About Chomsky, Patterns, Genomic Immunity and Cancer Patients

  • 21 January 2019
    4:00 PM
  • University Campus Bohunice, pavilion A11, room  306

About the lecture

The newly discovered differential expression in numerous tissues, key cellular processes and multiple diseases for several families of long and short non-codingRNAs (ncRNAs, RNAs that do not codify for proteins but for RNAs with regulatory functions), including the already famous class of microRNAs (miRNAs) strongly suggest that the scientific and medical communities have significantly underestimated the spectrum of ncRNAs whose altered expression has significant consequences in diseases. MicroRNA and other short or long non-codingRNAs alterations are involved in the initiation, progression and metastases of human cancer. The main molecular alterations are represented by variations in gene expression, usually mild and with consequences for a vast number of target protein coding genes. The causes of the widespread differential expression of non-codingRNAs in malignant compared with normal cells can be explained by the location of these genes in cancer-associated genomic regions, by epigenetic mechanisms and by alterations in the processing machinery. MicroRNA and other short or long non-codingRNAs expression profiling of human tumors has identified signatures associated with diagnosis, staging, progression, prognosis and response to treatment. In addition, profiling has been exploited to identify non-codingRNAs that may represent downstream targets of activated oncogenic pathways or that are targeting protein coding genes involved in cancer. Recent studies proved that miRNAs and non-coding ultraconserved genes are main candidates for the elusive class of cancer predisposing genes and that other types of non-codingRNAs participate in the genetic puzzle giving rise to the malignant phenotype. Last, but not least, the shown expression correlations of these new ncRNAs with cancer metastatic potential and overall survival rates suggest that at least some member of these novel classes of molecules could potentially find use as biomarkers or novel therapeutics in cancers and other diseases. 


Prof. George A. Calin

The University of Texas, MD Anderson Cancer Center, USA

Prof. Calin's main research interests are: 1) the involvement of non-coding RNAs in human diseases in general and of microRNAs in human cancers in particular, 2) the study of familial predisposition to human cancers, 3) the identification of ncRNA biomarkers in body fluids, and 4) the development of new RNA-basedtherapeutic options for cancer patients.

Visit the webpage of Prof. Calin´s laboratory.

Hosted by

Ondřej Slabý

Registration for lunch with the speaker /for Ph.D. students/

Sponsored BRUNCH with students in the Campea restaurant on January 22nd (Tuesday) at 10.00.


CEITEC_ERA (This project has received funding from the European Union’s FP7 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 621368.)

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