An antibody that detects a high molecular weight surrogate ligand of calcitonin receptor is detected in malignant glioma cells and cell lines

Research Opportunity
PhD students
Department / Centre
Austin Health
Primary Supervisor Email Number Webpage
Dr Peter J Wookey +3 9496 3584 Personal web page
Co-supervisor Email Number Webpage
Prof David Hare Personal web page

Summary An antibody was developed that binds high molecular weight targets (HMWT) with similar properties to the natural ligands of the calcitonin receptor (CTR).

Project Details

A similar HMWT has recently been described as a surrogate ligand of CTR that promotes quiescence of skeletal muscle satellite (stem) cells via activation of the NOTCH-COLLAGEN V-CTR axis. The detected HMWTs are found expressed by malignant cells of brain tumours and cell lines. The biochemical identification of this HMWT is a current objective. Understanding the role of this HMWT is likely to contribute to our understanding of endocrine-like tumours and foetal development.

Faculty Research Themes

School Research Themes

Cancer in Medicine, Cardiometabolic , Neuroscience & Psychiatry

Research Opportunities

PhD students
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Department / Centre


Research Group / Unit / Centre

Cardiovascular and Tumourivascular Laboratory

Research Node

Austin Health

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