On Friday, March 17th, Dr. Xuetao Cao delivered the 2017 Edwin J. Cohn lecture, titled "Innate Immune Molecules in Inflammation and Cancer." Hosted by PCMM, the event was held in the Armenise Amphitheater.
A study by Dr. Denisa Wagner and her team, published recently by the Journal of Experimental Medicine, pinpoints a gene responsible for fibrosis and identifies some possible therapeutic solutions.
Published this week in Nature Immunology, the Winau lab in collaboration with Stuart Orkin’s group revealed how the histone demethylase UTX regulates the development of natural killer T cells through multiple epigenetic mechanisms.
Reporting this week in JEM, the Winau lab identified a new pathway involving scramblase TMEM16F that preserves efficient T cell responses to control viral infection. These findings provide a novel target for therapy against chronic diseases, such as cancer, HIV and hep B virus infections.
A group led by Frederick Alt, developed a technology to greatly speed up HIV development in mice. The group’s method generates mouse models with built-in human immune systems. The model rapidly recapitulates what the human immune system does, enabling researchers to continuously test and tweak potential HIV vaccines.
The Winau Lab has discovered a new mechanism for skin inflammation. This work, recently published in Nature Immunology, forms the basis for future therapeutic strategies against inflammatory skin diseases, such as poison ivy dermatitis and psoriasis.
Reporting this week in Nature, scientists in Boston Children’s Hospital’s Program in Cellular and Molecular Medicine (PCMM) describe new potential avenues for controlling both sepsis and the runaway bacterial infections that provoke it.
Now, a research team led by Wesley Wong has made a major advance by developing an inexpensive method that permits analysis of the force responses of thousands of similar molecules simultaneously.
Study reveals new avenue for thinking about brain development, brain tumors and neurodevelopmental/psychiatric diseases
Over the last couple of years Judy Lieberman’s lab has uncovered evidence for what could be an evolutionarily ancient form of immune defense directed against intracellular pathogens. In a 2014 Cell paper, her lab revealed that the immune system’s T-cells can kill intracellular bacteria directly by pummeling infected cells with three proteins: perforin, granulysin and granzymes
In a recent Cell paper, a team led by Hao Wu, PhD, used electronic microscopy to reveal how RAG1 and 2 interact at a structural level, both with each other and with DNA.
Researchers in Dr. Fred Alt's laboratory used a novel in vivo mouse model system to resolve longstanding questions regarding the influence of DNA sequences on AID targeting and mutational outcomes during antibody diversification.
In a new paper in Cell Stem Cell, Dr. Yi Zhang's team report that they’ve extended their work to improve the efficiency of SCNT in human cells.
The wear and tear of life takes a cumulative toll on our bodies. Our organs gradually stiffen through fibrosis, which is a process that deposits tough collagen in our body tissue. Fibrosis happens little by little, each time we experience illness or injury. Eventually, this causes our health to decline.
"As we age, we typically accumulate more fibrosis and our organs become dysfunctional," says Denisa Wagner, PhD, the Edwin Cohn Professor of Pediatrics in the Program in Cellular and Molecular Medicine and a member of the Division of Hematology/Oncology at Boston Children's Hospital and Harvard Medical School.
Ironically, fibrosis can stem from our own immune system's attempt to defend us during injury, stress-related illness, environmental factors and even common infections.
But a Boston Children's team of scientists thinks preventative therapies could be on the horizon. A study by Wagner and her team, published recently by the Journal of Experimental Medicine, pinpoints… Read More »
On Friday, March 17, Dr. Xuetao Cao delivered the 2017 Edwin J. Cohn lecture in the Armenise Amphitheater. Dr. Cao's lecture was titled "Innate Immune Molecules in Inflammation and Cancer."… Read More »
Congratulations to Ross Cheloha and Sadeem Ahmad, who have each been awarded a post-doctoral fellowship from the Cancer Research Institute (CRI).
Ross Cheloha (left), a postdoctoral fellow… Read More »