An anti-calcitonin receptor (CTR) antibody for the detection of programmed cell death: the role of CTR in a novel adaptive response in a pre-apoptotic mechanism

Research Opportunity
PhD students, Honours students
Number of Honour Places Available
1
Department
Medicine and Radiology
Location
Austin Health
Primary Supervisor Email Number Webpage
Dr Peter Wookey pwookey@unimelb.edu.au 0419 633 146 Personal web page

Summary Programmed cell death (PCD) is an essential process in life.

Project Details

Programmed cell death (PCD) is an essential process in life. For apoptosis the sequelae of events resulting in PCD, include mitochondrial changes, exposure of phosphatidylserine, activation of caspases, etc.. Another key pathway is autophagy, initially a response to cell stress. We have found evidence of expression of CTR during the pre-apoptotic cell stress response. There are two common isoforms of human calcitonin receptor (CTR) which differ by an extra 16-amino acid insert in CTRb. We are exploring a role in pre-apoptotic cell stress, apoptosis and autophagy using unique antibodies developed here, including one antibody that binds the insert sequence.



Faculty Research Themes

Cancer, Neuroscience

School Research Themes

Cancer in Medicine, Neuroscience & Psychiatry, Cardiometabolic



Research Opportunities

PhD students, Honours students
Students who are interested in joining this project will need to consider their elegibility as well as other requirements before contacting the supervisor of this research

Graduate Research application

Honours application

Key Contact

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Department

Medicine and Radiology

Research Group / Unit / Centre

Cardiovascular and Tumourivascular Laboratory

Research Node

Austin Health

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