Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG) is an incurable brain tumor that arises in children. My laboratory is one of very few laboratories around the world that is studying DIPG biology using genetically engineered mouse modeling. This Independent Scientist Award will give me the opportunity to focus on research to dissect the mechanisms by which K27M histone mutations contribute to DIPG pathogenesis. Ultimately, this information will lay the groundwork for the identification of effective therapeutic agents to treat this incurable cancer.
This Independent Scientist (K02) award will support Dr. Becher to use mouse genetics to study the mechanism by which K27M histone mutations contribute to diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma (DIPG) pathogenesis. These in vitro and vivo studies will provide a mechanistic foundation for the design of safe and effective therapies to treat this incurable brain cancer that arises in children.
|Subashi, Ergys; Cordero, Francisco J; Halvorson, Kyle G et al. (2016) Tumor location, but not H3.3K27M, significantly influences the blood-brain-barrier permeability in a genetic mouse model of pediatric high-grade glioma. J Neurooncol 126:243-51|
|Misuraca, Katherine L; Hu, Guo; Barton, Kelly L et al. (2016) A Novel Mouse Model of Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma Initiated in Pax3-Expressing Cells. Neoplasia 18:60-70|