ProjectInfluence of p53 family member activity on therapy resistance in malignant melanoma

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Influence of p53 family member activity on therapy resistance in malignant melanoma
01/01/2018 to 31/12/2020
Abstract / short description:
The overall survival of melanoma patients with metastases has been greatly prolonged within the past few years due to new therapeutic strategies like kinase inhibitors for mutated BRAF or MEK and immune checkpoint blockers. However, rapidly emerging acquired resistance towards targeted therapies as well as the fact that not all patients respond to immunotherapy limit the clinical benefit of the therapies and revealed that there is a need for the development of alternative strategies to overcome resistance and non-responsiveness. The aim of this study is to elucidate the mechanism of the interplay of p53 family members in mediating therapy resistance towards MAPK inhibitors and DNA damaging drugs in melanoma cells. Within this project, we will analyze the mechanism of enhanced sensitivity of MAPK inhibitor resistant cells towards chemotherapy and the potential of alternating chemo- and MAPK inhibitor therapy as a novel therapeutic regimen for melanomas with acquired MAPK inhibitor resistance. Furthermore, since there is recent evidence that p53 family members are also involved in the immune cell response towards tumors, we will investigate the impact of targeting this signaling axis in order to antagonize melanoma immune escape.
treatment resistance

Involved staff


Department of Dermatology
Hospitals and clinical institutes, Faculty of Medicine
Cluster of Excellence: Image-Guided and Functionally Instructed Tumor Therapies (iFIT)
Centers or interfaculty scientific institutions
Research training group: Non-canonical G protein signaling pathways
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Local organizational units

Department of Dermatology
Hospitals and clinical institutes
Faculty of Medicine


Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany

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