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  • Location : LIMOGES, France
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Patrick LEGEMBRE Ph.D Onco-Immunology

Course and current status

47 years, Born in Evry (France), French. two kids

Present address:

  • UMR CNRS 7276 - Inserm U1262; Faculté de Médecine – 2 rue du Dr Marcland 87025 – Limoges Cedex.
  • Phone: (+33)-6-68207640;
  • E-mail:
  • Key works: lupus, triple negative breast cancer, inflammation, TNF receptors, apoptosis, calcium.



  • 2007- Habilitation to supervise research (HDR); University of Bordeaux; Immunology/Oncology.
  • 2002- Ph.D.; University of Bordeaux; Immunology/Oncology.



  • Nov 2019- now: Visiting Professor (Director of Research Inserm), UMR CNRS 7276 - Inserm U1262; Limoges/France. 
  • Jan 2017- Oct 2019: Deputy Director U1242, CLCC Eugène Marquis, Ligue Contre Le cancer Team. Rennes/France.
  • Jan 2015- Dec 2016- Director ER440. CLCC Eugène Marquis, Ligue Contre Le cancer Team. Rennes/France.
  • Jan 2010-Dec 2014- Professor (Director of Research Inserm), U1085. Rennes/France.
  • Dec 2005-Dec 2009- Associate Professor (CR INSERM), UMR CNRS 5164 (Pr. Moreau JF). Bordeaux/France.
  • Sept 2002-Oct 2005- Postdoctoral fellow, (Pr Peter M). Ben May Institute For Cancer Research/ University of Chicago. Chicago/USA.



WO2010/063847; WO2014118317; WO2015189236; WO2015044229; WO2015158810; WO2015104284; WO2017149012; WO2019206834; EP3784673

Scientific Academy Society and committees membership

  • Member of National Ligue Contre Le Cancer Scientific Council (2013-2017)
  • Member of National INSERM scientific council-CSS2 (2008-2012)
  • Associate editor of the journal Recent Patents on Anti-Cancer Drug Discovery. (2009-2018)
  • Editorial board member of Anti-Cancer Drugs (2010-present); Int. J. Oncology (2021-present) and Frontiers in Molecular Medicine (2021-present)


  • 2019: Price “Jean Valade” Fondation de France.
  • 2016: Price “Ruban Rose Avenir”.
  • 2016: Price “Fondation Banque Populaire de l’Ouest Avenir”.
  • 2012-2017: Equipe “Ligue Contre Le Cancer”.
  • 2007-2012: ANR young scientist.


PUBLICATIONS (some publications over 80; h-index:27)

1. Guégan J-P, Pollet  J, Ginestier  C, Charafe-Jauffret  E, Peter ME, Legembre P. iScience. 2021

 2. Poissonnier A, Guégan JP, Nguyen HT, Best D, Levoin N, Kozlov G, Gehring K, Pineau R, Jouan F, Morere L,, Martin S, Thomas M, Lazaro E, Douchet I, Ducret T, van de Weghe P, Blanco P, Jean M, Vacher P and Legembre P. Nature Chemical Biology. 2018

 3. Poissonnier A, Sanséau D, Le Gallo M, Malleter M, Levoin N, Viel R, Morere L, Penna A, Blanco P, Dupuy A, Poizeau F, Fautrel A, Seneschal J, Jouan F, Ritz J, Forcade E, Rioux N, Contin C, Ducret T, Vacher A-M, Barrow PA, Flynn RJ, Vacher P, and Legembre P. Immunity. 2016.

 4. Malleter M, Tauzin S, Bessede A, Castellano R, Goubard A, Godey F, Leveque J, Jezequel P, Campion L, Campone M, Ducret T, Macgrogan G, Debure L, Collette Y, Vacher P, Legembre P. Cancer Res. 2013.

 5. Khadra N, Bresson-Bepoldin L, Penna A, Chaigne-Delalande B, Ségui B, Levade T, Vacher AM, Reiffers J, Ducret T, Moreau JF, Cahalan MD, Vacher P, Legembre P.  PNAS. 2011.

6. Tauzin S, Chaigne-Delalande B, Selva E, Khadra N, Daburon S, Contin-Bordes C, Blanco P, Le Seyec J, Ducret T, Counillon L, Moreau JF, Hofman P, Vacher P and Legembre P. PLoS Biology. 2011.


Organizer of International Congress “Cancer Cell Death and Therapy 2017”, St. Malo (France), May 10-12, 2017.

Organizer of 1st International Congress “Cell Death in Cancer”, St. Malo (France), May 13-16, 2012.

Scientific summary

CD95 (also known as Fas) is a death receptor that belongs to the TNF (tumor necrosis factor) receptor superfamily. Its ligand, CD95L is a transmembrane cytokine (m-CD95L), which can be cleaved by metalloproteases and released in the bloodstream as a soluble fragment (s-CD95L). While m-CD95L is found at the surface of immune cells (T cells and NK cells) where it orchestrates the elimination of transformed/infected cells and the immune contraction, s-CD95L behaves as a proto-oncogene enhancing the risk of metastatic occurrence in triple negative breast cancers.

Our main goals are i) to decipher how CD95 switches from implementing cell death to non-apoptotic signaling pathways, ii) to identify the cells whose function is deregulated by the naturally processed ligand in breast cancer and lupus and iii) to develop original therapeutics that selectively inhibit the CD95-mediated non-apoptotic and pro-inflammatory signaling pathway.

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