|The TCR to NF-κB pathway. Following TCR activation, PKCθ is recruited to the immunological synapse. Activated PKCθ phosphorylates CARMA1, resulting in formation of the CARMA1, BCL10, MALT1 (CBM) complex. The CBM complex transmits activating signals that ultimately result in ubiquitination (U) and degradation of the NF-κB inhibitor, IκBα. NF-κB then translocates to the nucleus and activates transcription of genes required for T cell proliferation and differentiation.TCR-activated CD4 T cell with cytoplasmic Bcl10 POLKADOTS that co-localize with LC3+ autophagosomes. Bcl10 (green) and LC3 (red) signals combine to produce yellow at the region of overlap. Blue is cell surface anti-CD4. The fluorescence image is overlayed on a grayscale DIC image.|
Bioluminescence imaging of lyssavirus infection. Site and relative intensity of lyssavirus infection are visualized via a luminescence image overlaid on a CT scan. We are using this technology to longitudinally trace lyssavirus infection and to assess efficacy of novel therapies.
Research: Mechanisms of leukocyte activation in response to infectious agents and cancer
Our research is focused on investigating signaling events that regulate leukocyte activation. Although we have a longstanding interest in T cell receptor (TCR) activation of NF-κB, our work has more recently diversified to include studies of the innate response to a variety of pathogens and cancer. Our experimental approach combines cutting-edge imaging technologies with biochemistry, cell biology, and in vivo models of infection and tumorigenesis. We are currently focusing on the following major projects:
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