Biomedical research institute


    Endometriosis is a chronic hormone-dependent fibro-inflammatory gynecological disease. It affects nearly 10% of women of childbearing age and clinically results in intense pelvic pain and infertility. The disease is related to the presence of ectopic endometrium that forms cystic lesions on the ovaries and in the peritoneal cavity. The pathophysiology of this disease is poorly understood and our group has helped to elucidate certain mechanisms such as the role of oxidative stress (Ngo, Am J Pathol 2009, Marcellin FRBM 2017), the activation of MAP Kinase (Ngo, J Pathol 2010, Santulli, EOTT 2015, 2016) and the mTOR / Akt pathway (Leconte, Am J Pathol 2010). Our group is particularly interested in the different adaptive or innate immune components of the chronic inflammatory response that characterizes the disease (Santulli, Hum Reprod 2012, 2013, Fertil Steril 2012, JCEM 2014, Gonzalez-Foruria I, PloS One 2015, MHR 2017, Riccio Human Reprod 2019, Peyneau PNAS 2019). Recently, we have also undertaken the study of the consequences of endometriosis during assisted reproduction and pregnancy: from fertilization / early embryonic development (non-interventional clinical study EndOvo NCT03241329) to pregnancy outcomes (prospective clinical study EndObst NCT02498691), and using a mouse model of endometriosis associated with gestation (allowing to study the tissues of interest at all stages of gestation). Thus, our team conducts basic as well as translational and clinical research and is associated with the departments of gynecology, assisted reproductive technology, and immunology from Cochin Hospital.


    Team members for "endometriosis" group

    • Frédéric Batteux PUPH
    • Charles Chapron PUPH
    • Sandrine Chouzenoux, Technician
    • Ludivine Doridot, Associate professor
    • Carole Nicco, Research engineer
    • Pietro Santulli, PUPH
    • Louis Marcellin, MCU-PH
    • Thierry Tchénio, CR1 INSERM
    • Mohamed Jeljeli, PhD Candidate
    • Mathilde Bourdon, PhD Candidate
    • Khaled Pocate, PhD Candidate
    • Marine Thomas, assistant technician


    Main publications :


    • B lymphocytes inactivation by Ibrutinib limits endometriosis progression in mice. Riccio LGC, Jeljeli M, Santulli P, Chouzenoux S, Doridot L, Nicco C, Reis FM, Abrão MS, Chapron C, Batteux F. Hum Reprod. 2019
    • Peyneau M, Kavian N, Chouzenoux S, Nicco C, Toullec L, Reboul-Marty J, Chenevier-Gobeaux C, Jeljeli M, Reis FM, Santulli P, Doridot L, Chapron C, Batteux F. Role of thyroid hormones and dyimmunity in endometriosis. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2019
    • Riccio LGC, Jeljeli M, Santulli P, Chouzenoux S, Doridot L, Nicco C, Reis FM, Abrão MS, Chapron C, Batteux F. B Lymphocytes inactivation by ibrutinib limits endometriosis progression in mice. Hum Reprod. 2019
    • Maignien C, Santulli P, Chouzenoux S, Gonzalez-Foruria I, Marcellin L, Doridot L, Jeljeli M, Grange P, Reis FM, Chapron C, Batteux F. Reduced α-2,6 sialylation  regulates cell migration in endometriosis. Hum Reprod. 2019
    • González-Foruria I, Santulli P, Chouzenoux S, Carmona F, Chapron C, Batteux F. Dysregulation of the ADAM17/Notch signalling pathways in endometriosis: from oxidative stress to fibrosis. Mol Hum Reprod. 2017
    • Marcellin L, Santulli P, Chouzenoux S, Cerles O, Nicco C, Dousset B, Pallardy  M, Kerdine-Römer S, Just PA, Chapron C, Batteux F. Alteration of Nrf2 and Glutamate Cysteine Ligase expression contribute to lesions growth and fibrogenesis in ectopic endometriosis. Free Radic Biol Med. 2017