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: January 03, 2019

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Graphical abstract from Li, et al (2019).
CTD²
September 19, 2019

The proteinaceous extracellular matrix (ECM) is vital for the survival, proliferation, migration, and differentiation of many types of cancer. However, little is known regarding metabolic pathways required for ECM secretion. By using an unbiased computational approach, we searched for enzymes...

Ovarian Cancer Stage IIIC
CTD²
September 13, 2019

Introduction: Due to the relatively low mutation rate and high frequency of copy number variation, finding actionable genetic drivers of high-grade serous carcinoma (HGSC) is a challenging task. Furthermore, emerging studies show that genetic alterations are frequently poorly represented at the...

Graphical abstract from Huang, et al (2019).
CTD²
September 05, 2019

Human neural stem cell cultures provide progenitor cells that are potential cells of origin for brain cancers. However, the extent to which genetic predisposition to tumor formation can be faithfully captured in stem cell lines is uncertain. Here, we evaluated neuroepithelial stem (NES) cells,...

Artwork by © Brittany C. Bennett 2019
CTD²
September 01, 2019

Metastasis is the major driver of death in patients with cancer. Invasion of surrounding tissues and metastasis have been proposed to initiate following loss of the intercellular adhesion protein, E-cadherin1,2, on the basis of inverse correlations between in vitro migration and E-...

Head and Neck Cancer Regions
CTD²
September 01, 2019

Metformin may reduce the progression of head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC), however, whether metformin acts by altering the host metabolism or targets cancer initiating cells remains poorly understood. This gap in knowledge has prevented the stratification of patient populations that...

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