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Dr Magdalena K Kaneva

Magdalena K KanevaBSc, PhD, AFHEA

Postdoctoral research fellow

Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry
William Harvey Research Institute

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osteoarthritis, cartilage repair and regeneration, alpha-1-antitrypsin, pro-resolving mediators, inflammation resolution

Musculoskeletal Models


My research focus is on harnessing the properties of endogenous pro-resolving molecules, defining their biology and cartilage reparative signatures to inform innovative therapeutic approaches for the treatment of osteoarthritis and joint pathologies. As such, I am interested in the development of in vitro models of chondrogenesis that can accurately predict the cartilage regenerative potential of drug candidates in vivo.


Publications of specific relevance to Predictive in vitro Models


Kaneva MK (2022). Neutrophil elastase and its inhibitors-overlooked players in osteoarthritis. Febs J  vol. 289, (1) 113-116. 10.1111/febs.16194


Eldridge S, Barawi A, Wang H, Roelofs A, Kaneva M, Guan Z, Lydon H, Thomas B, Thorup AS, Fernandez BF, Caxaria S, Strachan D, Ali A, Shanmuganathan K, Pitzalis C, Whiteford J, Henson F, Mccaskie A, De Bari C and Dell’accio F (2021). AB0039 AGRIN REPAIRS BONE AND CARTILAGE IN VIVO. Annals of The Rheumatic Diseases  vol. 80, (Suppl 1) 1052.1-101052. 10.1136/annrheumdis-2021-eular.2584
Kaneva MK, Muley MM, Krustev E, Reid AR, Souza PR, Dell’Accio F, McDougall JJ and Perretti M (2021). Alpha-1-antitrypsin reduces inflammation and exerts chondroprotection in arthritis. Faseb Journal  vol. 35, (5) 10.1096/fj.202001801R
(2021). Erratum: Activation of melanocortin receptors MC1 and MC5 attenuates retinal damage in experimental diabetic retinopathy (Mediators of Inflammation (2016) 2016 (7368389) DOI: 10.1155/2016/7368389). Mediators of Inflammation  vol. 2021, 10.1155/2021/9861434


(2020). Agrin induces long term osteochondral regeneration by supporting repair morphogenesis. American Association For The Advancement of Science  Science Translational Medicine  vol. 12, (559) 10.1126/scitranslmed.aax9086
Can VC, Locke IC, Kaneva MK, Kerrigan MJP, Merlino F, De Pascale C, Grieco P and Getting SJ (2020). Novel anti-inflammatory and chondroprotective effects of the human melanocortin MC1 receptor agonist BMS-470539 dihydrochloride and human melanocortin MC3 receptor agonist PG-990 on lipopolysaccharide activated chondrocytes. Eur J Pharmacol  vol. 872, 10.1016/j.ejphar.2020.172971


Kaneva MK, Greco KV, Headland SE, Montero-Melendez T, Mori P, Greenslade K, Pitzalis C, Moore A and Perretti M (2017). Identification of novel chondroprotective mediators in resolving inflammatory exudates. Journal of Immunology  vol. 198, (7) 2876-2885. 10.4049/jimmunol.1601111


(2016). Activation of Melanocortin Receptors MC1 and MC5 Attenuates Retinal Damage in Experimental Diabetic Retinopathy. Mediators of Inflammation  vol. 2016, 10.1155/2016/7368389


Kaneva MK, Kerrigan MJP, Grieco P, Curley GP, Locke IC and Getting SJ (2014). Melanocortin peptides protect chondrocytes from mechanically induced cartilage injury. Biochem Pharmacol  vol. 92, (2) 336-347. 10.1016/j.bcp.2014.08.019
(2014). Analyses on the mechanisms that underlie the chondroprotective properties of calcitonin. Biochem Pharmacol  vol. 91, (3) 348-358. 10.1016/j.bcp.2014.07.034
Ahmed TJ, Kaneva MK, Pitzalis C, Cooper D and Perretti M (2014). Resolution of inflammation: examples of peptidergic players and pathways. Drug Discov Today  vol. 19, (8) 1166-1171. 10.1016/j.drudis.2014.05.020


Kaneva MK, Kerrigan MJP, Grieco P, Curley GP, Locke IC and Getting SJ (2012). Chondroprotective and anti-inflammatory role of melanocortin peptides in TNF-α activated human C-20/A4 chondrocytes. Br J Pharmacol  vol. 167, (1) 67-79. 10.1111/j.1476-5381.2012.01968.x
Qusous A, Kaneva M, Can VC, Getting SJ and Kerrigan MJP (2012). The phenotypic characterization of A13/BACii, a novel bovine chondrocytic cell line with differentiation potential. Cells Tissues Organs  vol. 196, (3) 251-261. 10.1159/000332144


Getting SJ, Kaneva M, Bhadresa Y, Renshaw D, Leoni G, Patel HB, Kerrigan MJP and Locke IC (2009). Melanocortin peptide therapy for the treatment of arthritic pathologies. Scientificworldjournal  vol. 9, 1394-1414. 10.1100/tsw.2009.163


Getting SJ, Riffo-Vasquez Y, Pitchford S, Kaneva M, Grieco P, Page CP, Perretti M and Spina D (2008). A role for MC3R in modulating lung inflammation. Pulm Pharmacol Ther  vol. 21, (6) 866-873. 10.1016/j.pupt.2008.09.004


Grants of specific relevance to Predictive in vitro Models
Targeting Feutin-A as an innovative chondroprotective strategy
Perretti M and Kaneva M
William Harvey Research Limited (01-03-2014 - 28-02-2018)