[Cite as http://purl.org/au-research/grants/arc/DP160100597]
Researchers A/Prof Spencer Williams
Brief description This project seeks to develop new approaches to chemically synthesise bacterial and fungal glycolipids and develop a molecular-level understanding of their effect on the immune system. Bacterial and fungal glycolipids are exotic chemical species that act as danger signals to prime and modulate our innate immune responses. These complex glycolipids possess powerful immunological activities that continue to shape our understanding of innate immunity, yet cannot be acquired from natural sources in the quantities and purity needed. The approaches expected to be developed in the project will be used to illuminate molecular details of immune signalling through pattern recognition receptors and presentation on specialised glycolipid antigen-presenting molecules. Outcomes may include new ways to fight disease and promote health by marshalling the resources of the immune system.
Funding Amount $631,626
Funding Scheme Discovery Projects