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James B. Lorens

  • E-mailJim.Lorens@uib.no
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    Jonas Lies vei 91
    5009 Bergen
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    Postboks 7804
    5020 Bergen
Academic article
  • Show author(s) (2024). AXL/WRNIP1 Mediates Replication Stress Response and Promotes Therapy Resistance and Metachronous Metastasis in HER2+ Breast Cancer. Cancer Research. 675-687.
  • Show author(s) (2023). Identification of a core EMT signature that separates basal-like breast cancers into partial- and post-EMT subtypes. Frontiers in Oncology. 16 pages.
  • Show author(s) (2022). Refining the Role of Pyruvate Dehydrogenase Kinases in Glioblastoma Development. Cancers. 1-21.
  • Show author(s) (2022). Intrinsic Differences in Spatiotemporal Organization and Stromal Cell Interactions Between Isogenic Lung Cancer Cells of Epithelial and Mesenchymal Phenotypes Revealed by High-Dimensional Single-Cell Analysis of Heterotypic 3D Spheroid Models. Frontiers in Oncology. 1-24.
  • Show author(s) (2022). Human organotypic airway and lung organoid cells of bronchiolar and alveolar differentiation are permissive to infection by influenza and SARS-CoV-2 respiratory virus. Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology. 1-23.
  • Show author(s) (2022). Dissecting the Role of AXL in Cancer Immune Escape and Resistance to Immune Checkpoint Inhibition. Frontiers in Immunology. 24 pages.
  • Show author(s) (2022). C/EBPB-dependent adaptation to palmitic acid promotes tumor formation in hormone receptor negative breast cancer. Nature Communications. 1-17.
  • Show author(s) (2022). AXL targeting restores PD-1 blockade sensitivity of STK11/LKB1 mutant NSCLC through expansion of TCF1<sup>+</sup> CD8 T cells. Cell Reports Medicine. 20 pages.
  • Show author(s) (2021). Phosphatidylserine receptors enhance SARS-CoV-2 infection. PLoS Pathogens.
  • Show author(s) (2021). High-dimensional immunotyping of tumors grown in obese and non-obese mice. Disease Models and Mechanisms. 18 pages.
  • Show author(s) (2021). Blocking aerobic glycolysis by targeting pyruvate dehydrogenase kinase in combination with EGFR TKI and ionizing radiation increases therapeutic effect in non-small cell lung cancer cells. Cancers. 24 pages.
  • Show author(s) (2021). Axl-inhibitor bemcentinib alleviates mitochondrial dysfunction in the unilateral ureter obstruction murine model. Journal of Cellular and Molecular Medicine. 7407-7417.
  • Show author(s) (2021). Association of AXL and PD-L1 Expression with Clinical Outcomes in Patients with Advanced Renal Cell Carcinoma Treated with PD-1 Blockade. Clinical Cancer Research. 6749-6760.
  • Show author(s) (2021). AXL targeting by a specific small molecule or monoclonal antibody inhibits renal cell carcinoma progression in an orthotopic mice model. Physiological Reports. 1-11.
  • Show author(s) (2021). AXL is a key factor for cell plasticity and promotes metastasis in Pancreatic cancer. Molecular Cancer Research. 1412-1421.
  • Show author(s) (2021). AXL Inhibition Represents a Novel Therapeutic Approach in BCR-ABL Negative Myeloproliferative Neoplasms. HemaSphere.
  • Show author(s) (2020). Inhibiting the GAS6/AXL axis suppresses tumor progression by blocking the interaction between cancer-associated fibroblasts and cancer cells in gastric carcinoma. Gastric Cancer. 824-836.
  • Show author(s) (2020). AXL is a driver of stemness in normal mammary gland and breast cancer. iScience. 1-40.
  • Show author(s) (2020). AXL Targeting Abrogates Autophagic Flux and Induces Immunogenic Cell Death in Drug-Resistant Cancer Cells. Journal of Thoracic Oncology. 973-999.
