Ploubidou Research Group

Current Projects

Mechanisms and consequences of centrosome inactivation

Centrosome activity is primarily regulated by changes in composition and quantity of the pericentriolar material (PCM), which nucleates microtubules. Centrosome inactivation, mediated by ablation of PCM, occurs during differentiation or upon viral infection, and results in functional modifications of microtubule nucleation and organization. We are using human viruses, which efficiently perturb centrosome structure, to identify PCM regulators and to assay their contribution to cytoskeletal remodeling, cancer related signaling and neoplastic growth. Employing human papillomavirus oncoproteins as oncogenic stimulus we are addressing the long-standing key question whether centrosome inactivation is oncogenic in human cells.

Immunofluorescence microscopy micrographs depicting mitotic cells with labeled centrosomes (green) and mitotic chromatin (red). RNAi-mediated depletion of the indicated human centrosome-associated proteins or their Drosophila orthologues induces centrosomal defects.
Ploubidou: Immunofluorescence microscopy micrographs of mitotic cells

Mitotic functions of RHAMM

RHAMM is a multifunctional protein, which is deregulated in human cancers. Centrosome- and spindle-associated RHAMM orients the mitotic spindle determining the axis of cell division. This function is important for oogenesis and female fertility. We are using functional genomic approaches to identify RHAMM regulators and evaluate their contribution in polarized cell division and tissue homeostasis.

Mouse oocyte surrounded by granulosa cells. Spindle-localized RHAMM (green) orients the spindle axis of granulosa cells perpendicular to the oocyte surface.
Ploubidou: Spindle-localized RHAMM

Contact

Aspasia Ploubidou, PhD

Aspasia Ploubidou
Associated Group Leader
+49 3641 65-6468
aspasia.ploubidou@leibniz-fli.de

Gundula Bergner
Secretary
+49 3641 65-6331
gundula.bergner@leibniz-fli.de


Team

Name Phone Email Position
Aspasia Ploubidou +49 3641 656468 aspasia.ploubidou@leibniz-fli.de Associated Group Leader
Huaibiao Li +49 3641 656469 huaibiao.li@leibniz-fli.de Postdoc
Yu-Chieh Lin +49 3641 656469 yu-chieh.lin@leibniz-fli.de Research Engineer
Lucien Frappart +49 3641 656031 lucien.frappart@leibniz-fli.de Consultant