Lecture Series Cancer Research - "CELL DEATH REGULATION IN THE INTESTINAL EPITHELIUM AND ITS IMPACT ON TISSUE AND IMMUNE HOMEOSTASIS"- Prof Christoph Becker
11/12/2019 11:00 to 11/12/2019 13:00 (Europe/Luxembourg)
--University of Luxembourg - University of Luxembourg, Maison du Savoir--
Prof Christoph Becker is Professor for Molecular Gastroenterology, Department of Internal Medicine 1, Gastroenterology, Pneumology and Endocrinology, UKER, FAU, Erlangen, Germany.
Experimental data from our group demonstrate that independent from each other, a defect in intestinal epithelial cell function as well as a dysregulated immune response of lymphocytes can lead to a breakdown of the immunological balance in the gut. As a consequence, inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis) can develop. Another consequence of uncontrolled immune responses in the gut might be the manifestation of chronic inflammation in other parts of the body and the development of colorectal cancer.
Cell survival and cell death within the intestinal epithelium have to be strictly regulated to prevent inflammation and cancer development in the gut. Our data indicate that both activation and inhibition of caspase-8 mediates alternative modes of programmed cell death (see figure). It therefore requires a strict control of the expression and activity of caspase-8 to warrant cell survival. Since the discovery of necroptosis, the participation of this form of cell death was demonstrated in various pathophysiological processes. With our own work we have contributed significantly to the understanding of the importance and regulation of necroptosis. Our current projects investigate the pathophysiological relevance of necroptosis and its regulation in diseases of the intestine.
About the Lecture & Workshop series - cancer research
The LIH lecture and workshops series in Cancer Research, supported by the FNR and jointly organized with the University of Luxembourg, are gathering internationally recognised speakers to address topics around Cancer Research during 2019-2020. Please find here the current programme for 2019.
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