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Professor David Kingsley Male

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  • Central Academic Staff
  • Professor of Biology
  • Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics
  • School of Life, Health & Chemical Sciences
  • david.male

Professional biography

Cell Biologist with research and teaching interests in the fields of neuroimmunology and vascular cell biology.

Professor of Biology, since 1999.

Research interests

Our current research is on the development of nanoparticles as carriers for therapeutic cytokines and transgenes into the CNS. We have shown that gold nanocarriers efficiently cross brain endothelium in vitro and enter the CNS in vivo. This work has been  supported by our Industrial partners Midatech Pharma plc and Medimmune. We are now optimising the attachment of therapeutic cargo molecules to the nanocarriers and improving targeting to the CNS.

Previous research has been primarily concerned with the mechanisms by which immune reactions and inflammation develop in the CNS, and the way in which leukocyte migration into the brain is controlled. To understand inflammation in the brain we have undertaken a great deal of work on the blood brain barrier and brain vascular endothelial cells. We have developed several in vitro tissue culture systems to investigate the mechanisms by which brain endothelium differentiates and the role of transcription factors. Earlier studies investigated how inflammatory cytokines and micro-RNAs affect the barrier properties of brain endothelium.

 

Teaching interests

I have a particular interest in the use of multimedia for  developing virtual laboratories, and have lead work on the development of virtual microscopes for the OpenScience laboratory. These include a JISC-funded slide collection 'Histology and Histopathology (320 sections) and a collection for teaching A-level biology (100 sections), which was funded by the Wolfson Trust. This resource has now been developed and incorporated into a MOOC Histology and histopathology: Disease under the microscope.

I am author and editor of a number of text books and CD-ROMs on basic  and clinical Immunology.

I teach  Infectious Disease, (SK320), Molecular and cell biology (S377) and previously their associated practical  course (SXR376).  I also contribute to 'Cardiovascular D a isease' a component of SK143, and  I have produced  a section of the level-3 bioscience course S317, on gene transcription and translation. It includes an extensive set of virtual laboratory experiments. I maintain external teaching commitments in neuroimmunology on MSc courses at the Institute of Psychiatry, (KCH) and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

 

 

External collaborations

We work closely with Midatech Pharma plc on the development of gold nanocarriers for the CNS and with Medimmune on targeting systems for brain endothelium.  This work has also been supported by Sheffield Hospital Trust, and we have external collaborators at the Universities of Bristol and Istanbul.

 

We have recently collaborated with Prof Mehmet Kaya,  Koc University, Istanbul, on nanocarrier delivery to the brain.

Research Activity

Research groups

NameTypeParent Unit
Biomedical Research Network (BRN)NetworkFaculty of Science

 

Externally funded projects

BtRAIN (Brain Barriers training) - To understand the brain barriers

RoleStart dateEnd dateFunding source
Co-investigator01/Oct/201530/Sep/2019EC (European Commission): FP(inc.Horizon2020, H2020, ERC)
The general aim of the current proposal is to the function of the neurovascular unit across species and the impact of several conditions (development, inflammation, ageing, exposure to drugs)on the function of the blood-brain barriers. The aims are: 1. Prediciting brain barrier function using in vitro BBB models 2. Brain barriers signature in vertrebrates 3. Brain barriers as therapeutic and diagnostic target The OU will lead the project within the BtRAIN network focused on age-associated changes in gene and microRNA expression at the blood-brain barrier. See the network webpage http://www.btrain-2020.eu/

