Jeffrey M. Bergelson, MD

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Emeritus Professor of Pediatrics
Department: Pediatrics

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1202 Abramson
3615 Civic Center Blvd.
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Office: (215) 590-3771
Fax: (215) 590-2025

Columbia College, 1969.
Harvard College, 1972.

University of Pennsylvania medical school, 1973.
(graduate student in molecular genetics)
Rockefeller University , 1977.
University of Pennsylvania, 1981.
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Description of Research Expertise

Research Interests
We are interested in the structure and function of virus receptors, with a particular interest in the receptors for coxsackieviruses and adenoviruses.

Key Words: Virus entry, adenovirus, coxsackievirus, viral pathogenesis, virus receptor.

Description of Research
Coxsackieviruses— non-enveloped viruses that cause neurologic and cardiac disease in humans)— interact with at least two receptors during virus infection— CAR (the coxsackievirus and adenovirus receptor), and DAF (CD55, a complement regulatory molecule). On polarized epithelial cells, which are likely the first targets of natural infection, CAR is sequestered in intercellular junctions, and is inaccessible to virus; in contrast, DAF is expressed on the cell surface. We have found that DAF-mediated signals are important for virus infection of polarized cells. We are interested in defining the signaling molecules and other cellular factors required for coxsackievirus infection of polarized cells, and the mechanisms by which other viruses infect these cells. We are studying the cell biology of virus entry, with a focus on understanding the separate roles of the two receptors during the entry process. We have also developed transgenic and conditional knockout systems with which to examine the function of the two receptors during infection in vivo.

We have found that DAF-mediated signals are important for virus infection of polarized cells. We are interested in defining the signaling molecules and other cellular factors required for coxsackievirus infection of polarized cells. We are also interested in the routes by which other DAF-binding viruses enter these cells. In further work, we want to define the structural features of virus-DAF interaction.

Rotation Projects
1. Cell biology of picornavirus entry
2. Mutational analysis of virus-receptor interactions
3. CAR interactions with intracellular proteins
4. CAR purification for structural studies

Lab personnel:
Jieyan Pan, Postdoctoral fellow
Chonsaeng Kim, Postdoctoral fellow
Lili Zhang, Research Technician
Bhargavi Naraynan, Research Technician

Description of Clinical Expertise

Infectious diseases of children

Selected Publications

Bergelson JM, Shepley MP, Chan BMC, Hemler ME, Finberg RW : Identification of the integrin VLA-2 as a receptor for echovirus 1. Science 255: 1718-1720, 1992.

Bergelson JM, Cunningham JA, Droguett G, Kurt-Jones EA, Krikthivas A, Hong JS, Horwitz MS, Crowell RL, Finberg RW: Isolation of a common receptor for coxsackie B viruses and adenoviruses 2 and 5. Science 275: 1320-1323, 1997.

Cohen CJ, Shieh JT-C, Pickles RJ, T Okegawa T, Hsieh J-T, Bergelson JM: The coxsackievirus and adenovirus receptor (CAR) is a transmembrane component of the tight junction. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 98: 15192-15196, 2001.

Chen, Jin-Wen. Zhou, Bin. Yu, Qian-Chun. Shin, Sangyoon J. Jiao, Kai. Schneider, Michael D. Baldwin, H Scott. Bergelson, Jeffrey M.: Cardiomyocyte-specific deletion of the coxsackievirus and adenovirus receptor results in hyperplasia of the embryonic left ventricle and abnormalities of sinuatrial valves. Circulation Research 98: 923-30, 2006.

Coyne CB, Bergelson JM: Virus-induced Abl and Fyn kinase signals permit coxsackievirus entry through epithelial tight junctions. Cell 124: 119-131, 2006.

Coyne CB, Kim KS, Bergelson JM.: Poliovirus entry into human brain microvascular endothelial cells requires receptor-induced activation of the tyrosine phosphatase SHP-2. EMBO Journal 26: 4016–4028, 2007.

Bergelson JM, Shah S, Zaoutis T: Pediatric Infectious Diseases (A Volume in the Pediatric Requisites Series). Mosby, St. Louis, 2008.

Kallewaard Nicole L, Zhang Lili, Chen Jin-Wen, Guttenberg Marta, Sanchez Melissa D, Bergelson Jeffrey M: Tissue-specific deletion of the coxsackievirus and adenovirus receptor protects mice from virus-induced pancreatitis and myocarditis. Cell host & microbe 6(1): 91-8, Jul 2009.

Bergelson Jeffrey M: Intercellular junctional proteins as receptors and barriers to virus infection and spread. Cell host & microbe 5(6): 517-21, Jun 2009.

Patel KP, Coyne CB, Bergelson JM: Dynamin- and lipid raft-dependent entry of DAF-binding and non-DAF-binding Coxsackieviruses into non-polarized cells. Journal of virology Aug 2009.

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