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Imaging and detection of tumor-associated glycan structures on tumor cells

Objective

The overall objective of Glyco Imaging is to develop novel assays for detection of glycans as biomarkers associated with aggressive and metastatic cancer forms. The assays will be developed for biomarker detection in blood, urine, cells and tissue. Molecularly Imprinted Polymers (MIPs), or plastic antibodies, have been developed for targeting the human glycan sialic acid (SA), or Neu5Ac. The efficiency of the Neu5Ac specific SAMIPs targeted to the biomarker SA in different solvents (methanol, water, phosphate buffer) will be exploited. The non-human Neu5Gc, which is incorporated into human glycoconjugates through dietary sources such as red meat, and shown to be involved in malignant cell transformation in humans, will also be investigated by using highly specific Neu5Gc-SAMIPs. The imaging and detection techniques used will be based on fluorescence, 3D-viewing of cancer cells by digital holographic microscopy and magnetic separation columns.
The results in this research consortium will lead to major technological advances having impact on 1) health care, since it will develop more accurate and reliable diagnostics of aggressive and metastatic cancers, 2) drug discovery allowing a faster and cheaper biomarker targeting and detection; and 3) biochemistry research laboratories in resulting in improved understanding of glycan expression in cancer, with emphasis on aggressive metastatic cancer. The training of researchers will be performed by a consortium consisting of 6 partners with biomedical, imaging and particle synthesis skills (4 groups, one institution, one technology company). This forms the basis for a very competent interdisciplinary training program with high quality in both education and research.

8 early stage researchers (ESRs) working on specific tasks within 5 work packages will follow a rich training program providing a well-balanced spectrum of scientific, business and entrepreneurial skills.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/chemical sciences/polymer science
  • /social sciences/economics and business
  • /natural sciences/biological sciences/biochemistry
  • /medical and health sciences/clinical medicine/oncology/cancer

Call for proposal

H2020-MSCA-ITN-2016
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Funding Scheme

MSCA-ITN-ETN - European Training Networks

Coordinator

MALMO UNIVERSITET
Address
Nordenskioldsgatan 1
205 06 Malmoe
Sweden
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 263 659,32

Participants (5)

PHASE HOLOGRAPHIC IMAGING PHI AB
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 263 659,32
Address
Scheelevagen 22
223 63 Lund
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
TURUN YLIOPISTO
Finland
EU contribution
€ 269 145,36
Address
Yliopistonmaki
20014 Turku
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
BUNDESANSTALT FUER MATERIALFORSCHUNG UND -PRUEFUNG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 498 432,96
Address
Unter Den Eichen 87
12205 Berlin
Activity type
Research Organisations
KOBENHAVNS UNIVERSITET
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 580 163,76
Address
Norregade 10
1165 Kobenhavn
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UMEA UNIVERSITET
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 263 659,32
Address
Universitetomradet
901 87 Umea
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments