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College of Engineering and Computing

Biomedical Engineering

The Role of Myeloid Cell MicroRNA-155 in Atherosclerosis and Cancer

miR155 is one of the first identified microRNAs with multiple functions. miR155-/- mouse model was the first mouse model with a microRNA deficiency. miR155 plays a crucial role in immune cell development and function, and is a positive feedback molecular in TLR-mediated macrophage inflammatory responses. miR155 has been considered as a oncogene in multiple blood cancers and several solid tumors. In this project, we use a wide range of molecular and cell biology approaches, as well as genetically modified animal models to investigate: 1) The role of miR155 in macrophage inflammatory responses, lipid homeostasis and apoptosis in the context of atherogenesis; 2) The role of miR155 in myeloid cell (macrophage, myeloid-derived suppressor cell, and dendritic cell) differentiation and function in breast cancer.


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