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Matti Nykter - Computational biology

Computational Biology group develops algorithms and computational models to address biomedical research problems.  The group’s aim is to uncover the molecular basis of human cancers and to generate new avenues for treatment and diagnostics. To reach this goal we integrate both experimental and computational expertise within our research group. We are part of Prostate Cancer Research Center (PCRC) and have set up a brain tumor research program in collaboration with Tampere University Hospital.

Research highlights

DNA repair gene loss is detectable in circulating tumor DNA

Germline mutations in DNA repair genes have been recently reported in 8 - 12% of patients with metastatic castration resistant prostate cancer (mCRPC). In this study, we performed targeted germline sequencing of 319 metastatic castration resistant prostate cancer patients and showed that patients carrying deleterious germline mutations in genes linked to homologous recombination exhibit attenuated responses to androgen receptor targeted therapy. Using cell-free DNA sequencing, we showed that germline BRCA2 mutations associated with somatic loss-of-heterozygosity in all but one case. These results suggest that mCRPC patients with germline DNA repair defects can be prioritized for more effective therapies using a blood test.

Annala M et al.
Treatment Outcomes and Tumor Loss of Heterozygosity in Germline DNA Repair-deficient Prostate Cancer.
Eur Urol (in press) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28259476

Computational Biology Group is in charge for the organization of the international masters education in Bioinformatics at the University of Tampere.

Current sources of External funding: Academy of Finland, Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation (TEKES), Tampere University Hospital, Cancer Society of Finland, National Institutes of Health (USA), Sigrid Juselius Foundation.


Prostate Cancer Research Center (PCRC)

The PCRC brings together groups from all units of UTA in the campus; BioMediTech, School of Medicine (MED), and School of Health Sciences (HES). Also, Tampere University Hospital, Fimlab Ltd, and a unit from Tampere University of Technology (TUT) are closely affiliated to the research center.

Home page: Prostate Cancer Research Center


 
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