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Dissection of tumor heterogeneity in vivo

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 Coordinator Country Germany [DE]
 Total cost 2˙000˙000 €
 EC max contribution 2˙000˙000 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.1. (EXCELLENT SCIENCE - European Research Council (ERC))
 Code Call ERC-2014-CoG
 Funding Scheme ERC-COG
 Starting year 2015
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2015-06-01   to  2020-05-31


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 Project objective

It is now widely accepted that tumors are composed of heterogeneous population of cells, which contribute to many aspects of treatment resistance observed in clinic. Despite the acknowledgment of the tumor cell heterogeneity, little evidence was shown about complexity and dynamics of this heterogeneity in vivo, mainly because of lacking flexible genetic tools which allow sophisticated analysis in primary tumors. We recently developed a very efficient mouse somatic brain tumor model which have a full penetrance of high grade glioma development. Combination of this model with several transgenic mouse lines allow us to isolate and track different population of cells in primary tumors, most importantly, we also confirmed that this can be done on single cell level. Here I propose to use this set of valuable genetic tools to dissect the cellular heterogeneity in mouse gliomas. First we will perform several single cell lineage tracing experiment to demonstrate the contribution of brain tumor stem cell, tumor progenitors as well as the relatively differentiated cells, which will provide a complete data sets of clonal dynamics of different tumor cell types. Second we will further perform this tracing experiment with the presence of conventional chemotherapy. Third we will perform single cell RNA sequencing experiment to capture the molecular signature, which determines the cellular heterogeneity, discovered by single cell tracing. This result will be further validated by analysis of this molecular signatures in human primary tumors. We will also use our established in vivo target validation approach to manipulate the candidate molecular regulators to establish the functional correlation between molecular signature and phenotypic heterogeneity. This project will greatly improve our understanding of tumor heterogeneity, and possibly provide novel approaches and strategies of targeting human glioblastomas.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2019 Varun Venkataramani, Dimitar Ivanov Tanev, Christopher Strahle, Alexander Studier-Fischer, Laura Fankhauser, Tobias Kessler, Christoph Körber, Markus Kardorff, Miriam Ratliff, Ruifan Xie, Heinz Horstmann, Mirko Messer, Sang Peter Paik, Johannes Knabbe, Felix Sahm, Felix T. Kurz, Azer Aylin Acikgöz, Frank Herrmannsdörfer, Amit Agarwal, Dwight E. Bergles, Anthony Chalmers, Hrvoje Miletic, Sevin T
Glutamatergic synaptic input to glioma cells drives brain tumour progression
published pages: 532-538, ISSN: 0028-0836, DOI: 10.1038/s41586-019-1564-x
Nature 573/7775 2020-02-06
2019 Patricia Rusu, Chunxuan Shao, Anna Neuerburg, Azer Aylin Acikgöz, Yonghe Wu, Peng Zou, Prasad Phapale, Tchirupura S. Shankar, Kristina Döring, Steffen Dettling, Huiqin Körkel-Qu, Gözde Bekki, Barbara Costa, Te Guo, Olga Friesen, Magdalena Schlotter, Mathias Heikenwalder, Darjus F. Tschaharganeh, Bernd Bukau, Günter Kramer, Peter Angel, Christel Herold-Mende, Bernhard Radlwimmer, Hai-Kun Liu
GPD1 Specifically Marks Dormant Glioma Stem Cells with a Distinct Metabolic Profile
published pages: 241-257.e8, ISSN: 1934-5909, DOI: 10.1016/j.stem.2019.06.004
Cell Stem Cell 25/2 2020-02-06
2019 Ceren Duman, Kaneschka Yaqubi, Angelika Hoffmann, Azer Aylin Acikgöz, Andrey Korshunov, Martin Bendszus, Christel Herold-Mende, Hai-Kun Liu, Julieta Alfonso
Acyl-CoA-Binding Protein Drives Glioblastoma Tumorigenesis by Sustaining Fatty Acid Oxidation
published pages: 274-289.e5, ISSN: 1550-4131, DOI: 10.1016/j.cmet.2019.04.004
Cell Metabolism 30/2 2020-02-06
2017 Weijun Feng, Daisuke Kawauchi, Huiqin Körkel-Qu, Huan Deng, Elisabeth Serger, Laura Sieber, Jenna Ariel Lieberman, Silvia Jimeno-González, Sander Lambo, Bola S. Hanna, Yassin Harim, Malin Jansen, Anna Neuerburg, Olga Friesen, Marc Zuckermann, Vijayanad Rajendran, Jan Gronych, Olivier Ayrault, Andrey Korshunov, David T. W. Jones, Marcel Kool, Paul A. Northcott, Peter Lichter, Felipe Cortés-Ledesma, Stefan M. Pfister, Hai-Kun Liu
Chd7 is indispensable for mammalian brain development through activation of a neuronal differentiation programme
published pages: 14758, ISSN: 2041-1723, DOI: 10.1038/ncomms14758
Nature Communications 8 2019-05-31
2017 Yong-Sheng Cheng, Yue Zhuo, Katharina Hartmann, Peng Zou, Goezde Bekki, Heike Alter, Hai-Kun Liu
Autonomous Combinatorial Color Barcoding For Multiplexing Single Molecule RNA Visualization
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI: 10.1101/127373
BioRxiv 2019-05-31

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