  • Show author(s) (2019). Epithelial to mesenchymal transition (EMT) is associated with attenuation of succinate dehydrogenase (SDH) in breast cancer through reduced expression of SDHC. Cancer & Metabolism.
  • Show author(s) (2019). Adenoviral mediated mono delivery of BMP2 is superior to the combined delivery of BMP2 and VEGFA in bone regeneration in a critical-sized rat calvarial bone defect. Bone Reports.
  • Show author(s) (2019). AXL targeting reduces fibrosis development in experimental unilateral ureteral obstruction. Physiological Reports. 1-20.
  • Show author(s) (2019). AXL targeting overcomes human lung cancer cell resistance to NK- And CTL-mediated cytotoxicity. Cancer immunology research. 1789-1802.
  • Show author(s) (2019). A Functional Role of GAS6/TAM in Nonalcoholic Steatohepatitis Progression Implicates AXL as Therapeutic Target. Cellular and Molecular Gastroenterology and Hepatology (CMGH).
  • Show author(s) (2018). Microenvironment-Induced Non-sporadic Expression of the AXL and cKIT Receptors Are Related to Epithelial Plasticity and Drug Resistance. Frontiers in Cell and Developmental Biology.
  • Show author(s) (2018). Identifying Lysophosphatidic Acid Acyltransferase β (LPAAT‐β) as the Target of a Nanomolar Angiogenesis Inhibitor from a Phenotypic Screen Using the Polypharmacology Browser PPB2. ChemMedChem. 224-236.
  • Show author(s) (2018). High-Dimensional Phenotyping Identifies Age-Emergent Cells in Human Mammary Epithelia. Cell reports. 1205-1219.
  • Show author(s) (2018). A novel SRC-2-dependent regulation of epithelial-mesenchymal transition in breast cancer cells. Journal of Steroid Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. 57-70.
  • Show author(s) (2017). Small-Molecule Inhibition of Axl Targets Tumor Immune Suppression and Enhances Chemotherapy in Pancreatic Cancer. Cancer Research. 246-255.
  • Show author(s) (2017). Microsphere cytometry to interrogate microenvironment-dependent cell signaling. Integrative Biology. 123-134.
  • Show author(s) (2017). Clear cell renal cell carcinoma is linked to epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition and to fibrosis. Physiological Reports. 1-18.
  • Show author(s) (2017). Association of Warfarin Use With Lower Overall Cancer Incidence Among Patients Older Than 50 Years. JAMA Internal Medicine. 1774-1780.
  • Show author(s) (2017). Acquisition of tumor cell phenotypic diversity along the EMT spectrum under hypoxic pressure: Consequences on susceptibility to cell-mediated cytotoxicity. Oncoimmunology. 1-11.
  • Show author(s) (2016). Heparin Inhibits Proliferation and Migration of Patient-Derived Vascular Cells Only at Non-physiological Concentrations Due to Antagonistic Pathways. British Journal of Medicine and Medical Research.
  • Show author(s) (2015). Warfarin blocks Gas6-mediated Axl activation required for pancreatic cancer epithelial plasticity and metastasis. Cancer Research. 3699-3705.
  • Show author(s) (2015). Vimentin-ERK signaling uncouples slug gene regulatory function. Cancer Research. 2349-2362.
  • Show author(s) (2015). The immortality two-step. Cell Cycle. 798 pages.
  • Show author(s) (2015). Cellular context-mediated Akt dynamics regulates MAP kinase signaling thresholds during angiogenesis. Molecular Biology of the Cell. 2698-2711.
  • Show author(s) (2015). A rapid in vivo screen for pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma therapeutics. Disease Models and Mechanisms. 1201-1211.
  • Show author(s) (2015). A new live-cell reporter strategy to simultaneously monitor mitochondrial biogenesis and morphology. Scientific Reports.
  • Show author(s) (2014). Mesenchymal stem cells induce endothelial cell quiescence and promote capillary formation. Stem Cell Research & Therapy.
