S. Munir Alam, PhD

Professor in Medicine
Professor of Pathology
Member of the Duke Human Vaccine Institute
Campus mail 2 Genome Ct, MSRB II - Room 4004, Durham, NC 27710
Phone (919) 668-6372
Email address alam0004@mc.duke.edu

Research Interests.
Biophysical analysis of coreceptor modulation of TCR-MHC interactions. One of our research interests is to study the molecular mechanisms of T cell recognition. We have particular interest in understanding the trimolecular interactions between membrane bound T cell receptor (TCR-CD3 complex) and its ligand, the peptide-MHC complex (pMHC), and co-receptor molecules. We are using different biophysical approaches which include surface plasmon resonance, isothermal titration calorimetry and atomic force spectroscopy to study the influence of co-stimulatory molecules on the kinetics and thermodynamics of TCR-pMHC binding. The goal is to use integrated molecular and biophysical approaches to study membrane TCR-MHC interactions and to understand how these interactions are modulated by co-receptors during T cell development and activation.
Energetics and kinetics of monoclonal antibody binding to soluble HIV Envelope proteins. An additional interest of our lab involves biophysical characterization of soluble, recombinant human HIV-1 Envelope proteins (gp120 and gp140). We have employed surface plasmon resonance, analytical sedimentation equilibrium analysis, isothermal titration calorimetry and atomic force spectroscopy to characterize the antigenicity and study the energetics, kinetics and single molecule force measurements of the binding of anti-gp120 and anti-gp41 antibodies to several recombinant HIV-1 Envelope proteins. These studies have relevance in immunogen design for generating anti-HIV vaccines.

Education and Training

  • Ph.D., University of Glasgow (Scotland), 1992

Publications

Tran, Trinh T., Charles F. Reich, Munir Alam, and David S. Pisetsky. “Specificity and immunochemical properties of anti-DNA antibodies induced in normal mice by immunization with mammalian DNA with a CpG oligonucleotide as adjuvant..” Clin Immunol 109, no. 3 (December 2003): 278–87.

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14697742
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Niederberger, Nathalie, Kaisa Holmberg, S Munir Alam, Wayne Sakati, Mayumi Naramura, Hua Gu, and Nicholas R. J. Gascoigne. “Allelic exclusion of the TCR alpha-chain is an active process requiring TCR-mediated signaling and c-Cbl..” J Immunol 170, no. 9 (May 1, 2003): 4557–63. https://doi.org/10.4049/jimmunol.170.9.4557.

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12707333
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Nickle, David C., Mark A. Jensen, Geoffrey S. Gottlieb, Daniel Shriner, Gerald H. Learn, Allen G. Rodrigo, and James I. Mullins. “Consensus and ancestral state HIV vaccines..” Science 299, no. 5612 (March 7, 2003): 1515–18. https://doi.org/10.1126/science.299.5612.1515c.

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Alam, S Munir, and Nicholas R. J. Gascoigne. “Binding kinetics of superantigen with TCR and MHC class II..” Methods Mol Biol 214 (2003): 65–85.

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12489455
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Fong, Alan M., S Munir Alam, Toshio Imai, Bodduluri Haribabu, and Dhavalkumar D. Patel. “CX3CR1 tyrosine sulfation enhances fractalkine-induced cell adhesion..” J Biol Chem 277, no. 22 (May 31, 2002): 19418–23. https://doi.org/10.1074/jbc.M201396200.

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11909868
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Richard, Eva, S Munir Alam, Francisco X. Arredondo-Vega, Dhavalkumar D. Patel, and Michael S. Hershfield. “Clustered charged amino acids of human adenosine deaminase comprise a functional epitope for binding the adenosine deaminase complexing protein CD26/dipeptidyl peptidase IV..” J Biol Chem 277, no. 22 (May 31, 2002): 19720–26. https://doi.org/10.1074/jbc.M111901200.

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11901152
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Rosette, C., G. Werlen, M. A. Daniels, P. O. Holman, S. M. Alam, P. J. Travers, N. R. Gascoigne, E. Palmer, and S. C. Jameson. “The impact of duration versus extent of TCR occupancy on T cell activation: a revision of the kinetic proofreading model..” Immunity 15, no. 1 (July 2001): 59–70.

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11485738
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Lam, G. K., H. X. Liao, Y. Xue, S. M. Alam, J. R. Thomasch, G. D. Sempowski, S. H. Stauffer, R. Kaufman, and B. F. Haynes. “Characterisation and expression of CD7 ligand, K-12, in human thymic epithelial cells.” Faseb Journal 15, no. 5 (March 8, 2001): A1033–A1033.

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Alam, S. M., C. Paleos, K. Holmberg, and N. Gascoigne. “Influence of CD8 on TCR binding kinetics for agonist and antagonist ligands.” Faseb Journal 15, no. 5 (March 8, 2001): A1037–A1037.

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