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Professor Nigel Pyne

Strathclyde Institute of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences

Personal statement

Awards: 1995 Sandoz Prize in Pharmacology (awarded by the British Pharmacological Society)

              2010 Elected Member of Academy of Sciences of the Institute of Bologna (affilated with the University of Bologna, founded in 1690)

              2017 Elected Fellow of the Rotal Society of Biology (FRSB)


Research interests

  • Lysolipid (sphingosine 1-phosphate, lysophoshatidic acid) receptor signalling in health and disease with specific focus on cancer and cardiovascular/inflammatory disease
  • Cross talk regulation between lysolipid receptors and growth factor receptors/oncogenes (e.g. PDGFR, HER2, EGFR and TRK A)
  • Translational biology of lysolipids (e.g. drug discovery and biomarker identification)
  • Cyclic AMP/cyclic GMP signalling

The overall aim of research is to investigate the molecular mechanisms by which lysolipid receptors regulate cell biology; to determine how these mechanisms become altered in diseases and to evaluate the potential of receptors and enzymes involved in lysolipid signalling as drugable targets. Techniques in the laboratory range from in vitro cell based assays, imaging, mass spectroscopic analysis and proteomics to in vivo analysis. Recent research in this laboratory has received support from Cancer Research UK, British Heart Foundation, Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council and industry.

177 papers published with an H index of 53 and with ~8600 citations (Google Scholar Citations).

Co-founder of Mironid Ltd

Executive member, SULSA

Head of Research, SIPBS (Aug 2006-Sept 2008)

Teaching Activity: lectures, workshops and tutorials to undergraduates of the BSc (various biological science) and MPharm (pharmacy) teaching programmes. Supervision of laboratory based research projects at both undergraduate and postgraduate (PhD) level.


Does the sphingosine 1-phosphate receptor-1 provide a better or worse prognostic outcome for breast cancer patients?
Pyne Nigel J., Pyne Susan
Frontiers in Oncology Vol 8, pp. 1-3, (2018)
Native and polyubiquitinated forms of dihydroceramide desaturase are differentially linked to human embryonic kidney cell survival
Alsanafi Mariam, Kelly Samuel L., Jubair Karawan, McNaughton Melissa, Tate Rothwelle J., Merrill Jr. Alfred H., Pyne Susan, Pyne Nigel J
Molecular and Cellular Biology, (2018)
The sphingosine 1-phosphate receptor 2 is shed in exosomes from breast cancer cells and is N-terminally processed to a short constitutively active form that promotes extracellular signal regulated kinase activation and DNA synthesis in fibroblasts
El Buri Ashref, Adams David R., Smith Douglas, Tate Rothwelle J., Mullin Margaret, Pyne Susan, Pyne Nigel J.
Oncotarget Vol 9, pp. 29453-29467, (2018)
Sphingosine 1-phosphate and cancer
Pyne Nigel J., El Buri Ashref, Adams David R., Pyne Susan
Advances in Biological Regulation Vol 68, pp. 97-106, (2018)
Cellular Signalling – Special issue to celebrate 75th birthday of Prof. Robert J. Lefkowitz
Shukla Arun K., Pyne Nigel J.
Cellular Signalling Vol 41, pp. 1, (2018)
Sphingosine kinase1 : a potential therapeutic target in pulmonary arterial hypertension?
Pyne Nigel J., Pyne Susan
Trends in Molecular Medicine Vol 23, pp. 786-798, (2017)

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Professional activities

Molecular Medicine of Sphingolipids
University of Hawaii (UH) and UH Cancer Center (UHCC) (External organisation)
Chinese Pharmaceutical University
Visiting lecturer
Sphingosine 1-phosphate and cancer
External PhD Examiner
Advances in Biological Research (Journal)
Editorial board member

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The role of sphingosine 1-phosphate in colorectal cancer
Pyne, Susan (Principal Investigator) Pyne, Nigel (Co-investigator)
Period 16-May-2011 - 31-Jul-2014
The Role Of S1P4 And SK1 In Triple Negative Breast Cancer
Pyne, Nigel (Principal Investigator) Dufes, Christine (Co-investigator) Pyne, Susan (Co-investigator)
Period 06-Feb-2013 - 05-Feb-2014
Novel signalling by nuclear LPA receptors
Pyne, Nigel (Principal Investigator) Pyne, Susan (Co-investigator)
Period 01-May-2006 - 30-Apr-2009
Identification of pre-clinical SK1 inhibitors for the treatment of Pulmonary Hypertension
Pyne, Nigel (Principal Investigator) MacKay, Simon (Co-investigator) Pyne, Susan (Co-investigator)
Period 26-Oct-2013 - 25-Oct-2014
Pyne, Nigel (Co-investigator)
Period 12-Oct-2004 - 31-Dec-2007
Quantitative analysis of the regulation of gene expression, changes in posttranslational protein modifications and protein:protein interactions
Lawrence, Catherine (Co-investigator) Pyne, Susan (Co-investigator) Pyne, Nigel (Co-investigator) Roberts, Craig (Co-investigator)
Period 01-Mar-2003 - 28-Feb-2008

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