Ellen Puré

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Professor of Pharmacology
Grace Lansing Lambert Professor of Biomedical Science, University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine
Member, Abramson Cancer Center, University of Pennsylvania
Professor and Chair, Department of Biomedical Sciences, University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine
Director, Penn Vet Cancer Center, University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine
Department: Pharmacology

Contact information
Department of Biomedical Sciences
3800 Spruce Street
216E Vet
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Office: (215) 573-9406
Fax: (215) 573-6810
Lab: (215) 573-9405
Graduate Group Affiliations
A.B. (Biology)
Washington University, 1977.
Ph.D. (Immunology)
UT Southwestern Medical School, 1981.
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Description of Research Expertise

Tumor Microenvironment
Cellular and molecular basis of inflammation and fibrosis

Key words: inflammation, fibrosis, extracellular matrix, mouse genetics, ageing, dynamic macromolecular complexes, cell polarity, alternative splicing

This laboratory is studying the cellular and molecular basis of inflammation and fibrosis, with a particular focus on the role of stromal cells and extracellular matrix (ECM), in the context of chronic inflammatory diseases and cancer. The molecular pathways currently being studied include the adhesion receptor CD44 and its principle ligand, hyaluronan, and fibroblast activation protein (FAP), a stromal cell surface protease. Studies of CD44 and FAP are being conducted in mouse models of cancer, cardiovascular disease and pulmonary fibrosis using conditional CD44 knockout mice and FAP-null mice generated in the lab. Also the FAP promoter has been exploited to generate mice that can be used to non-invasively image reactive stromal cells in fibrotic lesions and epithelial-derived tumors, to conditionally ablate reactive stromal cells, and to manipulate gene expression specifically in fibrotic lesions and tumor stromal cells. We are studying the impact of matrix modification on cell behavior directly through regulation of receptor mediated signal transduction as well as through modulation of tissue stiffness. We are also exploring the function of CD44 and FAP in human disease.

Description of Itmat Expertise

Basic Cells, Basic Model Systems, Translational

Selected Publications

Case, A., Brisson, B. K., Durham, A. C., Rosen, S., Monslow, J., Buza, E., Salah, P., Gillem, J., Ruthel, G., Veluvolu, S., Kristiansen, V., Puré, E., Brown, D. C., Sørenmo, K. U., Volk, S. W.: Identification of prognostic collagen signatures and potential therapeutic stromal targets in canine mammary gland carcinoma. PLoS One 12(7): e0180448, 2017.

Lo, A., Li, C. P., Buza, E. L., Blomberg, R., Govindaraju, P., Avery, D., Monslow, J., Hsiao, M., Puré, E.: Fibroblast activation protein augments progression and metastasis of pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma. JCI Insight 2(19), 2017.

Katlinski, K. V., Gui, J., Katlinskaya, Y. V., Ortiz, A., Chakraborty, R., Bhattacharya, S., Carbone, C. J., Beiting, D. P., Girondo, M. A., Peck, A. R., Puré, E., Chatterji, P., Rustgi, A. K., Diehl, J. A., Koumenis, C., Rui, H., Fuchs, S. Y.: Inactivation of Interferon Receptor Promotes the Establishment of Immune Privileged Tumor Microenvironment. Cancer Cell 31(2): 194-207, 2017.

Cardiovascular consequences of prostanoid I receptor deletion in microsomal prostaglandin E synthase-1-deficient hyperlipidemic mice. Circulation 2016.

Augmentation of CAR T-cell trafficking and antitumor efficacy by blocking protein kinase A localization. Cancer Immunology Research 2016.

Masters In Immunology: Can targeting stroma pave the way to enhanced antitumor immunity and immunotherapy of solid tumors? Cancer Immunology Research 2016.

A role for hyaluronan synthase 3 in the response to vascular injury. Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology 2016.

Type III collagen directs stromal organization and limits metastasis in a murine model of breast cancer. American Journal of Pathology 2015.

Generation of potent T-cell immunotherapy for cancer using DAP12-based, multichain, chimeric immunoreceptors. Cancer Immunology Research 2015.

Tumor-promoting desmoplasia is disrupted by depleting FAP-expressing stromal cells. Cancer Research 2015.

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Last updated: 01/08/2018
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