Reading ADP-ribosylation signaling using chemical biology and interaction proteomics published in Molecular Cell22 September 2021
Kasia Kliza and Michiel Vermeulen worked on a project to synthesize biotinylated ADPr-based probes that can identify ADPr readers and determine their specificity for mono- and polyADPr. They published this in Molecular Cell.
Michiel Vermeulen and Klaas Mulder receive funding from ZonMw for a collaborative project using stem cell-based models15 July 2021
Michiel Vermeulen and Klaas Mulder, theme Cancer development and immune defense, receive funding from ZonMw for a collaborative project to develop a stem cell based model to study early human embryogenesis.
ZonMw Open Competition Grant for Annemiek van Spriel and Piet Gros15 June 2021
Annemiek van Spriel, theme cancer development and immune defense, together with Piet Gros, Dept. of Chemistry, Utrecht University obtained a ZonMw Open Competition Grant to investigate IL-6 receptor structure and signalling in tumor cells.
A tipping point in cancer-immune dynamics leads to divergent immunotherapy responses8 June 2021
Jeroen Creemers and Johannes Textor published in the Journal for ImmunoTherapy of Cancer that a tipping point in cancer-immune dynamics leads to divergent immunotherapy responses and hampers biomarker discovery.
Vaccination with immune cells boosts immune system after stem cell transplantation1 June 2021
Jesper van Eck van der Sluijs and other researchers have developed a method for growing different types of dendritic cells: the cells of the immune system that specialize in processing foreign substances (including tumor proteins) and presenting them to killer cells.
Miniaturized microfluidic platform for automated epigenetic profiling6 May 2021
Together with Fluidigm, a US-based company focusing on microfluidics, the team of Hendrik Marks publishes in Genome Research the development of a powerful plug and play ChIP-seq platform for minute amount of cells, such as embryonic specimens or small biopsies.
Combinatorial transcription factor activities on open chromatin induce embryonic heterogeneity in vertebrates9 February 2021
Gert-Jan Veenstra and Simon van Heeringen published in the Embo Journal. Their results show that transcription factors cooperate in a combinatorial fashion in generally open chromatin to orchestrate zygotic gene expression.
RIMLS online award ceremony proudly presenting the winners13 January 2021
In this special webinar of the RIMLS New Year Celebration, scientific director René Bindels reviewed 2020 and looked forward to 2021. But more importantly a number of researchers received prizes in the traditional RIMLS awards ceremony.
NWO ENW KLEIN grant awarded to Koen van den Dries and Michiel Vermeulen22 December 2020
Koen van den Dries will investigate the molecular mechanisms of actin isoform usage in cancer cell migrations. Michiel Vermeulen will search for proteins that interact with adenosine diphosphate ribose chains and play a role in the cellular response to damage to DNA.
Controlled human malaria infection induces long-term functional changes in monocytes3 December 2020
Robert Sauerwein and Henk Stunnenberg together with Mihai Netea and other colleagues now show for the first time that even a parasitic infection can train the immune system. The article is published in Frontiers in Molecular Biosciences.
Research into systemic anti-psoriasis therapies in patients aged 65+ Age alone should not be a limiting factor in treatment27 August 2020
Much research has been done on the effectiveness and safety of systemic antipsoriasis therapies in general, but the effectiveness in specifically older adults psoriasis patients has never been systematically assessed.
Tumour microenvironment shapes dendritic cell plasticity in a human organotypic melanoma culture26 August 2020
Carl Figdor and colleagues showed in Nature Communications that the tumour microenvironment (TME) forms a major obstacle in effective cancer treatment and for clinical success of immunotherapy.
Interference transitions in case of invasion of breast cancer determined by cell-cell adhesion and 3D matrix confinement25 August 2020
Peter Friedl and colleagues, theme Cancer development and immune defence, published in Nature Cell Biology (NCB) the mechanisms of jamming and unjamming transitions of mammary carcinoma invasion along tossue microtracks.
Collective invasion induced by autocrine purinergic loop through connexin-43 hemichannels13 August 2020
Peter Friedl, Paul Span and Antoine Khalil show in Journal of Cell Biology that breastcancer cells release purines into the extracellular space via connexin-43 hemichannels to control collective invasion.
TP53 allelic state is critical for diagnostic and prognostic precision in blood cancer12 August 2020
An international study, in which Joop Jansen participated, shows that a double mutaton in TP53 gene deteriotes the prognosis of a rare form of blood cancer. If there is only one mutation or no mutation, then the prognosis is better.
