Neural regulation of anti-cancer immunity
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- PhD students, Masters by Research, Honours students
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- Microbiology and Immunology
- Doherty Institute
|Associate Professor Scott Muelleremail@example.com||(03) 8344 9044||Personal web page|
|Dr Sapna Devifirstname.lastname@example.org||8344 5715|
Summary This project will investigate sympathetic innervation of tumours and how neural signals impact immune responses in the tumour microenvironment, in order to design new therapies to treat cancer.
Tissues are innervated by fibres of the sympathetic nervous system (SNS), which release SNS neurotransmitters during stress. SNS neurotransmitters bind to adrenoceptors (ARs) on multiple cell types to induce genomic and functional changes. Studies have shown that immunity is compromised during times of stress raising the possibility that SNS signalling impairs immune cell functions. However, little is known about the mechanisms of SNS neurotransmitter signalling on the cells of the immune system. We have discovered that adrenergic receptor signalling inhibits the migration of immune cells within tissues, and impacts protective immunity against infections and cancer. This project will investigate sympathetic innervation of tumours and how neural signals impact immune responses in the tumour microenvironment, in order to design new therapies to treat cancer.
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PhD students, Masters by Research, Honours students
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