The University of Newcastle, Australia

ARC Discovery Project funding success

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Professor Phil Hansbro has been awarded more than $443,000 in ARC Discovery Project funding commencing in 2015 for his research project Elucidating the post-transcriptional regulation of mast cell proteases.

Australian Research Council (ARC)

About the project

Mast cells (MCs) are immune cells that protect against pathogens but may induce deleterious inflammation. MC function is mediated by specific proteases that are pre-formed and stored in granules. These proteases have unique yet poorly understood mechanisms of regulation. The aim of the project is to use a novel suite of molecular tools and genetically modified mice to identify the critical regions of transcripts that post-transcriptionally regulate the production and storage of these proteins. The project aims to identify the RNA binding proteins, microRNAs and other novel factors that also regulate them. This is expected to elucidate the post-transcriptional mechanisms of regulation of MC proteases.

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