Onkologische Forschung

    Martin Eilers: Cell Proliferation


    Our group is interested in how cell proliferation and cell growth are deregulated in human tumors. We focus our studies on the Myc gene family: those are proto-oncogenes that drive the growth of many human tumors. They encode transcription factors that regulate genes involved in cell proliferation, cell growth and metabolism. Our group studies the function of new proteins and tries to find ways to target them for tumor therapy.

    Recent Publications 

    Büchel, G., Carstensen, A., Mak, K.Y., Roeschert, I., Leen, E., Sumara, O., Hofstetter, J., Herold, S., Kalb, J., Baluapuri, A., Poon, E., Kwok, C., Chesler, L., Maric H. M., Rickman, D. S., Wolf, E., Bayliss, R., Walz, S., Eilers, M. (2017) Association with Aurora-A controls N-MYC-dependent promoter escape and pause release of RNA polymerase II during cell cycle. Cell Reports Dec 19;21(12):3483-3497. doi:10.1016/j.celrep.2017.11.090.

    Dejure, F.R., Royla, N., Herold, S., Kalb, J., Walz, S., Ade, C.P., Mastrobuoni, G., Vanselow, J., Schlosser, A., Wolf, E., Kempa, S., and Eilers, M. (2017) The 3’-UTR of MYC couples RNA polymerase II function to ribonucleotide levels. EMBO J. Jul 3;36(13):1854-1868. doi: 10.15252/embj.201796662. Epub 2017 Apr 13. 

    von Eyss, B., Jaenicke, L.A., Kortlever, R.M., Royla, N., Wiese, K.E., Letschert, L., McDuffus, L.A., Sauer, M., Rosenwald, A., Evan, G.I., Kempa, S., and Eilers, M. (2015) A MYC-driven change in mitochondrial dynamics limits YAP/TAZ function in mammary epithelial cells and breast cancer. Cancer Cell, 28:743-57.

    Wiegering, A., Uthe, F.W., Jamieson, T., Ruoss, Y., Hüttenrauch, M., Küspert, M., Pfann, C., Nixon C., Herold, S., Walz, S., Taranets, L., Germer, C.T., Rosenwald, A., Sansom, O.J., and Eilers, M. (2015) Targeting translation initiation bypasses signaling crosstalk mechanisms that maintain high MYC levels in colorectal cancer. Cancer Discovery, 5:768-81.

    Walz, S., Lorenzin, F., Morton, J., Wiese, K.E., von Eyss, B., Herold, S., Rycak, L., Dumay-Odelot, H., Karim, S., Bartkuhn, M., Roels, F., Wuestefeld, T., Fischer, M., Teichmann, M., Zender, L., Wei, C. L., Sansom, O., Wolf, E., and Eilers, M. (2014) Activation and repression by oncogenic Myc shape tumour-specific gene expression profiles. Nature 511: 483-487.


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