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Skin Keratinocyte Stem CEll proliferatioN in field CancErisation

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address: NEWPORT ROAD 30-36
postcode: CF24 ODE

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 Coordinator Country United Kingdom [UK]
 Total cost 183˙454 €
 EC max contribution 183˙454 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.3.2. (Nurturing excellence by means of cross-border and cross-sector mobility)
 Code Call H2020-MSCA-IF-2017
 Funding Scheme MSCA-IF-EF-ST
 Starting year 2018
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2018-06-01   to  2020-05-31


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# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    CARDIFF UNIVERSITY UK (CARDIFF) coordinator 183˙454.00


 Project objective

Epithelia provide a protective barrier that exposes them to environmental carcinogens. Cancers of epithelial tissues, called carcinoma, account for 85% of all cancers and 78% of all cancer associated mortality. Epithelia undergo continual proliferation and renewal with hierarchical differentiation dependent upon long lived adult tissue stem cell. Many carcinomas arise from pre-malignant transformation, intraepithelial neoplasia referred to as field cancerisation (FC), which is an area that can give rise to multiple primary cancers. FC is a feature of malignancies involving the head and neck,oesophagus, stomach, lungs, cervix, vulva, bladder, colon, breast, ovary, pancreas, prostate and skin. By studying skin FC in a rare genetic disease, Epidermodysplasia verruciformis, and utilising a mouse model of HPV8 infection, I uncovered a novel keratinocyte stem cell (KSC) basis, driven by ΔNp63 expression, common to all causes of skin FC. I now propose to build on this original finding and utilising an innovative approach to determine the cell signalling pathway involved in expansion of this novel KSC population. I hypothesise that the common mechanism in skin FC, potentially relevant to FC in other tissues, arises from dysregulation of a signalling pathway that results in a switch from p63 TA to ΔN isoforms resulting in expansion of a KSC population that is susceptible to transformation. I propose to use multiple strategies to: 1)Identify the HPV8 gene that is responsible for ΔNp63 overexpression, 2)Determine which signalling pathway(s) is/are activated in HPV8tg mice, resulting in ΔNp63 overexpression 3)Determine the pathway(s) is/are responsible for ΔNp63 overexpression in human skin FC; and 4)Determine whether immunosuppression promotes SCC formation in HPV8tg mice. I have assembled expert international collaborations and relevant partner organisation to help me in this project, so that I can identify novel therapeutic targets for future drug discovery and development.

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