Michael S Kuhns

Associate Professor

Michael Kuhns did his PhD training with James Allison at UC Berkeley studying the role that CTLA-4 plays in regulating CD4 T cell responses. He then went on to Stanford University for his postdoctoral studies with Mark Davis, studying the architecture and function of the TCR-CD3 complex, and joined the Department of Immunobiology at the University of Arizona in 2010. When in search of a mental diversion, he enjoys mountain biking and hiking in the local desert and sky islands.

Degrees
  • BS: University of Arizona
  • PhD: University of California, Berkeley
Fellowship
  • Post-doctoral Fellow: Stanford University

Recent Publications

2018

Glassman, C. R., H. L. Parrish, M. S. Lee, and M. S. Kuhns, "Reciprocal TCR-CD3 and CD4 Engagement of a Nucleating pMHCII Stabilizes a Functional Receptor Macrocomplex.", Cell Rep, vol. 22, issue 5, pp. 1263-1275, 2018 Jan 30. PMCID: PMC5813697  PMID: 29386113
Deshpande, N. R., J. L. Uhrlaub, S. Sing Way, J. Nikolich-Zugich, and M. S. Kuhns, "A disconnect between precursor frequency, expansion potential, and site-specific CD4+ T cell responses in aged mice.", PLoS One, vol. 13, issue 6, pp. e0198354, 2018. PMCID: PMC5986155  PMID: 29864157

2016

Parrish, H. L., N. R. Deshpande, J. Vasic, and M. S. Kuhns, "Functional evidence for TCR-intrinsic specificity for MHCII.", Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A, 2016 Feb 1. PMID: 26831112
Glassman, C. R., H. L. Parrish, N. R. Deshpande, and M. S. Kuhns, "The CD4 and CD3δε Cytosolic Juxtamembrane Regions Are Proximal within a Compact TCR-CD3-pMHC-CD4 Macrocomplex.", J Immunol, vol. 196, issue 11, pp. 4713-22, 2016 06 01. PMCID: PMC4875830  PMID: 27183595

2015

Lee, M. S., C. R. Glassman, N. R. Deshpande, H. B. Badgandi, H. L. Parrish, C. Uttamapinant, P. S. Stawski, A. Y. Ting, and M. S. Kuhns, "A Mechanical Switch Couples T Cell Receptor Triggering to the Cytoplasmic Juxtamembrane Regions of CD3ζζ.", Immunity, vol. 43, issue 2, pp. 227-39, 2015 Aug 18. PMCID: PMC4545397  PMID: 26231119
Deshpande, N. R., H. L. Parrish, and M. S. Kuhns, "Self-recognition drives the preferential accumulation of promiscuous CD4(+) T-cells in aged mice.", Elife, vol. 4, pp. e05949, 2015. PMCID: PMC4501121  PMID: 26173205
Parrish, H. L., C. R. Glassman, M. M. Keenen, N. R. Deshpande, M. P. Bronnimann, and M. S. Kuhns, "A Transmembrane Domain GGxxG Motif in CD4 Contributes to Its Lck-Independent Function but Does Not Mediate CD4 Dimerization.", PLoS One, vol. 10, issue 7, pp. e0132333, 2015. PMCID: PMC4493003  PMID: 26147390

2012

Kuhns, M. S., and H. B. Badgandi, "Piecing together the family portrait of TCR-CD3 complexes.", Immunol Rev, vol. 250, issue 1, pp. 120-43, 2012 Nov. PMID: 23046126
Kuhns, M. S., and M. M. Davis, "TCR Signaling Emerges from the Sum of Many Parts.", Front Immunol, vol. 3, pp. 159, 2012. PMCID: PMC3381686  PMID: 22737151
Zeng, X., Y-L. Wei, J. Huang, E. W. Newell, H. Yu, B. A. Kidd, M. S. Kuhns, R. W. Waters, M. M. Davis, C. T. Weaver, et al., "γδ T cells recognize a microbial encoded B cell antigen to initiate a rapid antigen-specific interleukin-17 response.", Immunity, vol. 37, issue 3, pp. 524-34, 2012 Sep 21. PMCID: PMC3495981  PMID: 22960222