Date of Award

5-1-2002

Degree Type

Restricted Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science

Department

Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

First Advisor

R. Goldfarb

Abstract

Badeaux, K. Production of Extracellular Matrix-Degrading Proteases by a Rat B Cell Line.CRL-1631. Master of Science (Microbiology and Immunology), May 2002. 30 pp., 9 illustrations, 1 table, 16 bibliography titles. Previously B lymphocytes have been reported to accumulate at the site of tumor development and to play a role in immune surveillance against metastatic tumors. Investigating this mechanism, we studied B lymphocyte production of extracellular matrix-degrading proteinases: matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) and components of the urokinase plasminogen activator (uP A) system. Our studies include RT-PCR of CRL-1631 eDNA revealing mRNA for MMP-2, MMP-9, TIMP-1, TIMP-2 and uPAR. MMP-2 and MMP-9 activity was verified by gelatin zymography. TIMP-1, TIMP-2 and uPAR protein expression was confirmed by Western blot analyses. I also report, for the first time, MT -1 MMP gene and protein expression in B cells by RT-PCR and Western blot, respectively. CRL-1631 invasion through Matrigel model basement membrane was significantly inhibited by BB-94, confirming MMP involvement in this cell line's invasiveness. Therefore, B cells use multiple proteases in the degradation of the extracellular matrix, ECM, and this may be one factor responsible for their accumulation at the site of established tumors.

Comments

Badeaux, K. Production of Extracellular Matrix-Degrading Proteases by a Rat B Cell Line.CRL-1631. Master of Science (Microbiology and Immunology), May 2002. 30 pp., 9 illustrations, 1 table, 16 bibliography titles

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