WEBINAR: Lecture series Cancer Research: "Towards the molecular blood count: from small non-coding RNAs to single cell resolution immune system data" - Prof Andreas Keller
25/03/2021 11:00 to 25/03/2021 12:15 (Europe/Luxembourg)
The immune system plays a dominant role for basically all human diseases. We aim to understand the speciﬁcity of molecular signatures measured from immune cells for disease classes (e.g. cancer), speciﬁc diseases (e.g. non small-cell lung carcinoma) and severity grades (e.g. stage I/II NSCLC). The original focus of our research was to understand gene regulatory patterns by identifying circulating microRNA patterns. We observed a great potential for detecting cancers such as lung cancer and neurological disorders such as Parkinson’s disease. Especially the miR-34 family plays a core role in both disease classes and regulates relevant pathways such as TNF and TGF beta pathways, but also the unfolded protein response. Now, a detailed characterization of the gene expression signatures in the respective pathways becomes essential. To this end, we established a pipeline for the high-throughput measurement of single immune cells. We measured 1.1 Million blood cells of almost 400 samples, including controls, patients with mild cognitive impairment, Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease. Our results pinpoint shifts in CD4 T-sub-cell clusters in mild cognitive impairment that are neither present in severe cognitive impairment nor in controls. In these and other immune cell types, hallmark pathways were affected again. As next steps we will include cancer patients in the consideration to establish an even more comprehensive single immune cell transcriptome atlas.
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 2020. Please find here the current programme for 2021.
These lectures will be followed by a workshop especially dedicated to early-stage researchers.
Attendance to the lecture and workshop are free of charge.