Investigating the effects of GM-CSF and M-CSF derived human macrophages on phagocytosing P. falciparum infected erythrocytes and cytokine production
- Research Opportunity
- PhD, Masters by Research, Honours, Master of Biomedical Science
- Number of Honour Places Available
- Medicine and Radiology
- Royal Melbourne Hospital
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An important way in which the body clears malaria infection is through opsonisation of P. falciparum-infected erythrocytes (IE) and phagocytosis by monocytes/macrophages. This process leads to activation of signalling pathway and cytokine production. Current studies utilize human monocytes cultured in vitro in the presence of either granulocyte-macrophage colony stimulating factor (GM-CSF) or M-CSF to produce monocyte-derived macrophages (MDMs). Classical activation of monocytes by GM-CSF yields “M1-like” MDMs with a pro-inflammatory cytokine profile while M-CSF promotes “M2-like” MDMs that produce an anti-inflammatory cytokine repertoire. In this project you will explore the effects of IE phagocytosis by M1-like and M2-like MDMs on cytokine production and trafficking. Furthermore, you will be investigating the expression and function of signalling proteins that govern phagocytosis and cytokine secretion in these two types of MDMs
Techniques: The project involves a range of molecular and cell biology techniques including culture and purification of P. falciparum-infected erythrocytes, isolation and culture of human monocytes/macrophages, qPCR to assess cytokine mRNA, ELISA to measure cytokine secretion and Western blotting and confocal imaging to determine protein expression and localisation.
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PhD, Masters by Research, Honours, Master of Biomedical Science
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