Marc Hennequart

One-carbon metabolism in cancer

Exploring the metabolic pathways of amino acid degradation and their roles in cancer

Prof. Marc Hennequart PhD

UNamur, Department of medicine, Molecular Physiology Research Unit (URPhyM) 

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Expertise and research interests

Holding a PhD in Biomedical sciences from the UCLouvain, Marc Hennequart is an experienced researchers in the field of cancer biology. His doctoral research, conducted at the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research in Brussels, aimed at deciphering the pathways that lead to IDO1 constitutive expression in human cancer cells. After his PhD thesis, he pursued his academic career at The Francis Crick Institute in London. As a postdoctoral fellow, he explored the role of serine and one-carbon metabolism in cancer cell migration and metastasis, focusing on the mitochondrial enzyme ALDH1L2.   

In September 2023, Marc Hennequart joined the UNamur as newly appointed Professor in Biochemistry and Cell biology for the bachelors in medicine and veterinary medicine. In parallel to his teaching activities, he will start establishing his own research group. In the continuity of his previous work, his future team will investigate the metabolic pathways of amino acid degradation and their roles in cancer.

Group members

Open position: Assistant / PhD student in Biochemistry and Cell biology (deadline for application: October 22, 2023)

Research projects

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Selected publications

Hennequart M, Pilley SE, Labuschagne CF, Coomes J, Mervant L, Driscoll PC, Legrave NM, Lee Y, Kreuzaler P, Macintyre B, Panina Y, Blagih J, Stevenson D, Strathdee D, Schneider-Luftman D, Grönroos E, Cheung EC, Yuneva M, Swanton C, Vousden KH. ALDH1L2 regulation of formate, formyl-methionine, and ROS controls cancer cell migration and metastasis. Cell Rep. 2023 May 26;42(6):112562.

Hennequart M, Labuschagne CF, Tajan M, Pilley SE, Cheung EC, Legrave NM, Driscoll PC, Vousden KH. The impact of physiological metabolite levels on serine uptake, synthesis and utilization in cancer cells. Nat Commun. 2021 Oct 26;12(1):6176.

Hennequart M, Pilotte L, Cane S, Hoffmann D, Stroobant V, Plaen E, Van den Eynde BJ. Constitutive IDO1 Expression in Human Tumors Is Driven by Cyclooxygenase-2 and Mediates Intrinsic Immune Resistance. Cancer Immunol Res. 2017 Aug;5(8):695-709.