Francesca-Fang Liao, Ph.D.

Francesca-Fang Liao, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Department of Pharmacology


The University of Tennessee Health Science Center
874 Union Avenue
Memphis, TN 38163
Tel: (901) 448-2752
Fax: (901) 448-1822
Email: Francesca-Fang Liao



Education

  • Ph.D. Institution: Department of Molecular & Cellular Biology, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York
  • Postdoctoral: Laboratory of Cellular Physiology and Immuniology, The Rockefeller University, New York

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Research Interests

Molecular mechanism underlying neurotoxicity and neuroprotection.

  1. Study of the molecular mechanisms for the actions of several neuroprotective agents via activating the production of the soluble APP. Currently we conduct comparative studies in the in vitro and in vivo settings on the following chemical agents (statins, estrogen, melatonin, EGCG/anti-oxidant from green tea extract, and bryostatin/PKC activator).
  2. Study of novel functional roles of PTEN in adult CNS and in particular in neurodegeneration using Alzheimer mouse models. This study involves the following areas: 1) newly identified role of nuclear PTEN in neuronal cell cycle regulation 2) validation of the cell cycle hypothesis in neuronal degeneration and 3) redox regulation of PTEN as a crucial mechanism in neuronal function.
  3. Study of redox regulation of cell cycle regulators in neurons that contribute to neurodegeneration. We will employ both the acute (stroke) and chronic Alzheimer mouse models to investigate the interplay between PTEN, Akt, cell cycle molecules and neuronal death.
  4. Study of functional coupling between PTEN and a number of CNS receptors involved in drug addiction and in neuronal plasticity. Approaches will include structurefunction relationship analysis and eventually develop disruptive peptides/small molecule inhibitors as potential therapeutic interventions.

Representative Publications

  • Zhang Y, Liu FY, Liao FF, Wan Y, Yi M. Exacerbation of tonic but not phasic pain by entorhinal cortex lesions. Neurosci Lett. 2014 May 16. pii: S0304-3940(14)00387-5. doi: 10.1016/j.neulet.2014.05.015. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 24840135.
  • Mayo JN, Chen CH, Liao FF, Bearden SE. Homocysteine Disrupts Outgrowth of Microvascular Endothelium by an iNOS-Dependent Mechanism. Microcirculation. 2014 Aug;21(6):541-50. doi: 10.1111/micc.12133. PubMed PMID: 24655004; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4126873.
  • Li JJ, Dolios G, Wang R, Liao FF. Soluble beta-amyloid peptides, but not insoluble fibrils, have specific effect on neuronal microRNA expression. PLoS One. 2014 Mar 4;9(3):e90770. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0090770. eCollection 2014. PubMed PMID: 24595404; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3942478.
  • Chen Y, Wang B, Liu D, Li JJ, Xue Y, Sakata K, Zhu LQ, Heldt SA, Xu H, Liao FF. Hsp90 chaperone inhibitor 17-AAG attenuates Aβ-induced synaptic toxicity and memory impairment. J Neurosci. 2014 Feb 12;34(7):2464-70. doi: 10.1523/JNEUROSCI.0151-13.2014. PubMed PMID: 24523537; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3921421.
  • Zhang YW, Chen Y, Liu Y, Zhao Y, Liao FF, Xu H. APP regulates NGF receptor trafficking and NGF-mediated neuronal differentiation and survival. PLoS One. 2013 Nov 1;8(11):e80571. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0080571. eCollection 2013. PubMed PMID: 24224055; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3815101.
  • Liao FF, Wang R, Park EA. Repression of Alzheimer's beta-secretase. Aging (Albany NY). 2013 Nov;5(11):789-90. PubMed PMID: 24177050; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3868720.

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