The New England Inflammation and Tissue Protection Institute (NEITPI) at Northeastern University was founded by Michail Sitkovsky in 2004.
Dr. Sitkovsky is Eleanor W. Black Chair Professor of Immunophysiology and Pharmaceutical Biotechnology at Northeastern University.
Dr. Sitkovsky received his Ph. D. in biophysics from Moscow University in 1973. From 1981 – 84, Dr. Sitkovsky worked as an immunologist at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Center for Cancer Research. At the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases from 1984 – 2004, he served as Chief of the Biochemistry and Immunopharmacology section of the Laboratory of Immunology.
Dr. Sitkovsky’s research has led to the discovery of the novel mechanism of cytotoxicity by T killer cells and to the discovery of the critical and non-redundant role of hypoxia adenosinergic immune regulation in the pathogenesis of cancer and infectious diseases. Currently, proposed co-adjuvant treatments are in preparation for clinical trials of a novel immunotherapy of cancer protocols.
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Boston, MA 02115
NEITPI works collaboratively with Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Koch Institute, Boston University Department of Pathology, University of Miami Sylvester Cancer Center, Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital, and others.
International collaborations include University of Heidelberg Medical School, University of Rome La Sapienza, and University of Munich. NEITPI is also involved in biomedical research under the auspices of The Obama-Medvedev Commission, officially known as the U.S.-Russia Bilateral Presidential Commission.
Biomedical research at NEITPI ranges from biochemical studies of the pathophysiological effects of transmembrane signaling through G-protein-coupled receptors to development of anti-cancer immunotherapies using cancer vaccines or adoptive transfer of anti-tumor T killer cells. The ongoing and future research of scientists at NEITPI is designed to inform the clinical trials of anti-hypoxia A2A adenosinergic immunotherapies of cancer.
Research at NEITPI is funded by grants from several institutes of the National Institutes of Health: National Cancer Institute, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, National Institute of General Medicine, and others. Funding is also provided by Harvard Catalyst grant support and by the Eleanor W. Black Professorship in Allied Health Sciences.
Experiments at NEITPI have led to the discovery of a major physiologicial immunosuppressive mechanism which immediately suggested novel clinical approaches to improve immunotherapies of cancer and infectious diseases. Clinical trials in USA and Europe are in preparation.
Stephen Hatfield, Ph.D.
Thao Nguyen, Undergraduate Biochemistry Major
Shalini Sethumadhavan, Ph.D.
Murillo Silva, Ph.D. Candidate
Hatfield SM, Kjaergaard J, Lukashev D, Schreiber TH, Belikoff B, Abbott R, Sethumadhavan S, Philbrook P, Ko K, Cannici R, Thayer M, Rodig S, Kutok JL, Jackson EK, Karger B, Podack ER, Ohta A, Sitkovsky M. Immunological mechanisms of the antitumor effects of supplemental oxygenation. Science Translational Medicine 4 March 2015 Vol 7 Issue 277 277ra30.
Hatfield SM, Kjaergaard J, Lukashev D, Belikoff B, Schreiber TH, Sethumadhavan S, Abbott R, Philbrook P, Thayer M, Shujia D, Rodig S, Kutok JL, Ren J, Ohta A, Podack ER, Karger B, Jackson EK, Sitkovsky M. Systemic oxygenation weakens the hypoxia and hypoxia inducible factor 1α-dependent and extracellular adenosine-mediated tumor protection. J Mol Med (Berl). 2014 Dec;92(12):1283-92. PMID: 25120128
Ohta A, Sitkovsky M. Extracellular adenosine-mediated modulation of regulatory T cells. Front Immunol. 2014 Jul 10;5:304. doi: 10.3389/fimmu.2014.00304. eCollection 2014. PMID: 25071765
Sitkovsky MV, Hatfield S, Abbott R, Belikoff B, Lukashev D, Ohta A. Hostile, hypoxia-A2-adenosinergic tumor biology as the next barrier to overcome for tumor immunologists. Cancer Immunol Res. 2014 Jul;2(7):598-605. PMID: 24990240
Subramanian M, Kini R, Madasu M, Ohta A, Nowak M, Exley M, Sitkovsky M, Ohta A. Extracellular adenosine controls NKT-cell-dependent hepatitis induction. Eur J Immunol 2014; Apr;44(4):1119-29. PMID: 24448964
Ohta A, Madasu M, Subramanian M, Kini R, Jones G, Choukèr A, Ohta A, Sitkovsky M. Hypoxia-induced and A2A adenosine receptor-independent T-cell suppression is short lived and easily reversible. Int Immunol 2014; Feb;26(2):83-91. PMID: 24150242
Thomas R, Lee J, Chevalier V, Sadler S, Selesniemi K, Hatfield S, Sitkovsky M, Ondrechen MJ, Jones GB. Design and evaluation of xanthine based adenosine receptor antagonists: potential hypoxia targeted immunotherapies. Bioorg Med Chem. 2013 Dec 1;21(23):7453-64. PMID: 24126093
Nowak-Machen M, Schmelzle M, Hanidziar D, Junger W, Exley M, Otterbein L, Wu Y, Csizmadia E, Doherty G, Sitkovsky M, Robson SC. Pulmonary natural killer T cells play an essential role in mediating hyperoxic acute lung injury. Am J Respir Cell Mol Biol. 2013 May;48(5):601-9. PMID: 23349052
Georgiev P, Belikoff BG, Hatfield S, Ohta A, Sitkovsky MV, Lukashev D. Genetic deletion of the HIF-1α isoform I.1 in T cells enhances antibacterial immunity and improves survival in a murine peritonitis model. Eur J Immunol. 2013 Mar;43(3):655-66. PMID: 23208786
Sitkovsky M, Ohta A. Targeting the hypoxia-adenosinergic signaling pathway to improve the adoptive immunotherapy of cancer. J Mol Med (Berl). 2013 Feb;91(2):147-55. PMID: 23334369