Pawel Mazur, PhD MD Anderson Cancer Center
General DescriptionMazur will explore an enzyme (KMT NSD3 or NSD3) in laboratory models of pNETs with genomic alterations in PTEN, MEN1, and ATRX to see if it helps pancreatic NETs. NSD3 may amplify the impact of these alterations, helping to give neuroendocrine cancer cells the “green light” to reproduce and grow.
NETRF awarded six new research grants totaling $1.85 million to leading academic institutions around the world. The goal of the funding is to improve current treatments for neuroendocrine tumors (NETs), an uncommon and poorly understood cancer, which occurs in the body’s hormone-producing cells.
Can an epigenetic enzyme under the right conditions contribute to the growth of cancer cells?
We have developed a mouse model of pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors. We found that NSD3 methyltransferase is important driver of malignant progression. We concluded that targeting NSD3 could be beneficial in treatment of pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors.
- City: Houston
- State: Texas
- Grant Duration: 2 years
- Grant Partner: American Association for Cancer Research (AACR)
- Awards: No information
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