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Merkel cell polyomavirus Oncogenic Network

Total Cost €


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Project "MONET" data sheet

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Organization address
address: 42 RUE PAUL DUEZ
city: LILLE
postcode: 59800
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 Coordinator Country France [FR]
 Total cost 196˙707 €
 EC max contribution 196˙707 € (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-RI
 Starting year 2019
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2019-09-02   to  2021-09-01


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# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    UNIVERSITE DE LILLE FR (LILLE) coordinator 196˙707.00


 Project objective

The aim of the MONET project (Merkel cell polyomavirus Oncogenic Network) is to provide a state-of-the-art understanding of Merkel cell carcinoma (MCC) tumorigenesis. Viral pathogens are estimated to be responsible of ~12% of cancers worldwide and represent useful models for the study of oncogenesis mechanisms. Merkel Cell Carcinoma (MCC) is an aggressive neuroendocrine skin cancer detected in ~2500 patients per year in Europe and has recently been linked with a clonal integration of the Merkel Cell polyomavirus (MCPyV) in more than 80% of cases. MCPyV is a 6-protein encoding system, expressing only two proteins with reported oncogenic functions. This limited proteome size thus allows system-wide study of its associated oncogenic mechanisms. This multi-pronged project consists of: (i) identifying the critical interactions of viral and host proteins in MCC oncogenesis; and (ii), using NOD scid mice cell line derived xenografts (CDXs), validate MCPyV host-proteins drug targeting strategies to combat MCC tumorigenesis. Using cutting-edge mass spectrometry-based techniques combined with CRISPR interference approaches in relevant human cancer cell systems, these studies will uncover new protein-protein interactions essential for tumorigenesis. MCPyV MCC CDXs will be used to establish the functional relevance of novel virus-host protein interactions and to assess the therapeutic potential of targeting these host interactors as anti-cancer strategies. The application of these proteomic and functional approaches will allow for a better understanding of MCPyV-associated carcinogenesis. In a broader view, it will define a new framework for identifying druggable targets in pathogen-driven cancers. This project will underpin future translational researches, and hence appears as a fundamental step for therapeutic development.

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