The biochemical basis of signal initiation and propogation, its fine tuning and stabilization that imparts during phenotypic changes.
We are interested in understanding how T lymphocytes, central actors of adaptive immune responses, become activated when they encounter foreign substances. Towards this goal, we dissect the molecular mechanisms of the signals received by T lymphocytes that underlie this process. We study how intracellular signals are generated, propagated, regulated and stored to promote cellular proliferation and differentiation.
To investigate the mechanism of T cell activation, we employ state-of-the-art quantitative mass spectrometry-based proteomics and integrate this approach with in vitro and in vivo genetic manipulation, including siRNA and mutant mouse strains and pharmacological tools.
TCR signal transduction: regulation of Lck activity and TCR triggering mechanism
Architecture and regulation of the TCR 'signalosome'
Role of protein arginine methylation in T cell activation, proliferation and differentiation
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