Transgenic models of immune and haematopoietic disorders
Using techniques including mouse genetics, fluorescence imaging and gene expression analysis we discovered group 2 innate lymphoid cells (ILC2s) as significant new participants in immune regulation through their cytokine secretion (Figure 2). We now know that ILC2s belong to a larger family of ILCs that develop from lymphoid precursors that also give rise to the T and B cell lineages. We aim to identify the transcriptional pathways that regulate this differentiation and gain molecular insight into cell commitment.
ILC2s localise predominantly at mucosal surfaces where they act as critical sentinels for tissue damage and infection, at the interface of innate and adaptive immunity. Our goal is to determine the cellular and molecular pathways that regulate ILCs during homeostasis and disease, and how they might be targeted therapeutically in humans.
- Halim, T.Y.F., Hwang, Y.Y., Scanlon, S.T., Zaghouani, H., Garbi, N., Fallon, P.G. and McKenzie, A.N.J (2015)
Group 2 innate lymphoid cells license dendritic cells to potentiate memory T helper 2 cell responses
Nat Immunol. , In Press
- Eberl, G., Colonna, M., Di Santo, J. and McKenzie, A.N.J. (2015)
Innate Lymphoid Cells: a new paradigm in immunology.
Science 348(6237): aaa6566.
- Walker, J.A., Oliphant, C.J., Englezakis, A., Yu, Y., Clare, S., Rodewald, H-R., Belz, G., Liu, P., Fallon, P.G. and McKenzie, A.N.J. (2015)
Bcl11b is essential for type-2 innate lymphoid cell development.
J. Exp. Med. 12(6): 875-882.
- Oliphant, C.J., Hwang, Y.Y., Walker, J.A., Salimi, M., Wong, S.H., Brewer, J.M., Englezakis, A., Barlow, J.L., Hams, E., Scanlon, S.T., Ogg, G.S., Fallon, P.G. and McKenzie, A.N.J. (2014)
MHCII-mediated dialogue between ILC2 and CD4+ T cells Potentiates Type-2 Immunity and Promotes Parasitic Helminth Expulsion.
Immunity 41(2): 283-295
- Jillian Barlow
- Paula Clark
- Ana Carolina Ferreira
- Helen Jolin
- Batika Rana
- Aydan Szeto
- Jennifer Walker