Prof. Dr. Ian Frew
Our research lies at the interface of basic and translational cancer research. We ask how different combinations of genetic mutations in tumour suppressor and oncogenic signalling pathways affect the behaviours of tumours and their responses to therapies. We employ a variety of genetic approaches to tackle these questions, with current major research interests in kidney tumours and different types of sarcomas. In addition to the use of conventional mouse genetics, we develop new tools that allow more rapid genetic approaches in mice with the aim of being able to more efficiently and rapidly investigate the combined effects of genetic alterations in multiple signalling pathways and biological processes. We utilise both genetic and chemical library screening approaches to identify therapeutic sensitivities based on the mutational spectrum of tumours and conduct pre-clinical tests of molecularly-targeted agents using our mouse models. We also aim to work closely with oncologists and pathologists to translate these findings to the clinic.
10 selected publications
- Vhl deletion in renal epithelia causes HIF-1α-dependent, HIF-2α-independent angiogenesis and constitutive diuresis.
Schönenberger D, Rajski M, Harlander S, Frew IJ.
Oncotarget. 2016 Sep 20;7(38):60971-60985.
- Combined deletion of Vhl, Trp53 and Kif3a causes cystic and neoplastic renal lesions.
Guinot A, Lehmann H, Wild PJ, Frew IJ.
J Pathol. 2016 Jul;239(3):365-73.
- Formation of renal cysts and tumors in Vhl/Trp53-deficient mice requires HIF1α and HIF2α.
Schönenberger D, Harlander S, Rajski M, Jacobs RA, Lundby AK, Adlesic M, Hejhal T, Wild PJ, Lundby C, Frew IJ.
Cancer Res. 2016 Apr 1;76(7):2025-36.
- A versatile modular vector system for rapid combinatorial mammalian genetics.
Albers J, Danzer C, Rechsteiner M, Lehmann H, Brandt LP, Hejhal T, Catalano A, Busenhart P, Gonçalves AF, Brandt S, Bode PK, Bode-Lesniewska B, Wild PJ, Frew IJ.
J Clin Invest. 2015 Apr;125(4):1603-19.
- Combined deletion of Vhl and Kif3a accelerates renal cyst formation.
Lehmann H, Vicari D, Wild PJ, Frew IJ.
J Am Soc Nephrol. 2015 Nov;26(11):2778-88.
- Combined mutation of Vhl and Trp53 causes renal cysts and tumours in mice.
Albers J, Rajski M, Schönenberger D, Harlander S, Schraml P, von Teichman A, Georgiev S, Wild PJ, Moch H, Krek W, Frew IJ.
EMBO Mol Med. 2013 Jun;5(6):949-64.
- p53 suppresses type II endometrial carcinomas in mice and governs endometrial tumour aggressiveness in humans.
Wild PJ, Ikenberg K, Fuchs TJ, Rechsteiner M, Georgiev S, Fankhauser N, Noske A, Roessle M, Caduff R, Dellas A, Fink D, Moch H, Krek W, Frew IJ.
EMBO Mol Med. 2012 Aug;4(8):808-24.
- pVHL and PTEN tumour suppressor proteins cooperatively suppress kidney cyst formation.
Frew IJ, Thoma CR, Georgiev S, Minola A, Hitz M, Montani M, Moch H, Krek W.
EMBO J. 2008 Jun 18;27(12):1747-57
- Combined VHLH and PTEN mutation causes genital tract cystadenoma and squamous metaplasia.
Frew IJ, Minola A, Georgiev S, Hitz M, Moch H, Richard S, Vortmeyer AO, Krek W.
Mol Cell Biol. 2008 Jul;28(14):4536-48.
- VHL and GSK3beta are components of a primary cilium-maintenance signalling network.
Thoma CR, Frew IJ, Hoerner CR, Montani M, Moch H, Krek W.
Nat Cell Biol. 2007 May;9(5):588-95.