Imperial College London


Faculty of MedicineNational Heart & Lung Institute

Reader in Leukocyte Biology



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James Pease is a Reader in Leukocyte Biology within the Inflammation, Repair and Development section of the National Heart and Lung Institute (NHLI) of Imperial College. He is also a principal investigator within the Medical Research Council/Asthma UK Centre in Allergic Mechanisms of Asthma and the British Heart Foundation Centre of Research Excellence.

James completed his BSc in Biochemistry at the University of Manchester before moving to the University of Sheffield where he studied for a PhD in the Department of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology.  His PhD thesis concerned the characterization of the cell surface receptor for the complement fragment C5a and lead to a keen interest in the role of G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) involved in immunity.  After completing a 4-year post-doctoral stint within the same department at the University of Sheffield, James moved to the laboratory of Dr Philip Murphy at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, where he commenced studies on the recently discovered family of chemokine receptors.  There he developed methodologies to examine the structure/function relationships of the receptors, identifying key domains of the proteins which were involved in binding both chemokine ligands and also HIV-1 envelope proteins.

James moved back to the UK in 1997 to the recently formed Leukocyte Biology Section within the NHLI at Imperial College London.  There his interests included the identification of binding sites of prototypic small molecule antagonists of chemokine receptors with obvious therapeutic potential in a wide range of diseases.  Current research interests of the group include other aspects of chemokine biology including regulation and trafficking of receptors, their role in disease and also the efforts of microbes to circumvent the chemokine system. Funding for the research comes from Arthritis UK, BBSRC, British Heart Foundation, MRC, Wellcome Trust and collaborations with pharmaceutical companies both in the UK and abroad.

James makes a significant contribution to undergraduate teaching within the Faculty of Medicine and was awarded his Certificate in Advanced Studies in Learning and Teaching (CASLAT) by the college in 2002. He is module lead for the Principles of Medicine (PoM) module which is the primary module in Phase 1a of the revised MBBS curriculum. James is also lead for module 3 of the BSc in Immunity and Infection within Phase 2 of the MBBS degree. He also a member of the editorial board of the publication Journal of Innate Immunity and is an associate editor of the "Cytokines and Soluble Mediators in Immunity" section of the online journal Frontiers in Immunology

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Giblin SP, Ranawana S, Hassibi S, et al., 2023, CXCL17 binds efficaciously to glycosaminoglycans with the potential to modulate chemokine signaling, Frontiers in Immunology, Vol:14, ISSN:1664-3224

Goldblatt J, Hoffland A, Lawrenson RA, et al., 2019, A requirement for neutrophil glycosaminoglycans in chemokine:receptor interactions is revealed by the streptococcal protease SpyCEP, Journal of Immunology, Vol:202, ISSN:1550-6606, Pages:3246-3255

Pease JE, Kausar F, Day A, et al., 2018, CXCL4/Platelet Factor 4 is an agonist of CCR1 and drives human monocyte migration, Scientific Reports, Vol:8, ISSN:2045-2322

Denney L, Byrne A, Shea T, et al., 2015, Pulmonary epithelial cell-derived cytokine TGF-β1 Is a critical cofactor for enhanced innate lymphoid cell function, Immunity, Vol:43, ISSN:1097-4180, Pages:945-958

Viney JM, Andrew DP, Phillips RM, et al., 2014, Distinct Conformations of the Chemokine Receptor CCR4 with Implications for Its Targeting in Allergy, Journal of Immunology, Vol:192, ISSN:0022-1767, Pages:3419-3427

Wise EL, Bonner KT, Williams TJ, et al., 2010, A single nucleotide polymorphism in the CCR3 gene ablates receptor export to the plasma membrane, Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, Vol:126, ISSN:0091-6749, Pages:150-157

Mueller A, Meiser A, McDonagh EM, et al., 2008, CXCL4-induced migration of activated T lymphocytes is mediated by the chemokine receptor CXCR3, Journal of Leukocyte Biology, Vol:83, ISSN:0741-5400, Pages:875-882

Pease JE, Williams TJ, 2006, Chemokines and their receptors in allergic disease, Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, Vol:118, ISSN:0091-6749, Pages:305-318

Durham S, Nouri-Aria KT, Wilson DR, et al., 2002, Regulation of CCR4 expression after segmental bronchial allergen challenge in atopic asthmatics, Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, Vol:109, ISSN:0091-6749, Pages:S41-S41

Mitchell TJ, Walley AJ, Pease JE, et al., 2000, Delta 32 deletion of CCR5 gene and association with asthma or atopy, The Lancet, Vol:356, ISSN:0140-6736, Pages:1491-1492

Sabroe I, Peck MJ, Van Keulen BJ, et al., 2000, A small molecule antagonist of chemokine receptors CCR1 and CCR3 - Potent inhibition of eosinophil function and CCR3-mediated HIV-1 entry, Journal of Biological Chemistry, Vol:275, ISSN:0021-9258, Pages:25985-25992

Tiffany HL, Lautens LL, Gao JL, et al., 1997, Identification of CCR8: A human monocyte and thymus receptor for the CC chemokine I-309, Journal of Experimental Medicine, Vol:186, ISSN:0022-1007, Pages:165-170

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