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Communications Biology: LIFR inhibition enhances the therapeutic efficacy of HDAC inhibitors in triple negative breast cancer (Chen)

November 1, 2021

Mengxing Li, Suryavathi Viswanadhapalli, Bindu Santhamma, Uday P. Pratap, Yiliao Luo, Junhao Liu, Kristin A. Altwegg, Weiwei Tang, Zexuan Liu, Xiaonan Li, Behnam Ebrahimi, Hui Yan, Yi Zou, Swapna Konda, Gangadhara R. Sareddy, Zhenming Xu, Yidong Chen, Manjeet K. Rao, Andrew J. Brenner, Virginia G. Kaklamani, Rajeshwar R. Tekmal, Gulzar Ahmed, Ganesh V. Raj, Klaus [...]

Molecular Cancer Research: GLI3 Is Stabilized by SPOP Mutations and Promotes Castration Resistance via Functional Cooperation with Androgen Receptor in Prostate Cancer (Chen)

October 27, 2021

Marieke Burleson, Janice J. Deng, Tai Qin, Thu Minh Duong, Yuqian Yan, Xiang Gu, Debodipta Das, Acarizia Easley, Michael A. Liss, P. Renee Yew, Roble Bedolla, Addanki Pratap Kumar, Tim Hui-Ming Huang, Yi Zou, Yidong Chen, Chun-Liang Chen, Haojie Huang, Lu-Zhe Sun and Thomas G. Boyer Abstract Although the Sonic hedgehog (SHH) signaling pathway has been implicated in promoting malignant phenotypes of prostate cancer, details on how it is activated and exerts its oncogenic role during prostate cancer development and progression are less clear. Here, we show that GLI3, a key SHH pathway [...]

JoVE: Paramagnetic Relaxation Enhancement for Detecting and Characterizing Self-Associations of Intrinsically Disordered Proteins (Libich Lab)

October 13, 2021

Courtney N. Johnson1, David S. Libich1 Abstract Intrinsically disordered proteins and intrinsically disordered regions within proteins make up a large and functionally significant part of the human proteome. The highly flexible nature of these sequences allows them to form weak, long-range, and transient interactions with diverse biomolecular partners. Specific yet low-affinity interactions promote promiscuous binding [...]

Yogesh Gupta Awarded, 5-year $3.0 million R01 NIH/NIAID Grant to Support His SARS-CoV-2 and RNA Methylation Work.

July 29, 2021

Dr. Yogesh Gupta was awarded a 5-year $3.0 million R01 NIH/NIAID (National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases) grant to support his SARS-CoV-2 and RNA methylation work. ABSTRACT The massive global pandemic with high morbidity and mortality makes Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus-2  (SARS-CoV-2) one of the deadliest viruses in recent history. It is especially noteworthy for hijacking the normal operations of […]



Nature Communications: Structural basis of DNA synthesis opposite 8-oxoguanine by human PrimPol primase-polymerase (Gupta)

June 29, 2021

Olga Rechkoblit, Robert E. Johnson, Yogesh K. Gupta, Louise Prakash, Satya Prakash & Aneel K. Aggarwal Abstract PrimPol is a human DNA polymerase-primase that localizes to mitochondria and nucleus and bypasses the major oxidative lesion 7,8-dihydro-8-oxoguanine (oxoG) via translesion synthesis, in a mostly error-free manner. We present structures of PrimPol insertion complexes with a DNA template-primer and correct dCTP or erroneous […]


Pertsemlidis Lab Awarded American Lung Association Grant to Study “Identifying Exploitable Biomarkers of Lung Cancer Metastasis”

June 16, 2021

Abstract Rationale. Most cancer deaths are caused by metastatic disease, and the prevention of metastasis is a significant focus of clinical research. Aberrant expression of miRNAs has been found in all cancers, yielding insights into disease processes that would be difficult to detect by other methods and revealing fundamental therapeutic vulnerabilities. miRNAs have been shown […]


St. Baldrick’s: Checking the Life-Threatening Box: A Survivor’s Update (Aune)

June 16, 2021

A childhood cancer survivor himself, Gregory J. Aune, MD, PhD, shares his personal experience and thoughts during National Cancer Survivor Month.           (Originally posted on Medium on May 19th, Dr. Aune graciously agreed to share this with St. Baldrick’s.) Dr. Aune was a St. Baldrick’s Scholar 2014 – 2019, serves as […]


Greehey CCRI’s Genomic Sequencing Facility to Receive $600,000 NIH Grant to upgrade genomic sequencing capabilities (Lai Lab).

June 15, 2021

Dr. Zhao Lai, Director of the Genomic Sequencing Facility (GSF) at the Greehey Children’s Cancer Research Institute (Greehey CCRI) at UT Health San Antonio (UTHSA), has been awarded a $600,000 NIH grant to help purchase a new Illumina NovaSeq 6000. This new system will improve the range of basic, translational, clinical, and genomics studies at […]


Nature Communications: Metal ions help COVID-19 virus to disguise itself (Gupta Lab)

June 2, 2021

SAN ANTONIO (June 2, 2021) — Scientists from The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (Gupta Lab) and other collaborators have discovered a mechanism by which SARS-CoV-2 exploits changes in metal ion concentrations to disguise itself in the body. Varying concentrations of metal ions — positively charged atoms such as magnesium, manganese, […]