How to detect a T cell’s response to autoantigen?
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- PhD, Honours, Master of Biomedical Science
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- Medicine and Radiology
- St Vincent's Institute of Medical Research
|A/Prof Stuart Manneringfirstname.lastname@example.org||Personal web page|
|Dr Colleen Elsoemail@example.com|
|Dr Pushpak Bhattacharjeefirstname.lastname@example.org|
Summary The goal of the research undertaken in the Mannering Lab is to identify the antigens recognized by human T cells implicated in the immune pathogenesis of type 1 diabetes. We take a functional approach to identifying antigens this means that we identify antigens based on a T cell’s response.
The goal of the research undertaken in the Mannering Lab is to identify the antigens recognized by human T cells implicated in the immune pathogenesis of type 1 diabetes. We take a functional approach to identifying antigens this means that we identify antigens based on a T cell’s response. Traditionally this has been done using primary T-cell clones. These are T cells isolated from the blood, or more recently the pancreatic islets, which are grown and characterized in vitro. Unfortunately, primary T cells cannot be grown indefinitely in vitro. To circumvent this problem we have developed T-cell avatars, where the T-cell receptor from a primary T cell is cloned and transduced into a cell line. These avatars, which can be grown indefinitely are then used to analyse the TCR’s specificity. However, we need robust and sensitive reporters that can indicate when a TCR has recognized an antigen.
The aim of this project is to develop a panel of promoter constructs that faithfully report on T-cell activation in a TCR transduced cell line. The student working on this project will develop high level skills in molecular biology, retroviral transduction and T-cell immunology.
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PhD, Honours, Master of Biomedical Science
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