  • Show author(s) (2014). In Vitro Characterization of Valproic Acid, ATRA, and Cytarabine Used for Disease-Stabilization in Human Acute Myeloid Leukemia: Antiproliferative Effects of Drugs on Endothelial and Osteoblastic Cells and Altered Release of Angioregulatory Mediators by Endothelial Cells. Leukemia Research and Treatment.
  • Show author(s) (2014). Flow cytometry-based functional selection of RNA interference triggers for efficient epi-allelic analysis of therapeutic targets. BMC Biotechnology.
  • Show author(s) (2014). Effects of enoxaparin and dalteparin on proliferation and migration of patient-derived vascular smooth muscle cells . VASA. 124-131.
  • Show author(s) (2014). Automated quantification and integrative analysis of 2D and 3D mitochondrial shape and network properties. PLOS ONE.
  • Show author(s) (2014). Auswirkungen von enoxaparin und dalteparin auf die proliferation und migration humaner vaskulärer glatter muskelzellen aus einem patientenkollektiv. VASA. 124-131.
  • Show author(s) (2014). Akt1 activity regulates vessel maturation in a tissue engineering model of angiogenesis. Tissue Engineering Part A. 2590-2603.
  • Show author(s) (2014). Age-Related Dysfunction in Mechanotransduction Impairs Differentiation of Human Mammary Epithelial Progenitors. Cell reports. 1926-1939.
  • Show author(s) (2013). p63 attenuates epithelial to mesenchymal potential in an experimental prostate cell model. PLOS ONE. 12 pages.
  • Show author(s) (2013). Nitroreductase, a near-infrared reporter platform for in vivo time-domain optical imaging of metastatic cancer. Cancer Research. 1276-1286.
  • Show author(s) (2013). Evaluating extracellular matrix influence on adherent cell signaling by cold trypsin phosphorylation-specific flow cytometry. BMC Cell Biology. 7 pages.
  • Show author(s) (2013). Endothelial microvascular networks affect gene-expression profiles and osteogenic potential of tissue-engineered constructs. Stem Cell Research & Therapy. 10 pages.
  • Show author(s) (2013). Domains I and IV of annexin A2 affect the formation and integrity of in vitro capillary-like networks. PLOS ONE. 12 pages.
  • Show author(s) (2013). Contextual compound screening for improved therapeutic discovery. ChemBioChem. 2512-2518.
  • Show author(s) (2013). Axl, a prognostic and therapeutic target in acute myeloid leukemia mediates paracrine crosstalk of leukemia cells with bone marrow stroma. Blood. 2443-2452.
  • Show author(s) (2012). Synergistic induction of p53 mediated apoptosis by valproic acid and nutlin-3 in acute myeloid leukemia. Leukemia. 910-917.
  • Show author(s) (2012). Soluble mediators released by acute myeloid leukemia cells increase capillary-like networks. European Journal of Haematology. 478-490.
  • Show author(s) (2012). S100A14 inhibits proliferation of oral carcinoma derived cells through G1-arrest. Oral Oncology. 219-225.
  • Show author(s) (2012). Osteogenic stimulatory conditions enhance growth and maturation of endothelial cell microvascular networks in culture with mesenchymal stem cells. Journal of Tissue Engineering.
  • Show author(s) (2012). Ectopic expression of Flt3 kinase inhibits proliferation and promotes cell death in different human cancer cell lines. Cell Biology and Toxicology. 201-212.
  • Show author(s) (2012). Camptothecin-7-yl-methanthiole: semisynthesis and biological evaluation. ChemMedChem. 2134-2143.
  • Show author(s) (2012). A combined targeted/phenotypic approach for the identification of new antiangiogenics agents active on a zebrafish model: From in silico screening to cyclodextrin formulation. Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry Letters. 5579-5583.
  • Show author(s) (2011). Vimentin regulates EMT induction by Slug and oncogenic H-ras and migration by governing Axl expression in breast cancer. Oncogene. 1436-1448.
  • Show author(s) (2011). Isosteric replacement of the Z-enone with haloethyl ketone and E-enone in a resorcylic acid lactone series and biological evaluation. Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry Letters. 1167-1170.
