Litvinov Lab

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Contact Information

Ivan Litvinov, M.D, Ph.D., FRCPC
613-798-5555x 77413

Box 926, 501 Smyth Road
(Office 3.332)

Division of Dermatology
The University of Ottawa
Ottawa, Ontario K1H 8L6

What We Do

According to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada, in 2015 about 8,900 Canadians will be diagnosed with lymphoma. Most will be diagnosed with non-Hodgkin Lymphoma - an expected 7,900 people. Cutaneous T-Cell Lymphoma (CTCL) is the most common primary lymphoma of the skin. CTCL forms a group of non-Hodgkin lymphomas where malignant T cells are localized to the skin.

Our laboratory investigates the molecular pathogenesis of Cutaneous T-Cell Lymphomas (Mycosis Fungoides and Sézary Syndrome) as well as other skin cancers including Basal Cell and Squamous Cell Carcinomas. Our group studies expression and function of Cancer Testis genes and Embryonic Stem Cell Genes in CTCL and ways to employ them as therapeutic targets. We are also elucidating the role of STAT signaling pathways in the pathogenesis of this malignancy. Furthermore, we are analyzing gene expression profiling in CTCL patients in order to develop a novel diagnostic/prognostic test to be used in the clinics. In addition, we collaborate with OHRI scientists in order to investigate the use of oncolytic viruses to treat this and other skin cancers.

Selected Publications


1. Ivan V. Litvinov, Elena Netchiporouk, Brendan Cordeiro, Marc-Andre Doré, Linda Moreau, Kevin Pehr, Martin Gilbert, Youwen Zhou, Denis Sasseville and Thomas S. Kupper. “The use of transcriptional profiling to improve personalized diagnosis and management of Cutaneous T-Cell Lymphoma (CTCL).” Clin. Cancer Res., 21(12); 2820–9. 2015; doi: 10.1158/1078-0432.CCR-14-3322.

2. Ivan V. Litvinov, Michael T. Tetzlaff, Elham Rahme, Ph.D., Youssef Habel, David R. Risser, Pamela Gangar, Michelle A. Jennings, Kevin Pehr, Victor G. Prieto, Denis Sasseville and Madeleine Duvic. ”Identification of Cutaneous T-Cell Lymphoma Geographic Hotspots in Houston Metropolitan Area.” Cancer. 2015 121:1993–2003. doi: 10.1002/cncr.29301. PubMedID: 25728286

3. Ivan V. Litvinov, Elena Netchiporouk, Brendan Cordeiro, Hanieh Zargham, Kevin Pehr, Martin Gilbert, Yuanshen Huang, Youwen Zhou, Linda Moreau, Anders Woetmann, Niels Ødum, Thomas S. Kupper and Denis Sasseville, “Ectopic expression of embryonic stem cell and other developmental genes in Cutaneous T-Cell Lymphoma.” Oncoimunology, 3:11, e970025.1-8
DOI: 10.4161/21624011.2014.970025. (November 1, 2014).

4. Ivan V. Litvinov, Brendan Cordeiro, Simon Fredholm, Niels Ødum, Hanieh Zargham, Yuanshen Huang, Youwen Zhou, Kevin Pehr, Thomas S. Kupper, Anders Woetmann and Denis Sasseville. ”Analysis of STAT4 expression in cutaneous T-cell lymphoma (CTCL) patients and patient-derived cell lines.” Cell Cycle, 13:18, 2975-2982. DOI: 10.4161/15384101.2014.947759 (September 15, 2014).

5. Ivan V. Litvinov, Brendan Cordeiro, Yuanshen Huang, Hanieh Zargham, Kevin Pehr, Marc-Andre Doré, Martin Gilbert, Youwen Zhou, Thomas S. Kupper and Denis Sasseville. ”Ectopic expression of cancer testis antigens in Cutaneous T-Cell Lymphoma (CTCL) patients.” Clin. Cancer Res., 20(14):3799-808 doi: 10.1158/1078-0432.CCR-14-0307. PubMed ID: 24850846. (July 2014).

Meet the Litvinov Lab

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From right to left:
Jennifer Gantchev -- Technician
Gabrielle Veillet-Lemay -- Student
Matthew Tsang -- Student
Ivan Litvinov
Anna Shtreis - Student