Morten Gjerstorff

cand.scient., Ph.D.

  • J.B. Winsløws Vej 25, 3.

    5000 Odense C


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Cancer-germline (CG) antigens are among the most promising tumor targets. They are widely expressed in different cancer types and are essentially tumor-specific, since their expression in normal tissues is largely restricted to immune-privileged sites. Natural cellular and humoral immune responses against CG antigens can frequently be observed in cancer patients, indicating that they are immunogenic. These characteristics make them widely applicable as targets for cancer immunotherapy with little risk of harmful side effects and CG antigen vaccines are being evaluated in a large number of clinical trials worldwide.
Despite the great optimism about the future of CG antigen targeting therapies, two important questions remain to be answered before the full therapeutic potential of these proteins can be realized: 1) Are CG antigens directly involved in tumorigenesis? 2) Which of the more than 100 CG antigens are the best therapeutic targets? The overall aim of our research is to clarify these matters by functional characterization of CG antigens, using both functional screens to identify CG antigens involved in key pathways of tumor development and in-dept investigation of the cellular roles of specific CG antigens. We expect that our results will increase the overall understanding of tumorgenesis and can be directly translated into the clinic to improve cancer immunotherapeutic strategies.

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Antigens Chemical Compounds
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Gene Expression Profiling Medicine & Life Sciences

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Research Output 2004 2020

Corrigendum to "MicroRNAs in cancer cell death pathways: Apoptosis and necroptosis" [Free Radic. Biol. Med. 139 (2019) 1-15]

Shirjang, S., Mansoori, B., Asghari, S., Duijf, P. H., Mohammadi, A., Gjerstorff, M. & Baradaran, B., Jan 2020, In : Free Radical Biology & Medicine. 146, p. 402

Research output: Contribution to journalComment/debateResearchpeer-review

miR-330 suppresses EMT and induces apoptosis by downregulating HMGA2 in human colorectal cancer

Mansoori, B., Mohammadi, A., Naghizadeh, S., Gjerstorff, M., Shanehbandi, D., Shirjang, S., Najafi, S., Holmskov, U., Khaze, V., Duijf, P. H. G. & Baradaran, B., Feb 2020, In : Journal of Cellular Physiology. 235, 2, p. 920-931

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

Colorectal Neoplasms
Cell Movement
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A functional genetic screen identifies the Mediator complex as essential for SSX2-induced senescence

Brückmann, N. H., Bennedsen, S. N., Duijf, P. H. G., Terp, M. G., Thomassen, M., Larsen, M., Pedersen, C. B., Kruse, T., Alcaraz, N., Ditzel, H. J. & Gjerstorff, M. F., 6. Nov 2019, In : Cell Death & Disease. 10, 11, 12 p., 841.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
Cell Aging

Chimeric Antigen Receptor T Cells Targeting CD79b Show Efficacy in Lymphoma with or without Cotargeting CD19

Ormhøj, M., Scarfò, I., Cabral, M. L., Bailey, S. R., Lorrey, S. J., Bouffard, A. A., Castano, A. P., Larson, R. C., Riley, L. S., Schmidts, A., Choi, B. D., Andersen, R. S., Cédile, O., Nyvold, C. G., Haaber, J., Gjerstorff, M. F., Ditzel, H. J., Weinstock, D. M., Barington, T., Frigault, M. J. & 1 others, Maus, M. V., 1. Dec 2019, In : Clinical Cancer Research. 25, 23, p. 7046-7057

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

Antigen Receptors
B-Cell Lymphoma
T-Cell Antigen Receptor
CD19 Antigens
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Correction: VersicanV1 promotes proliferation and metastasis of hepatocellular carcinoma through the activation of EGFR–PI3K–AKT pathway (Oncogene, (2018), 37, 41, (5585-5586), 10.1038/s41388-018-0495-6)

Elias, D., Vever, H., Lænkholm, A. V., Gjerstorff, M. F., Yde, C. W., Lykkesfeldt, A. E. & Ditzel, H. J., 11. Nov 2019, In : Oncogene.

Research output: Contribution to journalComment/debateResearchpeer-review

Open Access
Hepatocellular Carcinoma

Activities 2014 2017

  • 2 Conference organisation or participation
  • 1 Talks and presentations in private or public companies

Chromatin and epigenetics: from mechanism to function

Nadine Brückmann (Participant), Morten Gjerstorff (Participant)
4. Apr 20177. Apr 2017

Activity: Attending an eventConference organisation or participation

Oncogenic functions of cancer/testis antigen SSX2 highlights its therapeutic potential

Morten Gjerstorff (Lecturer)
10. Feb 2015

Activity: Talks and presentationsTalks and presentations in private or public companies

2014 Annual Paris Melanoma Conference

Morten Gjerstorff (Participant)
4. Jul 20146. Jul 2014

Activity: Attending an eventConference organisation or participation

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Nyt om navne

Morten Gjerstorff


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Odense-kvartet med i "Mord uden grænser"

Morten Gjerstorff


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