Characterisation of cooperation between cell polarity regulators and oncogenes in tumourigenesis using Drosophila

Grant number: 400211


Cancers affect 1-3 people at some stage during their lifetime and therefore is of major importance to medical science. Cancers arise through the accumulation of mutations that alter normal cell proliferation control, differentiation, cell death or cell movement. In addition, recent studies have shown that the tumour environment (the interaction between cells) can be a major factor in the development of the cancer. However, this is difficult to study in mammalian models. In this proposal we use the genetically amenable, model system, the vinegar fly Drosophila, to investigate the development of tumours using defined mutations. To explore mechanisms of tumourigenesis in Drosophila, we are usin..

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