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A Szentágothai János Kutatóközpont a PTE korszerű, nemzetközi tudományszervezési és menedzsment normák szerint kialakított új intézménye, amely az élettudományi, élettelen természettudományi, valamint környezettudományi oktatás...



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Wnt Signalling Research Group

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Our research group focuses on the involvement of Wnt signaling in the ageing process of the lungs and the thymus. Wnt signaling plays a pivotal role in physiological aging as well as in age-associated diseases including cancer formation and inflammation.

Veronika Csöngei

Dr. Krisztián Kvell
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Dr. György Miskei

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PhD hallgató

Tamás Kovács
PhD hallgató

Monika Advicevic

Judit Rapp
PhD hallgató

  • Bartis D, Crowley LE, D'Souza VK, Borthwick L, Fisher AJ, Croft AP, Pongrácz Thompson R, Langman G, Buckley CD, Thickett DR. Role of CD248 as a potential severity marker in idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. BMC Pulm Med. 2016 Apr 14;16(1):51. doi: 10.1186/s12890-016-0211-7. (IF: 2.5)
  • Kovacs T, Csongei V, Feller D, Ernszt D, Smuk G, Sarosi V, Jakab L, Kvell K, Bartis D, Pongracz JE. Alteration in the Wnt microenvironment directly regulates molecular events leading to pulmonary senescence. Aging Cell. 2014 Oct;13(5):838-49. doi: 10.1111/acel.12240. (IF: 6.3)
  • Kvell K, Fejes AV, Parnell SM, Pongracz JE. Active Wnt/beta-catenin signaling is required for embryonic thymic epithelial development and functionality ex vivo. Immunobiology. 2014 Aug;219(8):644-52. doi: 10.1016/j.imbio.2014.03.017. (IF: 3.0)
  • Bartis D, Csongei V, Weich A, Kiss E, Barko S, Kovacs T, Avdicevic M, D'Souza VK, Rapp J, Kvell K, Jakab L, Nyitrai M, Molnar TF, Thickett DR, Laszlo T,Pongracz JE. Down-regulation of canonical and up-regulation of non-canonical Wnt signalling in the carcinogenic process of squamous cell lung carcinoma. PLoS One. 2013;8(3):e57393. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0057393. (IF: 4.5)
  • Kvell, K. and Pongracz, J.: Central immune senescence, reversal potentials. In Senescence. Ed: Tetsuji Nagata, INTECH On-line Publishers, Rijeka, Croatia 2012 (ISBN 978-953-51-0144-4)
  • Varecza, Z., Kvell, K., Talabér, G., Miskei, G., Csongei, V., Bartis, D., Anderson, G., Jenkinson, E.J., Pongracz, J.E.: Multiple suppression pathways of canonical Wnt signalling control thymic epithelial senescence. 2011. Mech. Ageing Dev. 10.1016/j.mad.2011.04.007 (IF: 4.2)
  • Talaber, G., Kvell, K., Varecza, Z., Boldizsar, F., Parnell, S.M., Jenkinson, E.J., Anderson, G., Berki, T., Pongracz J.E.: Wnt-4 protects thymic epithelial cells against Dexamethasone-induced senescence. 2011. Rejuvenation Research, 14(3): doi:10.1089/rej.2010.1110 (IF: 4.2)
  • Kvell, K., Varecza, Z., Bartis, D., Hesse, S., Parnell, S., Anderson, G., Jenkinson, E.J., Pongracz J.E.: Wnt4 and LAP2alpha as pacemakers of thymic epithelial senescence. 2010. PLoS One 5: e10701 (IF: 4.35)
  • Molnár, T.F., Pongrácz, J.E.: Tissue engineering and biotechnology in general thoracic surgery. 2010. Eur. J. Cardiothorac. Surg. 37: 1402-1410 (IF: 2.8)
  • Kvell, K., Czömpöly, T., Hiripi, L., Balogh, P., Kóbor, J., Bodrogi, L., Pongrácz, J.E., Ritchie, W.A., Bősze, Z.: Characterization of eGFP-transgenic Balb/c mouse strain established by lentiviral transgenesis. 2010. Transgenic Res. 19: 105-112 (IF: 2.8)
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  • 2009. Pulmonary tissue model – Hungarian patent (No.: P0900278) International patent pending (PCT/IB2010/051978)
  • 2010. Pulmonary adenocarcinoma model – patent pending

Our research group is specialized on providing services in the field of biotechnology and pharmaceutical research. The applied methodology includes: 3D bioprinting for educational and research purposes, recombinant viruses, transgenic cells and tissues, gene cloning and modification, inducible vectors, complex tissue models (lung, thymus, liver etc).


  • molecular biology laboratory
  • tissue culture laboratory suitable for murine or human tissue processing


  • Biobot 3D bioprinter
  • Nanostring high content screening platform
  • 3D high accuracy qPCR platform
  • LAS4000 laser protein analyser
  • Nanodrop / Qubit spectrophotometers

Wnt Signalling Research Group

Dr. Judit Pongrácz
Research Group Leader