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  1. Falk, L., M. Dang-Lawson, J.L. Vega, F. Pournia, K. Choi, C. Jang, C.C. Naus, L. Matsuuchi 2014. Mutations of Cx43 that affect B cell spreading in response to BCR signalling. Biology Open 3: 185-194 [ Link ]
  2. Machtaler, S., K. Choi, M. Dang-Lawson, L. Falk, F. Pournia, C.C. Naus, L. Matsuuchi 2014. The role of the gap junction protein connexin43 in B lymphocyte motility and migration. FEBS Letters 588: 1249-1258 [ Link ]
  3. Matsuuchi, L. and C.C. Naus 2013. Gap junction proteins on the move: Connexins, the cytoskeleton and migration. Biochimica et Biophysica Acta 1828: 94-108 [ Link ]
  4. Machtaler, S., Dang-Lawson, M., Choi, K., Jang, C., Naus, C.C. and L. Matsuuchi 2011. The Gap junction protein Connexin43 regulates B-lymphocyte spreading and adhesion. Journal of Cell Science 124: 2611-2621
  5. Jang, C., Machtaler, S. and L. Matsuuchi 2010. The role of Ig-α and Ig-β in B cell antigen receptor internalization. Immunology Letters 134: 75-82


Linda Matsuuchi


Office phone: 604-822-4881 (research)
Lab phone: 604-827-3998
Web page: cell and developmental biology; immunology
Research area: Cell and Developmental Biology
History: A.B., Barnard College; M.A., M.Phil, Ph.D. Columbia University (New York City); Postdoctoral Fellow, University of California Berkeley (1981-1985); Assistant Research Biochemist, University of California San Francisco (1985-1991); UBC since 1992; Member of the Graduate Program in Cell and Developmental Biology; Associate Director of the Life Sciences Institute (2008-2013)

My lab is interested in understanding the cell signaling of specific membrane receptors, combining aspects of Cell Biology, Immunology , Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.
Structure and function of the antigen receptor on B lymphocytes: The B cell receptor is composed of membrane immunoglobulin M (mIgM) and a heterodimer of two associated proteins, Ig-alpha and Ig- beta. When the receptor is on the cell surface of B lymphocytes it functions to transmit intracellular signals that regulate cell growth and differentiation and it binds to antigen for the generation of the immune response. We are studying the downstream consequences of intracellular signaling and how the BCR interacts with protein tyrosine kinases, phosphatases and other associated proteins. In addition we are exploring how signaling changes the cytoskeletal architecture in B lymphocytes. Recently my lab has embarked on a study of the gap junction protein connexin43 (Cx43), whose expression profoundly influences lymphocyte responses to BCR and chemokine receptor signalling, in particular regulating rearrangements in the actin cytoskeleton.

Lab members: May Dang Lawson (Lab Manager) and Kate Choi (Tech 3)-both joint with M. Gold; Farnaz Pournia (PhD student); Victor Mo (MSc student)

Past Lab members (Graduate students, Postdocs and Staff): Dr. Marcia McCoy Graves (joint with M.Gold and C. Roskelley), Letitia Falk Biagi, Steve Machtaler, Caren Jang Grande, Janis Dylke, Teresa Jackson, Lorna Santos, Colm Condon, Sharon Hourihane, Lori Joyce, Jessica Escribano, Shaun Foy

Past Lab members (Independent study students and Work Learn students): Michael Hall, Henry Lu, Matthew Lowe, Caroline Chu, Kate Choi, Gabe Woolam, Colm Condon, Tally Vertinsky, Cathy Brown, Karen Chua (Ung), Corey Ming-Lum, Aneez Mohammed, Katherine Tung, Shaun Foy



CSI Investigator Award

For Research


Faculty of Science Achievement Award

For Service

Last updated 21 July 2016