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Microscopy of living cancer cells at physiological oxygen levels: the MICROX platform

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Project "MICROX" data sheet

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postcode: 1066 CX

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 Coordinator Country Netherlands [NL]
 Total cost 281˙358 €
 EC max contribution 281˙358 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.3.2. (Nurturing excellence by means of cross-border and cross-sector mobility)
 Code Call H2020-MSCA-IF-2018
 Funding Scheme MSCA-IF-EF-CAR
 Starting year 2019
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2019-09-15   to  2022-09-14


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 Project objective

Functional evaluation of bioactive compounds using cell-based assays is key in discovering new and improved drugs to address our societies growing medical needs. In a large number of academic and private R&D facilities around the world, hi-content microscopy screening is used to complement and often outperform the conventional luminescence and fluorescence plate-reader assays. The combination of fluorescent-probe technology, modern optical microscopes and innovative functional assays allows monitoring highly dynamic events in living cells with exquisite temporal and spatial resolution. Remarkably, drug candidates and treatment regimens are commonly tested on living cells maintained at atmospheric oxygenation levels (i.e., at 21% O2) while in reality, cells in our bodies never experience such high oxygen levels. Rather, most cells experience 2-5% of O2 and cancer cells in solid tumours are generally hypoxic, i.e., they function at < 1% of O2. It has become evident that oxygenation of the preparation dramatically affects efficacy of our drugs, in particular of cancer treatments. Thus, there is an urgent need to establish functional microscopy assays for (cancer)drug efficacy at hypoxic conditions. However, it is not trivial to enclose the necessary high-end microscopes in O2-tight incubators while maintaining good access to the cells. In this project, experienced biochemist and pharmacologist dr. Olga Mazina aims to team up with the advanced microscopy group of prof. Kees Jalink to establish an innovative MICROX microscopy platform with fully adjustable atmospheric conditions, along with a panel of biosensors optimized for use at hypoxia. MICROX will be developed in close collaboration with leading European manufacturers and validated in studies addressing cancer cell signalling and sensitivity to cancer drugs at various O2 levels.

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