Project A08 – 1st Fundingperiod

Adrenal and circulating small non-coding RNAs in the regulation of the neuroendocrine stress response

Principal Investigators

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Prof. Dr. Alon Chen


Department of Stress Neurobiology and Neurogenetics
Max Planck Institute of Psychiatry

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Dr. med. Anna Riester (nee. Hill)


Resident, PostDoc
Medical Clinic and Policlinic IV
Hospital of the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich


(I) Establish small ncRNA profiles, using small ncRNA sequencing, in adrenals and blood samples obtained from ACTH-independent and ACTH-dependent Cushing’s patients and healthy controls.

(II) Investigate polyamines in Cushing’s syndrome and their regulation by small ncRNAs.

(III) Confirm the predicted ‘microRNA-Target’ interactions in vitro.

(IV) Develop a mouse model to test the causal effects of alterations of specific small ncRNA expression levels on behaviour, physiology and gene expression.