Laboratory of Cell Signalling
Head of the Laboratory:
RNDr. Pavel Branny, CSc.
Phone: + 420 296 442 658
Fax: +420 241 722 257
|RNDr. Pavel Branny, CSc.||Head of the Laboratory|
|Ing. Tomáš Vomastek, Ph.D.||Scientist|
|Mgr. Karolína Buriánková, Ph.D.||Scientist|
|RNDr. Linda Doubravová, Ph.D.||Scientist|
|Mgr. Aleš Ulrych, Ph.D.||Scientist|
|Mgr. Tomáš Groušl, Ph.D.||Postdoctoral fellow|
|RNDr. Volha Ramaniuk, Ph.D.||Postdoctoral fellow|
|Mgr. Jan Rasl||PhD student|
|Bc. Věra Chvalová||PhD student|
|Mgr. Václava Stauberová||PhD student|
|Mgr. Josipa Grušanovič||PhD student|
|Mgr. Zuzana Klímová||PhD student|
|Mgr. Viegnesh Venkada Subramanian||PhD student|
|Ing. Oliva Branná||Research assistant|
|MVDr. Silvia Bezoušková||Research assistant|
|Bc. Bohumil Kubeša||Student|
|Bc. Jan Keil||Student|
The research in the Laboratory of Cell Signalling headed by Pavel Branny.
Our laboratory consists of two workgroups
♠ Prokaryotic focuses on the molecular mechanisms that bacteria use for intra- and intercellular communication.
♣ Eukaryotic focuses on the role the Extracellular signal regulated kinase (ERK) cascade plays in the regulation of
a diverse array of cellular programs.
Our laboratory, established in 2002, focuses on signal transduction mechanisms, in particular those which are mediated by Ser/Thr protein kinases of eukaryotic type in bacteria. Through reversible protein phosphorylation, protein kinases and phosphatases provide the fundamental machinery for environmental sensing and physiological signaling. A major goal is to understand the functions of Ser/Thr protein phosphorylation in pathogenic bacterium Streptococcus pneumoniae.
Our former research was focused on cell signalling proteins of pathogen Pseudomonas aeruginosa or differentiating bacterium Streptomyces. Previously we have been engaged also in the projects investigating bilirubin degradation by Clostridium perfringens and epidemiology of causative agent of cat scratch disease, Bartonella henselae.
In 2011 the proteomics group of Dr. Jaroslav Weiser joined the lab. We use 2D gel electrophoresis based proteomic techniques in studies of actinomycetes differentiation and biofilm formation and we are involved in collaborations with other labs in the Institute of Microbiology.
Micrograph of Streptococcus pneumoniae wild type and ΔstkP mutant. Arrows indicate multiple division septa in mutant cells. Electron microscopy performed by Oldřich Benada, Institute of Microbiology CAS.
Tomáš Vomastek, PhD.
Phone: + 420 241 062 167
T. Vomastek’s research group focuses on the function of the ERK signaling pathway in mammalian cells. The ERK pathway, with core composed of protein kinases Raf, MEK and ERK, is an integral part of evolutionarily conserved signaling cascades that enable eukaryotic cells to sense and read a multitude of extracellular signals. In a series of sequential phosphorylation reactions, the ERK cascade converts these extracellular signals into a variety of specific intracellular biological responses such as differentiation, cell movement, cell division and apoptosis. The activation of protein kinase ERK is a key regulator of these responses as ERK phosphorylates and thus alters the function of plethora of cellular proteins, ultimately bringing about the responses appropriate for the particular extracellular signal. Importantly, subverted regulation of ERK signaling is central to cancer development and cancer progression where it promotes the expression of pro-oncogenic genes, uncontrolled proliferation, invasion and metastasis formation.
Our research group investigates molecular mechanisms by which the ERK signaling pathway implements multiple extracellular signals into unique biological responses.
We focus on how ERK, through the phosphorylation of specific substrates, regulates the establishment of migratory and invasive phenotype, epithelial-mesenchymal transition, cell shape and polarity and the cancer development and progression.
The current projects in the lab concern these topics:
- The role of the ERK pathway and actin remodeling in the establishment of cell shape and polarity.
- The dynamic changes in gene expression and in transcriptome upon the ERK pathway activation.
- The role of the ERK pathway in the development and metastatic progression of squamous cell carcinoma and melanoma.
Bachelor’s, master’s and PhD thesis are often available in the lab. If interested, contact T. Vomastek