Professor | RCMI Director
Division of ScienceDepartment
Marshak Science Building MR633 (office) | MR601 (lab)
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p: 212-650-8574 (lab)
Dr. Guyden is a molecular immunologist whose research interests center on the function of thymic nurse cells (TNCs) - specialized epithelial cells that contain T cells completely enclosed in intra-cytoplasmic vacuoles. Recent research in his lab indicates that TNCs may house the MHC restriction process. Dr. Guyden is the Director of the RCMI (Research Centers in Minority Institutions) at City College.
Ph.D. from UC Berkeley, 1979.
Biology 22900 - Cell and Molecular Biology
Biology V1400 - Cell Biology (Graduate level)
Research InterestsJerry Guyden is a molecular immunologist whose research interests center on the function of thymic nurse cells (TNCs) Thymic nurse cells (TNCs) are specialized epithelial components that contain T cells completely enclosed in intra-cytoplasmic vacuoles. Very little information about their function has been reported because of the lack of pure TNC populations in quantities necessary for thorough analyses. However, they are believed to play a role in thymocyte development. Our laboratory has been able to immortalize TNCs. Surprisingly, cells from TNC lines have been shown to internalize thymocytes in in vitro studies. Intact cells can be visualized in cytoplasmic vacuoles. This is the first report of the isolation of TNC lines able to internalization and maintain viable another type of cell in tissue culture. Since that time, we have shown that TNCs exclusively bind and internalize the αβTCR+CD4+CD8+ subset. A subset of the interactive subset dies through the process of apoptosis while the remaining fraction survives and matures to the αβTCRhiCD69hi stage of development. Our lab continues to study the function of TNCs during T cell development.