Publications

MiR-126 and miR-126* regulate shear-resistant firm leukocyte adhesion to human brain endothelium (2017-04)
Cerutti, Camilla; Edwards, Laura J.; de Vries, Helga E.; Sharrack, Basil; Male, David K. and Romero, Ignacio A.
Scientific Reports, 7 (p 45284)
Localisation and mobility of glucose-coated gold nanoparticles within the brain (2016-03)
Gromnicova, Radka; Yilmaz, Canan Ugur; Orhan, Nurcan; Kaya, Mehmet; Davies, Heather; Williams, Phil; Romero, Ignacio A.; Sharrack, Basil and Male, David
Nanomedicine, 11(6) (pp. 617-625)
A three-dimensional model of the human blood-brain barrier to analyse the transport of nanoparticles and astrocyte/endothelial interactions (2016-01-21)
Reddy, P; Gromnicova, Radka; Davies, Heather; Phillips, James; Romero, Ignacio A and Male, David
F1000Research, 4, Article 1279
Transport of Gold Nanoparticles by Vascular Endothelium from Different Human Tissues (2016)
Gromnicova, Radka; Kaya, Mehmet; Romero, Ignacio A.; Williams, Phil; Satchell, Simon; Sharrack, Basil and Male, David
PLoS ONE, 11, Article e0161610(8)
Brain endothelial miR-146a negatively modulates T-cell adhesion through repressing multiple targets to inhibit NF-κB activation. (2015-03)
Wu, Dongsheng; Cerutti, Camilla; Lopez-Ramirez, Alejandro; Pryce, Gareth; King-Robson, Josh; Simpson, Julie E.; van der Pol, Susanne M. A.; Hirst, Mark C.; de Vries, Helga E.; Sharrack, Basil; Baker, David; Male, David K.; Michael, Gregory J. and Romero, Ignacio A
Journal of Cerebral Blood Flow & Metabolism, 35(3) (pp. 412-23)
MicroRNA-155 negatively affects blood-brain barrier function during neuroinflammation. (2014-06)
Lopez-Ramirez, Miguel Alejandro; Wu, Dongsheng; Pryce, Gareth; Simpson, Julie E.; Reijerkerk, Arie; King-Robson, Josh; Kay, Oliver; de Vries, Helga E.; Hirst, Mark C.; Sharrack, Basil; Baker, David; Male, David Kingsley; Michael, Gregory J. and Romero, Ignacio Andres
FASEB Journal, 28(6) (pp. 2551-2565)
Glucose-coated gold nanoparticles transfer across human brain endothelium and enter astrocytes in vitro (2013-12-05)
Gromnicova, Radka; Davies, Heather A.; Sreekanthreddy, Pedagannganagari; Romero, Ignacio A.; Lund, Torben; Roitt, Ivan M.; Phillips, James B. and Male, David K.
PLoS ONE, 8, Article e81043(12)
Cytokine-induced changes in the gene expression profile of a human cerebral microvascular endothelial cell-line, hCMEC/D3. (2013-09-19)
Lopez-Ramirez, Miguel Alejandro; Male, David Kingsley; Wang, Chunfang; Sharrack, Basil; Wu, Dongsheng and Romero, Ignacio Andres
Fluids and Barriers of the CNS, 10, Article 27(1)
Transcriptional control of the multi-drug transporter ABCB1 by transcription factor Sp3 in different human tissues (2012-10)
Gromnicova, Radka; Romero, Ignacio A and Male, David
PLoS ONE, 7, Article e48189(10)
Role of caspases in cytokine-induced barrier breakdown in human brain endothelial cells (2012)
Lopez-Ramirez, Alejandro; Fischer, Roman; Torres-Badillo, Claudia C.; Davies, Heather A.; Logan, Karen; Pfizenmaier, Klaus; Male, David K.; Sharrack, Basil and Romero, Ignacio A.
Journal of Immunology, 189(6) (pp. 3130-3139)
Amyloid-β-induced occludin down-regulation and increased permeability in human brain endothelial cells is mediated by MAPK activation (2010-01)
Tai, L. M.; Holloway, K. A.; Male, D. K.; Loughlin, A. J. and Romero, I. A
Journal of Cellular and Molecular Medicine, 14(5) (pp. 1101-1112)
Polarized P-glycoprotein expression by the immortalised human brain endothelial cell line, hCMEC/D3, restricts apical-to-basolateral permeability to rhodamine 123 (2009-09-23)
Tai, Leon M.; Reddy, P. Sreekanth; Lopez-Ramirez, M. Alejandro; Davies, Heather A.; Male, A. David K.; Loughlin, A. Jane and Romero, Ignacio A.
