Yi Yang

Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA, United States

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Publications (2)44.44 Total impact

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    ABSTRACT: CARMA1 has been shown to be important for Ag-stimulated activation of NF-kappaB in lymphocytes in vitro and thus could be a novel therapeutic target in inflammatory diseases such as asthma. In the present study, we demonstrate that mice with deletion in the CARMA1 gene (CARMA1(-/-)) do not develop inflammation in a murine model of asthma. Compared with wild-type controls, CARMA1(-/-) mice did not develop airway eosinophilia, had no significant T cell recruitment into the airways, and had no evidence for T cell activation in the lung or draining lymph nodes. In addition, the CARMA1(-/-) mice had significantly decreased levels of IL-4, IL-5, and IL-13, did not produce IgE, and did not develop airway hyperresponsiveness or mucus cell hypertrophy. However, adoptive transfer of wild-type Th2 cells into CARMA1(-/-) mice restored eosinophilic airway inflammation, cytokine production, airway hyperresponsiveness, and mucus production. This is the first demonstration of an in vivo role for CARMA1 in a disease process. Furthermore, the data clearly show that CARMA1 is essential for the development of allergic airway inflammation through its role in T lymphocytes, and may provide a novel means to inhibit NF-kappaB for therapy in asthma.
    The Journal of Immunology 07/2006; 176(12):7272-7. · 5.36 Impact Factor
  • Yi Yang, Brian Seed
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    ABSTRACT: Homologous recombination in Escherichia coli simplifies the generation of gene targeting constructs for transduction into mouse embryonic stem (ES) cells. Taking advantage of the extensive homology provided by intact bacterial artificial chromosomes (BACs), we have developed an efficient method for preparing targeted gene disruptions in ES cells. Correctly integrated clones were identified by a simple screening procedure based on chromosomal fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH). To date, five mutant lines have been generated and bred to homozygosity by this approach.
    Nature Biotechnology 05/2003; 21(4):447-51. · 39.08 Impact Factor