Caroline Leeth

Postdoctoral Fellow, Immunology, The Jackson Laboratory, 2007-2011

PhD, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Maine, 2007-2011

DVM, Veterinary Medicine, Virginia Tech, 1997-2001

Dr Leeth’s lab conducts research in the field of immunology. Her group works to understand the adaptive immune response in both health and disease. Using mouse models, they work on human diseases such as systemic lupus erythematosus and type 1 diabetes. They also work to understand the unique immune response of the horse to pathogens. Finally they are working to further develop large animal models for use in human medicine.

Hay AN, Witonsky SG, Lindsay DS, LeRoith T, Zhu J, Kasmark L, Leeth CM. 2019. Sarcocystis neurona-induced myeloencephalitis relapse following anticoccidial treatment. J Parasitol. Apr;105(2):371-8. PMID: 31033388.

Hay AN, Potter A, Kasmark L, Zhu J., Leeth CM. 2019. RAPID COMMUNICATION: TLR4 expressed but with reduced functionality on equine B lymphocytes. J Anim Sci. Apr 29;97(5):2175-80. PMID: 30901382; PMCID: PMC6488325.

Mu Q, Zhang H, Liao X, Lin K, Liu H, Edwards MR, Ahmed SA, Yuan R, Li L, Cecere TE, Branson DB, Kirby JL, Goswami P, Leeth CM, Read KA, Oestreich KJ, Vieson MD, Reilly CM, Luo XM. 2017. Control of lupus nephritis by changes of gut microbiota. Microbiome. Jul 11;5(1):73. PMID: 28697806; PMCID: PMC5505136.

Ratiu JJ, Racine JJ, Hasham MG, Wang Q, Branca JA, Chapman HD, Zhu J, Donghia N, Philip V, Schott WH, Wasserfall C, Atkinson MA, Mills KD, Leeth CM, Serreze DV. 2017. Genetic and Small Molecule Disruption of the AID/RAD51 Axis Similarly Protects Nonobese Diabetic Mice from Type 1 Diabetes through Expansion of Regulatory B lymphoyctes. J Immunol. Jun1;198(11):4255-67. Epub 2017 May 1. PMID: 28461573; PMCID: PMC5474749.

Driver JP, Racine JJ, Ye C, Lamont DJ, Newby BN, Leeth CM, Chapman HD, Brusko TM, Chen YG, Mathews CE, Serreze DV. 2017. Interferon-γ limits diabetogenic CD8+ T cell effector responses in type 1 diabetes. Diabetes. Mar; 66 (3):710-21. Epub 2016 Dec 5. PMID: 27920091; PMCID: PMC5319715.

Jain S, Park G, Sproule TJ, Christianson GJ, Leeth CM, Wang H, Roopenian DC, Morse HC 3rd. 2016. Interleukin 6 accelerates mortality by promoting the progression of the Systemic Lupus Erythematosus-like disease of BXSB.Yaa mice. PLoS One. Apr 6;11(4):e0153059. PMID: 27050763; PMCID: PMC4822786.

Leeth CM, Chapman HD, Arpa B, Carrillo J, Carrascal J, Wang Q, Racine J, Verdaguer J, Serreze DV. 2016. B-lymphocytes expressing an immunoglobulin specificity recognizing the natural pancreatic β-cell autoantigen peripherin are potent contributors to type 1 diabetes development in NOD mice. Diabetes. Jul;65(7):1977-87. Epub 2016 Mar 9. PMID: 26961115; PMCID: PMC4915583.

Komaromy AM, Abrams KL, Heckenlively JR, Lundy SK, Maggs DJ, Leeth CM, MohanKumar PS, Petersen-Jones SM, Serreze DV, van der Woerdt A. 2016. Sudden acquired retinal degeneration syndrome (SARDS) – a review and proposed strategies toward a better understanding of pathogenesis, early diagnosis, and therapy. Vet Ophthalmol. Jul;19(4):319-31. Epub 2015 Jun 20. PMID: 26096588; doi: 10.111/vop.12291.

Lamont D, Mukherjee G, Kumar P, Samanta D, McPhee C, Kay T, Almo S, DiLorenzo T, Serreze D. 2014. Compensatory mechanisms allow undersized anchor-deficient class I MHC ligands to mediate pathogenic autoreactive T cell responses. J Immunol. Sep 1;193(5): 2135-46. Epub 2014 Jul 25. PMID: 25063871; PMCID: PMC4134999.

McPhee CG, Bubier JA, Sproule TJ, Park G, Steinbuck MP, Schott WH, Christianson GJ, Morse HC, 3rd, Roopenian DC. 2013. IL-21 is a double-edged sword in the systemic lupus erythematosus-like disease of BXSB.Yaa mice. J Immunol. Nov 1;191(9):4581-8. Epub 2013 Sep 27. PMID: 24078696; PMCID: PMC3807747.

McPhee CG, Sproule TJ, Shin DM, Bubier JA, Schott WH, Steinbuck MP, Avenesyan L, Morse HC 3rd, Roopenian DC. 2011. MHC class I family proteins retard systemic lupus erythematosus autoimmunity and B cell lymphomagenesis. J Immunol. Nov 1;187(9):4695-704. Epub 2011 Sep 30. PMID: 21964024; PMCID: PMC3381364