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Dr Virginia Tajadura

Research interests

Cancer progression is accompanied by biochemical changes in proteins and by changes in the tumour microenvironment (TME). The tumour microenvironmet comprises other cell types like fibroblasts, immune cells, stem cells or endothelial cells that are part of the tumour mass and the secreted proteins that form the extracellular matrix. This TME supports tumour growth and allows metastasis, the most life threatening event in cancer. We are studying the changes in O-linked glycosylation of proteins expressed by the cancer cells, and the effect they have in:

1- the cancer cell transcriptional program and epigenetic changes

2- their role in cell:cell communication in the TME

3- and in cell:extracellular matrix interactions

Specific changes in O-glycosylation occur early in tumour development and affect most of the proteins that localise to the palsma membrane or are sereted by the cells. Our research shows that, among other effects, changes in O-glycosylation lead to a change in the transcriptional response upon stimulation of growth factor receptors and the differential expression of extracellular signalling molecules that has an effect in the cancer celll environment. Glycomimetic drugs that mimic the interaction of glycans and proeins are effective drugs and some of them are already in clinical trials for the treatment of AML and myeloma. 

We are using a combination of cell, molecular biology and bioinformatic techniques to find biomarkers that can be used in the cliniic:

1- as novel biomarkers for diagnostic or prognosis

2- develop new tumour specific therapies, inlcuding co-adjuvant treatments to target components of the microenvironment or

3- develop gene signatures to stratify patients for treatment acording to their molecular expression signature and associated prognosis.

 

Participation in workshop, seminar, course

Labex CelTisPhyBio Workshop: CELL MOTILITY

Virginia Tajadura (Participant)
23 Mar 2015

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

Participation in conference

Society for Glycobiology

Virginia Tajadura (Participant)
1 Dec 20154 Dec 2015

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

13th International Workshop on MUCINS in HEALTH and DISEASE

Virginia Tajadura (Participant)
21 Jul 2015

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

Types of Award - Fellowship awarded competitively

Posdoctoral fellowship

Virginia Tajadura (Recipient)
1 Oct 200830 Sep 2010

Activity: OtherTypes of Award - Fellowship awarded competitively

EMBO Short Term Fellowship

Virginia Tajadura (Recipient)
1 Jul 200530 Sep 2005

Activity: OtherTypes of Award - Fellowship awarded competitively

PhD Research Fellowship

Virginia Tajadura (Recipient)
1 Jan 200331 Dec 2006

Activity: OtherTypes of Award - Fellowship awarded competitively

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