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Cancer cells exhibit altered transcriptional profiles when compared to their tissue of origin. Genetic alterations participate in promoting defective transcription, however they don't explain the full spectrum of aberrations found in malignant tissues. Gene expression is also controlled via modifications of the chromatin landscape including DNA methylation, histone modifications and chromatin remodelling. Our objective is to characterize the role of the chromatin landscape in oncogenesis and to understand how cancer cells reprogram the chromatin landscape to stop the treatment from working.

We have used breast cancer models to demonstrate that epigenetic reprogramming of the chromatin landscape promotes the expression of genes directly related to resistance to endocrine therapies. We can create epigenomic maps to study the regulatory networks of cancer cells and determine how these networks respond to therapies. Ultimately, we want to exploit epigenetic mapping to identify drug-responsive targets, biomarkers and develop novel compounds to interfere with reprogramming.

We are also interested in understanding the extent of interactions existing between genetic and epigenetic alterations. It is likely that cancer cells exploit both genetic and epigenetic mutations to promote proliferation, adaptation and invasion. 

 

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Magnani people at Conference SfE BES 2017

Our Ph.D. student Ylenia has been awarded a registration grant from the Society for Endocrinology to attend the Conference SfE […]

Our latest work on Breast Cancer and Epigenetics is out on BioRxiv

Our latest work on Breast Cancer and Epigenetics is out on pre-print, check it out! Good job everybody We annotated […]

Gordon Research Conference on Hormone-Dependent Cancers

Luca Magnani and two of our Ph.D. students, Ylenia Perone and Neil Slaven, presented current results from our lab at […]

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