Zbigniew Gaciong’s research team


Zbigniew Gaciong’s research team


  • prof. Zbigniew Gaciong, MD, PhD
  • Grzegorz Placha, MD, PhD
  • Jarosław Góra, MD, PhD
  • Ewa Pędzich-Placha, MD, PhD
  • Angelika Długosz PhD
  • Helena Kossowska
  • Ewelina Zakościelna
  • Paweł Wasilewski
  • Anna Janiszewska
  • Angelika Długosz

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(Zbigniew Gaciong)

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Prof. Gaciong’s team is searching for diagnostically useful gene expression profiles and potential gene markers in Peochromocytoma. Pheochromocytomas are catecholamine-producing tumors and can be lethal unless they are diagnosed and treated appropriately.

Pheochromocytoma may be inherited as an autosomal dominant trait. Recent evidence suggests that 10% of patients with pheochromocytoma may have an inherited form of the disease due to germ-line mutations in certain genes. However, no somatic mutations associated with the development of the pheochromocytoma has been found so far.

Prof. Gaciong’s team is analyzing the profiles of gene-expression in samples of tumor tissue from patients with pheochromocytoma and compare them with samples of adrenal medulla from cadaver organ donors.

This may allow to identify a gene signature that will be able to discriminate tumor tissue from adrenal medulla. The team hopes that these findings will help to elucidate the mechanisms of oncogenic transformation. Also, a genetic profile may allow to differentiate between benign and malignant forms of the tumor and offer possibilities for new treatment modalities.