Track record since I began my scientific career. The join of effort of the research group aims to expand our knowledge about Caspase function, and consequently the list of original publications.


A toolkit to generate inducible and interconvertible Drosophila transgenes

Franz Wendler, Sangbin Park, Claire Hill, Alessia Galasso, Kathleen R. Chang, Iman Awan, Yulia Sudarikova, Mar Bustamante, Sichen Liu, Ethan Sung, Gabrielle Aisabonoko, Seung K. Kim, Luis Alberto Baena-Lopez.

bioRxiv 2020.08.18.256461; doi:

Non-Lethal Message from the Holy Land: The first International Conference on Non-Apoptotic Roles of Apoptotic Proteins.

Eli Arama, L. Alberto Baena-Lopez, Howard Fernhead. The FEBS journal, in press.

Regulated cell death mechanisms and their crosstalk with the immune system. Baena-Lopez, L.A. (2020, July 30).  In The Biomedical & Life Sciences Collection, Henry Stewart Talks. Retrieved August 10, 2020, from

Widespread non-apoptotic activation of Drosophila Caspase-2/9 limits JNK signaling, macrophage proliferation, and growth of wound-like tumors. 

Derek Cui Xu, Kenneth M. Yamada, Luis Alberto Baena-Lopez. bioRxiv 2020. 07.27.223404; 

doi: In revision.

Non-apoptotic caspase activation sustains ovarian somatic stem cell functions by modulating Hedgehog-signalling and autophagy

Alessia Galasso, Daria Iakovleva, LA. Baena-Lopez. BioRxiv. 2020 August. bioRxiv 722330; doi: In revision.



Non‐apoptotic caspase activation preserves Drosophila intestinal progenitor cells in quiescence

Lewis Arthurton, Dominik Antoni Nahotko, Jana Alonso, Franz Wendler, Luis Alberto Baena-Lopez

bioRxiv 707380; doi: The previous link corresponds to first draft of the manuscript; the final version was accepted for publication


Lessons in genome engineering: opportunities, tools and pitfalls

Ingrid Poernbacher, Sam Crossman, Joachim Kurth, Hisashi Nojima, Alberto Baena-Lopez, Cyrille Alexandre, Jean-Paul Vincent

bioRxiv 710871; doi:


Novel initiator caspase reporters uncover previously unknown features of caspase-activating cells

Baena-Lopez LA,  Arthurton L, Bischoff M, Vincent JP, Alexandre C, McGregor R. Development. 2018 December 2018 145: dev170811 doi: 10.1242/dev.170811

Learning on the fly: The interplay between Caspases and Cancer

Xu DC, Arthurton LBaena-Lopez LA. Biomed. Research International. 2018 March 14. [Epub ahead of print] 

All about the caspase-dependent functions without cell death.

Baena-Lopez LA. Semin Cell Dev Biol. 2018 Jan 20. [Epub ahead of print] 


Non-apoptotic Caspase regulation of stem cell properties.

Baena-Lopez LA, Arthurton L, Xu DC, Galasso A.

Semin Cell Dev Biol. 2017 Nov 1. [Epub ahead of print]



Patterning and growth control by membrane-tethered Wingless.

Alexandre C, Baena-Lopez A, Vincent JP.

Nature. 2014 Jan 9;505(7482):180-5. doi: 10.1038/nature12879. Epub 2013 Dec 25.




Accelerated homologous recombination and subsequent genome modification in Drosophila.

Baena-Lopez LA, Alexandre C, Mitchell A, Pasakarnis L, Vincent JP.

Development. 2013 Dec;140(23):4818-25. doi: 10.1242/dev.100933. Epub 2013 Oct 23.


Mechanisms and mechanics of cell competition in epithelia.

Vincent JP, Fletcher AG, Baena-Lopez LA.

Nat Rev Mol Cell Biol. 2013 Sep;14(9):581-91. doi: 10.1038/nrm3639. Epub 2013 Aug 14. Review.




