Liz-Marzan, LM



The Urinary Transcriptome as a Source of Biomarkers for Prostate Cancer

Sole, C;Goicoechea, I;Goni, A;Schramm, M;Armesto, M;Arestin, M;Manterola, L;Tellaetxe, M;Alberdi, A;Nogueira, L;Roumiguie, M;Lopez, JI;Jaka, JPS;Urruticoechea, A;Vergara, I;Loizaga-Iriarte, ...



Physiological Tolerance to ssDNA Enables Strand Uncoupling during DNA Replication

Ercilla, A;Benada, J;Amitash, S;Zonderland, G;Baldi, G;Somyajit, K;Ochs, F;Costanzo, V;Lukas, J;Toledo, L



HuR/ELAVL1 drives malignant peripheral nerve sheath tumor growth and metastasis.

Palomo-Irigoyen, Marta; Perez-Andres, Encarni; Iruarrizaga-Lejarreta, Marta; Barreira-Manrique, Adrian; Tamayo-Caro, Miguel; Vila-Vecilla, Laura; Moreno-Cugnon, Leire; Beitia, Nagore; Medrano, ...

journal of clinical investigation


Arkaitz Carracedo: If the scientific question is good, the result will be interesting

Houston, S;Carracedo, A



rMTA: robust metabolic transformation analysis

Valcarcel, LV;Torrano, V;Tobalina, L;Carracedo, A;Planes, FJ

Bioinformatics (Oxford, England)


PGC1alpha suppresses prostate cancer cell invasion through ERRalpha transcriptional control.

Valcarcel-Jimenez, Lorea; Macchia, Alice; Crosas-Molist, Eva; Schaub-Clerigue, Ariane; Camacho, Laura; Martin-Martin, Natalia; Cicogna, Paolo; Viera-Bardon, Cristina; Fernandez-Ruiz, Sonia; ...

Cancer research