EKFS grant for functional role and clinical relevance of ecDNA in pancreatic adenocarcinoma
BackDr. Matthäus Felsenstein successfully applied for funding from the Else Kröner Fresenius Stiftung (EKFS) for his project “The functional role and clinical relevance of extrachromosomal DNA (ecDNA) in pancreatic adenocarcinoma”. In close collaboration with the excellence group around Professor Anton Henssen, he is aiming at improved understanding of unique genomic patterns as a results of complex chromosomal rearrangements in pancreatic adenocarcinoma that could drive its aggressive behavior. He will use state-of-the art three-dimensional tissue culture to enrich for neoplastic cells from primary PDAC specimen and subsequently perform genome analyses to identify samples that harbor extrachromosomal DNA. The clinical impact of these chromosomal structures will be explored by clinical correlation analyses and therapy response in vitro.