  • Show author(s) (2011). Efficient in vivo vascularization of tissue-engineering scaffolds. Journal of Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine. E52-E62.
  • Show author(s) (2011). A novel brain metastases model developed in immunodeficient rats closely mimics the growth of metastatic brain tumours in patients. Neuropathology and Applied Neurobiology. 189-205.
  • Show author(s) (2010). Synthesis and biological evaluation of new camptothecin derivatives obtained by modification of position 20. Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry. 8660-8668.
  • Show author(s) (2010). Isosteric replacement of the Z-enone with haloethyl ketone and E-enone in a resorcyclic acid lactone series and biological evaluation. Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry Letters. 1167-1170.
  • Show author(s) (2010). Axl is an essential epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition-induced regulator of breast cancer metastasis and patient survival. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. 1124-1129.
  • Show author(s) (2010). A novel imaging-based high-throughput screening approach to anti-angiogenic drug discovery. Cytometry. 41-51.
  • Show author(s) (2009). Mural cell associated VEGF is required for organotypic vessel formation. PLOS ONE.
  • Show author(s) (2009). Carfilzomib can induce tumor cell death through selective inhibition of the chymotrypsin-like activity of the proteasome. Blood. 3439-3447.
  • Show author(s) (2009). A novel imaging-based high-throughput screening approach to anti-angiogenic drug discovery. Cytometry Part A. 41-51.
  • Show author(s) (2008). Enhanced gene expression from retroviral vectors. BMC Biotechnology. 6 pages.
  • Show author(s) (2007). The proteasome inhibitors bortezomib and PR-171 have antiproliferative and proapoptotic effects on primary human acute myeloid leukaemia cells. British Journal of Haematology. 814-828.
  • Show author(s) (2007). Target discovery using retroviruses. Expert Opinion on Drug Discovery. 1285-1300.
  • Show author(s) (2007). RACK1 regulates Ki-Ras-mediated signaling and morphological transformation of NIH 3T3 cells. International Journal of Cancer. 961-969.
  • Show author(s) (2007). In vivo optical Imaging of acute myeloid leukemia by green fluorescent protein: Time-domain autofluorescence decoupling, fluorophore quantification, and localization. Molecular Imaging. 193-204.
  • Show author(s) (2007). Expanding the spectrum of genetic elements transferable by retroviral vectors. DNA and Cell Biology. 773-779.
  • Show author(s) (2004). Stable, stoichiometric delivery of diverse protein functions. Journal of Biochemical and Biophysical Methods. 101-110.
  • Show author(s) (2004). Isolation of Genetic Effectors using the Tetracycline-Regulatable System. Genomu Igaku : Genome Medicine.
  • Show author(s) (1999). Salmon eggshell protein expression: A marker for environmental estrogens. Marine Biotechnology. 252-260.
  • Show author(s) (1999). Salmon Eggshell Protein Expression: A Marker for Environmental Estrogens. Marine Biotechnology. 252-260.
  • Show author(s) (1995). Embryonic expression and DNA-binding properties of zebrafish pax-6. Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications - BBRC. 122-128.
  • Show author(s) (1993). Expression of growth hormone genes in Atlantic salmon. Journal of Molecular Endocrinology. 167-179.
  • Show author(s) (1993). Biotechnology in Aquaculture, with Special Reference to Transgenic Salmon. Biotechnology & Genetic Engineering Reviews. 31-56.
  • Show author(s) (1992). The complete nucleotide sequence of the Atlantic salmon growth hormone I gene. Biochimica et Biophysica Acta. 345-348.
Academic lecture
  • Show author(s) (2013). Prevascularization of tissue-engineered constructs with endothelial and mesenchymal stem cells.
  • Show author(s) (2020). Editorial: Targeting the Tumor Microenvironment for a More Effective and Efficient Cancer Immunotherapy. Frontiers in Immunology.
Masters thesis
  • Show author(s) (2023). Predictive Biomarkers Beyond Next Generation Sequencing: Functional Testing of Homologous Recombination Repair Deficiency Status in Patient-Derived Tissue Cultures.
