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Cambridge Immunology Network



Cell surface receptors are important in immunity for recognition of pathogenic microbes, regulating cellular responses, cellular adhesion and intercellular communication.  My studies have focused on interactions of proteins at the cell surface, and how they activate cellular responses to pathogens and regulate of immune responses.  Specifically, I’ve been interested in a family of Fc receptor-like proteins (FCRL), and their role in regulating humoral immune responses in humans.  Recently I’ve expanded this focus to include select members of the CD2-family, analysing their protein-protein interactions in human NK cells, and investigating their roles in the activation of innate immunity.


Key publications: 

Wilson TJ, Fuchs A, Colonna M. Cutting edge: human FcRL4 and FcRL5 are receptors for IgA and IgG. J Immunol. 2012 May 15;188(10):4741-5.

Wilson TJ, Gilfillan S, Colonna M. Fc receptor-like A associates with intracellular IgG and IgM but is dispensable for antigen-specific immune responses. J Immunol. 2010 Sep 1;185(5):2960-7.

Boles KS, Vermi W, Facchetti F, Fuchs A, Wilson TJ, Diacovo TG, Cella M, Colonna M. A novel molecular interaction for the adhesion of follicular CD4 T cells to follicular DC. Eur J Immunol. 2009 Mar;39(3):695-703.

Wilson TJ, Presti RM, Tassi I, Overton ET, Cella M, Colonna M. FcRL6, a new ITIM-bearing receptor on cytolytic cells, is broadly expressed by lymphocytes following HIV-1 infection. Blood. 2007 May 1;109(9):3786-93.

Wilson TJ, Colonna M. A new Fc receptor homolog, FREB2, found in germinal center B cells. Genes Immun. 2005 Jun;6(4):341-6.

Swanson CL, Wilson TJ, Strauch P, Colonna M, Pelanda R, Torres RM. Type I IFN enhances follicular B cell contribution to the T cell-independent antibody response. J Exp Med. 2010 Jul 5;207(7):1485-500.

Dr Tim  Wilson
Not available for consultancy


Departments and institutes: 
Person keywords: 
Fc receptors
B cells
CD2/SLAM family receptors