RNA helicase DDX3X is important for many aspects of RNA metabolism and RNA translation. In addition, several publications have highlighted a role for DDX3X in immunity, as it contributes to the induction of type I IFNs. However, the in vivo relevance of DDX3X in cells of hematopoietic origin remains unexplored. Using mouse genetics, we demonstrate that DDX3X makes important contributions to innate immunity against pathogens beyond its role in IFN induction, by influencing hematopoiesis as well as the transcription of many antimicrobial genes. By comparison between cells from male or female animals we show that DDX3X functions are in part compensated by its Y-chromosomal homologue DDX3Y. This suggests that DDX3X may be one of the factors contributing to well-established differences of the male and female immune systems. 

Publication in PLoS Pathogens

Daniel Szappanos, Roland Tschismarov, Thomas Perlot, Sandra Westermayer, Katrin Fischer, Ekaterini Platanitis, Fabian Kallinger, Maria Novatchkova, Caroline Lassnig, Mathias Müller, Veronika Sexl, Keiryn L. Bennett, Michelle Foong-Sobis, Josef M. Penninger and Thomas Decker

The RNA helicase DDX3X is an essential mediator of innate antimicrobial immunity (2018), https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.ppat.1007397

The conference will be held at the Sheraton Resort, Rhodes, Greece on June 2-7, 2019.

Organizing committee: Belinda Parker, Leonidas Platanias, Mathias Müller and Serge Y Fuchs.

The Conference is under the sponsorship of Aegean Conferences, a non-profit educational organization promoting science through focused scientific conferences (www.aegeanconferences.org). Registration will be limited to 80-110 participants for this meeting; therefore, there should be ample opportunities for interactions and discussions.

The conference sessions present subject areas focused on:

Role of cytokines in tumor initiation, progression and metastatic disease

Anti-tumorigenic effects of interferons and other cytokines

Cytokine-mediated immune regulation and tumor microenvironment

Cytokines and cancer stem cells

Targeting cytokine pathways for anti-cancer treatment and therapeutic use of cytokines

The program details will be presented soon. Click here to download the flyer

https://www.aegeanconferences.org/src/App/conferences/view/139

The invitation only meeting on May 6-9, 2018 boasts an outstanding scientific programme and will take place in a beautiful location and inspiring atmosphere. We have invited international experts to complement the scientific programme of the two SFBs, including: Jacqueline Bromberg, New York; Gerard Evan, Cambridge; Thomas Graf, Barcelona; Nancy Hynes, Basel; Shai Izraeli, Tel Aviv; David Levy, New York; A. Tom Look, Harvard;  Tak Mak, Toronto

A cooperation of Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Cancer Research, Ludwig Boltzmann Cluster Oncology, SFB-F47, and SFB-F61

Figure: The meeting will be held at Seggau Castle in Styria, close to the city of Leibnitz

Acute myeloid leukaemia (AML) is the most common type of acute cancer of the blood and bone marrow in adults. This type of cancer usually progresses quickly and only 26 percent of the patients survive longer than 5 years as resistance against established treatments arises. The most common molecular cause is FLT3 mutations, which result in hyper-activation of STAT5. An international consortium of researchers cofounded by SFB-F61 now report on an early preclinical development to target STAT5 directly, which cooperates well with existing therapies.

Publication in Leukemia:

Bettina Wingelhofer, Barbara Maurer, Elizabeth C. Heyes, Abbarna C. Cumaraswamy, Angelika Berger-Becvar, Elvin D. de Araujo, Anna Orlova, Patricia Freund, Frank Ruge, Jisung Park, Gary Tin, Siawash Ahmar, Charles-Hugues Lardeau, Irina Sadovnik, Dávid Bajusz, György Miklós Keserű, Florian Grebien, Stefan Kubicek, Peter Valent, Patrick T. Gunning and Richard Moriggl,

Pharmacologic inhibition of STAT5 in acute myeloid leukemia, Leukemia (2018), doi:10.1038/s41375-017-0005-9

Figure: Schematic representation of the STAT5 Inhibitor mapped onto the SH2-domain of STAT5