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Pugazendi (Pugal) Murugan Erusappan

Senior Engineer



– PhD, University of Bergen, Norway
– M.Phil in Oral sciences, University of Bergen, Norway
– Bachelor of Dental surgery, Dr. Tamilnadu MGR Medical University, India

Academic interests

– Cell biology
– Cell adhesion signaling
– Integrins
– Extracellular matrix
– Fibrosis

Research area

  • Advanced light microscopy
  • Cell signaling
  • Fibroblast signaling
  • Fibrosis

Latest publications

Rixon C, Andreassen K, Shen X, Erusappan PM, Almaas VM, Palmero S, Dahl CP, Ueland T, Sjaastad I, Louch WE, Stokke MK, Tønnessen T, Christensen G, Lunde IG (2022)
Lumican accumulates with fibrillar collagen in fibrosis in hypertrophic cardiomyopathy
ESC Heart Fail
PubMed 36444917 DOI 10.1002/ehf2.14234
Rypdal KB, Erusappan PM, Melleby AO, Seifert DE, Palmero S, Strand ME, Tønnessen T, Dahl CP, Almaas V, Hubmacher D, Apte SS, Christensen G, Lunde IG (2021)
The extracellular matrix glycoprotein ADAMTSL2 is increased in heart failure and inhibits TGFβ signalling in cardiac fibroblasts
Sci Rep, 11 (1), 19757
PubMed 34611183 DOI 10.1038/s41598-021-99032-2
Erusappan P, Alam J, Lu N, Zeltz C, Gullberg D (2019)
Integrin α11 cytoplasmic tail is required for FAK activation to initiate 3D cell invasion and ERK-mediated cell proliferation
Sci Rep, 9 (1), 15283
PubMed 31653900 DOI 10.1038/s41598-019-51689-6
Zeltz C, Primac I, Erusappan P, Alam J, Noel A, Gullberg D (2019)
Cancer-associated fibroblasts in desmoplastic tumors: emerging role of integrins
Semin Cancer Biol, 62, 166-181
PubMed 31415910 DOI 10.1016/j.semcancer.2019.08.004