Baranova, N.S., Nilebäck, E., Briggs, D.C., Michael Haller, F. Svedhem, S. Day, A.J. & Richter, R.P. (2011). The inflammation-associated protein TSG-6 cross-links hyaluronan via hyaluronan-induced TSG-6 oligomers. J. Biol. Chem. 286, 25675-25686. PubMed link
Levoli, E., Lindstedt, R., Inforzato, A., Camaioni, A., Palone, F., Day, A.J., Mantovani, A., Salvatori, G. & Salustri, A. (2011). Implication of the oligomeric status of the N-terminal PTX3 domain in cumulus matrix assembly. Matrix Biology 30, 330-337. PubMed link
Natasa Ilic, John J Worthington, Alisa Gruden-Movsesijan, Mark A Travis, Ljiljana Sofronic-Milosavljevic and Richard K Grencis. (2011). Antigens from different life stages of the helminth Trichinella spiralis prime a mixed Th1/Th2 immune response but do not induce de novo generation of Foxp3+ T cells in vitro. Parasite Immunology
Manchester Breast Centre Symposium, Paterson Institute, 18 July. The role of B1-integrin in mammary gland ductal morphogenesis
Physiological Society, Oxford, 11-14 July. Insights from proteomic analyses of adhesion signalling
Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research, Nuffield Department for Clinical Medicine, Oxford. 13 July. How integrins control breast development and function
Poster presentations at conferences
GMIG, "Dendritic cell regulation of immunity and autoimmunity", Manchester, 15 July. Enhanced induction of Foxp3+ regulatory T-cells by specialised gut dendritic cells is dependent on TGFβ activation by the integrin alphaV beta8
Invited conference presentations
Elastin & Elastic fibres, Gordon Research Conference, The University of New England, Maine, USA, 24-29 July
The nanostructure and elastic properties of human tropoelastin
Heparin binding by fibrillin-1 TB5 domain is disrupted by a mutation causing Weill-Marchesani syndrome
Chaired a session
Stuart & Cay
Also attended the preceding Symposium where Stuart won the poster prize
Collagen, Gordon Research Conference, Colby-Sawyer College, NH, USA, 17-22 July
Cell-force based collagen remodeling during tendon development
Collagen Gordon Research Seminar
Was an invited discussion leader
Tendon as a model to investigate adhesion formation and prevention
Hosted a year-12 student from Oldham Sixth Form college for seven days work experience. She learned about various methods of protein analysis and fluorescence microscopy and was given a tour of the mass spectroscopy facilities in the Biomolecules lab by Adam Byron.
Gareth Hyde, Arvind Ponnusamy, Becky Holley and Emma Ponds from the Canfield lab
Expertly looked after two 6th form students from The Queen’s School, Chester for a week’s work experience in July.
Organised the stand "Genes link us together - fruitflies our little helpers" on the Faculty Community Open Day showing flies and their use in science, illustrated with a few little experiments. Amongst the excellent team of 11 contributors was the Centre postgraduate student Robin Beaven.
Eleven year-12 school students spent 3 days gaining work experience in the Centre. They are in the sixth form at the Altrincham Grammar Schools for Boys and were excited to find out all about life in a research lab. They were ably taught by the following staff in the Briggs, Boot-Handford, Caswell, Streuli, and Thornton labs: Peter Bell, Pat Caswell, Sarah Edwards, Benedetta Gualeni, Claire Hartley, Ceri Harrop, Ana Hidalgo-Sastre, Jen Lindsay, Kasia Pirog, Jola Tanianis-Hughes, Pengbo Wang.
Is visiting Karl Kadler's lab until August 25. Andrew is a student with Dave Butler (University of Cincinnati, OH, USA). Andrew is comparing the mechanical properties of bio-tendons engineered from fibrin gels and collagen gels.
Request for old laptops for PE activities
Following on from the success of 'Matrix in the Museum' and with many public events lined up, the PE Committee are on the hunt for unused lab laptops that may be lurking in various corners of labs and offices. For most of our A-level study days and for Wellcome to the Matrix, we have recurrent issues with renting and/or borrowing laptops and we thought by having an amnesty of laptops for public engagement purposes, we will also then have a supply of them for Centre members to borrow for their own activities/talks/events etc. So if you have an old laptop (Mac or PC) that is no longer in use and you'd be willing to donate, please see Anna or Ceri. Many thanks for your support.