Cellular and Molecular Biomechanics Laboratory

The laboratory of Dr. Cheng Zhu at Georgia Tech

Recent Publications

Type Date Title Link
7/19/2016 Cooperative unfolding of distinctive mechanoreceptor domains transduces force into signals. Full
7/6/2016 Imaging Spatiotemporal Activities of ZAP-70 in Live T Cells Using a FRET-Based Biosensor. Full
6/6/2016 Constitutive Lck Activity Drives Sensitivity Differences between CD8+ Memory T Cell Subsets. Full
5/16/2016 Hotspot autoimmune T cell receptor binding underlies pathogen and insulin peptide cross-reactivity. Full
4/11/2016 Mechanical regulation of a molecular clutch defines force transmission and transduction in response to matrix rigidity. Full

People

Principal Investigator

Dr. Cheng Zhu

cheng.zhu@bme.gatech.edu

Post-doctorates

Dr. Hyun-Jung Lee

hjlee@gatech.edu

Graduate Students

Visiting Scholars

Laboratory Alumni

Dr. Jingsung Hong

hjs0811@gmail.com

Laboratory Staff

Research

Welcome!

Welcome to the Zhu lab. We study single molecular adhesion with force spectroscopy for various cells and disease models. We pioneered in the discovery of force-prolonged bond lifetime, or the "catch bond," using the biomembrane force probe paired with mutation studies and molecular dynamics simulations.

T Cell Development, Antigen Recognition, and Activation

T cells are an important subset of the immune system that plays a pivotal role in regulating various diseases. T cells functions are influenced both by biochemical and biophysical properties at local microenvironment that influences receptor-ligand interactions. Our goal is to understand how these interactions mediated by mechanical properties translate into intracellular signaling, thereby affecting cellular function and fate.

Platelet Mechanobiology

Platelets are key players in both hemostasis and thrombosis. Mechanical stimuli are important in the circulation system. We strive to understand platelet activation, mechanotransduction, and hyperreactivity by characterizing surface receptor-ligand binding kinetics and intracellular signaling using tools such as the biomembrane force probe, biosensors, and mutation studies.

Instruments

Biomembrane Force Probe

BFP

Measures single ligand-receptor interactions under force

Micropipette adhesion frequency assay

Measures adhesion frequency of single receptor-ligand interactions

Atomic force microscope

AFM

Home-made AFM that measures protein-protein binding kinetics

Horizontal atomic force microscope

HAFM

AFM on which the cantilever works horizontally (parallel to the earth); can measure receptor-ligand binding kinetics under force on live cells

Micropipette forge

Home-made micropipette factory: makes pipettes of various sizes

Publications

Title First Author Journal Date PMID DOI More Information
Cooperative unfolding of distinctive mechanoreceptor domains transduces force into signals. Lining Ju eLife 7/19/2016 27434669 10.7554/eLife.15447 More Info
Imaging Spatiotemporal Activities of ZAP-70 in Live T Cells Using a FRET-Based Biosensor. Kaitao Li Annals of biomedical engineering 7/6/2016 27384937 10.1007/s10439-016-1683-6 More Info
Constitutive Lck Activity Drives Sensitivity Differences between CD8+ Memory T Cell Subsets. Duane Moogk Journal of immunology (Baltimore, Md. : 1950) 6/6/2016 27271569 10.4049/jimmunol.1600178 More Info
Hotspot autoimmune T cell receptor binding underlies pathogen and insulin peptide cross-reactivity. David K Cole The Journal of clinical investigation 5/16/2016 27183389 10.1172/JCI85679 More Info
Mechanical regulation of a molecular clutch defines force transmission and transduction in response to matrix rigidity. Alberto Elosegui-Artola Nature cell biology 4/11/2016 27065098 10.1038/ncb3336 More Info
Force-Induced Unfolding of Leucine-Rich Repeats of Glycoprotein Ibα Strengthens Ligand Interaction. Lining Ju Biophysical journal 11/5/2015 26536255 10.1016/j.bpj.2015.08.050 More Info
Regulatory and T Effector Cells Have Overlapping Low to High Ranges in TCR Affinities for Self during Demyelinating Disease. Jennifer D Hood Journal of immunology (Baltimore, Md. : 1950) 9/18/2015 26385521 10.4049/jimmunol.1501464 More Info
Force-Regulated In Situ TCR-Peptide-Bound MHC Class II Kinetics Determine Functions of CD4+ T Cells. Jinsung Hong Journal of immunology (Baltimore, Md. : 1950) 9/2/2015 26336148 10.4049/jimmunol.1501407 More Info
Fluorescence Biomembrane Force Probe: Concurrent Quantitation of Receptor-ligand Kinetics and Binding-induced Intracellular Signaling on a Single Cell Yunfeng Chen J Vis Exp. 8/4/2015 26274371 10.3791/52975 More Info
Von Willebrand factor-A1 domain binds platelet glycoprotein Ibα in multiple states with distinctive force-dependent dissociation kinetics. Lining Ju Thrombosis research 6/20/2015 26213126 10.1016/j.thromres.2015.06.019 More Info

Contact Zhu Lab

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