Brain Research, 1292 (pp. 14-24)
P-glycoprotein and breast cancer resistance protein restrict apical-to-basolateral permeability of human brain endothelium to amyloid-β (2009-06)
Tai, Leon M.; Loughlin, A. Jane; Male, David K. and Romero, Ignacio A.
Journal of Cerebral Blood Flow and Metabolism, 29(6) (pp. 1079-1083)
Expression of chemokines and their receptors by human brain endothelium: Implications for multiple sclerosis (2009-03)
Subileau, Eve A; Rezaie, Payam; Davies, Heather; Colyer, Frances; Greenwood, John; Male, David and Romero, Ignacio A
Journal of Neuropathology and Experimental Neurology, 68(3) (pp. 227-240)
Transcriptional control of occludin expression in vascular endothelia: regulation by Sp3 and YY1 (2009-03)
Sade, Hadassah; Holloway, Karen; Romero, Ignacio A. and Male, David
Biochimica et Biophysica Acta (BBA) - Gene Regulatory Mechanisms, 1789(3) (pp. 175-184)
Expression and induction of p-glycoprotein-1 on cultured human brain endothelium (2009)
Male, David K.
Journal of Cerebral Blood Flow and Metabolism, 29(11) (pp. 1760-1763)
Chemokine production and chemokine receptor expression by human glioma cells: Role of CXCL10 in tumour cell proliferation (2008-08)
Maru, Seema V.; Holloway, Karen A.; Flynn, Geraldine; Lancashire, Christine L.; Loughlin, A. Jane; Male, David K. and Romero, Ignacio A.
Journal of Neuroimmunology, 199(1-2) (pp. 35-45)
Action of transcription factors in the control of transferrin receptor expression in human brain endothelium (2007-02-02)
Holloway, Karen; Sade, Hadassah; Romero, Ignacio A. and Male, David
Journal of Molecular Biology, 365(5) (pp. 1271-1284)
Chemokine transport across human vascular endothelial cells (2007-01)
Mordelet, Elodie; Davies, Heather A.; Hillyer, Philippa; Romero, Ignacio A. and Male, David
Endothelium - Journal of Endothelial Cell Research, 14(1) (pp. 7-15)
Blood-brain barrier-specific properties of a human adult brain endothelial cell line (2005-09)
Weksler, B.B.; Subileau, E.A.; Perriere, N.; Charneau, P.; Holloway, K.; Leveque, M.; Tricoire-Leignel, H.; Nicotra, A.; Bourdolos, S.; Tourowski, P.; Male, D.K.; Roux, F.; Greenwood, J.; Romero, I.A. and Couraud, P.O.
FASEB Journal, 19(13) (pp. 1872-1874)
Expression of chemokines on the surface of different human endothelia (2005-08)
Hillyer, Phillipa and Male, David
Immunology and Cell Biology, 83(4) (pp. 375-382)
Microglia in the cerebral wall of the human telencephalon at second trimester (2005-07)
Rezaie, Payam; Dean, Andrew; Male, David and Ulfig, Norbert
Cerebral Cortex, 15(7) (pp. 938-949)
Transient expression of MIDC-8 in the normal mouse brain (2005-04-04)
Rezaie, Payam; Corbisiero, Vanessa and Male, David
Neuroscience Letters, 377(3) (pp. 189-194)
Chemokines, chemokine receptors and adhesion molecules on different human endothelia: discriminating the tissue-specific functions that affect leucocyte migration (2003-12)
Hillyer, P.; Mordelet, E.; Flynn, G. and Male, D.
Clinical and Experimental Immunology, 134(3) (pp. 431-441)
Regulation of chemokine receptor expression in human microglia and astrocytes (2003-03)
Flynn, Geraldine; Maru, Seema; Loughlin, Jane; Romero, Ignacio A. and Male, David
Journal of Neuroimmunology, 136(1-2) (pp. 84-93)
Microglia in fetal and adult human brain can be distinguished from other mononuclear phagocytes through their lack of CD163 expression (2003)
Rezaie, Payam and Male, David
Neuroembryology, 2(3) (pp. 130-133)
Distribution and morphology of GFAP-positive astrocytes in the human fetal brain at second trimester (2003)
Rezaie, Payam; Ulfig, Norbert and Male, David
Neuroembryology and Aging, 2(2) (pp. 50-63)
