Autophagy & Mitochondrial Dysfunction in Cancer
Metastasis is the deadliest aspect of human cancer. Metastasis in the multi-step process by which cancer cells escape the confines of the primary site (such as breast, pancreas or other organs) and travel in the circulation to distant sites (such as brain, liver or lungs) where they can lodge, invade and grow out as secondary tumors or metastases.
Many factors play into cancer metastasis including how disseminating tumor cells respond to stresses such as nutrient deprivation and altered cellular attachments. These stresses are known to activate a process known as autophagy and research in the Macleod Lab seeks to understand and clarify the role of autophagy in tumor growth and progression to metastasis. In particular, we are interested in understanding how defects in the turnover of mitochondria (the energy factory of the cell) by autophagy, leads to tumor invasion and metastasis.Read more
June 10th 2016 – Marina Sharifi, Michelle Beaton, Aparajita Hoskote Chourasia, Lauren Drake, Erin Mowers are officially granted their Ph.D. degrees at the annual Divisional Academic Ceremony.
Dr. Kay Macleod is the student selected Faculty Marshall at the annual Divisional Academic Ceremony.
Our paper “Autophagy promotes focal adhesion disassembly and cell motility of metastatic tumor cells through the direct interaction of paxillin with LC3” is published on-line in Cell Reports.
Erin successfully defends her Ph.D. thesis! Congrats Erin!
Maya presents her data at AACR in New Orleans.
Lauren successfully defends her Ph.D. thesis! Congrats Lauren!
Dr. Macleod presents our work at the Banbury meeting on “Autophagy & Cancer”
Aparajita successfully defends her Ph.D. thesis! Congrats Aparajita!
Dr. Macleod gives a talk at the Sanford-Burnham-Prebys Medical Discovery Institute entitled: “Autophagy and mitochondrial dysfunction in tumor progression and metastasis”.
Dr. Macleod is quoted in a piece in Nature Methods on how to measure autophagy: http://www.nature.com/nmeth/journal/v12/n12/full/nmeth.3661.html
Dr. Macleod gives a talk at the Simon Cancer Center, Indiana University on “Autophagy in Cell Migration and Metastasis”.
ANSWER CANCER fund-raising video for the University of Chicago Comprehensive Cancer Center: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d3vQcE_4-1c&index=1&list=PL97BFD13E72119D89.
Dr. Macleod talks to 5th-8th graders at Ashburn Elementary School about Breast Cancer and self-awareness, as part of October being Breast Cancer Awareness month.
Our work gets reported in SCIENCELife!
Dr. Macleod is the Keynote Speaker at a symposium on “Mechanisms of Metastasis” at the Huntsman Cancer Institute, University of Utah. Her talk was entitled ” Control of Cell Migration and Metastasis by Autophagy”
Dr. Macleod attends the Banbury Center meeting on “Mitochondria and Cancer” at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratories.
New publication: “Tumor Suppressor Functions of BNip3 and Mitophagy” Autophagy (2015).
Annual Y-Me Softball tournament at St Christina Fields in Mount Greenwood Park to raise money for breast cancer research ongoing in our lab!
Dr. Macleod presents our research at the Cell symposium on “Multifaceted Mitochondria” in Chicago (July 19-21). Her talk is entitled “BNIP3-dependent mitophagy in liver metabolism and nutrient responses”
“Mitophagy defects arising from BNip3 loss promote tumor progression to metastasis” Chourasia et al. Accepted into press at EMBO Reports.
Dr. Macleod meets with representatives of the Y-Me charity that supports some of her research.
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Michelle Beaton successfully defends her Ph.D. thesis (July 2nd). Congratulations, Michelle!
Dr. Macleod chairs and presents our research at a major symposium on “Autophagy & Cancer” at the Annual Meeting of the AACR in Philadelphia.
Two new publications:
“Mitophagy & Cancer” Aparajita H. Chourasia, Michelle L. Boland & Kay F. Macleod. Cancer & Metabolism 3 (4) (2015).
“Measuring autophagy in stressed cells” M.N. Sharifi, E.E. Mowers, L.E. Drake & K. F. Macleod. In “Stress Responses”, Methods in Molecular Biology, vol. 1292, pp129-150, chapter 10 (2015). Ed. Christine E Oslowski. ISBN 978-1-4939-2521-6. Humana Press, Springer Publishing Group.