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Surviving metabolism: acid handling and signalling

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Project "Survive" data sheet

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Organization address
city: OXFORD
postcode: OX1 2JD

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 Coordinator Country United Kingdom [UK]
 Total cost 1˙922˙575 €
 EC max contribution 1˙922˙575 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.1. (EXCELLENT SCIENCE - European Research Council (ERC))
 Code Call ERC-2016-COG
 Funding Scheme ERC-COG
 Starting year 2017
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2017-06-01   to  2022-05-31


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 Project objective

Metabolism generates vast quantities of acid, which exerts broad-spectrum biological effects because protein protonation is a powerful post-translational modification. Regulation of intracellular pH (pHi) is therefore a homeostatic priority, but carefully orchestrated proton dynamics are a versatile signal. Extracellular acidity is an established chemical signature of tumours and has recently been proposed to convey a signal that shapes the phenotypic landscape of cancer. Cancer’s genetic instability yields diversity in acid handling and signalling, forming a substrate for selection under acid-stress. This is a plausible mechanism for disease progression and an analogy can be drawn to experimentally-verified hypoxic selection. Current models of acid handling in cancer are, however, based on population-averages of observations made at the cell level. This fails to appreciate diversity and the complexity inherent in tissues. We will produce a more complete understanding of acid handling that accounts for diffusive transport across tissue compartments and the role of the tumour stroma. A systems-approach of characterising pH-regulatory processes cell-by-cell will identify which components are liable to vary, and thus are a substrate for acid-driven somatic evolution. The long-term effects of proton signals on gene expression have not been tested, despite evidence for proton-sensing transcription factors. To address the mechanism for adaptation to acid-stress, proton-sensing transcription factors will be characterised from studies of gene expression under chemically and optogenetically operated pH stimuli. The definition of a cell’s fitness to survive at a particular microenvironment pH and its relationship with stemness remain unclear. Phenotyping pHi-gated subpopulations in terms of growth, stemness and tumourigenicity will define pH-fitness and its role in aggressiveness. In evolving to survive metabolism, cancer cells may acquire the ability to thrive in new niches.


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year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2019 Pawel Swietach, Stefania Monterisi
A Barter Economy in Tumors: Exchanging Metabolites through Gap Junctions
published pages: 117, ISSN: 2072-6694, DOI: 10.3390/cancers11010117
Cancers 11/1 2020-01-29
2019 Johanna Michl, Kyung Chan Park, Pawel Swietach
Evidence-based guidelines for controlling pH in mammalian live-cell culture systems
published pages: , ISSN: 2399-3642, DOI: 10.1038/s42003-019-0393-7
Communications Biology 2/1 2020-01-29
2019 Pawel Swietach
What is pH regulation, and why do cancer cells need it?
published pages: 5-15, ISSN: 0167-7659, DOI: 10.1007/s10555-018-09778-x
Cancer and Metastasis Reviews 38/1-2 2020-01-29
2018 Shen-Han Lee, Dominick McIntyre, Davina Honess, Alzbeta Hulikova, Jesús Pacheco-Torres, Sebastián Cerdán, Pawel Swietach, Adrian L. Harris, John R. Griffiths
Carbonic anhydrase IX is a pH-stat that sets an acidic tumour extracellular pH in vivo
published pages: 622-630, ISSN: 0007-0920, DOI: 10.1038/s41416-018-0216-5
British Journal of Cancer 119/5 2020-01-29

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