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Michael L. Dustin

Michael L. Dustin, PhD

Skirball Institute

Research Professor, Department of Pathology

cell adhesion, T-cell activation, immunological synapse, immune cell migration, microscopy

Immunological synapses are stable T cell-antigen presenting cell junctions that are mediated by bona fide adhesion molecules and lead to vector communication. Immunological synapses are maintained by symmetrical centripetal actin flow within the T cell in the in the plane of the contact with the antigen presenting cell. If this symmetry is broken the T cell initiates migration, but can still gather information though a kinapse, a mobile cell-cell junction mediated by adhesion molecules based on retrograde actin flow in the plane of contact with the antigen presenting cell. We also study the process of immune cell communication in vivo. Topics include regulation of T cell migration in lymph nodes and the spleen by antigen recognition, the regulation of innate T cell lipid recognition in the liver, the competition between B cells in Germinal Centers that leads to high affinity antibody production, immune cell interactions within the central nervous system and gut.





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Research Professor, Department of Pathology

PhD from Harvard University

Washington University in St. Louis, Stuart Kornfeld, Division of Hematology and Oncology, Dept of Medicine

Mintz, Michelle A; Felce, James H; Chou, Marissa Y; Mayya, Viveka; Xu, Ying; Shui, Jr-Wen; An, Jinping; Li, Zhongmei; Marson, Alexander; Okada, Takaharu; Ware, Carl F; Kronenberg, Mitchell; Dustin, Michael L; Cyster, Jason G

Immunity. 2019 Aug 20; 51(2):310-323.e7

de Santiago, Ines; Yau, Christopher; Heij, Lara; Middleton, Mark; Markowetz, Florian; Grabsch, Heike I; Dustin, Michael; Sivakumar, Shivan

International journal of cancer. 2019 Aug 15; 145(4):1125-1137

Mayya, Viveka; Judokusumo, Edward; Abu-Shah, Enas; Neiswanger, Willie; Sachar, Chirag; Depoil, David; Kam, Lance C; Dustin, Michael L

Journal of immunology (1950). 2019 Aug 01; 203(3):601-606

Felce, James H; Sezgin, Erdinc; Wane, Madina; Brouwer, Heather; Dustin, Michael L; Eggeling, Christian; Davis, Simon J

Science signaling. 2018 Dec 18; 11(561):

Dushek, Omer; Dustin, Michael L

Nature immunology. 2018 Dec; 19(12):1280-1281

Sanchez-Blanco, Cristina; Clarke, Fiona; Cornish, Georgina H; Depoil, David; Thompson, Stephen J; Dai, Xuezhi; Rawlings, David J; Dustin, Michael L; Zamoyska, Rose; Cope, Andrew P; Purvis, Harriet A

Journal of autoimmunity. 2018 Nov; 94:45-55

Jenkins, Edward; Santos, Ana Mafalda; O'Brien-Ball, Caitlin; Felce, James H; Wilcock, Martin J; Hatherley, Deborah; Dustin, Michael L; Davis, Simon J; Eggeling, Christian; Sezgin, Erdinc

Journal of cell science. 2018 Oct 02; 132(4):

McDonald-Hyman, Cameron; Muller, James T; Loschi, Michael; Thangavelu, Govindarajan; Saha, Asim; Kumari, Sudha; Reichenbach, Dawn K; Smith, Michelle J; Zhang, Guoan; Koehn, Brent H; Lin, Jiqiang; Mitchell, Jason S; Fife, Brian T; Panoskaltsis-Mortari, Angela; Feser, Colby J; Kirchmeier, Andrew Kemal; Osborn, Mark J; Hippen, Keli L; Kelekar, Ameeta; Serody, Jonathan S; Turka, Laurence A; Munn, David H; Chi, Hongbo; Neubert, Thomas A; Dustin, Michael L; Blazar, Bruce R

Journal of clinical investigation. 2018 Oct 01; 128(10):4604-4621