Microglial colonization of the developing mouse brain: the effects of CD11b deletion [poster presentation] (2002-04)
Jeetle, J.K.; Hagger, G.N.; Topps, S.S.; Male, D.K. and Rezaie, P.
Neuropathology and Applied Neurobiology, 28 (p 164)
Motility and ramification of human fetal microglia in culture: an investigation using time-lapse video microscopy and image analysis (2002-03-10)
Rezaie, P.; Trillo-Pazos, G.; Greenwood, J.; Everall, I.P. and Male, D.K.
Experimental Cell Research, 274(1) (pp. 68-82)
Differentiation, ramification and distribution of Microglia within the central nervous system examined (2002)
Rezaie, Payam and Male, David
Neuroembryology and Aging, 1(1) (pp. 29-43)
Mesoglia & microglia: a historical review of the concept of mononuclear phagocytes within the central nervous system (2002)
Rezaie, Payam and Male, David
Journal of the History of the Neurosciences, 11 (pp. 325-374)
Expression of beta-chemokines and chemokine receptors in human fetal astrocyte and microglial co-cultures: potential role of chemokines in the developing CNS (2002)
Rezaie, Payam; Trillo-Pazos, G.; Everall, I.P. and Male, David
Glia, 37(1) (pp. 64-75)
Transplantation of neural stem cells in a rat model of stroke: assessment of short-term graft survival and acute host immunological response (2002)
Modo, Michael; Rezaie, Payam; Heuschling, Paul; Patel, Sara; Male, David K. and Hodges, Helen
Brain Research, 958(1) (pp. 70-82)
Colonisation of the human central nervous system by microglia: the roles of chemokines and vascular adhesion molecules (2001-12-07)
Male, David and Rezaie, Payam
Progress In Brain Research, 132 (pp. 81-93)
Immunology: an illustrated outline. 4th edition (2003-10)
Male, David
ISBN : 0-7234-3336-4 | Publisher : Elsevier | Published : London, UK
Gold nanoparticles for imaging and drug transport to the CNS (2016)
Male, David; Gromnicova, Radka and Mcquaid, Conor
In: Al-Jamal, Khuloud ed. Nanotechnology and the Brain. International Review of Neurobiology (130) (pp. 155-189)
ISBN : 978-0-12-804636-4 | Publisher : Elsevier | Published : London
Immunology (8th ed.) (2012-08)
Male, David; Brostoff, Jonathan; Roth, David and Roitt, Ivan eds.
ISBN : 978-0-323-08058-3 | Publisher : Elsevier | Published : New York
Immunology. 7th edition (2006-04)
Male, David ed.
ISBN : 0-323-03399-7 | Publisher : Elsevier | Published : UK
Toxicity and internalization of polymeric nanoparticles in brain endothelial cells (2017-10-27)
Silva de Abreu, Marcelle; Calpena, Ana C.; Espina, Marta; Garcia, Maria Luisa; Romero, Ignacio A. and Male, David
In : 20th International Symposium on Signal Transduction at the Blood-Brain Barrier (13-15 September 2017, Krakow, Poland) (p 19)
Microglial progenitors in the human forebrain during the second trimester [poster presentation] (2004-12)
Rezaie, P.; Male, D.K. and Ulfig, N.
In : 15th Biennial Meeting of the International Society for Developmental Neuroscience (4-7 August 2004, Edinburgh, UK)
Colonization of the developing mouse brain by microglial progenitors [poster presentation] (2003)
Corbisiero, V.; Hagger, G.; Topps, S.; Kohsaka, S.; Imai, Y.; Male, D. and Rezaie, P.
In : Third International Symposium on Normal and Abnormal Development of the Human Fetal Brain (13-15 June 2003, Zagreb, Croatia)
Microglia in the CD11b knockout mouse [poster presentation] (2002)
Jeetle, J.; Hagger, G.N.; Topps, S.; Male, David and Rezaie, Payam
In : Second International Symposium on Normal and Abnormal Development of the Human Fetal Brain (24 - 25 May 2002, Institute of Anatomy, University of Rostock, Germany)

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