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Ovarian cancer

The main/fundamental area of scientific interests in the Laboratory of Molecular and Cellular Biology is the determination of mechanisms responsible for ovarian cancer chemoresistance, as well as for its invasion and metastatic potential.
Ovarian cancer is one of the main cause of death from the gynecological malignancies among women worldwide. The difficulties with early diagnosis, as well as increasing resistance of ovarian cancer cells to standard chemotherapy are considered to be main reasons for this state of affairs. Although the initial response of patients to "first wave" of treatment is very promising, the recurrence of the disease can be observed in over 80% of them within 6 to 20 months after the chemotherapy. Overcoming the inefficiency of platinum based therapy is a key challenge to improve survival of ovarian cancer patients. Therefore, our research are focused mainly on finding the molecular mechanisms responsible for both intrinsic and acquired chemoresistance, what can give essential clues helpful in developing novel, targeted therapies. Secondly, our study aim to determine molecular basis of invasive character of ovarian cancer cells. Since, development of invasiveness and ability to create metastases is very often accompanied with chemoresistance it is very important to determine the mutual relations between these two phenomenon in ovarian cancer cells.