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Robert Clancy, PhD

Professor, Department of Medicine

molecular mechanism of beta1 integrin signal transduction

The interaction between the extracellular matrix and cells affects a wide spectrum of cellular processes including migration, growth, death, capacity to degrade matrix, capacity to synthesize matrix, differentiation, and cell attachment. In human neutrophils, we study signalling by beta1 integrin receptors which contribute to cell attachment and migration. Additionally, we study the effect of nitric oxide, an inflammatory mediator, on the signalling pathways. Neutrophils help destroy foreign invaders at tissue sites but first must reversibly undergo cell attachment through the endothelium and matrix. We hypothesize that nitric oxide modulates matrix-cell interaction by the reversible inhibition of neutrophil attachment to fibronectin (ligand for beta1 integrin)-coated surfaces. We recently showed that nitric oxide inhibits adherence associated with a stimulation of actin-ADP ribosylation. In bovine chondrocytes, we study signalling by beta1 integrin receptors which contribute to the capacity to degrade matrix and differentiation. We hypothesize that nitric oxide, a mediator of arthritis, inhibits chondrocyte adherence and cell capacity to contribute to matrix synthesis and breakdown. Recently, we studied signalling by beta1 integrins in chondrocytes by measuring protein accumulation to contact sites in chondrocytes exposed to fibronectin-coated and albumin-coated beads. Chondrocytes exposed to albumin-coated beads failed to generate a response, but cytoskeletal and signalling molecules accumulated to fibronectin-coated and albumin-coated beads which include polymerized actin, focal adhesion kinase, and the accumulation of tyrosine phosphorylated proteins (see Figure). Prior treatment of chondrocytes with catabolic cytokines (which stimulate nitric oxide synthesis) prevent the response. Collectively, our results suggest that nitric oxide induced a persistently altered chondrocyte phenotype (chondrocytes incapable of signalling via beta 1 integrins) which might be reversed or prevented by using nitric oxide antagonists. A persistently altered state in chondrocytes would greatly change the ability of such chondrocytes to mature and perhaps result in the changes seen in arthritis.

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PhD from University of Illinois

Hartl, Johannes; Serpas, Lee; Wang, Yueyang; Rashidfarrokhi, Ali; Perez, Oriana A; Sally, Benjamin; Sisirak, Vanja; Soni, Chetna; Khodadadi-Jamayran, Alireza; Tsirigos, Aristotelis; Caiello, Ivan; Bracaglia, Claudia; Volpi, Stefano; Ghiggeri, Gian Marco; Chida, Asiya Seema; Sanz, Ignacio; Kim, Mimi Y; Belmont, H Michael; Silverman, Gregg J; Clancy, Robert M; Izmirly, Peter M; Buyon, Jill P; Reizis, Boris

Journal of experimental medicine. 2021 05 03; 218(5):

Cornwell, MacIntosh Grant; Luttrell-Williams, Elliot S; Golpanian, Michael; El Bannoudi, Hanane; Myndzar, Khrystyna; Izmirly, Peter; Belmont, H Michael; Katz, Stuart; Smilowitz, Nathaniel R; Engel, Alexis; Clancy, Robert; Ruggles, Kelly; Buyon, Jill P; Berger, Jeffrey S

Lupus science & medicine. 2021 03; 8(1):

Friedman, Deborah M; Kim, Mimi; Costedoat-Chalumeau, Nathalie; Clancy, Robert; Copel, Joshua; Phoon, Colin K; Cuneo, Bettina; Cohen, Rebecca; Masson, Mala; Wainwright, Benjamin J; Zahr, Noel; Saxena, Amit; Izmirly, Peter; Buyon, Jill P

Circulation. Arrhythmia & electrophysiology. 2020 Oct; 13(10):e008686

Izmirly, Peter; Kim, Mimi; Friedman, Deborah M; Costedoat-Chalumeau, Nathalie; Clancy, Robert; Copel, Joshua A; Phoon, Colin K L; Cuneo, Bettina F; Cohen, Rebecca E; Robins, Kimberly; Masson, Mala; Wainwright, Benjamin J; Zahr, Noel; Saxena, Amit; Buyon, Jill P

Journal of the American College of Cardiology. 2020 Jul 21; 76(3):292-302

Suryawanshi, Hemant; Clancy, Robert; Morozov, Pavel; Halushka, Marc K; Buyon, Jill P; Tuschl, Thomas

Cardiovascular research. 2020 Jul 01; 116(8):1446-1457

Fava, Andrea; Buyon, Jill P; Mohan, Chandra; Zhang, Ting; Belmont, H Michael; Izmirly, Peter; Clancy, Robert; Monroy Trujillo, Jose; Fine, Derek M; Zhang, Yuji; Magder, Laurence; Rao, Deepak A; Arazi, Arnon; Berthier, Celine C; Davidson, Anne; Diamond, Betty; Hacohen, Nir; Wofsy, David; Apruzzese, William; Accelerating Medicines Partnership, The; Raychaudhuri, Soumya; Petri, Michelle

JCI insight. 2020 06 18; 5(12):

Der, Evan; Suryawanshi, Hemant; Morozov, Pavel; Kustagi, Manjunath; Goilav, Beatrice; Ranabothu, Saritha; Izmirly, Peter; Clancy, Robert; Belmont, H Michael; Koenigsberg, Mordecai; Mokrzycki, Michele; Rominieki, Helen; Graham, Jay A; Rocca, Juan P; Bornkamp, Nicole; Jordan, Nicole; Schulte, Emma; Wu, Ming; Pullman, James; Slowikowski, Kamil; Raychaudhuri, Soumya; Guthridge, Joel; James, Judith; Buyon, Jill; Tuschl, Thomas; Putterman, Chaim

Nature immunology. 2019 Nov; 20(11):1556

Clancy, R M; Marion, M C; Ainsworth, H C; Blaser, M J; Chang, M; Howard, T D; Izmirly, P M; Lacher, C; Masson, M; Robins, K; Buyon, J P; Langefeld, C D

Journal of autoimmunity. 2019 Oct 31; 102354