Margot Thome studied Biochemistry at the University of Tübingen and the University of Arizona, and carried out her PhD work in the laboratory of Oreste Acuto at the Pasteur Institute in Paris. As a postdoctoral fellow she worked with Jürg Tschopp at the University of Lausanne, where she identified human and viral FLIP proteins as key apoptosis regulators. She became Assistant Professor of the Swiss National Science Foundation at the Department of Biochemistry of the University of Lausanne in 2004, and was appointed Associate Professor in 2009. Since 2015 she is the Deputy Director of the Department
Present work of the Thome laboratory focuses on the study of signaling pathways that control lymphocyte activation and survival and the development of lymphomas.
Lymphocytes play a crucial role in the defense against pathogens and tumor cells. One focus of our research is to understand the molecular mechanisms that control the activation of T-lymphocytes, initiated upon triggering of the T-cell antigen receptor by MHC-bound antigen. This leads to the initiation of multiple signaling pathways that regulate changes in cell shape and gene expression that are critical for efficient T-cell activation, proliferation and survival. Another focus of our research is to understand the molecular mechanisms underlying aberrant lymphocyte proliferation and survival that occurs in certain lymphoid tumors (lymphomas). By uncovering new molecular players and enzymatic activities relevant to these pathways, we aim at identifying possible targets for therapeutic immuno-modulation or treatment of lymphomas.
Key words: Antigen receptor, Signaling, NF-κB, Lymphocytes, Lymphoma
Hailfinger, S., Nogai, H., Pelzer, C., Jaworski, M., Cabalzar, K., Charton, J.E., Guzzardi, M., Décaillet, C., Grau, M., Dörken, B., Lenz, P., Lenz, G. and Thome, M. Malt1-dependent RelB cleavage promotes canonical NF-B activation in lymphocytes and lymphoma cell lines. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA. 108, 14596-14601 (2011).
Pelzer, C., Cabalzar, K., Wolf, A., Gonzalez, M., Lenz, G. and Thome, M. Malt1 activity is controlled by monoubiquitination. Nature Immunol. 14, 337-347 (2013).
Jaworski, M., Marsland, B.J., Gehrig, J., Held, W., Favre, S., Luther, S.A., Perroud, M., Golshayan, D., Gaide, O. and Thome, M. Malt1 protease inactivation efficiently dampens immune responses but causes spontaneous autoimmunity. EMBO J. 33, 2765-2781 (2014).
Juilland, M., Gonzalez, M., Erdmann, T., Banz, Y., Jevnikar, Z., Hailfinger, S., Tzankov, A., Grau, M., Lenz, G., Novak, U. and Thome, M. CARMA1- and MyD88-dependent activation of Jun/ATF-type AP-1 complexes is a hallmark of ABC diffuse large B-cell lymphomas. Blood. 127, 1780-1789 (2016).
Juilland, M. and Thome, M. The role of the CBM complex in lymphoid malignancies. Curr. Opin. Hematol. 23, 402-409 (2016).
Bonsignore, L., Passelli, K., Pelzer, C., Perroud, M., Konrad, A., Thurau, M., Stürzl, M., Dai, L., Trillo-Trinoco, J., Del Valle, L., Qin, Z. and Thome, M. A role for MALT1 activity in Kaposi’s sarcoma-associated herpesvirus latency and growth of primary effusion lymphoma. Leukemia doi: 10.1038/leu.2016.239 [Epub ahead of print] (2016).
|Christelle Charbonnet||Masters student||Christelle.Charbonnet@unil.ch|
|Mélanie Juilland||Postdoctoral fellow||Unisciences|
|Mikhail Kuravsky||Postdoctoral fellow||Unisciences|
|Rebekka Schairer||Ph.D student||Unisciences|
|Ivana Ubezzi||Ph.D student||Unisciences|