  • Show author(s) (2019). The Role of Axl in Cancer and Stem Cell Plasticity: in vivo Lineage Tracing and Imaging Mass Cytometry Analysis.
  • Show author(s) (2018). Investigating the role of vitamin K in Axl-mediated melanoma progression and chemotherapeutic resistance.
  • Show author(s) (2017). Axl Inhibition Enhances Sensitivity of BRAF Mutant Melanoma Cells to Vemurafenib.
  • Show author(s) (2015). The role of Axl in melanoma metastasis.
  • Show author(s) (2013). Metabolic reprogramming in Slug and Twist overexpressing MCF10A cells.
  • Show author(s) (2013). In vitro phenotypic patterning of vascular cells by nano- and micro-design of the matrix substatum.
  • Show author(s) (2012). A study of mitochondrial function, ROS and signaling in Twist overexpressing cells.
  • Show author(s) (2010). Effekten av arakidonsyremetabolitten prostaglandin E2 (PGE2) på humane endotelceller.
  • Show author(s) (2008). The disruption of VEGF signalling by the inhibition of delta 5- fatty acid desaturase (dFADS) in HUVECs.
  • Show author(s) (2008). Assessing Blood Vessel Formation and Maturation in Tissue Engineering Implants -The Role of Akt Kinase.
  • Show author(s) (2006). Knockdown of p110β subunit of phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase in human umbilical vein endothelial cells with small interfering RNA.
Letter to the editor
  • Show author(s) (2018). In reply. JAMA Internal Medicine. 585-586.
Doctoral dissertation
  • Show author(s) (2019). The role of AXL and the microenvironment in cancer cell plasticity and therapy responses. A study in non-small cell lung cancer models.
  • Show author(s) (2019). The receptor tyrosine kinase AXL in tumor phenotypic plasticity and acquired resistance to cancer targeted- and immunotherapy.
  • Show author(s) (2018). The effects of ageing on microenvironment-contextual epithelial cell signalling .
  • Show author(s) (2017). Mechanisms of AXL Mediated Cell Plasticity and Drug Resistance .
  • Show author(s) (2017). Investigations of the cancer therapeutic and protective effects of warfarin-mediated inhibition of the receptor tyrosine kinase AXL.
  • Show author(s) (2016). The Role of Age in Cellular Responses to Microenvironmental Cues as a Breast Cancer Susceptibility Factor.
  • Show author(s) (2015). The role of Axl signaling in phenotypic plasticity in normal and neoplastic epithelial cells.
  • Show author(s) (1993). Molecular studies on the gene structure and expression of Atlantic salmon growth hormone. (dr.scient).
Academic chapter/article/Conference paper
  • Show author(s) (2020). Autophagy mediated danger signaling regulates tumor immunosurveillance and may potentiate the effects of anti-cancer immunotherapy through increased adjuvanticity. 22 pages.
  • Show author(s) (2017). The Role of Axl Receptor Tyrosine Kinase in Tumor Cell Plasticity and Therapy Resistance. 28 pages.
  • Show author(s) (2013). The Tumor Microenvironment as a Transient Niche: A Modulator of Epigenetic States and Stem Cell Funct. 16 pages.
  • Show author(s) (2013). Image-based high-throughput screening for inhibitors of angiogenesis. 13 pages.
  • Show author(s) (2008). Comprehensive Analysis of Gene Function: RNA interference and Chemical Genomics. 13 pages.
  • Show author(s) (1993). Cloning and characterization of growth regulating genes from Atlantic salmon: A strategy for increasing growth rate by microinjection of a modified growth hormone gene into fertilized salmon eggs. 7 pages.
  • Show author(s) (2018). Update on the randomised phase Ib/II study of the selective small molecule AXL inhibitor bemcentinib (BGB324) in combination with either dabrafenib/trametinib or pembrolizumab in patients with metastatic melanoma. Annals of Oncology. viii452-viii452.
  • Show author(s) (2013). Warfarin blocks Gas6-mediated Axl activation required for pancreatic tumor EMT and metastasis. Annals of Surgical Oncology. S133-S133.
