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April 2 - 6
Celeste Lopes and Teresa Martins
Objectives:This course aims at providing basic and state-of-the-art knowledge in oncobiology. Features to be covered include the cell cycle and apoptosis, focusing on alterations that occur during cancer development, the genetics and epigenetics of cancer, namely the role of tumour suppressor genes and oncogenes, mutations, aneuploidy and regulation of gene expression. The role of infection and inflammation in cancer development will also be addressed. The course will also focus on invasion mechanisms and metastasis development, including the role of matrix metalloproteinases, adhesion molecules, chemokines and stromal-tumour interface. Targets of directed anti-cancer therapies and strategies for the development of new patient-specific therapies will also be addressed.

Programme :

Monday, 2/04/07
9.00-10.15- Alexandra Brás - Sala Anatomia Patológica - 1º piso - FMUC
Lecture 1: Cell cycle and cancer: Regulation of G2/M transition and mitosis.
10.45-12.00 - Sala Anatomia Patológica - 1º piso - FMUC
Lecture 2: Cell cycle and cancer: Therapeutic windows for cancer treatment. - Alexandra Brás
14.00-16.30 - Sala Química Fisiológica - R/c - FMUC
Presentation and discussion of papers; session 1 (2 papers; 4 students, 14 -15.30h).

Tuesday, 3/04/07
9.00-10.15Wednesday, 4/04/07
9.00-10.15 - IBILI - Anfiteatro
Lecture 5: Monoclonal lymphocytosis of CD4+ T-large granular lymphocytes and cytomegalovirus. - Alberto Orfão

10.45h-12h - IBILI - Anfiteatro
Presentation and discussion of papers; session 3 (2 papers; 4 students, 11 -12.30 h)

16.00-17h - IBILI - Anfiteatro
Open Seminar: “Diagnosis and follow-up of B-chronic lymphoproliferative disorders by flow cytometry immunophenotyping”. - Alberto Orfão


Alexandra Brás. Genomic Instability Group, Centro Nacional de Investigaciones Oncológicas (CNIO), C/ Melchor Fernández Almagro, 3, 28029 Madrid-Spain.

Paula Soares. Faculty of Medicine and Institute of Molecular Pathology and Immunology (IPATIMUP) of the University of Porto. Rua Roberto Frias s/n, 4200-465 Porto.

Raquel Seruca. Faculty of Medicine and Institute of Molecular Pathology and Immunology (IPATIMUP) of the University of Porto. Rua Roberto Frias s/n, 4200-465 Porto.

Alberto Orfão. Department of Medicine, Cytometry Service and Cancer Research Centre, University of Salamanca, Salamanca, Spain.
- Sala Fisiologia - 1º piso - FMUC
Lecture 3: Genetics of cancer and changes in signalling pathways. - Paula Soares

10.45h-12.00h - Sala Fisiologia - 1º piso - FMUC
Lecture 4: Sporadic and familial tumours. - Raquel Seruca

14.30-16:00h - Sala Fisiologia - 1º piso - FMUC
Presentation and discussion of papers; session 2 (2 papers; 4 students, 14.30 -16 h).

Most relevant publications:

van Vugt MA., Bras A, Medema RH. Restarting the cell cycle when the checkpoint comes to a halt. Cancer Res (2005) 65:7037-7040.

Laoukili J, Kooistra MR, Bras A, Kauw J, Kerkhoven RM, Morrison A, Clevers H, Medema RH. FoxM1 is required for execution of the mitotic program and chromosome stability. Nat. Cell. Biol. (2005) 7: 126-36.

van Vugt MA*, Bras A*, Medema RH. Polo-like kinase-1 controls recovery from a G2 DNA damage-induced arrest in mammalian cells. Mol. Cell (2004) 15:799-811. * Shared first authorship

Castro P, Eknaes M, Teixeira MR, Danielsen HE, Soares P, Lothe RA, Sobrinho-Simoes M. Adenomas and follicular carcinomas of the thyroid display two major patterns of chromosomal changes. J Pathol. 2005 Jul;206(3):305-11.

Basto D, Trovisco V, Lopes JM, Martins A, Pardal F, Soares P, Reis RM. Mutation analysis of B-RAF gene in human gliomas. Acta Neuropathol (Berl). 2005 Feb;109(2):207-10.

Cameselle-Teijeiro J, Preto A, Soares P, Sobrinho-Simoes M. A stem cell role for thyroid solid cell nests. Hum Pathol. 2005;36(5):590-1.

