CTD²: Cancer Target Discovery and Development

The Cancer Target Discovery and Development (CTD2) Network, a functional genomics initiative, bridges the gap between cancer genomics and biology. The Network aims to understand how tumor heterogeneity leads to drug resistance in order to develop optimal combinations of chemotherapy or small molecules in combination with immunotherapy. 

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Last updated: July 01, 2020

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Brain, Medial, Child, Anatomy-CNS Germ Cell Tumor-HP
CTD²
October 12, 2020

Medulloblastoma (MB) is among the most common malignant brain tumors in children. Recent studies have identified at least four subgroups of the disease that differ in terms of molecular characteristics and patient outcomes. Despite this heterogeneity, most MB patients receive similar therapies,...

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CTD²
October 05, 2020

ARID1A, a component of the chromatin-remodeling complex SWI/SNF, is one of the most frequently mutated genes in human cancer. We sought to develop rational combination therapy to potentiate the efficacy of immune checkpoint blockade in ARID1A-deficient tumors. In a proteomic analysis of a data...

Integration of functional genomics with PDCs and big data for drug combination identification.
CTD²
October 01, 2020

Background: Homologous recombination deficiencies (HRD) are present in approximately half of epithelial ovarian cancers, for which PARP inhibitors (PARPi) are becoming a preferred treatment option. However, a considerable proportion of these carcinomas acquire resistance or...

Papillary Renal Cancer
CTD²
September 28, 2020

Purpose: A challenge in the diagnosis of renal cell carcinoma (RCC) is to distinguish chromophobe RCC (chRCC) from benign renal oncocytoma, because these tumor types are histologically and morphologically similar, yet they require different clinical management. Molecular...

Califano Lab employs systems biology algorithms to identify tumor master regulators on an individual patient basis
CTD²
September 14, 2020

Tumor-specific elucidation of physical and functional oncoprotein interactions could improve tumorigenic mechanism characterization and therapeutic response prediction. Current interaction models and pathways, however, lack context specificity and are not oncoprotein specific. We introduce...

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