Stem Cells to Red Blood Cells

Organisational unit: Research group

Research areas and keywords

UKÄ subject classification

  • Cell and Molecular Biology

Keywords

  • Blood, stem cells, red blood cells, erythrocytes, anemia, diamond-blackfans anemia , direct reprogramming, hemoglobin, erythropoiesis

Research

We research the generation of the most abundant cells in our bodies, the red blood cells. We are particularly interested in how this process is regulated and what goes wrong when a failure leads to anemia. Two main aims of the group are. 1. Develop novel therapies for patients with anemia that today lack effective therapy. - From different screening and medicinal chemistry approaches we are identifying drug candidates for treatment of anemia that are validated in anemic mouse models and on cells from patients with severe congenital anemia. 2. To understand the developmental process of red blood cell formation. - The group was the first to define the genetic code that instructs a cell to become an erythropoietin-sensitive erythroblast. - Through analysis of genome wide association studies and screening the group has identified several previously unknown genes that are essential for normal red cell production.

Recent research outputs

Sandra Capellera Garcia, 2018, Lund: Lund University, Faculty of Medicine. 111 p.

Research output: ThesisDoctoral Thesis (compilation)

Komorowska, K., Alexander Doyle, Martin Wahlestedt, Agatheeswaran Subramaniam, Debnath, S., Chen, J., Shamit Soneji, Van Handel, B., Mikkola, H. K. A., Kenichi Miharada, David Bryder, Jonas Larsson & Mattias Magnusson, 2017 Dec 19, In : Cell Reports. 21, 12, p. 3514-3523 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Sandra Capellera-Garcia & Johan Flygare, 2017 Feb 1, In : Expert Review of Hematology. 10, 2, p. 107-109

Research output: Contribution to journalDebate/Note/Editorial

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