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Leukocyte trafficking across blood vessels to sites of inflammation

Life Sciences
Sunday, March 10, 2019

Circulating immune cells must exit blood vessels near specific target sites of injury, inflammation or tissue repair. The vessel wall at these sites displays specific combinations of traffic signals which operate in sequence to recruit only specific circulating subsets with proper receptors to these signals. Using new imaging approaches including intravital microscopy in genetically manipulated mice, we dissect how both leukocyte and endothelial trafficking molecules promote context- and tissue- selective immune cell exit through distinct blood vessels. Our research also focuses on how tumor cells circulating in the body reach lungs and communicate with various immune cells. The surface molecules and chemokines some of these circulating cancer cells express may either help them escape immune attack or under some occasions get them recognized and killed inside vessels. This information is key for the development of novel therapeutic tools for inflammatory disorders and metastasis.
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Cancer metastasis to lungs: how tumor communications with intravascular leukocytes determine cell extravasation into lungs

Life Sciences
Friday, March 15, 2019

Lung cancer is by far the leading cause of cancer death among both men and women. To be able to metastasize to the lungs, an aggressive cancer in another part of the body must release many types of circulating tumor cells (CTCs) into the bloodstream. However, once they reach the extensive network of capillaries serving the lungs, the traveling tumor cells need to survive inside these vessels while breaking out of these vessels and enter the lungs. Our lab has been studying the