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SELECTBIO Conferences Genomics Research Europe 2013

Reuven Agami's Biography

Reuven Agami, Head of Division / Group Leader, The Netherlands Cancer Institute

Reuven Agami performed his PhD research (Thesis: Cell cycle and apoptosis control induced by the tyrosine kinase c-Abl) within the department of molecular genetics at the Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel. During his research he identified a novel DNA-damage-induced apoptosis pathway that requires the activation of c-Abl kinase and tyrosine phosphorylation of the p53 homologue- p73a. As a post-doc in the group of Prof. Rene Bernards he initiated his own line of research to identify rapid molecular events that initiate a p53 independent DNA damage response. In September 2001 he started his own group at the Netherlands Cancer Institute, which consists now of a senior postdoc, four postdocs, five PhD students and two technician. At this time developed an RNAi vector system (pSUPER), which is used extensively in the two main research topics in his group. The first research line focuses on identification of novel DNA damage checkpoint genes that govern cell cycle responses following genotoxic stress. The second research line is the identification of novel tumor suppressor genes using transformation assays of primary human cells. Lately, his group has developed a (microRNA) miRNA expression vector and library containing almost all annotated miRNAs known in the human genome. This library was used to identify oncogenic miRNAs acting to bypass oncogenic-stress induced senescence. At present, this library is used to identify additional oncogenic miRNAs, tumor suppressor miRNAs and miRNAs that allow cells resist cancer-therapeutic protocols.

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Alternative mRNA Cleavage and Polyadenylation in Genetic Diseases

Wednesday, 16 October 2013 at 09:00

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Alternative cleavage and polyadenylation (APA) emerges as an important layer of gene regulation, as it may greatly influence microRNA function on target mRNAs. More than half of mammalian genes contain multiple cleavage and polyadenlyation sites in their 3’UTR, and enhanced usage of proximal cleavage sites - resulting in 3’UTR shortening - is associated with cellular proliferation and cancer. However, factors that control APA are largely unknown. I will discuss our efforts to identify and characterise APA regulators implicated in human genetic disorder and in cancer.

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