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Recent discovery "Cosmc Controls B Cell Homing" by Zeng et al.

August 12, 2020

Everyone has heard of lymph nodes, the place where our white blood cells (lymphocytes) move into, out of, and around our bodies; and we all know that lymphocytes are important cells for immune health and for fighting disease.   But what do the lymphocytes need in order to do the moving around?  A breakthrough discovery in how lymphocytes migrate into lymph nodes is reported in a paper appearing in Nature Communications from the laboratory of Richard D. Cummings at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard Medical School; the first author on the paper is Junwei Zeng...

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Recent Preprint work - "SARS-CoV-2 Spike Protein Interacts with Multiple Innate Immune Receptors"

August 12, 2020

How many ways can the SARS-CoV-2 virus, which is the cause of our current COVID-19 pandemic, interact with our cells and tissues? At the NCFG in the Department of Surgery at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard Medical School, we have recently discovered that the spike glycoprotein of SARS-CoV-2 has many attached carbohydrates (glycans) that can bind to a variety of carbohydrate-binding C-type lectin receptors (CLRs) that are on our macrophages, dendritic cells and other types of cells.  Furthermore, the amino acids carrying many of the attached carbohydrates were...

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A new technique to produce glycopeptide libraries - GlycoSPOT synthesis

July 1, 2020

Recently we published in Cell Chemical Biology a method to produce glycopeptide libraries in small scale titled: "Parallel Glyco-SPOT Synthesis of Glycopeptide Libraries", The method utilizes a filter paper as the solid support to build a library of glycopeptides in parallel to produce microgram quantities of peptides. In this paper we show how we created two separate libraries of...

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Invitation to join the Human Glycome Project (HGP)

January 23, 2019

Dear Colleagues,

If your research is addressing the structure and/or function of glycans in humans, we are inviting you to join the Human Glycome Project (HGP).

The Human Glycome Project is an international initiative aimed at understanding structure and function of human glycans. It functions as a consortium of research groups with their own independent funding. The HGP will support individual researchers by sharing resources and experience, as well as coordinating research activities on a global level.

Each Full member of the HGP is expected to be an...

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Harvard Career Development Program in Translational Glycobiology (ProTG): Bridging Glycoscience and Clinical Medicine (1K12HL14195301)

October 9, 2018

NOTE- This is an annually recurring career development award.

Click Here to view details about the K12HL14195301 grant at the NIHRePORTER Site.

There are four main macromolecules of nature: the proteins, the lipids, the nucleic acids, and the glycans (carbohydrates). Though many people recognize that glycans play...

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