Integration of morphogen signalling within the growth regulatory network.

Baena-Lopez LA, Nojima H, Vincent JP.

Curr Opin Cell Biol. 2012 Apr;24(2):166-72. doi: 10.1016/ Epub 2012 Jan 16. Review.




dMyc functions downstream of Yorkie to promote the supercompetitive behavior of hippo pathway mutant cells.

Ziosi M, Baena-López LA, Grifoni D, Froldi F, Pession A, Garoia F, Trotta V, Bellosta P, Cavicchi S, Pession A.

PLoS Genet. 2010 Sep 23;6(9):e1001140. doi: 10.1371/journal.pgen.1001140.




Wingless promotes proliferative growth in a gradient-independent manner.

Baena-Lopez LA, Franch-Marro X, Vincent JP.

Sci Signal. 2009 Oct 6;2(91):ra60. doi: 10.1126/scisignal.2000360.


Characterization of the interface between normal and transformed epithelial cells.

Hogan C, Dupré-Crochet S, Norman M, Kajita M, Zimmermann C, Pelling AE, Piddini E, Baena-López LA, Vincent JP, Itoh Y, Hosoya H, Pichaud F, Fujita Y.

Nat Cell Biol. 2009 Apr;11(4):460-7. doi: 10.1038/ncb1853. Epub 2009 Mar 15.




Upregulation of glypicans in Hippo mutants alters the coordinated activity of morphogens.

Rodríguez I, Baena-Lopez LA, Baonza A.

Fly (Austin). 2008 Nov-Dec;2(6):320-2. Epub 2008 Nov 21.


The tumor suppressor genes dachsous and fat modulate different signalling pathways by regulating dally and dally-like.

Baena-Lopez LA, Rodríguez I, Baonza A.

Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2008 Jul 15;105(28):9645-50. doi: 10.1073/pnas.0803747105. Epub 2008 Jul 9.


The expression of heat shock protein HSP60A reveals a dynamic mitochondrial pattern in Drosophila melanogaster embryos.

Baena-López LA, Alonso J, Rodriguez J, Santarén JF.

J Proteome Res. 2008 Jul;7(7):2780-8. doi: 10.1021/pr800006x. Epub 2008 Jun 13.


Wingless secretion requires endosome-to-Golgi retrieval of Wntless/Evi/Sprinter by the retromer complex.

Franch-Marro X, Wendler F, Guidato S, Griffith J, Baena-Lopez A, Itasaki N, Maurice MM, Vincent JP.

Nat Cell Biol. 2008 Feb;10(2):170-7. doi: 10.1038/ncb1678. Epub 2008 Jan 13.




Control of growth and positional information by the graded vestigial expression pattern in the wing of Drosophila melanogaster.

Baena-Lopez LA, García-Bellido A.

Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2006 Sep 12;103(37):13734-9. Epub 2006 Sep 1.




Characterization of the Drosophila melanogaster mitochondrial proteome.

Alonso J, Rodriguez JM, Baena-López LA, Santarén JF.

J Proteome Res. 2005 Sep-Oct;4(5):1636-45.


The orientation of cell divisions determines the shape of Drosophila organs.

Baena-López LA, Baonza A, García-Bellido A.

Curr Biol. 2005 Sep 20;15(18):1640-4.


Constitutive expression of heat shock protein p23 correlates with proneural territories in imaginal discs of Drosophila melanogaster.

Alonso J, Rodriguez JM, Baena-López LA, Alonso MT, Santarén JF.

Proteomics. 2005 Sep;5(14):3604-13.




Wg and Egfr signalling antagonise the development of the peripodial epithelium in Drosophila wing discs.

Baena-López LA, Pastor-Pareja JC, Resino J.

Development. 2003 Dec;130(26):6497-506.


Genetic requirements of vestigial in the regulation of Drosophila wing development.

Baena-López LA, García-Bellido A.

Development. 2003 Jan;130(1):197-208.