My studies concentrate on the immunogenetics of human B cell malignancies, such as chronic lymphocytic leukaemia, follicular lymphoma and the role for B cell receptor in the development of B cell lymphoma and leukaemia
Lectin binding to surface Ig variable regions provides a universal persistent activating signal for follicular lymphoma cells. Blood (2015) 126(16):1902-10. PMID: 26194765
Identification in CLL of circulating intraclonal subgroups with varying B-cell receptor expression and function. Blood (2013) 122(15):2664-72. PMID: 23954894
Surface IgM stimulation induces MEK1/2-dependent MYC expression in chronic lymphocytic leukemia cells. Blood (2012) 119(1):170-9. PMID: 22086413
Surface IgM of chronic lymphocytic leukaemia cells displays unusual glycans indicative of engagement of antigen in vivo. Blood (2010) 115(21):4198-205. PMID: 20237321
My primary interest is in the role of B cell receptor (BCR) in the development of B cell malignancies. The immunoglobulin (Ig) – the largest component of BCR – is a key molecule for B cells. Individually constructed during antigen-driven somatic hypermutation of rearranged immunoglobulin V(D)J genes, this receptor is "designed" to recognise a specific antigen. The analysis of the Ig genes allows us to reveal a clonal history of a malignant B cell tracking down a cell of origin.
The BCR signalling, a part of the support received by the CLL microenvironment, provides favourable conditions for CLL cells' survival and eventually, disease progression. Therefore, the dissection of the BCR signalling provides us clues to possible targets for therapeutic attack and can help developing new approaches to the treatment of the B-cell malignancies.
Currently, I am leading on a number of research projects looking into the development of B-cell malignancies and the role of the B-cell receptor in B-cell lymphoma and leukaemia.
IGHV sequencing reveals acquired N-glycosylation sites as a clonal and stable event during follicular lymphoma evolution. Odabashian M, Carlotti E, Araf S et al. Blood (2020) (2)
PEITC-mediated inhibition of mRNA translation is associated with both inhibition of mTORC1 and increased eIF2α phosphorylation in established cell lines and primary human leukemia cells Yeomans A, Lemm E, Wilmore S et al. Oncotarget (2016) 7(1) 74807-74819
Engagement of the B-cell receptor of chronic lymphocytic leukemia cells drives global and MYC-specific mRNA translation Yeomans A, Thirdborough SM, Valle-Argos B et al. Blood (2016) 127(13) 449-457
T-cell number and subtype influence the disease course of primary chronic lymphocytic leukaemia xenografts in alymphoid mice Oldreive CE, Skowronska A, Davies NJ et al. Disease Models & Mechanisms (2015) 8(13) 1401-1412
Lectin binding to surface Ig variable regions provides a universal persistent activating signal for follicular lymphoma cells Linley A, Krysov S, Ponzoni M et al. Blood (2015) 126(7) 1902-1910
Lectins from opportunistic bacteria interact with acquired variable-region glycans of surface immunoglobulin in follicular lymphoma Schneider D, Dühren-von Minden M, Alkhatib A et al. Blood (2015) 125(13) 3287-3296
Stimulation of surface IgM of chronic lymphocytic leukemia cells induces an unfolded protein response dependent on BTK and SYK Krysov S, Steele AJ, Coelho V et al. Blood (2014) 124(7) 3101-3109
The outcome of B-cell receptor signaling in chronic lymphocytic leukemia: proliferation or anergy Packham G, Krysov S, Allen A et al. Haematologica (2014) 99(13) 1138-1148
Identification in CLL of circulating intraclonal subgroups with varying B-cell receptor expression and function Coelho V, Krysov S, Steele A et al. Blood (2013) 122(13) 2664-2672
Mechanisms and clinical significance of BIM phosphorylation in chronic lymphocytic leukemia Paterson A, Mockridge CI, Adams JE et al. Blood (2012) 119(13) 1726-1736For additional publications, please click here
Postdoctoral Researchers in this group
Dr Filomena Spada
Ms Mariette Odabashian, Ms Nicola Maxine Joseph
I studied biology at the Tomsk State University (MSc Biology, 1996, Tomsk, Russia). I then completed my PhD project at the Institute of Clinical Immunology (PhD, 2001, Novosibirsk, Russia). In 2002 I joined the Tenovus Research Laboratory at the University of Southampton. In 2007 I transferred, within Southampton, and joined the Chronic lymphocytic leukemia project at Cancer Research Clinical Centre. In May 2014 I was appointed Lecturer at Barts Cancer Institute, QMUL.