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Brian Luna

Class 2008
Education BS, University of California, Irvine

Dr. Bill Bishai

Current Position Instructor

USC, Keck School of Medicine

Research Interests

Mycobacterium tuberculosis cAMP transport system

Mycobacterium tuberculosis (M. tb) is the primary etiological agent of TB in humans. It has recently been shown that M. tb alters host infected macrophage cell signaling by exporting microbially produced cyclic andenosine monophosphate (cAMP) into the host cell. The microbial cAMP has been shown to affect host TNF-a production for the survival benefit of the microbe. The mechanism, however, of how M. tb exports cAMP into the host cell is not currently known. By screening Mycobacterium tuberculosis putative transport mutants, we aim to identify genes required for cAMP transport.