HFSP Grant for Johannes Textor30 March 2020
Johannes Textor, theme Cancer development and immune defense, has been awarded a program grant of 1 million US dollars by The Human Frontier Science Program (HFSP) to investigate how T cells navigate extremely dense environments using experiments, modeling and methods from pedestrian dynamics.
Guiding the surgeon real-time tumor visualization during surgery26 February 2020
Incomplete excision of tumor tissue negatively affects the prognosis of the patient. RIHS researcher Mark Rijpkema and colleagues are working on the development of new dual-labeled tracers and currently are implementing this into the clinic.
NWO open call GROOT grant for Michiel Vermeulen24 February 2020
Michiel Vermeulen, theme Cancer development and immune defense, received a 300,000 EUR grant within the NWO-GROOT consortium. He will use mass spectrometry-based proteomics and interaction proteomics applications to study proteome and gene expression dynamics during early C. Elegans development.
Human pDCs attract cytolytic lymphocytes in anti-cancer vaccination6 February 2020
RIMLS researchers Jasper van Beek and Jolanda de Vries, theme Cancer development and immune defense, discovered that pDCs can efficiently recruit cytolytic immune effector cells, a property that could be exploited in anti-cancer vaccines. They have published these findings in Cell Reports.
ZonMw funding for teams of Michiel Vermeulen and Jolanda de Vries4 February 2020
The awarded research projects of RIMLS researchers Michiel Vermeulen, Jolanda de Vries, Gerty Schreibelt and Martijn Verdoes and colleagues will initiate new research lines and collaborations between various research groups.
RIMLS PhD retreat registration is open23 January 2020
Yearly, RIMLS PhD candidates gather for the two-day PhD Retreat. Apart from the science, this event is highly valued for the opportunity to meet and get to know fellow PhD candidates during the social activities. Early bird registration and abstract submission deadline: 4 March 2020.
p120-catenin-dependent collective brain infiltration by glioma cell networks7 January 2020
Pavlo Gritsenko and Peter Friedl, theme Cancer development and immune defense, report in Nature Cell Biology, that glioma cells infiltrate the brain by a collective network mechanism, which critically depends on p120 catenin. p120 thus represents a potential target to combat glioma.
Niels Stensen Fellowship for Jorieke Weiden6 January 2020
Jorieke Weiden was recently awarded a grant from the Niels Stensen Fellowship. Since the 1960s, the Niels Stensen Fellowship has been awarded annually to outstanding researchers who recently received their PhD to enable them to gain research experience at a top university or institute abroad.
Galectin-9 controls plasma membrane integrity of dendritic cells16 December 2019
Laia Querol Cano, theme Cancer development and immune defense, has discovered how galectin-9, a sugar-binding membrane organiser, governs dendritic cell function by intracellularly modulating actin cytoskeleton. These findings are published in the latest issue of iScience.
New insights into the initiation of T cell responses in the spleen11 December 2019
Carl Figdor and colleagues, theme Cancer development and immune defense, provide insights into the initiation of T cell responses in the spleen and their consequences for T cell differentiation. They have published their results in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA.
Exploration meeting Academic Alliance on Oncology2 December 2019
Within the Academic Alliance, the Maastricht UMC+ and Radboudumc are already working together in several areas. And this is happening in more and more fields. On 27 November researchers from both umc's met during the fourth Exploration meeting, this time with the theme: Oncology.
Five RIMLS researchers in top 1 percent by citations26 November 2019
Leo Joosten, Jos van der Meer, Mihai Netea, Henk Stunnenberg and Frank van de Veerdonk, made it to this year’s list of highly cited researchers. Researchers in this list are selected for their exceptional research performance and are regarded to have had a major impact on fellow scientists.
Collective cancer invasion forms an integrin-dependent radioresistant niche29 October 2019
Anna Häger and Peter Friedl, theme Cancer development and immune defense, identified a new niche of cancer cell survival and developed an integrin inhibition therapy to overcome resistance. They have published their results in JEM.
Algorithm to predict which cancer patients benefit from immunotherapy29 October 2019
Rik Lindeboom and Michiel Vermeulen, theme Cancer development and immune defense, have developed an algorithm that can predict which cancer patients are more likely to benefit from immunotherapy. This new technology’s potential is described in Nature Genetics.