Melanie-Jane Hannocks

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The migration of polymorphonuclear granulocytes (PMN) into the brain parenchyma and release of their abundant proteases are considered the main causes of neuronal cell death and reperfusion injury following ischemia. Yet, therapies targeting PMN egress have been largely ineffective. To address this discrepancy we investigated the temporo-spatial(More)
Brain edema is the main cause of death from brain infarction. The polarized expression of the water channel protein aquaporin-4 (AQP4) on astroglial endfeet surrounding brain microvessels suggests a role in brain water balance. Loss of astrocyte foot process anchoring to the basement membrane (BM) accompanied by the loss of polarized localization of AQP4 to(More)
We describe a unique extracellular matrix (ECM) niche in the spleen, the marginal zone (MZ), characterized by the basement membrane glycoproteins, laminin α5 and agrin, that promotes formation of a specialized population of MZ B lymphocytes that respond rapidly to blood-borne antigens. Mice with reduced laminin α5 expression show reduced MZ B cells and(More)
Glycosylphosphatidylinositol-specific phospholipase D (GPI-PLD) is a highly specific enzyme whose only known substrate is the GPI anchor of cell surface proteins. GPI-PLD measurements, however, are technically difficult since the enzyme is expressed at low levels in cells and tissues, and serum contains large amounts of inactive, latent GPI-PLD interfering(More)
The extracellular matrix (ECM) comes in different structural forms and biochemical compositions, which determine both its biophysical properties and its ability to convey specific signals to immune cells encountering or navigating through it. Traditionally, the role of the individual ECM molecules on cell migration has been investigated independent of(More)
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