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May 2022

Pseudomonas aeruginosa modulates neutrophil granule exocytosis in an in vitro model of airway infection

A population of neutrophils recruited into cystic fibrosis (CF) airways is associated with proteolytic lung damage, exhibiting high expression of primary granule exocytosis marker CD63 and reduced phagocytic receptor CD16. Causative factors for this population are unknown, limiting intervention. Here we present a laboratory model to characterize responses of differentiated airway epithelium and neutrophils following respiratory infection.

Cystic Fibrosis Published research Infectious Diseases Airway Epithelial Research P4 Respiratory Health for Kids Subsite: Walyan Respiratory viral infections
January 2023

The Emerging Omicron Variant, Children and School

Many publications have demonstrated the detrimental effects of school closures on children, families and communities in the past two years of the COVID-19 pandemic. Currently, there is a surge of Omicron cases as children prepare to return to school around the world. While many children are asymptomatic or have mild disease, it is nevertheless an important problem.

Published research Infectious Diseases P4 Respiratory Health for Kids COVID-19
December 2022

Autophagy modulates growth and development in the moss Physcomitrium patens

Physcomitrium patens apical growing protonemal cells have the singularity that they continue to undergo cell divisions as the plant develops. This feature provides a valuable tool to study autophagy in the context of a multicellular apical growing tissue coupled to development. Herein, we showed that the core autophagy machinery is present in the moss P. patens, and characterized the 2D and 3D growth and development of atg5 and atg7 loss-of-function mutants under optimal and nutrient-deprived conditions.

Published research P4 Respiratory Health for Kids

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