We hypothesize that soluble factors derived from adipose tissue under inflammation, such as ATP and ADO, differentially control dendritic cell (DC) migration. In order to test this hypothesis we will: (i) analyze purinergic signaling during the migration of murine DCs, by using microfluidic devices; (ii) evaluate Ca2+ signaling during the DC migration, with a focus in the ER, by combining live-cell imaging and Ca2+ sensitive fluorescent probes; (iii) analyze the effect of AN-derived from adipose tissue over DC migration in different levels of complexity, 2D within microfluidics, 3D in collagen matrix, and in vivo in mouse models.

Prof. Dr. Pablo Saez

Selected publications


  1. Zhao C, Weber S, Schols D, Balzarini J, Meier C (2020) Prodrugs of γ-Alkyl-Modified Nucleoside Triphosphates: Improved Inhibition of HIV Reverse Transcriptase. Angew Chem Int Ed Engl 59:22063-22071
  2. Jia X, Schols D, Meier C (2020) Lipophilic Triphosphate Prodrugs of Various Nucleoside Analogues. J Med Chem 63:6991-7007.
  3. Jia X, Schols D, Meier C (2020) Anti-HIV-active Nucleoside Triphosphate Prodrugs. J Med Chem 63:6003-27.
  4. Fehling H*, Choy SL*, Ting F*, Landschulze D, Bernin H, Lender SC, Mühlenpfordt M, Bifeld E, Eick J, Marggraff C, Kottmayr N, Groneberg M, Hoenow S, Sellau J, Clos J, Meier C, Lotter H  (2020) Antileishmanial Effects of Synthetic EhPIb Analogs Derived from the Entamoeba histolytica Lipopeptidephosphoglycan. Antimicrob Agents Chemother 64:e00161-20. 
  5. Shannon A, Selisko B, Le NT, Huchting J, Touret F, Piorkowski G, Fattorini V, Ferron F, Decroly E, Meier C, Coutard B, Peersen O, Canard B (2020) Rapid incorporation of Favipiravir by the fast and permissive viral RNA polymerase complex results in SARS-CoV-2 lethal mutagenesis. Nature Commun 11:4682.
  6. Huchting J, Vanderlinden E, Winkler M, Nasser H, Naesens L, Meier C (2018) Prodrugs of the Phosphoribosylated Forms of Hydroxypyrazinecarboxamide Pseudobase T-705 and its De-Fluoro-Analogue T-1105 as Potent Influenza Virus Inhibitors. J Med Chem 61:6193-210.
  7. Diercks BP, Werner R, Weidemüller P, Czarniak F, Hernandez L, Lehmann C, Rosche A, Krüger A, Kaufmann U, Vaeth M, Failla AV, Zobiak B, Kandil FI, Schetelig D, Ruthenbeck A, Meier C, Lodygin D, Flügel A, Ren D, Wolf IMA, Feske S, Guse AH (2018) ORAI1, STIM1/2, and RYR1 shape subsecond Ca2+ microdomains upon T cell activation. Sci Signal 18;11(561).
  8. Gollnest T, Dinis de Oliveira T, Rath A, Hauber I, Schols D, Balzarini J, Meier C (2016) Membrane-permeable Triphosphate Prodrugs of Nucleoside Analogues. Angew Chem Int Ed 55:5255-5258.
  9. Gollnest T, Dinis de Oliveira T, Schols D, Balzarini J, Meier C (2015) The TriPPPro-Approach: Lipophilic Prodrugs of Nucleoside Triphosphates as Biochemical Probes and Potential Antivirals. Nat Commun 6:8716
  10. Weinschenk L, Schols D, Balzarini J, Meier C (2015) Nucleoside Diphosphate Prodrugs: Nonsymmetric DiPPro-Nucleotides. J Med Chem 58:6114-6130.





Our Team

Prof. Dr. Pablo Saez

Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Cell Biology

University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf (UKE)


University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf 
Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Cell Biology 
Martinistrasse 52
20246 Hamburg

Scientific Coordinator

Dr. Björn-Philipp Diercks
Fon: +49  (0) 40 7410 54338
E-Mail: b.diercks©uke.de


Laura Mitsching
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E-Mail: l.mitsching©uke.de