  • Show author(s) (2013). Axl, a therapeutic target in AML mediates stroma-induced chemoresistance. Onkologie (Basel). 44-44.
  • Show author(s) (2011). Axl is an essential epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition-induced regulator of breast cancer metastasis and patient survival. Clinical and Experimental Metastasis. 234-235.
  • Show author(s) (2009). The receptor tyrosine kinase Axl controls breast carcinoma cell invasiveness and tumor formation by regulating E-cadherin. Clinical and Experimental Metastasis. 863-863.
  • Show author(s) (2008). The scaffold protein RACK1 regulates Ki-Ras-mediated signaling and morphological transformation of NIH 3T3 cells. The FEBS Journal. 315-315.
  • Show author(s) (2007). Anti-tumor activity of immunoproteasome selective inhibitors. Blood. 477A-478A.
  • Show author(s) (2013). Endothelial Microvascular Networks Influence Gene Expression Profiles in MSCs.
  • Show author(s) (2012). Osteogenic conditions stimulate microvascular networks – establishing culture conditions for stem cell based reconstruction of bone defects.
  • Show author(s) (2008). Co-culuture of endothelial cells and mesenchymal stem cells on 3D scaffolds.
  • Show author(s) (2007). Development of a near infrared reporter system for in vivo imaging.
  • Show author(s) (2007). Anti-Tumor Activity of Immunoproteasome Selective Inhibitors.
  • Show author(s) (2016). Corrigendum: A new live-cell reporter strategy to simultaneously monitor mitochondrial biogenesis and morphology. Scientific Reports.
Academic literature review
  • Show author(s) (2020). Decoding cancer’s camouflage: epithelial-mesenchymal plasticity in resistance to immune checkpoint blockade. Cancer Drug Resistance. 22 pages.
  • Show author(s) (2017). Adaptive mechanisms of resistance to anti-neoplastic agents. MedChemComm. 53-66.
  • Show author(s) (2014). Molecular deconstruction, detection, and computational prediction of microenvironment-modulated cellular responses to cancer therapeutics. Advanced Drug Delivery Reviews. 123-131.
  • Show author(s) (2010). Image-based high-throughput screening for anti-angiogenic drug discovery. Current pharmaceutical design. 3958-3963.
  • Show author(s) (2010). High content screening: seeing is believing. Trends in Biotechnology. 237-245.
  • Show author(s) (2007). RNAi screening for therapeutic targets in human malignancies. Current Pharmaceutical Biotechnology. 337-343.
  • Show author(s) (2007). MicroRNAs in tumorigenesis. Current Pharmaceutical Biotechnology. 320-325.

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A full bibliography is available here

Prof. Lorens completed undergraduate studies at Carleton College (USA) and University of Bergen (UiB), and graduate studies in chemistry (MS) and molecular biology (PhD) at UiB in 1993. He did postdoctoral work with Prof. Garry Nolan at Stanford University studying tumor and immune cell apoptosis mechanisms, before joining Rigel Pharmaceuticals in 1997. As one of the first scientists at Rigel, Prof. Lorens led technology development and was later Director of Oncology R&D. He returned to UiB as a Professor in the Medical Faculty, starting his academic laboratory in the Dept. Biomedicine in 2004 to focus on cancer research. Prof. Lorens is a principal investigator at the Center for Cancer Biomarkers, Norwegian Center of Excellence. He founded BerGenBio AS in 2008 to facilitate clinical translation of his group’s pioneering research on the Axl receptor tyrosine kinase. He continues to serve as Chief Scientific Officer. BerGenBio’s Axl inhibitor (BGB324) is currently in Phase I/II clinical trials to treat cancer.

In addition to his university research, teaching and supervisory activities, Prof. Lorens serves on the Editorial Board of Cancer Research and is an Affiliate at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (USA). He has held several research administration and scientific advisory positions, including a current appointment to the board of the Research Council Division of Innovation. He has received several awards recognizing his achievements in innovation and holds several patents. A full bibliography is available here