Ongoing Research Funded by DHF
Tumor-Promoting Functions for Potential Therapies in Pancreatic Cancer
Principal Investigator: Beatriz Sosa-Pineda, PhD
Pancreatic cancer has one of the worst survival rates in the world, and patients have very limited therapeutic options to fight the disease. It is predicted that close to 47,000 Americans will succumb to pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC) in 2020. Meeting the dire need for new therapies and diagnostic methods requires a better understanding of the fundamental biology of PDAC. Learning more about the molecular mechanisms that govern tumor formation, progression, and spread (metastasis) is critical to improving outcomes. In this study, Dr. Sosa-Pineda intends to build on her lab’s previous findings to firmly establish the role of a new gene regulator, the transcription factor ONECUT2, in the development of pancreatic cancer. This project will use molecular approaches to abolish the expression of ONECUT2 and test its effect on pancreatic tumor function. The Sosa-Pineda team will employ additional approaches to identify specific pathways and functions regulated by ONECUT2 in pancreatic tumors.
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