Kafait U. Malik, Ph.D.

Kafait U. Malik, Ph.D.

Department of Pharmacology

The University of Tennessee Health Science Center
216 Crowe Research Building
874 Union Avenue
Memphis, TN 38163
Phone: (901) 448-6075
Fax: (901) 448-7300
Email: Kafait U. Malik


  • D.Sc. Institution: University of Zagreb, Department of Pharmaceutics, Zagreb, Yugoslavia
  • Ph.D. Institution: University of Sarajevo, Department of Pharmacology, Sarajevo, Yugoslavia
  • Postdoctoral: University of Mainz, Department of Pharmacology, Mainz, W. Germany; University of Ottawa, Department of Pharmacology, Ottawa, Ontario


Research Interests

The objective of the research in this laboratory is to investigate the regulation of adrenergic neuroeffector events in the cardiovascular system. A variety of physiological, pharmacological, cellular and molecular techniques are used to define interaction of these neurohormonal systems in several experimental preparations of different species, both in vitro and in vivo.

The specific aims are: 1) characterization of receptors and the underlying signal transduction mechanisms (coupling of receptors to phospholipases via different G proteins) involved in adrenergically-induced release of arachidonic acid for prostaglandin synthesis; 2) investigation of the mechanism of action of arachidonic acid metabolites on release of the adrenergic transmitter ; and 3) examination of the mechanism of interaction of angiotensins and adrenergic nervous system in the regulation of cardiovascular function.

Representative Publications

  • Thirunavukkarasu S, Khan NS, Song CY, Ghafoor HU, Brand DD, Gonzalez FJ, Malik KU. Cytochrome P450 1B1 Contributes to the Development of Angiotensin II-Induced Aortic Aneurysm in Male Apoe(-/-) Mice. Am J Pathol. 2016 Aug;186(8):2204-19. doi: 10.1016/j.ajpath.2016.04.005. PubMed PMID: 27301358; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4973656.
  • Pingili AK, Thirunavukkarasu S, Kara M, Brand DD, Katsurada A, Majid DS, Navar LG, Gonzalez FJ, Malik KU. 6β-Hydroxytestosterone, a Cytochrome P450 1B1-Testosterone-Metabolite, Mediates Angiotensin II-Induced Renal Dysfunction in Male Mice. Hypertension. 2016 May;67(5):916-26. doi: 10.1161/HYPERTENSIONAHA.115.06936. PubMed PMID: 26928804; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4833582.
  • Senol SP, Temiz M, Guden DS, Cecen P, Sari AN, Sahan-Firat S, Falck JR, Dakarapu R, Malik KU, Tunctan B. Contribution of PPARα/β/γ, AP-1, importin-α3, and RXRα to the protective effect of 5,14-HEDGE, a 20-HETE mimetic, against hypotension, tachycardia, and inflammation in a rat model of septic shock. Inflamm Res. 2016 May;65(5):367-87. doi: 10.1007/s00011-016-0922-5. PubMed PMID: 26875149.
  • Song CY, Ghafoor K, Ghafoor HU, Khan NS, Thirunavukkarasu S, Jennings BL, Estes AM, Zaidi S, Bridges D, Tso P, Gonzalez FJ, Malik KU. Cytochrome P450 1B1 Contributes to the Development of Atherosclerosis and Hypertension in Apolipoprotein E-Deficient Mice. Hypertension. 2016 Jan;67(1):206-13. doi: 10.1161/HYPERTENSIONAHA.115.06427. PubMed PMID: 26573711; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4672747.
  • Tan XL, Xue YQ, Ma T, Wang X, Li JJ, Lan L, Malik KU, McDonald MP, Dopico AM, Liao FF. Partial eNOS deficiency causes spontaneous thrombotic cerebral infarction, amyloid angiopathy and cognitive impairment. Mol Neurodegener. 2015 Jun 24;10:24. doi: 10.1186/s13024-015-0020-0. PubMed PMID: 26104027; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4479241.
  • Khan NS, Song CY, Thirunavukkarasu S, Fang XR, Bonventre JV, Malik KU. Cytosolic Phospholipase A2α Is Essential for Renal Dysfunction and End-Organ Damage Associated With Angiotensin II-Induced Hypertension. Am J Hypertens. 2016 Feb;29(2):258-65. doi: 10.1093/ajh/hpv083. PubMed PMID: 26045535; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4751243.

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