Mammalian reverse gyrase: a new target in the chemosensitisation of tumour cells

Lead researcher

Dr Andrew Deans, Dr Alessandro Costa

Institution

Genome Stability Unit, St Vincent's Institute of Medical Research

Years funded

2015-2016

An inherited, leukaemia-prone disorder called Fanconi anemia is caused by a defect in the FANCM gene. This means FANCM is a “tumour suppressor”, and our project will characterise how FANCM works to prevent normal cells becoming cancer. On the other hand, FANCM also works to protect cancer cells from chemotherapy. We are developing a way to inhibit FANCM, so that cancer cells can be better killed by chemotherapy. Our study therefore has implications for both the cause and treatment of cancer.

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Funding Body

Cancer Council Research Grant

Funding

$100,000 per annum