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Stromabiology and cancer-stroma interactions

The stroma plays not only the role of a passive structural support, but also provides numerous physical and biochemical cues to the cancer cells.

About the project

The hallmark of pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC) is the presence of a prominent stroma, which can make up to 80% of the total tumour volume. It consists of extracellular matrix (ECM) components and the pancreatic stellate cells (PSCs), which produce the bulk of the ECM.

In this project, the impact of the PSCs and their main ECM products (fibronectin, collagens) on the cancer cells in terms of proliferation, migration and drug sensitivity is investigated. The experiments are based on direct and indirect co-culture of PDAC-derived cultures and PSC-cultures. The project utilizes general cell and molecular biology techniques, in vitro cancer research techniques and LC-MS/MS based proteomics.

Illustration made by: Manoj Amrutkar
Illustration made by: Manoj Amrutkar


  • Matthias Löhr, CLINTEC, Karolinska Institute, Sweden


  • University of Oslo

Study period

  • Ongoing


Published Apr. 4, 2019 12:46 PM - Last modified July 11, 2019 1:45 PM