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Cellular and Molecular Radiation Oncology Laboratory

head: Carsten Herskind, Ph.D., ass. professor (Contact: carsten.herskind@medma.uni-heidelberg.de)


The research topics of our lab belong to two main themes:

  1. Strategies for enlarging the therapeutic window through biological modulation of the cellular radiation sensitivity. Radioprotection of normal cells by gene therapeutic overexpression of MDR-1 and other genes. Radiosensitization of tumour cells by modulation of signal transduction pathways.
  2. Studies of the biological effect of high single doses and low-energy X-rays used in intraoperative radiotherapy (IORT). Genetic factors of the radiation repsonse and their influence on individual clinical radiation sensitivity of the normal tissue.

The laboratory is based in the Centre for Medical Research (ZMF) and is equipped for experimental work in cell- and molecular biology including work under biological safety level S2 conditions. Available methods include RT-PCR, real-time PCR, mRNA microarray analysis, Western blotting, Immuno cytochemistry, flow cytometry, gene transfer and cell culture. A 6 MV linear accelerator as well as a 50 kV Intrabeam® X-ray machine are available for cell irradiations in the radiotherapy department. A 150 kV X-ray machine with imaging is available for conformal irradiation of animal models.

Recent Publications:

1. Liu Q, Schneider F, Ma L, Wenz, F, Herskind C. (2013) Relative Biologic Effectiveness (RBE) of 50 kV X-rays Measured in a Phantom for Intraoperative Tumor-Bed Irradiation. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 85:1127-33. [Epub 2012 Sep 14].

2. Barzan D, Veldwijk MR, Herskind C, Li Y, Zhang B, Sperk E, Du WD, Zhang XJ, Wenz F. (2013) Comparison of genetic variation of breast cancer susceptibility genes in Chinese and German populations. Eur J Hum Genet. 21:1286-92. doi: 10.1038/ejhg.2013.38. [Epub 2013 Mar 13]

3. Wang M, Maier P, Wenz F, Giordano FA, Herskind C. (2013) Mitogenic signalling in the absence of epidermal growth factor receptor activation in a human glioblastoma cell line. J Neurooncol. 155:323-31 [Epub 2013 Sep 11]

4. Veldwijk MR, Zhang B, Wenz F, Herskind C (2014) The biological effect of large single doses: a possible role for non-targeted effects in cell inactivation. PLoS One 9(1):e84991

5. Burger N, Biswas A, Barzan D, Kirchner A, Hosser H, Hausmann M, Hildenbrand G, Herskind C, Wenz F, Veldwijk MR. (2014) A method for the efficient cellular uptake and retention of small modified gold nanoparticles for the radiosensitization of cells. Nanomedicine. 10:1365-72. pii: S1549-9634(14)00129-4. doi: 10.1016/j.nano.2014. 03.011. [Epub 2014 Mar 24]

6. Maier P, Wenz F, Herskind C (2014) Radioprotection of normal tissue cells. Strahlenther Onkol. 190:745-52, DOI 10.1007/s00066-014-0637-x

7. Herskind C, Wenz F (2014): “Radiobiological aspects of intraoperative tumour-bed irradiation with low-energy X-rays (LEX-IORT)”. Transl. Cancer Res. 3: 3-17

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