Grant ID RP160242
Awarded On November 19, 2015
Title Mechanisms and targeting strategies for SWI/SNF mutations in cancer
Program Academic Research
Award Mechanism Individual Investigator
Institution/Organization The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
Principal Investigator/Program Director Xuetong Shen
Cancer Sites Breast, Gallbladder, Liver and Intrahepatic Bile Duct, Ovary, Pancreas, Prostate
Contracted Amount $900,000
Lay Summary

The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA) projects have revealed many important mutations in human cancers. Among them, mutations in the subunits of SWI/SNF chromatin remodeling complex show strikingly high prevalence in a wide spectrum of human cancers, collectively occurring in 20% of all human cancers. For example, mutations in the core subunit of Snf2/Brg1 are found in almost 100% of small cell ovarian cancer. Given the high frequency of SWI/SNF mutations in human cancers, an important question of high research priority is: Can we understand these mutations and make use of our findings in cancer treatment? To answer this question, in this application, we propose to take a comprehensive approach by ...

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