Sergi Guerrero successfully defended his PhD-thesis

Sergi Guerrero successfully defended his PhD-thesis today! Jointly supervised as co-promotor with Marcel van Vugt. https://www.rug.nl/about-ug/latest-news/events/promoties/?hfId=118982 https://research.rug.nl/nl/publications/exploiting-genomic-instability-as-an-achilles-heel-in-cancer Genomic instability is a hallmark of cancer for which an important cause is the DNA damage generated by oncogene-induced replication stress (RS). Genomically instable cancers increasingly depend on checkpoint kinases, including ATR and WEE1, to activate the DNA…

Improving gene function predictions using independent transcriptional components

Link to paper Urzúa-Traslaviña CG, Leeuwenburgh VC, Bhattacharya A, Loipfinger S, van Vugt MATM, de Vries EGE, Fehrmann RSN. ABSTRACT The interpretation of high throughput sequencing data is limited by our incomplete functional understanding of coding and non-coding transcripts. Reliably predicting the function of such transcripts can overcome this limitation. Here we report the use…

Colorectal anastomotic leak: transcriptomic profile analysis

Link to paper van Praagh JB, de Wit JG, Olinga P, de Haan JJ, Nagengast WB, Fehrmann RSN, Havenga K. BackgroundAnastomotic leakage in patients undergoing colorectal surgery is associated with morbidity and mortality. Although multiple risk factors have been identified, the underlying mechanisms are mainly unknown. The aim of this study was to perform a transcriptome…

Overexpression of Cyclin E1 or Cdc25A leads to replication stress, mitotic aberrancies, and increased sensitivity to replication checkpoint inhibitors

Link to paper Yannick P. Kok, Sergi Guerrero Llobet, Pepijn M. Schoonen, Marieke Everts, Arkajyoti Bhattacharya, Rudolf S. N. Fehrmann, Nathalie van den Tempel & Marcel A. T. M. van Vugt. AbstractOncogene-induced replication stress, for instance as a result of Cyclin E1 overexpression, causes genomic instability and has been linked to tumorigenesis. To survive high…

Genome-wide association study of cardiovascular disease in testicular cancer patients treated with platinum-based chemotherapy

Link to paper Lars C. Steggink, Hink Boer, Coby Meijer, Joop D. Lefrandt, Leon W. M. M. Terstappen, Rudolf S. N. Fehrmann & Jourik A. Gietema. AbstractGenetic variation may mediate the increased risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) in chemotherapy-treated testicular cancer (TC) patients compared to the general population. Involved single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) might differ…

Cyclin E expression is associated with high levels of replication stress in triple-negative breast cancer

Link to paper Sergi Guerrero Llobet, Bert van der Vegt, Evelien Jongeneel, Rico D. Bense, Mieke C. Zwager, Carolien P. Schröder, Marieke Everts, Rudolf S. N. Fehrmann, Geertruida H. de Bock & Marcel A. T. M. van Vugt. Abstract Replication stress entails the improper progression of DNA replication. In cancer cells, including breast cancer cells,…

Artificial intelligence is not going to replace the doctor in the near future

I’ve been interviewed for the monthly journal of the Dutch Society Of Medical Oncology on the subject of Artificial Intelligence in oncology/healtcare. The interview is in Dutch (but google translate does a good job of translating it to English, or try DeepL Translate). De term kunstmatige intelligentie, meestal artificial intelligence genoemd, zoemt in toenemende mate…