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Major histocompatibility complex (MHC) class I molecules have fundamental functions in the immune system. Recent studies have suggested that these molecules may also have non-immune functions in the nervous system, in particular related to synaptic function and plasticity. Because adult motoneurons express mRNAs for MHC class I molecules, we have examined(More)
Mass cytometry enables an unprecedented number of parameters to be measured in individual cells at a high throughput, but the large dimensionality of the resulting data severely limits approaches relying on manual "gating." Clustering cells based on phenotypic similarity comes at a loss of single-cell resolution and often the number of subpopulations is(More)
There is considerable heterogeneity in immunological parameters between individuals, but its sources are largely unknown. To assess the relative contribution of heritable versus non-heritable factors, we have performed a systems-level analysis of 210 healthy twins between 8 and 82 years of age. We measured 204 different parameters, including cell population(More)
Murine natural killer (NK) cells express inhibitory Ly49 receptors for MHC class I molecules, which allows for "missing self" recognition of cells that downregulate MHC class I expression. During murine NK cell development, host MHC class I molecules impose an "educating impact" on the NK cell pool. As a result, mice with different MHC class I expression(More)
BACKGROUND A major group of murine inhibitory receptors on Natural Killer (NK) cells belong to the Ly49 receptor family and recognize MHC class I molecules. Infected or transformed target cells frequently downmodulate MHC class I molecules and can thus avoid CD8(+) T cell attack, but may at the same time develop NK cell sensitivity, due to failure to(More)
The Natural Killer (NK) cell population is composed of subsets of varying sizes expressing different combinations of inhibitory receptors for MHC class I molecules. Genes within the NK gene complex, including the inhibitory receptors themselves, seem to be the primary intrinsic regulators of inhibitory receptor expression, but the MHC class I background is(More)
The blood gene expression signatures are used as biomarkers for immunological and non- immunological diseases. Therefore, it is important to understand the variation in blood gene expression patterns and the factors (heritable/non-heritable) that underlie this variation. In this paper, we study the relationship between drug effects on the one hand, and(More)
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Cover illustration: A confocal maximum projection micrograph of a mouse neuromuscular junction stained with S100 in red, α-bungarotoxin in green and TOTO-3 in blue. All previously published papers were reproduced with permission from the publisher. ABSTRACT This thesis is based on the emerging concept that pattern recognition molecules, originally(More)
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