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Inherited disfunctions of brain microcirculation

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Project "V-EPC" data sheet

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Organization address
address: VIA ADAMELLO 16
city: MILANO
postcode: 20139

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 Coordinator Country Italy [IT]
 Total cost 2˙451˙250 €
 EC max contribution 2˙451˙250 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.1. (EXCELLENT SCIENCE - European Research Council (ERC))
 Code Call ERC-2016-ADG
 Funding Scheme ERC-ADG
 Starting year 2017
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2017-09-01   to  2022-08-31


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 Project objective

Cerebral cavernous malformations (CCM) is a disease characterized by focal capillary-venous cavernomas located in the central nervous system. These malformations are fragile and bleed leading to seizures, paralysis and cerebral hemorrhages. The familial form of CCM is due to loss of function mutations of anyone of three genes called Ccm1, Ccm 2 and Ccm 3. Open skull surgery is the only possible therapy since effective medical treatments are still missing. In mouse models of CCM and human patients’ specimens, endothelial cells (ECs) lining the cavernomas co-express endothelial, mesenchymal and stem cell markers. These features combined to high cell proliferation are reminiscent of tumor initiating cells. In preliminary work, we isolated a rare population of highly proliferative ECs (V-EPC) intermingled with the normal vascular endothelium in vivo and co-expressing endothelial and stem cell markers. Our working hypothesis is that CCM originates from the clonal expansion of these V-EPCs that are more sensitive than mature endothelium to inactivation of Ccm genes. This possibility is supported by the observation that V-EPCs present a comparable gene expression profile and selective markers than the ECs lining CCM cavernomas. The project is divided in three related objectives: 1) To define the nature and functions of V-EPCs in normal vessels; 2) to test the capacity of V-EPCs to trigger the formation of CCM by undergoing clonal expansion in vivo; 3) to test whether targeting V-EPCs or inducing V-EPC maturation by pharmacological tools reduce or prevent the formation of CCM. If successful this work will introduce novel concepts in vascular biology such as: 1) the presence of resident V-EPCs that are differentially sensitive than mature endothelium to the same genetic mutation and angiogenic stimuli; 2) the identification of specific signaling pathways in V-EPC that explain their high proliferative potential; 3) the identification of V-EPC as therapeutic targets for CCM.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2019 Monica Corada, Fabrizio Orsenigo, Ganesh Parameshwar Bhat, Lei Liu Conze, Ferruccio Breviario, Sara Isabel Cunha, Lena Claesson-Welsh, Galina V. Beznoussenko, Alexander A. Mironov, Marco Bacigaluppi, Gianvito Martino, Mara E. Pitulescu, Ralf H. Adams, Peetra Magnusson, Elisabetta Dejana
Fine-Tuning of Sox17 and Canonical Wnt Coordinates the Permeability Properties of the Blood-Brain Barrier
published pages: 511-525, ISSN: 0009-7330, DOI: 10.1161/circresaha.118.313316
Circulation Research 124/4 2019-10-29
2018 Marco F. Morini, Costanza Giampietro, Monica Corada, Federica Pisati, Elisa Lavarone, Sara I. Cunha, Lei L. Conze, Nicola O’Reilly, Dhira Joshi, Svend Kjaer, Roger George, Emma Nye, Anqi Ma, Jian Jin, Richard Mitter, Michela Lupia, Ugo Cavallaro, Diego Pasini, Dinis P. Calado, Elisabetta Dejana, Andrea Taddei
VE-Cadherin–Mediated Epigenetic Regulation of Endothelial Gene Expression
published pages: 231-245, ISSN: 0009-7330, DOI: 10.1161/circresaha.117.312392
Circulation Research 122/2 2019-10-08
2017 Sara I. Cunha, Peetra U. Magnusson, Elisabetta Dejana, Maria Grazia Lampugnani
Deregulated TGF-β/BMP Signaling in Vascular Malformations
published pages: 981-999, ISSN: 0009-7330, DOI: 10.1161/circresaha.117.309930
Circulation Research 121/8 2019-10-08
2018 Elisabetta Dejana, Maria Grazia Lampugnani
Endothelial cell transitions
published pages: 746-747, ISSN: 0036-8075, DOI: 10.1126/science.aas9432
Science 362/6416 2019-10-08

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