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                                   Welcome and thanks for visiting our webpage!

We are a group of scientists interested in understanding how epigenetic changes drive the nuclear deformability, migration and infiltration of leukaemia cells. We are part of the Department of Molecular Medicine at the Centro de Investigaciones Biológicas Margarita Salas. 

Migrating Cells

                                                                    RESEARCH BACKGROUND

Cell migration is central to numerous biological functions in embryogenesis, tissue renewal and immunity. Migration of a cell though tissues requires its interaction with its matrix environment, and recently it has become clear that cell plasticity is critical for this motility through narrow spaces. For that, the cell needs to alter the physical properties of the nucleus, as the major and most rigid organelle in the cell body. Most of these advances link the expression of nuclear components, such as lamins, with cell plasticity; however how epigenetic changes affect cell migration is poorly understood. Epigenetic changes control gene transcription and DNA homeostasis, and some of them have been linked to active migration and motility of certain cancer cells.

Lymphocytes, as the immune cells mediating the adaptative response, require fast migration and recycling to/from immune organs to affected tissues, integrin receptors play an essential role during cell migration.  Lymphocyte nuclei become remodeled under 2D shear flow conditions, and in a 3D environment when they traverse vessels and migrate through stroma. We hypothesise that both the composition and mechanical properties of the matrix influence migration via a control on cell nuclei. We therefore aim to test this hypothesis by determining how ECM composition and mechanics control nuclear organisation, and how nuclear composition and chromatin modification influence 3D migration. Our work will provide novel insights on how cell-matrix interactions control normal and tumor lymphocyte migration through tissues, which will impact on future treatments for human diseases and cancer. 




de Lope-Planelles A, González-Novo R, Madrazo E, Peralta-Carrero G, Cruz Rodríguez MP, Zamora-Carreras H, Torrano V, López-Menéndez H, Roda-Navarro P, Monroy F, Redondo-Muñoz J.  [2023]. Mechanical stress confers nuclear and functional changes in derived leukemia cells from persistent confined migration

González-Novo R, de Lope-Planelles A, Cruz Rodríguez MP, González-Murillo Á, Madrazo E, Acitores D, García de Lacoba M, Ramírez M, Redondo-Muñoz J.  [2023]. 3D environment controls H3K4 methylation and the mechanical response of the nucleus in acute lymphoblastic leukemia cells.

Madrazo E, González-Novo R, Ortiz-Placín C, García de Lacoba M, González-Murillo Á, Ramírez M, Redondo-Muñoz J.  [2022]. Fast H3K9 methylation promoted by CXCL12 contributes to nuclear changes and invasiveness of T-acute lymphoblastic leukemia cells.



Current funding:

Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación con cofinanciación fondos FEDER (Spain).

Gilead International Scholarship in Hematology and Oncology 2017 (USA).

Beca Leonardo Fundación BBVA 2020 (Spain).

BBVA    Gilead  AEI


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Ms. Elena Madrazo (PhD student)

Ms. Raquel González Novo (PhD student)

Dr. Héctor Zamora Carreras (Postdoc)

Ms. Ana de Lope (PhD student)

Mr. Cándido Ortiz (AECC student)

Ms. Lucía Álvaro Aranda (TFM student)

Former members

Ms. Andrea Cordero (Undergraduate student)

Mr. David Acitores (Master student)

Ms. Laura Dalia (Undergraduate student)

Mr. Celso Yáñez (Master student)

Ms. Estefanía Alonso (PhD student)

Ms. Roberta Turner (Undergraduate student)

Dr. Carmen Mata Martín (Postdoc)

Mr. Ander de Blas (Master student)

                                            WORKING WITH US

We are always interested in recruiting talented and motivated people with a strong interest in immunology, leukemia and cell migration fields. 



Javier obtained a Leonardo Fellowship from BBVA Foundation.

Our paper published in Scientific Reports (2020).

Interview in Libertad FM (by Antonio Armas).

Javier Redondo-Muñoz Gilead International Scholarship Awardee.

Interview in RadioX London (2016).