Prof. Dr. Ana Martin-Villalba
Phone: +49 6221 423766




Understanding stem cell plasticity ...


in homeostasis and disease.

Molecular Neurobiology


Our group/department has:

  • demonstrated that stimulation of CD95 on adult neural stem cells increases their survival and differentiation into the neuronal lineage. CD95-induced neurogenesis positively influences working memory and repair of the ischemic brain (Cell Stem Cell 2009, 5:178-90).
  • demonstrated that activation of CD95 expressed on myeloid cells promotes the recruitment of these cells to the site of inflammation (Immunity 2010, 32:240-52).
  • Demonstrated that the Wnt antagonist, Dickkopf-1 (Dkk1), increases in the old brain to inhibit production of new neurons. Deletion of Dkk1 reduces age-related cognitive decline and improves mood (Cell Stem Cell 2013; 12, 204-214).

2010 – 2013

  • Martin-Villalba A., Llorens-Bobadilla E, Wollny D. CD95 in cancer: tool or target? Trends Mol Med 2013; 19, 329-335.
  • Seib DRM, Corsini NS, Ellwanger K, Plass C, Mateos A, Pitzer C, Niehrs C, Celikel T, Martin-Villalba A. Loss of Dickkopf-1 restores neurogenesis in old age and counteracts cognitive decline. Cell Stem Cell 2013; 12, 204-214.
  • Corsini NS, Martin-Villalba A. Integrin alpha 6: anchors away for glioma stem cells. Cell Stem Cell 2010; 6, 403-404.
  • Letellier E, Kumar S, Sancho-Martinez I, Krauth S, Funke-Kaiser A, Laudenklos S, Konecki K, Klussmann S, Corsini NS, Kleber S, Drost N, Neumann A, Levi-Strauss M, Brors B, Gretz N, Edler L, Fischer C, Hill O, Thiemann M, Biglari B, Karray S, Martin-Villalba A. CD95-ligand on peripheral myeloid cells activates Syk kinase to trigger their recruitment to the inflammatory site. Immunity 2010; 32, 240-252.
  • Teodorczyk M, Martin-Villalba A. Sensing invasion: cell surface receptors driving spreading of glioblastoma. J Cell Physiol 2010; 222, 1-10
  • DFG – SFB 873, B9: Mechanisms of regulation of neurogenesis in the microenvironment of adult brain. 2010-2014
  • BMBF – Selbständige Forschungsgruppen in den Neurowissenschaften”: Axonale Regeneration nach Rückenmarksverletzungen: Die Rolle lokaler Proteintranslation”. 2011-2015
  • BMBF – Spitzencluster BioRN-INb-07: APG103 und weitere Inhibitoren des CD95 Liganden zur Behandlung von entzündlichen Erkrankungen. 2009-2011
  • HGF, Helmholtz Society - Identification of mechanisms involved in CD95 control of brain-tumor initiation. 2012-2015
  • DKTK Stem Cells in Oncology – Cancer and Metastasis Stem Cells. 2013-2015
  • PCCC, Helmholtz Society- TICs from GBM and PDAC and novel mouse-GBM/PDAC tumor models for precilinical target validation. 2013-2016