Ferreira P, Oliveira MJ, Beraldi E, Mateus AR, Nakajima T, Gleave M, Yokota J, Carneiro F, Huntsman D, Seruca R, Suriano G. Loss of functional E-cadherin renders cells more resistant to the apoptotic agent taxol in vitro. Exp Cell Res. 2005 Oct 15;310(1):99-104.

Velho S, Oliveira C, Ferreira A, Ferreira AC, Suriano G, Schwartz S Jr, Duval A, Carneiro F, Machado JC, Hamelin R, Seruca R. The prevalence of PIK3CA mutations in gastric and colon cancer. Eur J Cancer. 2005 Jul;41(11):1649-54.

Oliveira C, Velho S, Domingo E, Preto A, Hofstra RM, Hamelin R, Yamamoto H, Seruca R, Schwartz S Jr. Concomitant RASSF1A hypermethylation and KRAS/BRAF mutations occur preferentially in MSI sporadic colorectal cancer. Oncogene. 2005 Nov 17;24(51):7630-4.

Costa ES, Arroyo ME, Pedreira CE, Garcia-Marcos MA, Tabernero MD, Almeida J, Orfao A. A new automated flow cytometry data analysis approach for the diagnostic screening of neoplastic B-cell disorders in peripheral blood samples with absolute lymphocytosis. Leukemia. 2006 Jul;20(7):1221-30.

Lima M, Almeida J, Montero AG, Teixeira Mdos A, Queiros ML, Santos AH, Balanzategui A, Estevinho A, Alguero Mdel C, Barcena P, Fonseca S, Amorim ML, Cabeda JM, Pinho L, Gonzalez M, San Miguel J, Justica B, Orfao A. Clinicobiological, immunophenotypic, and molecular characteristics of monoclonal CD56-/+dim chronic natural killer cell large granular lymphocytosis. Am J Pathol. 2004 Oct;165(4):1117-27.

Sayagues JM, Tabernero MD, Maillo A, Trelles O, Espinosa AB, Sarasquete ME, Merino M, Rasillo A, Vera JF, Santos-Briz A, de Alava E, Garcia-Macias MC, Orfao A. Microarray-based analysis of spinal versus intracranial meningiomas: different clinical, biological, and genetic characteristics associated with distinct patterns of gene expression. J Neuropathol Exp Neurol. 2006 May;65(5):445-54.

Seminary: Thursday, April 4 2007; 16h-17h:

Title: Diagnosis and follow-up of B-chronic lymphoproliferative disorders by flow cytometry immunophenotyping. - Alberto Orfão

Presentation and discussion of papers

Work groups
Paper presentation
Ana Raquel Soares (arsoares@cnc.cj.uc.pt)
Pedro Manuel Branco (pbranco@cnc.uc.pt)

Ana Caldeira Burgeiro (burgeiro@cnc.cj.uc.pt)
Joana Margarida Gaspar (jmgaspar@cnc.cj.uc.pt)
Alexandra Isabel Rosa (air@cnc.cj.uc.pt)
Daniel Farinha Nunes (dnunes@cnc.cj.uc.pt)

BRAF mutations and RET/PTC rearrangements are alternative events in the etiopathogenesis of PTC. Oncogene, 2003, 22: 4578-4580.

The Hallmarks of Cancer. Cell, 2000, 100, Jan., 7:57-70 (artigo de apoio).
Sara Maurício Sousa (scmsousa@cnc.cj.uc.pt)
Sofia Soares Grade (scgrade@cnc.cj.uc.pt)
Genetics of Hereditary diffuse gastric cancer: progress and future challenges. Future Oncol., 2006, 2(3) (in press).

Genetic Screening for familial gastric cancer. Hereditary Cancer in Clin. Practice, 2004, 2(2): 51-64. (artigo de apoio).
Vera Sofia Ribeiro (vera14@cnc.cj.uc.pt)
Gil Pereira Costa     (costagil@cnc.cj.uc.pt)
Diagnosis of Haematological malignancies: new applications for flow cytometry. Hematology,.2006, Jun. 2 (1):6-13.

Immunophenotypic diagnosis of B-cell chronic lymphoproliferative disorders other than chronic lymphocytic leukaemia. From: Contemporary Hematology. Chronic lymphocytic leukemia: molecular genetics, biology diagnosis and management. Edited by: G.B. Faguet. Human Press Inc. Totowa, NJ. (artigo de apoio).
Marina Lurdes B. Brito (marina@cnc.cj.uc.pt)
Joana Filipa Neves (joaneves@cnc.cj.uc.pt)

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