Yuri A. Lazebnik, Ph.D.

Title
Professor
Institution
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
Address
P.O. Box 100
1 Bungtown Road
City, State, Zip
Cold Spring Harbor, NY 11724
Phone
(516) 367-8363
E-mail
lazebnik[at]cshl.edu
Website
http://www.cshl.edu/news-a-features/cshl-research-ties-harmless-viruses-to-cancer.html
Research Field
Cell Biology
Award Year
1995

Research

Our laboratory seeks to understand how cells become cancerous, how cancer cells evolve, and how they can be killed selectively. We explore a model that cell fusion is a co-factor in carcinogenesis and tumor progression. This model argues that fusion of cells whose cell cycle is deregulated produces unstable hybrids that by chance may acquire carcinogenic properties. The cancer cells may further evolve by fusing to normal cells, thereby producing hybrids with additional properties, including the ability to form metastases. We focus on common viruses, many of which are fusogenic, as a cause of cell fusion in the body. To understand how to kill cancer cells selectively, we explore a model that oncogenic transformation induces apoptosis, but that this link is disabled in cancer cells. The idea is that by learning how to restore this link we may understand how to kill cancer cells selectively.