05 July 2021 | Monday | News
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Extrachromosomal circular DNA (ecDNA) was recently found to be particularly abundant in multiple human cancer cells, although its frequency varies among different cancer types. Elevated levels of ecDNA have been considered to be correlated with poor clinical outcome in human cancers.
“We are pleased to extend our collaboration even further in the field of cancer research,” Christian Tidona, Founder and Managing Director of the BioMed X Institute said. “This new program will strengthen our expertise at the forefront of deep cancer biology which can potentially lead to better treatment options for patients.”
The key aim of the new project will be to generate a comprehensive atlas of extrachromosomal DNA in human cancer tissues, to investigate how (onco)genes in ecDNA could contribute to tumorigenesis, disease progression, tumor heterogeneity, metastasis, and treatment resistance and to develop novel therapeutic strategies based on oncogenic alterations in ecDNA.