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PAF receptor in Tumor Repopulation induced by Radiotherapy

Grant number: 17/08904-7
Support Opportunities:Scholarships in Brazil - Post-Doctoral
Effective date (Start): September 01, 2017
Effective date (End): August 31, 2021
Field of knowledge:Biological Sciences - Immunology - Applied Immunology
Principal Investigator:Sônia Jancar
Grantee:Ildefonso Alves da Silva Junior
Host Institution: Instituto de Ciências Biomédicas (ICB). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil
Associated scholarship(s):19/16281-5 - Molecular mechanisms of PAF/PAFR axis in tumor repopulation after radiotherapy, BE.EP.PD


Radiotherapy represents an effective method to control cancer locally. But radiation has an important side effect, which is the possibility of inducing the phenomenon of tumor repopulation, where radio-resistant-tumor cells enter an exacerbated proliferation cycle, causing tumor recurrence in a way more aggressive and resistant to therapeutic resources. Recent evidence suggests the involvement of the lipid mediator "Platelet Activating Factor" (PAF) in this phenomenon. PAF acts on a G protein-coupled receptor (PAFR), expressed by tumor cells and tumor-associated macrophages. It has been shown that irradiation leads to the generation of a series of oxidized phospholipids, which act as PAFR agonists in the tumor microenvironment. It is known that activation of PAFR induces survival and proliferation of tumor cells. In addition, PAFR activation in macrophages reprogrammed these cells to a pro-tumorigenic profile. Thus, our hypothesis will be to evaluate whether ligands of PAFR produced in the irradiated tumor microenvironment contribute to the tumor repopulation phenomenon through the activation of PAFR in both tumor cells and macrophages. This hypothesis will be investigated an innovative model of tumor spheroid (3D) using human tumor cells.

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DA SILVA-JUNIOR, ILDEFONSO ALVES; DALMASO, BARBARA; HERBSTER, SUELLEN; LEPIQUE, ANA PAULA; JANCAR, SONIA. Platelet-activating Factor receptor ligands Protect Tumor cells from radiation-induced cell Death. FRONTIERS IN ONCOLOGY, v. 8, . (17/08904-7)

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